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Steven Spielberg
James Cameron
Quentin Tarantino
Peter Jackson
Michael Curtiz
Jack Arnold
Terry Gilliam... He is just a really cool guy firstly (i met after a special showing of Tideland) and is the best living director... everything he has done is good but his stand outs are...
Brazil,Tideland,Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas,Twelve Monkeys,The Fisher King

Jim Jarmusch... Dead Man,Ghost Dog,Mystery Train,Broken Flowers,Down By Law,Coffee And Cigarettes are just great.

David Cronenberg... Videodrome,The Fly,Dead Ringers,Naked Lunch (his masterpiece),Crash,Spider,A History Of Violence

David Fincher... Alien3 (the workprint is easily the best alien film),Seven,The Game,Fight Club,Panic Room

Robert Rodriguez... El Mariachi,Roadracers,Desperado,From Dusk Till Dawn,The Faculty,Spy Kids,Once Upon A Time In Mexico,Sin City

David Lynch... Eraserhead,The Elephant Man,Blue Velvet,Twin Peaks (the show and film),Mulholland Drive (the film is only 2 hours and 20 mins and not 3),The Straight Story

Quentin Tarantino... I love everything

Richard Linklater... A Scanner Darkly,Waking Life,Dazed And Confused,Slacker,Bad News Bears,School Of Rock

Steven Spielberg... Empire Of The Sun, Indiana Jones, A.I, Munich,Catch Me If You Can,E.T

Joel Coen... The Big Lebowski,O Brother,Where Art Thou?,The Man Who Wasn't There,Fargo,The Hudsucker Proxy

Danny Boyle... Trainspotting,28 Days Later,Millions

George A. Romero... Night Of The Living Dead,Dawn Of The Dead,Day Of The Dead,Land Of The Dead

John Carpenter... They Live (HIS REAL MASTERPIECE),Escape From New York,Escape From L.A, Assault On Precinct 13,Halloween,Cigarette Burns

Spike Lee... Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing,25th Hour,Inside Man,Bamboozled,Summer Of Sam
I've had Mulholland Dr for ages and just haven't had the time to watch a three hour film. Although it's a flawed piece of work, I really like Dune. I saw it a lot on TV when I was growing up and it just stuck with me.
Just to revive this thread:

David Lynch - Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Dune, Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr, and more.

Am interested in seeing his new one - Inland Empire.
Seems I’m getting here a little late…

Chris Hazelton wrote:
Stanley Kubrick - No explanation necessary I guess, however to say that if you’ve never seen one of his film’s drop what your doing and see one. Notably “Clockwork Orange”, “2001” and “Barry Lyndon”.

Or "Dr. Strangelove" or "Full Metal Jacket" plus the 10 others he's done... Kubrick is a film genius, his films will remain forever while others will wither away into nothingness (Gigli, Daredevil. Etc.).

Spielberg is probably my all time favourite, despite recent criticisms. Every film he makes (save 2 or 3) is either a masterpiece or very near being one. I really hate how his recent films are being trashed for close to no reason (except personal taste) (AI, War of the Worlds, Munich. All 3 are amazing films).

Tim Burton's earlier work (Batman (Returns particularly), Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice) is amazing, but his recent stuff isn't bad either. I'm probably the only one who liked his "Planet of the Apes" (and thought its ending was original and thought provoking).

Terry Gilliam gave us "Brazil", "12 Monkeys", "Time Bandits", and many others that allowed us to question what is reality and posed the question "Are we all living in the same world?" All of his films are amazing, definitely one of the most underrated directors of our time.

James Cameron for pretty much all his movies.

Fritz Lang, often overlooked because he isn’t, shall we say “current”. “Metropolis” is the first real science fiction film, and one of the better ones. It’s a shame that 25% of the film as been destroyed throughout the years.

Hitchcock… What can’t be said about the man that terrified a generation or two of moviegoers with his films? The man is the master of suspense. “Vertigo” has to be his masterpiece, with many others tied for a close second.

Scorcese, "Goodfellas", "Casino", "Raging Bull", "Taxi Driver", "After Hours" (often overlooked), "The Aviator".

Woody Allen has been off for a few years with pretty bad to mediocre films. But he redeemed himself in 2005 with “Match Point”. He is truly back in full form and hopefully “Scoop” will be as good as “MP” and many of his other classics.

Ridley Scott: “Blade Runner”, “Alien”, enough said.

Robert Zemekis has brought some wonderful films to this world. “Forrest Gump” will stand out as his best, but we should never forget “Cast Away”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Back to the Future”. An honourable mention to “What Lies Beneath”, a true homage to Hitchcock’s style of suspense.

Ron Howard is very underrated. While some of his work is not exactly on par (“The Grinch”, “The Missing”, etc.), most of his films are very good. One in particular that comes to my mind is “Cinderella Man”, this film is a masterpiece, snubbed at the Oscars and ignored by the public. Why? Because no one remembers it, they remember that Russel Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel worker, but I bet if you asked someone on the street what movie he was promoting at the time, chances are they won’t know. “Apollo 13” is a classic film (despite its age) and “A Beautiful Mind” is very deserving of its Best Picture status. I look forward to his version of “East of Eden”. Oh and “The Da Vinci Code” was a good movie, it did what it intended to do, the only sour point is Audrey Tautou’s horribly stiff acting.

I admit to not having seen all of Peter Jackson’s films, just “Lord of the Rings” and “King Kong” (and parts of “Heavenly Creatures” ) but I consider him to be one of the better modern directors. “The Lovely Bones” should be very good.

David Fincher for “Se7en”, my favourite detective movie.

Bryan Singer for “The Usual Suspects” and the “X-Men” films. “Superman Returns” has to meet expectations, and I’ve heard it surpasses them. The 3D is supposed to be stunning.

Well there you have it, my late addition to this ever growing list.
Luc Besson is also one of my favorite directors, The Professional is one of my favorite films.
Chris wrote: No, it's predictable when you guess the 'twist' in the first 10-15 minutes of the film. I'd heard nothing about it before seeing it.

I've heard lots of people say this and somehow I don't believe a single one of them.  Very Happy
No one else is a Leone fan? That's pretty shocking...
I like Lasse Halstrom
I had no clue about the twist. I was lucky to see it opening weekend. Personally I'm a massive fan of Unbreakable. I really love that film.
No, it's predictable when you guess the 'twist' in the first 10-15 minutes of the film. I'd heard nothing about it before seeing it.
Chris wrote: That Shymalan (sp?) bloke only made one good film, and by 'good' I mean 'incredibly predictable'.

Which movie are you talking about?  The Sixth Sense?  That movie was hardly predictable, at least if you saw it before it got all the hype.  Maybe it is predictable now looking back, but it is very hard to knock it because it has been ripped off so many times since it was originally in theaters.
I'll say
Peter Jackson
Ridley Scott
Wes Anderson
PT Anderson...
..see, I suck at narrowing things down.
Kevin Smith in on my list because of his 'Jersey Saga'.  
I blind bought Jersey Girl (and kept it) to support the guy.
I will see anything he makes at this point.
Jonny "Me You" wrote: I put Lucas, Peter Jackson and M. Night Shamalon (can never spell names right) all on my "got lucky once" list.

Don't agree with Jackson. The Frighteners and Braindead are both great films. That Shymalan (sp?) bloke only made one good film, and by 'good' I mean 'incredibly predictable'.
- Terry Gilliam: for 12 monkeys, Brazil and the Holy Grail.
- David Fincher: for Fight Club, Se7en and the Game.
- Alfred Hitchcock: for so many great movies... like Psycho, Vertigo and Dial M for Murder.
Speilbergo is numero uno for me, even though his last few movies haven't really excited me to the same degree as his 70's through early 90's films did.

James Cameron is a close second.

Ridley Scott is up there, so is Scorsese even though I find most of his films stories are just re-inventions of movies he's already done. Bryan Singer, Quintin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are all on my "up and coming" list.

I put Lucas, Peter Jackson and M. Night Shamalon (can never spell names right) all on my "got lucky once" list.
If anyone is interested in classic movies, check out the works of Michael Curtiz.  He directed over 150 movies in his life time, everything from Casablanca to the original Mystery of the Wax Museum.

I also love pretty much everything Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock did, but those were already mentioned.

Lately, I have been watching a lot of Anthony Mann movies.  He is a great B director of noir films.  Never the great casts, but he seems to get the most out of them.

Robert Altman is another great not mentioned.  I saw The Prarie Home Companion this weekend and while it doesn't really have a plot, it is very good entertainment.  Of the Altman films I have seen, only The Company was less than enjoyable.

Woodbridge Van Dyke for the Thin Man series, San Francisco, etc.

George Cukor (and I haven't seen all of his great movies) for My Fair Lady, Adam's Rib, The Philadelphia Story, etc.

My problem with most modern directors for "favorites" is that they direct so few is hard to tell much from them.
My fave directors not mentioned. Fave flicks all CAPS...

-Wes Anderson: Bottle Rocket, RUSHMORE, Tennenbaums, Life Aquatic.
-Chan-wook Park: JSA, Mr Vengeance, OLDBOY, Three Extremes, Lady Vengeance.
-David O. Russell: Spanking the Monkey, Flirting w/Disaster, THREE KINGS, Huckabees.
-Brad Anderson: Happy Accidents, SESSION 9, The Machinist.
-M. Night Shyamalan: 6th Sense, UNBREAKABLE, Signs, Village.
-Steven Soderbergh: Sex Lies Videotape, Out of Sight, THE LIMEY, Traffic.
-Fernando Meirelles: CITY OF GOD, Constant Gardener.

Fave directors already listed…
Steven Spielberg
David Fincher
Chris Nolan
Kim Ji-woon
Quinten Tarantino
Kevin Smith
Robert Rodriguez
I forgot Kevin Smith also... Clerks II looks funny as hell.
Martin Scorsese - his earlier work. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Mean Streets.

Wong Kar Wai - in the mood for love, Chungking express, Ashes of time.

Chris Nolan - Insomia, Memento, Batman Begins

Michael Mann - Heat, Collateral, Manhunter.

John Woo - Bullet in the head, the killer, Hard Boiled.

Woody Allen - brilliant, lost of words to describe this genious...

Cameron Crowe - Almost Famous is my favourite movie of all time, absolutely mesmerising...
Pretty much all of the above for me Wink

One more addition though...

Takeshi Kitano - Brother and Hana-bi are beautiful films that could so easily have been screwed up by a Hollywood editing freak and Zatoichi is a joy to watch from start to finish.
Toughy, but in no real order...

Quentin Tarantino
Bryan Singer
Tim Burton
Coen Bros.
Stanley Kubrick
Steven Spielberg
and Clint Eastwood is mighty
Quite like Jim Jarmusch too
And likewise, Christopher Nolan is coming along nicely as is David Fincher.

God I could be here all night...
Sergio Leone - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Once Upon a Time in America.
oh and george romero for his 4 dead films
-Michael Mann
-Steven Spielberg
-Luc Besson
-Ridley Scott (for "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk DOwn"Wink
and my favourite:
How could I forget ..
Bryan Singer- The usual suspects, X-Men 1+2,Superman returns...
Is he becoming the new Steven Spielberg?????
The name that instantly comes to mind is of course ...
Spielberg- Saving Private Ryan, Schindler List, Raiders, Jaws, Munich.. I feel if spielberg has his name on it it worth a least a watch!!
Others I like are
Scorsese- Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York(What a performance by Day-Lewis)
Coppola-Simple for the Godfather Trilogy(Yes including part 3)
Fincher-Seven, Fight Club,
Chris Nolan- Insomia and Memento
Sidney Lumet- Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico
Here's some possibilties:

  • Hayao Miyazaki: Spirited Away, Laputa, Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Kim Ji-woon: Quiet Family, Tale of Two Sisters, Bittersweet Life
  • Hideo Nakata: Ringu, Ringu 2, Dark Water
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Delicatessen, Amelie, City of Lost Children
  • Luc Besson: Léon, Nikita, Subway, Big Blue, Fifth Element etc...
  • David Cronenberg: Spider, The Dead Zone, The Fly etc...
mine are...
Terry Gilliam...Every Film he has done
David Fincher...every thing and he did make the best Alien film
Richard Kelly...Donnie Darko, my favourite film, can't wait for Southland Tales
Robert Rodriguez...I like all his films even shark boy for being gutsy...I'm a huge fan of
From Dusk Till Dawn,Sin City,Roadracers and El Mariachi Trilogy
Tony Scott...not a great director but I love Domino and True Romance and his BMW short...
Beat The Devil
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Stanley Kubrick
Alfred Hitchcock (I don't believe no one said that)
Richard Kelly
David Fincher
They are as follows;

Stanley Kubrick - No explanation necessary I guess, however to say that if you’ve never seen one of his film’s drop what your doing and see one. Notably “Clockwork Orange”, “2001” and “Barry Lyndon”.

Werner Herzog – His film’s particularly when teamed with Klaus Kinski are true works of art, “Aguirre: The Wrath of God”, is the most chilling documentation of the Conquistadors in South America. The documentary “Lessons of Darkness” is the most beautiful and powerful documentary I have ever seen.

Ridley Scott – Though not in the same league as the former two artistically, his films are always a stand out. “Gladiator” and “Blade Runner” are a cut above the rest of his films.

Steven Spielberg – He is a master of the box office, giving the public what they want, engaging stories, beautifully shot. “Close Encounters”, “Jaws”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Shindler’s List” personal favorites.

Of the up and coming directors Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky and Wes Anderson are three that I will watch with interest.
Richard Kelly - donnie darko
David Fincher - Seven, fight club, the game, panic room
Michael Mann - Collateral, Heat
Steven Spielberg - Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Munich
Quentin Tarantino - pulp fiction
Chan Woo Park - Vengeance Trilogy
Paul Thomas Anderson - Magnolia, boogie nights
John Woo - the killer
James Cameron - Terminator 2, titanic
1.Takashi Miike for films like ichi the killer, audition and gozu and all his other films. Plus his masters of horror episode 'imprint' and his 3 extremes episode 'box'
2. Park chan wook for his revenge trilogy, his episode in 3 extremes ' cut' and jsa.
3. Tarantino for all his films
4. Scorsese for the obvious reasons.
5. peter jackson for braindead , bad taste and meet the feebles- these films are so funny.
My fave is Wolfgang Petersen for his work on "Air Force One" and "Poisedon"

Michael Bay is not bad, either, for his work on "Armageddon", "The Rock", etc.

I also enjoy the works of Garry Marshall, Nancy Meyers, and Nora Ephron, Tony Scott, Brett Ratner, Jon Amiel and Renny Harlin.

I'm sure there's more.
Favourite directors
Earlier I was thinking about what constitutes a 'favourite' director. There are plenty of director's who have made a few films I like, but not that many who have made more than one or two that I 'love'. So I challenged myself to come up with a list of directors who have made three films that I consider to be fantastic. The things I do when I can't sleep. Anyway, here's the list (I'll probably think of more).

  • Steven Spielberg: For Jaws, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • John Carpenter: For The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and They Live. The last one has really grown on me over the years. Pretty much anything he did pre-1988 earns his place here.
  • Martin Scorsese: For Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. There are others of course, but these three stick in the mind.
  • Paul Verhoeven: For RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. I stand by this.
  • Quentin Tarantino: For Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown (and to a lesser extent, Kill Bill, had it been one film).
  • Park Chan-wook: For Sympathy for Mr., Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Had to exclude Lucas, because of the films he's done I only really love the first Star Wars. Copola is the same. Godfather I and II are amazing, III not so much and Apocalypse Now wasn't my thing. Dracula might have been in there if not for Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. As I said, probably more. I'll add them when I think of them.