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Your top 3 directors.

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    David Lynch (can't believe noone has mentioned him)
    Christopher Nolan
    Stanley Kubrick
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    Roger Corman
    Martin Scorsese
    tie between Christopher Nolan and Alex Proyas
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    David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Quentin Tarantino (so cliche hah)
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    Michael Bay
    Guy Ritchie
    Brett Ratner

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    Oh wait... best?

    Martin Scorsese
    Christopher Nolan
    Steven Spielberg

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    David Fincher
    Christopher Nolan
    Quentin Tarantino

    Others I also like: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola (no one mentioning him ), Darren Aronofsky and Stanley Kubric
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    Stanley Kubrick
    David Lynch
    Francis Ford Coppola
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    Eisenstein, Kurosawa and Kubrick.

    But then I feel guilty for leaving out Ridley Scott
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    Martin Scorsese
    Danny Boyle
    Christopher Nolan

    (in no particular order)
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    (Original post by Agenda Suicide)
    Saw somebody with an awesome name quote me, thought we were gonna share awesome admiration. How wrong.

    Saving Private Ryan, MIB,. Schindlers List, transformers, although transformers and MIB is not on the same wavelength as SPR which isn't anywhere near as good as Schindler's list.
    He didn't direct Transformers or Men In Black. If you're going to be listing his good films then 'Jaws' is the one that deserves a mention.
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    (Original post by Jackso)
    He didn't direct Transformers or Men In Black. If you're going to be listing his good films then 'Jaws' is the one that deserves a mention.
    Spielberg killed the golden age of directors in Hollywood with Jaws. In the context of this thread, Jaws probably did more damage for directors than it serves as an example of good direction.
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    Spielberg killed the golden age of directors in Hollywood with Jaws. In the context of this thread, Jaws probably did more damage for directors than it serves as an example of good direction.
    How so? I'm not a fan of him, by the way, I think the guy really struggles to end films without making it overly-sentimental (with just one exception.)
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    (Original post by Jackso)
    How so? I'm not a fan of him, by the way, I think the guy really struggles to end films without making it overly-sentimental (with just one exception.)
    At the end of the 60s, Hollywood was really in trouble. Everyone was making really mediocre films, and nobody was going to watch them, which left the studios in severe financial difficulties. Then Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda went and made Easy Rider for a small amount and it blew up, which laid the blueprint for years of creative freedom for upcoming directors to make really interesting and challenging films. Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Milos Forman etc. all started their careers due to this, and some of the greatest films ever made were the result.

    The problem with it was that a lot of flops were made. Give an unknown entity a bit of money and while the result won't be boring, it certainly won't always be Badlands either. When Spielberg came along and set the foundations for the blockbuster with Jaws, studios started to realise that they could cut out all of this risk simply by using really wide releases, huge marketing and simple concepts. Then George Lucas came along with Star Wars. Then the two teamed up for Indiana Jones, and the age of the Hollywood auteur died.

    I'm not trying to say Spielberg is a bad director, because I like a lot of his films. But looking at the bigger picture then coupled with Lucas he is arguably one of the worst influences on American film ever.
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    1. Scorsese
    2. Nolan
    3. David Fincher
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    1. Terrence Malick
    2. Terrence Malick
    3. Terrence Malick
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    Almodovar, Wong Kar Wai, Coen brothers
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    Tim Burton
    James Cameron
    Quentin Tarantino
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    Idi Amin, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein.
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    (Original post by Torrresss)
    Idi Amin, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein.
    they're rubbish dictators did you forget about Hitler and Stalin.
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    spielberg is so overrated

    et is a terrible film
    as is schindlers list

    he has one good film saving private ryan and an awesome animation american tale that is it
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    Joe Wright!

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