The history of Hollywood is filled with great and influential directors. Their area of film directions included vast fields like suspense, thriller, horror , fiction and drama. Many of them have greatly influenced the style of film making in Hollywood. Their renowned movies have brought not only fame but also a lot of money and goodwill in the film industry. All of the great directors have been the recipients of big awards ranging from Academy awards to Grammy. Following is the list of top ten Hollywood directors of all time.
10. Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born on 7th April 1939. He is an American producer, film writer and is known to be one of the most influential film directors in the history of Hollywood. He has reformed the contemporary style of film making. The blockbusters like Godfather (1972), Godfather: Part II (1974), Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979) were directed by Ford Cappola. His span of film direction was from 1960s to 2000s with 2 films directed in the 1960s, 5 in 1970s, 4 in 1980s, 4 in 1990s and 2 movies directed in 2000s. He is the winner of Academy award for Best writing, best actor, Best director.
9. Clint Eastwood
Clinton Eastwood was born on 31st May 1930 is one of the finest director in the history of Hollywood. He was also an actor, producer, writer, composer and a politician. Clint was in Hollywood from the 1970s to 2010s directing 7 movies in 1970s, 7 movies in 1980s, 8 in 1990s, 10 in 2000s and 2 in 2010s. His list of hit movies includes Million Dollar Baby (2004), Unforgiven (1992), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) and Mystic River (2003). He was the oldest director to be awarded with the Academy Award for best director for his awesome contribution in the field of direction at the age of 74. Other awards include the Golden award, Peopl’s Choice Award, director’s Guild of America’s Award.
8. Joel Coen
Joel Coen was born on 29th November 1954. His list in the area of film direction includes 15 films ( 2 in 1980s, 5 films in 1990s, 7 films in 2000s and 1 in 2010s) . His hit movies include No country for Old Men in the year 2007, serious Man A (2009), Fargo (1996), and Barton Fink in the year 1991 which cemented his position in the history of Hollywood. He was also nominated for an Academy award for best Director. Coen’s has directed films in varied fields. He has been working with his brother Ethan Coen until recently when Joel chooses a direction field and Ethan went into production. The Coen brothers have together been nominated for many remarkable awards.
7. Peter Jackson
Sir Robert Peter Jackson was born on 31st October 1961. He has directed the world famous Lord of the rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ( 2001), Lord of the rings: The Return of the King (2003), Lord of the rings: The Two Towers (2002) and King Kong (2005). He was in the direction field in Hollywood from 1970s to 2010s, directing the 1 film in 1970s, 2 films in 1980s, 3 in 1990s, 4 in 2000s and 1 film in 2010s. He is the e winner of Academy award for best director, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Saturn award for best film direction and Academy award for best original screenplay.
6. Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born on 27th march 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is an American actor, producer and cinematographer. The movies like Pulp Fiction (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Kill Bill: volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill : volume 2 (2004). He directed 3movies in 1990s and 2 movies in 2000s. He is also the writer of Reservoir Dogs (his first direction) which acclaimed for a worldwide recognition. He has also acted in the movie Pulp Fiction. He was nominated for Grammy’s and Emmy’s award and is the recipient of an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden globe award. His style in film making include Kung-fu and western theme.
5. Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick was born in New York city. Stanley is considered one of the finest film director in Hollywood. Even though Stanley was not so good in academics, he was considered intelligent by his teachers and relatives. Considering a change in the atmosphere will improve the performance of Stanley, his father Jack sent him to his uncle Martin Perveler in 1940 to Pasadena, California. His major blockbusters include Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Paths of Glory (1958), Spartacus (1960). He is also the director of the all time hit The clockwork orange. He directed 6 movies in the 1950s, 4 in 1906s, 1 in 1970s and 1990s and 2 movies in 1980s.
4. Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese was born on November 19th 1942. The fame and name of Martin Scorsese spread worldwide because of movies like Goodfellas (1990), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980) and Departed (2006) which were directed by him. He was one of the influential and innovative filmmakers in the Hollywood. He directed 32 movies in the duration from 1950 to 1990 directing 1 movie in 1950s, 1 in the 1960s, 8 in 1970s, 5 in 1980s, 8 in 1990s, 8 in 2000s and 1 in 2010s . He is also the founder of foundations like Film Foundation and World Cinema Foundation. He is the winner of Grammy’s award, Emmys award, Academy award and BAFTAs.
3. Woody Allen
Woody Allen was born on 1st December 1935. He is also known by the name of Allan Stewart Konigsberg. He has directed over 40 Hollywood movies from the 1960s to 2000s directing the 1 movie in the 1960s, 7 in 1970s, 9 in 1980s, 10 in Annie Hall (1977). Movies like Manhattan (1979), HAnanah and Her Sisters (1986) and Radio Days (1987) were Allen’s best movies. He was also a play writer, an actor, a musician and an author. He was a man of great talent and potentials. He has also starred in many movies, of his own production house. He has also written scripts for television serials and comedy plays for theatres.
2. Alfred Hitchcock
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on 13th august 1899. Alfred’s best directed movies are Rear Window (1954), Psycho (1960), Vertigo (1958) and Shadow of a doubt (1943). Alfred has directed about 60 movies from 1920s to 1970s, the statistics of which are 11 in 1920s, 15 in 1930s, 14 in the 1940s, 5 in 1960s and 2 in 1970s. He has tried his hands in genres like thriller, suspense and psychology and even silent movies. He won many awards including 2 Global awards, 5 Lifetime achievement awards, 8 laurel awards and an Academy Award for best director. He left this world on 29th April 1980.
1. Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg was born on December 18th 1946. In the list of top ten Hollywood directors, Steven Spielberg is on the top with his Blockbusters like Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Jaws (1975) and Saving Private Ryan (1998, also the producer). He is also one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the Hollywood with the wealth of 3.2 billion dollars. He directed 32 movies in the duration from 1950s to 2010s, 1 in 1950s, 3 in the 1960s, 3 in 1970s, 7 in 1980s, 7 in 1990s, 9 in 2000s and 2 in 2010s. He has worked on different themes ranging from science fiction to adventure. Other genres of his filmmaking include war and terrorism. Steven has won awards like an Academy award for best Director.