Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all Time

Though directing a movie and making it a box office hit is not an easy task there are few who are master in this art. With out of the box techniques and remarkable films these directors have brought in a complete innovation in this field. Tremendously hit movies such as Citizen Kane, Jurassic park, Godfather, Lord of the Rings etc are the artistic products of some of the top movie directors. Without wasting time, navigate through to spot out the top 10 Hollywood directors of all time.

Top Ten Best Movie Directors of all Time

Identify the best directors through the list of top ten Hollywood directors of all time.

1. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock - No.1 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeAcknowledged as the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock is the top movie director who ingeniously blended comedy with anticipation to craft out a pristine movie. Alfred’s work encompasses cinematic creation, modernism and landmarks in the field. He was born on 13th August 1899 and started off his career in filmography in 1919 in England though later he moved to the USA. Throughout six decades of his career he had directed over fifty feature films. Hitchcock has not only earned a reputation in Hollywood but is also regarded as the best director in British filmmaking. Notorious, Psycho, Rear Window etc are few of his best work.

2. Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg - No. 2nd Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeFrom science-fiction, humanistic issues to adventure films, Steven Spielberg’s films include a wide range of genus and themes. Regarded as the most well known and prominent figure among filmmakers, he is also credited for co-founding the movie studio – DreamWorks. In 1998 he was awarded with the Academy Award for Best Director. Moreover his movies; Jaws (1975), E.T the Extra Terrestrial (1982) and Jurassic park (1993) have broken box office records by becoming the highest grossing films. Even his latest flick – Lincoln received 12 Academy nominations.

3. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick - No. 3rd Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeStanley Kubrick is said to have reconceived the genres in which he worked by exerting complete artistic control over his projects. Maximum of his works are typical adaptation of novels and short stories merged with a note of incredibility and exceptional cinematography. Crime, romance, war, black comedy, science fictions and epics were the general themes that his films portrayed. The American director is one among the best Hollywood directors whose movies hold record for breaking the tradition ground of film making.

4. Orson Welles

Orson Welles - No.4th Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeBox office hit flicks like Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), The Trial (1962) etc are the creation of Orson Welles. He is not only top movie director but is also eminent for radio and theatre performances. Orson’s technique of film making became so imperative that current generation directors cannot help mimicking them to benefit their movies. He was born on 6th May, 1915 and had bid adieu to the world on 10th October, 1985 after suffering from heart conditioning.

5. Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese - No.5 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeBest recognized for directing some of the most audacious movies in the history of cinema, Martin Scorsese’s films covers topics such as guilt and redemption, Italian American identity, violence, machismo and modern crime. He imbibes a complete different way of casting his story for which flicks such as Mean Street (1973), Raging Bull (1980), Taxi Driver (1976) and Goodfellas (1990) have become landmark movies. Martin was felicitated with the Academy Award for Best Director for The Departed in 2006. Besides he was also the winner of other prestigious awards such as Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award, Silver Lion, Grammy award, Golden Globes, DGA award, Emmys, BAFTAs etc.  

6. Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson - No.6 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeThe movie, Bad Taste had changed Peter Jackson’s life to an extent that now he shares a space with the top movie directors of Hollywood. Since then he has profoundly been engaged in directing some of the most successful films with a touch of all types of themes. In the last decade, Lord of the Rings trilogy has been the most appreciative fiction movie series by Jackson. His other noteworthy motion pictures include Heavenly Creatures, King Kong, Forgotten Silver, The Lovely Bones, and The Frighteners. He was born on 31st October 1961 and been interest in filming since the tender age of eight.

7. Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola - No.7 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeThe man behind the direction of the unbeaten Godfather trilogy is none other than the American film director – Francis Ford Coppola. The series has honored him with multiple awards. Popular for his energetic and erratic work, Francis typifies a group of moviemakers known as the “New Hollywood”. Allowing his family members to enact in his movies is a trade mark of Francis. The Twixt released during 2009 was his last movie of the past decade.

8. Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman - No.8 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeIngmar Bergman who lived from 1918 till 2007 is yet another name that gets included among the top 10 Hollywood directors of all time. He is Swedish by origin and had directed more than sixty movies and documentaries during his career as a director. His well known works includes Winter Light, Through a Glass darkly, Shame, The Virgin Spring etc. Ingmar loved to work on themes such as illness, betrayal, faith, insanity and bleakness. For over six decades he had contributed immensely in this field and thus is still regarded as most accomplished directors of all time.

9. Akira Kurosawa

Akira Kurosawa - No.9 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeAkira Kurosawa is a renowned Japanese film director who has been credited for casting some of the most authentic and appealing stories. He started off in 1936 and continued till he breathed his last in 1998. In 1990 he was acknowledged with Academy Award for “Life Time Achievement” and was titled as “Asian of the Century” in the category of “Arts, Literature, and Culture” by CNN and AsianWeek magazine. As a non Westerner, he is one of the most prominent film directors of the last century.

10. Joel Coen

Joel Coen - No.10 Top 10 Hollywood Directors of all TimeJoel Coen is an expert in producing irreverent, stylish and cinema-savvy movies which never ceases to go unnoticed by critics and movie lovers. He works along with his brother, Ethan Coen and till date has been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards among which they have won two. With hits like Intolerable Cruelty, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country for Old Men etc have marked him as one of the best directors known till now.

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