Director’s Hall of Fame – Impeccable Films

A special mention must be made for the following directors whose visions are so illumined that they have more than once delivered works par excellence:

1 Michael Mann – The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), Ali (2001), Collateral (2004)

2 Michael Bay – Bad Boys (1995), The Rock (1996), Armageddon (1998), Bad Boys II (2003), The Island (2005), Transformers (2007)

3 John McTiernan – Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988), Hunt For Red October (1990), Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

4 Steven Spielberg – Amblin’ (1968), Jaws (1975), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Always (1989), Hook (1991), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler’s List (1993), The Lost World (1997), Amistad (1997), Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Munich (2005)

5 Tony Scott – Top Gun (1990), Crimson Tide (1995), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game (2001), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006)

6 Stephen Sommers – The Jungle Book (1994), The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), Van Helsing (2004)

7 Ridley Scott – Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), G.I.Jane (1997), Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007)

8 Len Wiseman – Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Die Hard 4.0: Live Free Or Die Hard (2007)

9 Robert Zemeckis – Romancing the Stone (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Pt II & III (1989-90), Death Becomes Her (1992), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004)

10 Luc Besson – Leon: The Professional (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), Angel-A (2005)

11 Danny Boyle – Trainspotting (1996), The Beach (2000), 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

12 James Cameron – The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997)

13 Christopher Nolan – Memento (2000), Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Night (2008)

14 Bryan Singer – The Usual Suspects (1995), X-Men (2000), X2 (2003)

15 Terry Gilliam – Brazil (1985), The Fisher King (1991), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Tideland (2005)

16 Wolfgang Petersen – In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (1995), Air Force One (1997), Troy (2004)

17 Robert Rodriguez – Desperado (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Sin City (2005)

18 Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), Million Dollar Baby (2004)

19 Rob Reiner – Stand By Me (1986), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Misery (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), The American President (1995)

20 Christophe Gans – Necronomicon (1993), Crying Freeman (1995), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Silent Hill (2006)

21 Francis Ford Coppola – The Godfather (1972), Godfather Pt II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), Dracula (1992), The Rainmaker (1997)

22 Brian De Palma – Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), Carlito’s Way (1993), Mission: Impossible (1996), Snake Eyes (1998), Mission to Mars (2000)

23 Richard Donner – The Omen (1976), Superman (1978), The Goonies (1985), Maverick (1994), Assassins (1995), Conspiracy Theory (1997), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

24 Alex Proyas – The Crow (1994), Dark City (1998), I, Robot (2004), Knowing (2009)

25 Frank Darabont – The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Green Mile (1999), The Majestic (2001)

26 Roland Emmerich – Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), The Patriot (2000)

27 Barry Levinson – Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Rain Man (1988), Disclosure (1994), Wag the Dog (1997)

28 Steven Soderbergh – Erin Brockovich (2000), Traffic (2000), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), Che: The Argentine & Guerrilla (2008)

29 Mel Gibson – The Man Without a Face (1993), Braveheart (1995), The Passion of the Christ (2004)

30 Oliver Hirschbiegel – Das Experiment (2001), The Invasion (2007), Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

31 Martin Scorsese – The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Kundun (1997), Gangs of New York (2002)

The following list is a selection of favourites – of films so immaculately crafted and executed, a mark of excellence… although several of these filmmakers have numerous films to their credit, I have selected the film that stood out for me as perfectly sculpted. They are not chosen for being serious dramas, or alternative art – infact they are not chosen for their genre – the craft of the director lies in the translation of the story onto screen – and even action films take a certain depth of skill to pull off. This list is my way of applauding the director:

Al Pacino for Looking for Richard

Alejandro Amenábar for Agora

Alexander Witt for Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Alex Proyas for The Crow

Alfred Hitchcock for North by Northwest

Andrew Davis for Under Siege

Andrew Niccol for Gattaca

Andrew Stanton for Wall-E

Andy Tennant for Anna and the King

Ang Lee for Hulk

Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain

Antoine Fuqua for Training Day

Bahman Ghobadi for Turtles Can Fly

Barry Levinson for Good Morning Vietnam

Barry Sonnenfeld for Get Shorty

Betty Thomas for Only You

Blake Edwards for The Party

Boaz Yakin for Remember the Titans

Bobcat Goldthwait for World’s Greatest Dad

Brad Bird for Ratatouille

Bress-Gruber for The Butterfly Effect

Brian De Palma for Scarface

Bryan Singer for X-Men

Cameron Crowe for Jerry Maguire

Cecil B. DeMille for Samson and Delilah

Chris Columbus for Rent

Chris Noonan for Babe

Christian Duguay for The Assignment

Christophe Gans for Silent Hill

Christopher Nolan for The Prestige

Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby

Coen Brothers for Intolerable Cruelty

Craig Brewer for Black Snake Moan

Curtis Hanson for 8 Mile

Danny Boyle for Sunshine

Danny DeVito for Death to Smoochy

Darren Aronofsky for The Fountain

David Cronenberg for Dead Ringers

David Frankel for The Devil Wears Prada

David Fincher for Fight Club

David Lean for Lawrence of Arabia

David Twohy for Chronicles of Riddick

Donald Petrie for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Doug Liman for Mr & Mrs Smith

Ed Harris for Pollock

Edward Zwick for The Last Samurai

F Gary Gray for Friday

Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck for The Lives of Others

Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather

Francis Lawrence for Constantine

Frank Coraci for The Waterboy

Frank Darabont for The Shawshank Redemption

Frank Oz for Housesitter

Fred Schepisi for Fierce Creatures

Gary Ross for Seabiscuit

George Miller for Mad Max II

Gil Junger for 10 Things I Hate About You

Gregory Hoblit for Primal Fear

Guy Ritchie for Revolver

Gore Verbinski for Pirates of the Caribbean

Gordon Chan for Fist of Legend

Harold Ramis for Groundhog Day

Iain Softley for K-Pax

Ivan Reitman for Dave

James Cameron for Terminator II

James L Brooks for As Good As It Gets

Jason Reitman for Thank You For Smoking

Jean-Paul Rappeneau for Cyrano De Bergerac

Jean-Pierre Jeunet for Amelie

Jeremy Sims for Last Train to Freo

Jesse Dylan for American Wedding

Jessica Bendinger for Stick It

JJ Abrams for Mission Impossible III

Joe Johnston for Hidalgo

Joel Schumacher for The Lost Boys

John Cassavetes for A Woman Under the Influence

John Dahl for Rounders

John Frankenheimer for Ronin

John G. Avildsen for Karate Kid II

John Hughes for The Breakfast Club

John Landis for Coming To America

John McTiernan for Hunt for Red October

John Woo for Paycheck

Jon Amiel for Sommersby

Jon Favreau for Iron Man

Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs

Kevin Costner for Dances With Wolves

Kevin Macdonald for Touching the Void

Kevin Smith for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Kieran/Michele Mulroney for Paper Man

Kurt Wimmer for Ultraviolet

Larry Charles for Bruno

Lawrence Kasdan for French Kiss

Len Wiseman for Underworld

Liz Friedlander for Take the Lead

Luc Besson for The Professional

Mark Forster for Stranger Than Fiction

Marlon Brando for One-Eyed Jacks

Martin Brest for Scent of a Woman

Martin Scorsese for The Last Temptation of Christ

Martin Campbell for Casino Royale

Matthew Vaughn for Layer Cake

Meirelles-Lund for City of God

Mel Gibson for Braveheart

Michael Almereyda for Hamlet

Michael Bay for The Island

Michael Mann for The Insider

Michael Moore for Capitalism: A Love Story

Michel Gondry for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Mikael Håfström for 1408

Mike Figgis for Leaving Las Vegas

Mike Nichols for Primary Colors

Milos Forman for Man on the Moon

Miranda July for Me And You And Everyone We Know

M Night Shyamalan for Lady in the Water

Nancy Meyers for What Women Want

Neveldine-Taylor for Gamer

Nicholas Ray for King of Kings

Nicholas Stoller for Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Oliver Hirschbiegel for Five Minutes of Heaven

Oliver Stone for Any Given Sunday

Pan Nalin for Valley of Flowers

Paul Anderson for Event Horizon

Paul Greengrass for The Bourne Ultimatum

Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

Paul Verhoeven for Robocop

Peter Brook for The Mahabharata

Peter Weir for Dead Poet’s Society

Phil Alden Robinson for Sneakers

Phillip Noyce for The Saint

Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill

Reginald Hudlin for The Great White Hype

Richard Attenborough for Gandhi

Richard Curtis for Love Actually

Richard Donner for Maverick

Richard Loncraine for Wimbledon

Ridley Scott for Kingdom of Heaven

Rob Reiner for A Few Good Men

Robert Altman for Gosford Park

Robert Rodriguez for Desperado

Robert Wise for The Sound of Music

Robert Zemeckis for Forrest Gump

Roberto Benigni for Life is Beautiful

Roger Donaldson for Thirteen Days

Roger Spottiswoode for The 6th Day

Roland Emmerich for The Patriot

Ron Howard for Ransom

Ron Shelton for Tin Cup

Rowdy Herrington for Gladiator

Sam Mendes for American Beauty

Sam Raimi for The Quick and the Dead

Scott Hicks for Shine

Sergei M. Eisenstein for Que Viva Mexico

Sidney Lumet for Network

Simon West for Con Air

Spike Jonze for Adaptation

Stacy Title for The Last Supper

Stanley Kubrick for A Clockwork Orange

Stephen Chow for Shaolin Soccer

Stephen Sommers for Van Helsing

Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List

Steven Soderbergh for Ocean’s Eleven

Tarsem Singh for The Cell

Taylor Hackford for Ray

Terry George for Hotel Rwanda

Terry Gilliam for The Fisher King

Tim Burton for Batman Returns

Timur Bekmambetov for Wanted

Tom Shadyac for Patch Adams

Tom Vaughan for What Happens In Vegas

Tony Kaye for American History X

Tony Scott for Deja Vu

Vincent Ward for What Dreams May Come

Vincenzo Natali for Cube

Wachowski Brothers for The Matrix

Walter Hill for Last Man Standing

Warren Beatty for Bulworth

William Friedkin for 12 Angry Men

Wolfgang Petersen for Outbreak

Woody Allen for Deconstructing Harry

Xavier Gens for Hitman

Zack Snyder for 300

TOP 10 HIDDEN GEMS – Some mindblowing films you’ve probably never seen:

  1. The Assignment
  2. The Last Supper
  3. Bulworth
  4. Hidalgo
  5. 13 Days
  6. Outbreak
  7. The Insider
  8. Turtles Can Fly
  9. Any Given Sunday
  10. Me And You And Everyone We Know

All Time WorldWide Box Office Results Here.

~ by revolutionwithin on April 30, 2009.

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