Film making is a great form of art, and there are some people who have mastered this art to an unmatched level. There are directors more than we can count, who have give some amazing movie to the Hollywood industry, but the best ones are those who can use this tool of film-making to convey a message to the audience in a pleasant way, and in the way they actually want it to be. Directors make movies for people like us, so that we can derive pleasure and entertainment out of it. But there have been some exceptional releases which took the box office by a storm, thus getting few directors into the limelight for their large technical knowledge and base of film direction. Not to say, film direction is a great art and a tough one, as one could only convey his message through audio and visual. The most important thing about filmmaking is to leave an impact in the audience, and some directors have been capable of changing people’s lives and thoughts through a lot of movies they have created. These directors have received appreciation and laurels for their impactful masterpieces, which makes people remember them till date. Here is a list of the top 10 best directors in Hollywood, who have given the film industry a different dimension altogether.
10. Kathryn Bigelow
With her recent movie released in 2012 ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, this female director is the first woman to an Oscar in the best director category. She was given this prestigious award for her movie ‘The Hurt Locker’ which was released in the year 2008. Known to portray some perfect action sequences in her movie, along with impactful visuals, this female director has surely made a mark for herself in a comparatively male dominated film industry.
9. Woody Allen
The world has seen this man in various forms, right from director, comedian, screenwriter, actor, author to a musician. Woody Allen is best known for his slapstick romantic comedies, and some of his best works include ‘Manhattan’, ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Midnight in Paris’. His movies are considered to be some of the best Hollywood movies the world has seen, which took him on to receiving four Oscars and various Academy awards and nominations.
8. Martin Scorsese
Founder of the World Cinema Foundation, Martin Scorsese is known to be one meticulous film director Hollywood has ever seen. His movies, technical and complicated, yet impactful and enjoyable at the same time, he gave his first masterwork to Hollywood in 1973 for directing the movie ‘Mean Streets’. His partnership with Robert De Niro won him huge acclaim all across the world, making him one of the most important film directors till date.
7. Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino gave the Hollywood industry some really different movies, which portrayed art and entertainment at the same time. Highly satirical in nature, he has produced some of the best works considered in global cinema such as ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and the very popular ‘Kill Bill’ series. Tarantino has been appreciated and awarded various nominations and Academy and Golden Globe awards, also not to forget the prestigious Palme D’Or award.
6. Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola has given the world the ‘Godfather’ series, which obviously does not need any introduction. Though his movie ‘Apocalypse Now’ marked the shining period of his career, Coppola had received several accolades and also won an Academy award for his movie ‘Patton’ in the year 1970.
5. Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan is one film director who is known to have played with time, space and memory in a very intriguing and distinct manner. His best movies such as ‘Inception’ and the ‘Batman’ series do not only see action sequences emerging but a very balanced act of managing time and space with the story and characters, which make his movies all the more delightful to watch. Nolan’s movies are known to have a psychological impact in the audience mind as he juggles about with reality and identity of characters.
4. Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock is a film director whose every movie had a different motive and idea behind it. He is one man who has give the world some great movies to watch, one after the other as there was no stopping him when it came to making either comedy movies or thriller movies. Some of his best movies are ‘Psycho’, ‘Rear Window’, ‘The 39 steps’, ‘The Man who knew too much’ and ‘Rebecca’. Hitchcock gave the world more than 50 films which he directed, leading him to win the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1979.
3. James Cameron
Who would ever forget the greatest movie made of all time, the ‘Titanic’, James Cameron is the film director who gave the Hollywood industry this great masterpiece of all time, along with some other box office hits such as ‘The Terminator’, ‘True Lies’ and ‘Avatar’. Cameron is known to have directed various types and genres of movies, making him one of the most respectable directors of all time.
2. Clint Eastwood
An actor and a film director, Clint Eastwood is known to have produced some of the most varied and distinct movies such as ‘Changelings’, ‘Million Dollar Baby’ and the ‘The Mystic River’. Not only was he known was his remarkable acting skills, but marveled for his great intricacy when it came to film direction. Clint Eastwood was also awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion award in the year 2000, apart from winning several other Academy awards.
1. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg has made some amazingly successful movies, right from ‘Schindler’s List’ to the ‘ET: Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Known to have given Hollywood some of the highest grossing box office movies, Steven Spielberg remains one of the best film directors Hollywood has ever come across, and his achievement in winning several Academy and Golden Globe awards categorize his movies as evergreen movies of all time.