These Are, Without a Doubt, the Greatest Movie Directors of All Time

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Hollywood has seen many directors come and go. Those that leave a mark do so by repeatedly bringing us films that advance the art form and bear their own personal touch and vision. All throughout film history, we can thank the men and women who yell “action” for wrangling temperamental movie people and battling studio executive idiocy in service of creating movies we can enjoy for years to come. These are the five greatest directors to work within the confines of Tinseltown:
These Are, Without a Doubt, the Greatest Movie Directors of All Time

1Alfred Hitchcock

Let’s face it, this rotund Englishman just made classic after classic after classic. From Psycho, to Vertigo, to North By Northwest to a slew of other timeless, visually brilliant suspense thrillers, Hitchcock was a major talent who worked with others of that ilk to make more revered films than probably anyone else to ever work within the Hollywood system. His first American-produced film, Rebecca, won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1940, while his second, Foreign Correspondent, was also nominated in the same category that same year. That’s a pretty good first year. He excelled throughout the rest of the 40s then hit his peak in the fifties, striking gold with legendary actors such as, Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant to make an endless list of hits through to the early 60’s that includes Rear Window, Dial M For Murder, and To Catch A Thief.Next >
Honorable Mention

Charles Chaplin –This screen comedy legend was so well regarded in his time he released two mostly silent films (1931’s City Lights, 1936’s Modern Times) after the advent of sound and saw them both reach great success. Chaplin’s features were funny and moving masterpieces that pop up on many a “100 Greatest Films” list.


D.W. Griffith – the first epic filmmaker, Griffith was responsible for many pioneering techniques that helped greatly advanced film as a storytelling medium in the silent era. Griffith is best known for the controversial pro – KKK film Birth Of A Nation (1915) and his mea culpa for that (still highly esteemed) P.R. snafu, Intolerance (1916).


Francis Ford Coppola – In the 70s, he made the first two Godfather films, The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now. That’s perfection achieved four consecutive times. Coppola’s gift to cinema in those four films is immeasurable, so much that many will surely balk at his absence in the Top 5.


John Ford - If Orson Welles and Ingmar Bergman name you one of the greatest directors, you probably did alright. The master of the long shot, Ford used the American Frontier as a wide canvas in classics like Stagecoach (1939), My Darling Clementine (1948) and The Searchers (1954) , taking home four Best Director wins over a long , sterling career.


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