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Action! Your Favorite Directors

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This thread is dedicated to discussing your favorite directors in film history. The classic era to the latest releases are all valid and accepted. If you wish to talk at length about one or two individuals, that's fine, or make a lengthy list.

 

Here are my favorite directors of all time:

 

1) Stanley Kubrick

2) Martin Scorsese

3) Akira Kurosawa

4) Alfred Hitchcock

5) Joel and Ethan Coen

6) Woody Allen

7) Fritz Lang

8) Ingmar Bergman

9) Federico Fellini

10) David Lean

11) Howard Hawks

12) John Ford

13) David Fincher

14) David Lynch

15) Luis Bunuel

16) John Carpenter

17) John Huston

18) Paul Thomas Anderson

19) Yasujiro Ozu

20) Sergio Leone

21) Ridley Scott

22) Terrence Malick

23) F. W. Murnau

24) Francis Ford Coppola

25) Oliver Stone

26) David Cronenberg

27) Quentin Tarantino

28) Michael Mann

29) Pedro Almodovar

30) Robert Altman

31) Fred Zinneman

32) Orson Welles

33) Billy Wilder

34) Jean Renoir

35) William Wyler

36) Terry Gilliam

37) Michael Curtiz

38) Sidney Lumet

39) Carl Theodore Dreyer

40) Michael Powell

41) Wes Anderson

42) Frank Capra

43) Steven Spielberg

44) Preston Sturges

45) Christopher Nolan

46) Dario Argento

47) Rene Clair

48) Robert Aldrich

49) Robert Bresson

50) Clint Eastwood

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Excellent idea for a thread, Lawrence.

 

I started a thread about my favourite director Alfred Hitchcock.

 

This way we can all talk about our favourite directors and see if we agree.

 

 

 

Here are mine in no particular order with the exception of Alfred Hitchcock being first:

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK

BILLY WILDER

JOHN FORD

WILLIAM WELLMEN

RICHARD LINKLETTER -FAVOURITE LIVING DIRECTOR OF MINE (INDEPENDENT)

FRANK CAPRA

JOHN CASSAVETES

VINCENT MINELLI

MARTIN SCORSESE

W. GRIFFITH

IDA LUPINO

JOHN STURGES

JOHN HUSTON

EDWARD DYMETRYK

WILLIAM WYLER

HOWARD HAWKES

CECIL B. DEMILLE

CLINT EASTWOOD

DAVID LEAN

ORSON WELLES

DAVID LEAN

FRED ZIMMERMAN

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Wow, you surprise me with Linklater. Not because he's not good, he's very good. Just that I don't expect to see his name mentioned by the average TCM viewer.

 

I love Slacker and Dazed & Confused, and have watched both multiple times. I've also seen:

 

The Newton Boys

Before Sunrise

Suburbia

Waking Life

School of Rock

Before Sunset

Bad News Bears

Fast Food Nation

A Scanner Darkly (another favorite)

Bernie  

 

I haven't seen Before Midnight or Boyhood yet, but I have them in my pile to watch.

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A few that have gone unmentioned:

 

Robert Wise--he directed everything from western noirs (1948's "Blood On The Moon") to supernatural films (1963's "The Haunting") to musicals (1968's "Star!")

 

Charles Walters--he specialized in musicals--directed 1947's "Good News", 1948's "Easter Parade",etc.

 

Robert Siodmak--directed some great thrillers/noirs: "The Spiral Staircase", "The Killers", "The Dark Mirror" (all 1946) and others.

 

George Cukor--directed "The Women" (1939), "Gaslight" (1944), "Adam's Rib" (1949), "Bhowani Junction" (1956), and many others.

 

Preston Sturges--directed "The Lady Eve", "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (1944), among others.

 

Edit: Can't let these horror pioneers go unnoticed:

 

James Whale--"1931's "Frankenstein", 1935's "The Bride of Frankenstein", 1932's "The Old Dark House", to name three.

 

Tod Browning--his silents with Lon Chaney Sr., as well as 1931's "Dracula" and 1932's "Freaks" earn him a place in film history.

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Wow, you surprise me with Linklater. Not because he's not good, he's very good. Just that I don't expect to see his name mentioned by the average TCM viewer.

 

I love Slacker and Dazed & Confused, and have watched both multiple times. I've also seen:

 

The Newton Boys

Before Sunrise

Suburbia

Waking Life

School of Rock

Before Sunset

Bad News Bears

Fast Food Nation

A Scanner Darkly (another favorite)

Bernie

 

I haven't seen Before Midnight or Boyhood yet, but I have them in my pile to watch.

I've come to know Linkletter through Rory Cochrane.

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