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Who would you list as your top 10 favorite directors. The ones who have maybe inspired you to become a filmmaker. My top ten choices are... 1. Steven Speilberg 2. Martin Scorsese 3. Quentin Tarantino 4. Robert Rodriquez 5. Robert Zemeckis 6. Farrelly Brothers 7. Oliver Stone 8. Wachowski Brothers 9. David Finch 10. Francis Ford Coppola

Correction on number 9 on my list, it's not David Finch it's David Fincher. Why I always call that guy David Finch all the time I don't know.

1. M. Night Shyamalon 2. Alfred Hitchcock 3. Steven Spielburg 4. George Lucas 5. Wachowski Bro. I also like a lot of what Mel Gibson has done when he directs. And various other actor/ directors.

Definently Mel Gibson should be up there, after watching the passion of the Christ it was clear how good of a director he really is. And I just about forgot about M. Night Shyamalan, I would probably put him as a better story teller than a director but still his directing shouldn't be overlooked.

I'd have Roman Polanski and Ridley Scott somewhere in there too...and Luc Besson...and maybe Martin Brest...hmm.

...Ang Lee, Sydney Pollack, James L. Brooks, Michael Mann, Rob Reiner... or the classics: Ford, Hitch, Stevens, Wyler, Mankiewicz, Wilder, Renoir, Kubrick, Antonioni, Kazan, Donen, Wajda, Lean, Welles, Kurosawa, Chaplin, Hawks, Whale, Disney and that kid named Welles... But those are easy. I think Nicole Holofcener is one of the best directors new American Directors out there, along with with both Spikes (Jonze and Lee), Gondry also (but maybe I'm just a big Kaufman fan)... you'll be hearing about Gavin Heffernan soon enough, along with Anita Doron. And I think Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas) is awesome. WPS

01. Steven Spielberg 02. George Lucas 03. Robert Zemekis 04. Ron Howard 05. Tom Hanks 06. Tom Shaydiac 07. Roland Emmerich 08. Sam Raimi 09. John Sturges 10. Me

Anonymous wrote:
Who would you list as your top 10 favorite directors. The ones who have maybe inspired you to become a filmmaker. My top ten choices are... 1. Steven Speilberg 2. Martin Scorsese 3. Quentin Tarantino 4. Robert Rodriquez 5. Robert Zemeckis 6. Farrelly Brothers 7. Oliver Stone 8. Wachowski Brothers 9. David Finch 10. Francis Ford Coppola
Here's my list: Scorsese Godard Traffuat Tarkovsky F.F Coppola Polansky Vertov Kubrick Wells Esienstien Those are my favorites they're not in order but those people that make the films I enyoj the most. Many are dead but their work lives on.

Filmmaker wrote:
01. Steven Spielberg 02. George Lucas 03. Robert Zemekis 04. Ron Howard 05. Tom Hanks 06. Tom Shaydiac 07. Roland Emmerich 08. Sam Raimi 09. John Sturges 10. Me
Spielberg... Why does everyone say Spielberg? Why not Fellini or Godard? Why not Kubrick and Scorsese? Why not anyoen but your first 9?

No one get me wrong or take this in a different direction, Steven Spielberg is an excellent director, but I think his ultimate years have gone. There are other directors these days who deserve as much credit and interest as Spielberg did in his time. There are other directors who should somehow get the place on the list other than Spielberg and George Lucas in the top 3. No, this isn't some jealous trip or hatred message, they are awesome directors and should go down in history; but I think its time for other people to look past the "Big Two" and search for other directors with an equal amount of talent and story telling as Spielberg once was.

Don't mean to offend you here, but Spielberg is the worlds most sucsesful film direcor of all time, and now he is making the highest grossing movie ever, War of the Worlds.

Filmmaker wrote:
Don't mean to offend you here, but Spielberg is the worlds most sucsesful film direcor of all time, and now he is making the highest grossing movie ever, War of the Worlds.
Spielberg is the film neophytes god... Godard is a filmmaker for those that have grown up. It's really that simple actually.

Filmmaker wrote:
Don't mean to offend you here, but Spielberg is the worlds most sucsesful film direcor of all time, and now he is making the highest grossing movie ever, War of the Worlds.
I know and I never said he was a bad director, he is a great director. What I meant was that there are other directors that have made movie that are just as good as Spielbergs, thats all.

Liquid_Image wrote:
[quote:39595d734b="Filmmaker"]Don't mean to offend you here, but Spielberg is the worlds most sucsesful film direcor of all time, and now he is making the highest grossing movie ever, War of the Worlds.
I know and I never said he was a bad director, he is a great director. What I meant was that there are other directors that have made movie that are just as good as Spielbergs, thats all.
Spielberg is completely overrated because he was in the first filmmaker wave to have films gross over 100 million... That's why he's so famous his films aren't really that impressive. Saving Private Ryan is probably his best film but as a gritty war story it starts off strong but then just petteres out into thin air because Spielberg is either on willing in capable of really fooling through with the gritty nature to the end.

I wouldn�t say he is overrated, but he does get TOO much credit. He was the first director of the movie boom industry. He is famous due to the timing of his movie making career. I would have to argue that with you on the Saving Private Ryan; it is one of the best movies ever made! Although, I go back to my point, Spielberg was really good decades ago, during the time of Jurassic Park, Close Encounters..., Jaws, the list goes on. Recently his movies have been mediocre and have been his lesser works of art. He is still a great director, but I wouldn�t agree his is at the top 10 list every time; there are other directors these days who are just a good.

Liquid_Image wrote:
I wouldn�t say he is overrated, but he does get TOO much credit. He was the first director of the movie boom industry. He is famous due to the timing of his movie making career. I would have to argue that with you on the Saving Private Ryan; it is one of the best movies ever made! Although, I go back to my point, Spielberg was really good decades ago, during the time of Jurassic Park, Close Encounters..., Jaws, the list goes on. Recently his movies have been mediocre and have been his lesser works of art. He is still a great director, but I wouldn�t agree his is at the top 10 list every time; there are other directors these days who are just a good.
No he's overrated! he's always been a hack and always will be one!

Come on folks. You guys forgot two important directors out there. Guy Ritchie & Darren Aronofsky Awesome Directors.

I would go with Mike Leigh and Cliff Eastwood

Sorry folks... meant to say Clint not Cliff

No way man! Cliff Eastwood rocks!!! WPS

Where is David Lynch?

Godard.... Godard .... Godard....

Eric Rohmer Howard Hawks Kenji Mizoguchi Fritz Lang Jean Renoir Alfred Hitchcock Ingmar Bergman Federico Fellini Akira Kurosawa Andrei Tarkovsky Luc Besson Orson Welles Those are my influences (for different reasons), after I was hypnotized by JEAN COCTEAU with a movie called �blood of the poet�, since then all I wanted to do was make movies.

1. Ridley Scott 2. Terry Gilliam 3. Martin Scorsese 4. Francis Ford Coppola 5. Fritz Lang 6. Krzysztof Kieslowski 7. Luc Besson 8. David Lynch 9. Stanley Kubrick 10. Baz Luhrmann Am I the first to mention Gilliam? . . . weird.

I only have 2 favorite directors. 1. Akira Kurosawa 2. Alfred Hitchcock I don't know why none of you put Akira Kurosawa. He is the best director in my opinion. He is the one who influenced me.

never mind, facking_the_books had it. Good job man! lol

Guy Ritchie's work shows his talent.

Kurosawa Scorcese FF Coppola Godard Kubrick Stone Tarantino Burton Wes Anderson Van Sant Spielberg Gilliam Eastwood Aronofsky Howard Wilder Curtiz Huston As of late George Clooney I don't really know if thats the real order that they belong in, its just what came to my head

In no particular order Robert Redford Gus Van Sant Ridley Scott Hitchcock Clint Eastwood Kurt Wimmer M. Night Tim Burton Welles Michael Curtiz

There are some things that people pretend to like just because they are popular (see Lost in Translation.) There are also some things that people pretend to dislike because they are popular (see Speilberg) Yeah, so Speilberg is a household name and Akira Kurosawa isn't. Cry me a river people. Don't resent Speilberg for having a larger than life name in the film industry. He's made too many movies to be called a hack. In terms of Technical expertise, John Ford is a better director. In terms of pacing, Alfred Hitchcock is a better director. In terms of acting, Billy Wilder is better. But being a director is about making good movies and you cannot say the Speilberg hasn't made his share of brilliant films. Even if you thought Seven Samurai was a more revolutionary and innovative movie than Jaws, (I'd personally have to disagree, but thats not the point) you can't give me 9 more Kurosawa movies superior to Speilbergs. Shindler's List was the most chilling movie I have ever seen. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the most entertaining. Saving Private Ryan was the most "jaw-dropping". The list goes on, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurrassic Park, Duel, and that little film called Star Wars. So maybe because of personal preference, you like Hitchcock's movies (equally plentiful to Speilberg's) more than Speilbergs. You could even make a case for John Ford, Martin Scorcese, Billy Wilder, and Francis Ford Coppolla. I might be forgetting somebody, but don't try to act superior because you don't think Speilberg is the best director. You are not superior, you just like bashing people who watch MTV too much. I bet you can't name two Kurosawa movies other than Seven Samurai, so don't bash other people for like Speilberg. Oh, and I have bad news for all of you who developed a good rebutal while you were reading my rant: I know Speilberg didn't direct Star Wars. I was just trying to get your hopes up, thinking you could boost your own ego by berating my knowledge of film. One final note, don't respond to this by naming two more Kurosawa movies. You won't impress anyone. You probably just looked on imdb.com or something anyway.

Calm down buddy, I think everyone can appreciate what Spielberg has done for movies and film in his time. It's just an opinion, just like what you posted was an opinion. I personally think that Kurosawa's quality was much better than speilberg's, despite the smaller quantity, but that's just my opinion. They're just two different breeds of filmmaker. Also, I liked LIT, which I saw before anyone had even told me about it. So don't write off a movie as being hyped, because Mr. Speilberg has also had plenty of movies with the hype that you were referring.

I have no problem with people saying Akiro Kurosawa is their favorite director. After all, he's a genius, and Seven Samurai is a great film. All I'm saying is that people really have no basis for calling Speilberg a hack. I know you didn't call him a hack, so my rant wasn't really aimed at you. You just have to really take into account all of the great movies Speilberg has done. If you think they are overrated, fine, that is your opinion. If Sofia Coppolla made a dozen movies of equal quality to Lost in Translation, and with the diversity of genres displayed in Speilberg's movies, I would have no reason to call her a hack. Even though I think LIT was a bad movie, I can recognize how it was well shot and well acted, and if she could make another dozen movies that capture audiences like LIT did, I would have to acknowledge her as a good director. My basic point was people shouldn't think they seem like intellectual film-historians for not liking main-stream industry directors like Speilberg. Say he's overrated, fine. But not a hack. I think Michael Jordan is overrated, and Wilt Chamberlain was better than him, but I could not say Michael Jordan is a hack.

One thing I personally don�t enjoy is non film aquantiances, jokingly elbowing and asking �Are you trying to be the next Speilberg?� or �hey there goes Spielberg� It gets old. I like his movies out of the 100 movies I own 2 are his. But how about some credits from the general public referencing at least Ridley Scott or Terry Gilliam. �Hey there goes the next Gilliam� Now I could get use to that.

^That's not something you can resent Speilberg for. Just because he's the most famous director, doesn't mean he's a hack. Maybe some of the other great directors should get more credit, but you shouldn't take away from Speilberg's accomplishments. Speilberg is overrated by the general public, just because they pretend like he is the only director alive. Like you said, they never say, "what are you trying to be the next John Ford?" However, among the film community, I think Speilberg is underrated. Like being overly-famous is his fault. I've seen major best director lists in which he is like the 13th best director. People should judge directors based on their films, not on what other people have to say about him. Don't hate him because he's famous.

I agree with you. If you read my post it just get tiresome. I dont think Spielberg is a hack and never said he was. Like I said I own some of his movies and I sincerely like at least half of what he does. He's not the best he's not the worst. I dont eat Speilberg Chex for breakfast and I dont knock him to sound cool. Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Schindlers List are supurb films. Terminal, Hook, AI, Temple of Doom....Not so much. So he is not the worst or the best in my oppinion. He is just the most popular and for me, again, in my oppinion, it gets old. Time for a new King.

I tend to be a fan of the top 3 and then the rest are in no particular order, im not saying Robert Rodriguez is better than Hitchcock its just i tend to watch a lot more of his work then i would of the others. 1. Robert Rodriguez 2. Quentin Tarantino 3. Tim Burton 4. Francis Ford Coppolla 5. Martin Scorsese 6. Brian De Palma 7. Peter Jackson 8. Oliver Stone 9. Orson Welles 10. Alfred Hitchcock

Amazing how light-weight and average most directors on these lists are. Almost as if posters haven't seen a film made before 1990. Top ten favorite is a bit limiting, but when you mention the criteria of those who inspired us to want to make films, mine would look like this...in no hard and fast order... 1 Michael Mann (watch Thief...genius) 2 Truffaut (very natural and works with same actors repeatedly...great writer and director for character pieces) 3 DeSica (ealy stuff was very commercial, Bicycle Thief is unsurpassed...started a whole movement that gave us Godard and Truffaut) 4 Sergio Leone (for reinterpreting Akira K's stuff amazingly and influencing Peckinpagh- not to mention Eastwood...and for passing on The Godfather) 5 P T Anderson (Hard Eight... nuff said) 6 Orson Welles (Citizen Kane has to be greatest american film ever) 7 Scorcese (Raging Bull is his finest work...slipping lately, but The Aviator was excellent-he should thank Mann for the gig) 8 Martin Ritt (Hud is poetry in motion...showcases Newman's formidable talent) 9 Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke? Forgetaboutit...The opening sequence of The Pope of Greenwich Village? Still makes me wanna cry cuz I know I'll never do better) 10 Bruce McDonald (the fact that the dude is one of Canada's best directors and still such a cool guy and down to earth...that is inspiring)

Oh yeah...I also like Gary Marshall.

Tarantino Aronofsky Van Sant

Kenneth Anger Craig Baldwin Kinji Fukasaku Sam Fuller Alfred Hitchcock Akira Kurosawa Sergio Leone George Romero Seijun Suzuki Andy Warhol

I only looked at the first page but no one on it had Woody Allen which is direspectful in my book. Forgive me for my spelling but heres my list. 1. Francis Ford Coppola 2. Tim Burton 3. Woody Allen 4. Alfred Hitchcock 5. Martin Scorsese 6. Quentin Tarantino 7. Darren Aronofsky Thats all I can think of probably not in the best order either.

For what it's worth, here's my list - not in any order. Sergio Leone Quentin Tarantino Alfred Hitchcock Ron Howard Oliver Stone John Woo Richard Donner Robert Zemekis Luc Besson Akira Kurasawa Honorable mentions: Huston, Scorsese, Speilberg, Hawks, Scott, Coppola, Burton, McTiernan Please note: While I think Eastwood should be on the top ten list, I have had a personal issue with him and think he's a piece of crap on the lawn of life. And another note: What has M. Night Shyamalan done (other than the 6th Sense) that wasn't a waste of celluloid?

1.Hitchcock The Master 2.Spielberg 3.Kubrick 4.Zemeckis 5.Kurasawa 6.Cameron 7.Orson Wells 8.Tarantino 9.Scorsese 10.Lucas 11.David Fincher (the last two are for their style) 12.Tim Burton

In no particular order: Serigo Leone Akira Kurwosawa Michael Mann Martin Scorsese Quentin Tarantino Paul Thomas Anderson Spike Lee Francis Ford Coppala William Friedkin Steven Spielberg

Michael Mann? Really? Mr. Miami Vice? And he directed "The Red Dragon" and that was fair - at best. As for Spike Lee, I like his use of camera but the guy is a self-proclaimed racist. I forgot to mention Friedkin - good call. And I also forgot to mention Peckinpah.

Ok, I have been getting many private messages asking me about my beef with Eastwood. So here goes. Back in the 1940's through 1960's, my grandparents owned a place called, "Melrose Baths." An unknown Clint Eastwood would come to their place - drunk as hell. My grandfather would massage him, my grandmother would feed him and sober him up. My dad, uncle and aunt would talk his ear off. This went on for YEARS. They were, in essence, his family and his shrink. Then he landed the role of "Rawhide" and became a known actor. He told my grandmother, "I consider you people my family. If you or any of your family ever needs something, just call on me." Flash forward to 1967. My grandfather died and Clint was invited to the funeral but never showed. Flash forward to 1998. My grandmother suffered a severe stroke and almost died. To this day, she lives in a managed care home. Several times, I have called his production company. Several times I have sent letters and emails. Several people have put my letter IN HIS HAND, so I know he got the message. My grandmother asked about him and wanted to say hello/goodbye. He refuses to call or email me and that is just a slap in my grandmother's face. Clint was like a son to her. So I now, boycott him and his films for a very personal reason. Am I wrong here? I never wanted the guy to hire me. I merely wanted him to come see my grandmother. Is that asking too much?

I know it's not a valid excuse for how things went down, but during that time he was working on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and True Crime. Sometimes you just can't get away when you're under contract. That doesn't excuse the later attempts by any means though. I'm sorry things went so badly with him.

What? She's been in that place for FIVE years and NOT ONCE he had a minute to come by to see her? His production company is on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank and she's in Tarzana...very close by. He's dirt as far as I'm concerned. After all she did for him? I fart in his general direction.

Wow, interesting info. But what would one expect from someone who as Mayor of Carmel, made it a crime to spill ice cream on the sidewalk. :roll:

I agree, it is really $h!tty of him to do something like that, or more to the point not do something. Too bad though, he's put out some of the best films recently. I have the same kind of hatred towards Ashton Kutcher and Jennifer Lopez. It's not based on anything really, just the fact that I hate them both. One of my goals is to have "J Lo" come in for an audition and I make her cry.

Richard Marx and Howie Mandel are on my list, Oh and John Stamos.

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