Top 10 Hollywood movie directors

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Updated on 9 May, 2012 at 11:54 am


In politics, history and art, each genesis finds out its own heroes making an unerasable impact. The same phenomenon goes with the movie industry where certain blokes have helped to define the actual meaning of cinema. We have counted down ten most celebrated Hollywood movie directors who changed the wide landscape of film-making by their creative force.

10. Alfred Hitchcock:

Master player in psychological and suspense genres, Sir Hitchcock movies are better known for their thrilling plots and twist endings.  This cultural icon provided Hollywood some of the sensational movies in his tenure of almost six decades, that are still adoring the IMDB Top 250 list. His famous movies include, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho, The 39 Steps, Dial M for Murder etc.

9. Cameron Crowe:

Widely adored by the post-baby generation, Cameron Crowe’s movies are better known for featuring male agonists who are generally pariahs and misfits. He came to prominence after the grand success of “Jerry Maguire.” Later, he emerged as a stunning movie director by making some critically acclaimed movies such as Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, The Fixer, The Union and others.

8. Christopher Nolan:

Son of an advertising copywriter father and a flight attendant mother, Christopher Nolan is one of the most celebrated figures in the list of eminent Hollywood movie directors. His famous movies include “Inception,” “Memento,” “The Prestige,” “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight.”


7. Francis Ford Coppola:

A man of innovative ideas who changed the face of contemporary movie making, Francis Ford Coppola will be always remembered for fathering “The Godfather.” He overturned the gangster genre by his trendy direction abilities and later emerged as an energetic and erratic film maker by directing “Apocalypse Now,” “The Conversation,” “The Outsiders” and other blockbusters.

6. Martin Scorsese:

Founder of the “World Cinema Foundation” and provoker of themes such as modern crime, violence, redemption and machismo, Martin Scorsese holds a reverend position in the list of top-notch Hollywood movie directors. It’s a matter of fact that most of the successful movies of Scorsese constitute Robert De Niro as protagonist. His famous movies are “Goodfellas,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Mean Streets” etc.

5. Sergio Leone:

Best known for depicting violent and ugly acts with quick bursts of action, Sergio Leone is credited for introducing the “Spaghetti Western” genre in Hollywood movies. His most famous works are “Dollars Trilogy,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Once Upon a Time in West,” “Duck” and others that are still considered as brilliant masterpieces. He is the person who established Clint Eastwood as the icon of macho movie stars.

4. Clint Eastwood:

Passionate for incredible directing, passionate for his crew and passionate for story-telling, Clint Eastwood (The Man with no Name), possesses an amazing energy and commitment to introduce sublime perfection in his movies. His heart-felt blockbusters include “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Mystic River” etc.

3. James Cameron:

Widely known for directing “Titanic” and “Avatar,” the two highest earning movies of all time, James Cameron constitutes tremendous skill in implementing scientific aspects in his movies. His style, imagination and escalated effort makes him a pioneer in movie making arena. His high-tech movies “Aliens,” “The Abyss,” “The Terminator”and “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” are an illustration of a perfectionist.

2. Quentin Tarantino:

With exquisite and excessive plot details, Tarantino’s movies consist a unique style that can make the viewer gasp, laugh, cry and yell in just a single scene. His methodology of creating non-linear storylines is considered as his hallmark that can’t be seen in other movie directors. Tarantino’s mega hits include “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill I & II,” “Inglorious Basterds” and others.


1. Steven Spielberg:

The living legend in the stack of best Hollywood movie directors and an epitome of generating commercial blockbusters, Steven Spielberg rules this list with his powerful visualization and universally placeable emotion. Winner of countless awards, Spielberg has directed heap of blockbusters covering many themes and genres.