5) Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, E.T., Lincoln) – A legend, and a billionaire. No words need be uttered about him that hasn’t already been stressed enough. His is a visionary genius, a true marvel when it comes to crafting inspiring, beautiful, captivating, moving works of art. He has countless block busters under his belt, so many I think- is that his stomach poking out? No? Well, he’s done a lot and has received the appropriate praise for it.
4) George Lucas (Star Wars Movies, Indiana Jones) – This man is also a legend, plain and simple. No explanation needs to go into why this man is on my list, but I’ll give one anyway. Star Wars. Those two words alone are enough to justify his entry; however, I’ll go deeper. He made billions off of this “space opera”, as they dubbed it, and hasn’t looked back ever. There’s video games, movies, toys, studios, plays, the list goes on and on. He may not have won an Oscar, but neither has Leonardo, and I consider him one of the best actors I’ve ever seen. If not enough, he also directed Indiana Jones and that too has had countless spin offs; TV shows, toys and movies galore!
3) Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street) – Martin Scorsese deserves all the accolades he has amassed. He is another genius director, who knows just how to play on the audience’s emotions. He captivated me with The Departed, a gritty gangster movie, and I loved Shutter Island. This whole direction of that movie was, in my opinion, flawless. It got you to actually think about what you just saw, and in most cases, made you want to re watch it again, just to pick up on things that you know you missed toward the end of the movie. He also adds humor into his movies, and that is the icing on the cake to me; the cherry on top if you will.
2) Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) – I absolutely love every single movie this man has directed. It was a really tough decision between him and the person I put as number one, but once again, I stand by it! He may be controversial, but he knows exactly how to get his point across and knows just the fashion he should do it in. There hasn’t, and won’t (I don’t think at least) been a movie I don’t absolutely crave that he directed.
1) Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Insomnia) – And here we have the number one director, in my personal opinion. It was a tough choice, as I’ve stated before, but one that makes the most sense to me, in terms of direction style. I love to be captivated and amazed, but I also love learning things, having my mind expanded and being forced to think. This is exactly what Christopher Nolan’s films do; forces you out of your comfort zone, where the storyline is laid out before you, and makes you think and actually ponder what could happen next, or what does that even mean or could that be real. That is enough for me to have him on top of my list; or bottom, whichever you prefer.