Every year, the most prestigious film academy’s hand out awards to the great talents of the cinema industry, and the greatest directors in the world have earned more than one prize for their work. From thrillers to dramas, epic fantasy to comedy and sci-fi, every impressive director has his preferred genre, although some occasionally like to colour outside of the box. However, we can all agree that when it comes to these cinematic masterminds, they certainly know how to execute their vision of a script, making sure every detail is on point.
In fact, sometimes being a great director translates into being a multitasker, taking on the tasks of producer, editor, cinematographer, camera man, and more. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that many of the best movie soundtracks ever, which we recounted in a previous article, were created by the directors themselves. So, let’s take a look at the greatest directors in the world and what their talent has to say for them.
5. Martin Scorsese
Anyone who has been going to the movies since the 70’s has surely seen at least a couple of Martin Scorsese flicks. Do The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas, The Departed, Taxi Driver, Casino, or The Aviator sound like familiar titles? Well, that’s probably because they are all epic and all came from the hand of Scorsese. His style is one of the most defined in all of Hollywood, featuring rawness in every way, be it regarding violence, aggression, sex, or drama. Except for Hugo, which is for children and therefore, delightful.
4. David Fincher
Some movie buffs say that this director is the closest modern cinema has gotten to Stanley Kubrik’s visual style, given Fincher’s tendency towards dark, intelligent, and witty psycho-thrillers. However, Fincher’s talent was somewhat overlooked by the Academy Awards until his work in The Social Network (2010), in spite having created several incredible box office hits before that, including Fight Club (1999) and Seven (1995). His American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, nevertheless, was critically acclaimed by Hollywood’s elite and fans alike, and today it’s clear that he’s one of the greatest directors in the world.