Top Movie Directors of All Time

1. Steven Spielberg

Not only is Steven Spielberg one of the best-known directors in Hollywood, he is also one of the wealthiest people in the film industry in the world. This American director, producer and screenwriter has a career that spans over four decades and he has become one of the most influential people in the movie industry. Although he has made films in many genres, his areas of specialism are science-fiction, war, and adventure. He made his professional directorial debut in 1968 with a short film called ‘Amblin’ which he also wrote. Some of the films for which he is best known include ‘Jaws’, ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. This prolific filmmaker has been nominated for 15 Oscars of which he has won three. He has also won two Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards. Spielberg is one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios.

2. Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese was born in New York City on November 17, 1942. He is now one of the most famous directors in the world and specializes in directing movies in the crime, drama, and suspense genres. There are often themes that run throughout his work, including the concepts of redemption and guilt in the Catholic church, gang conflict, modern crime, and his Sicilian-American identity. Some of his most famous movies include ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Raging Bull’, and ‘Mean Streets’. This highly acclaimed director has won many awards, including an Oscar, three Golden Globes, and three BAFTA Awards. He has been married five times and has three children.

3. Alfred Hitchcock

When it comes to horror and suspense movies, Alfred Hitchcock is often the first name that springs to mind as he is renowned for his work in these genres. He has also directed many notable drama movies. Alfred Hitchcock is a British director who was born on August 13, 1899. He began his career working on silent films and he didn’t direct a film with sound until his tenth film, ‘Blackmail’, which was released in 1929. Some of Hitchcock’s most famous movies include ‘Psycho’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘North by Northwest’, and ‘Rear Window’. He was awarded a Golden Globe and also received five different Lifetime Achievement Awards in honor of his contributions to the film industry. Hitchcock died on April 29, 1980.

4. James Cameron

James Cameron is a Canadian director whose work has influenced that of many other directors. He was born in Ontario on August 16, 1954, but moved to the United States in 1971. He originally followed in the footsteps of his father who was an engineer as he chose to study physics at California State University. However, he decided this wasn’t the right choice for him and switched his course to English. In the end, he decided he wanted to pursue a different career path and dropped out of university altogether. He began screenwriting but had to work as a truck driver in the early stages to support his ambition. He went on to have a very successful career as a screenwriter, director, producer, and filmmaker. He was also an engineer, an inventor, a deep-sea explorer, and a philanthropist. Some of his biggest films include ‘The Terminator’, ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’, ‘Aliens’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’, ‘True Lies’, ‘Strange Days’, and ‘Spider-Man and Dark Angel’. Throughout his career, Cameron has won two Golden Globes and three Oscars.

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