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Know These 10 Directors By Their Top 5 Masterpieces

Names are a hard thing to remember for some people. I come under that category! Do you? Then you will surely thank me after finishing this article.

We remember faces but remembering names take slightly more time for some unknown reason. There are so many marvelous directors in the world but sometimes we forget either their names or the movies they made.

Let’s use this article to learn the masterpieces made by these genius directors. Only 10 names could be squeezed in here, if you need a bigger list drop a message in the comments and we will do the needful.

Sidney Lumet 


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Sadly Sidney Lumet died in 2011 though he continues to live on with his films. His movies have a realistic and energetic style. The words “Sidney Lumet” and “energy,” are considered synonymous. One film critic named Owen Gleiberman observed “The energy can be seen in the quietest moments. It is an inner energy, a hum of existence that Lumet observed in people and brought out in them. . . [when he] went into the New York streets . . . he made them electric’. You see a very real documentary kind of style in his movies where the actors are stark real, the most natural light is used and the scenes are set in the harsh coarse reality with ugly offices and the ‘real’ unclean world.

Famous for: 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and Serpico

Francis Ford Coppola

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Coppola is most famous for his masterpiece trilogy of The Godfather. It was considered a milestone in the realm of gangster movies, not only was it a milestone in the field of film-making, it succeeded in bringing to the audience a new style of gangster cinema with the tale of the Corleone family.

Famous for: The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, Godfather 1, 2 and 3.

Stanley Kubrick

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Men like Kubrick should be immortal as they are plain geniuses who keep awing people around them with the way their brain functions. His film’s are called the most important contributions to world cinema in the 20th century.

Kubrick’s films are typically adaptations of novels or short stories and cover a wide range of genres, his style has the factors of realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and an evocative use of music.

He started his work in America though his dislike of Hollywood, and a growing concern about crime in America prompted him to move to the United Kingdom in 1961, where he spent most of the remainder of his life and career. He is a highly acclaimed film maker since generations for his attention to detail and skillful use of music, the actions and the tunes are perfectly synchronized to produce this unique product that has been awing film-making students since forever.

Famous for: Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining

Martin Scorsese


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Scorcese is regarded as a highly influential filmmaker during the New Hollywood Wave. Scorsese’s body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption, machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also notable for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity.

To add, Robert De Niro and Scorcese have been extremely close friends and have worked in many films together as well. 3 of the films listed below has De Niro in it.

Famous for: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Aviator, The Departed

Michael Mann

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You will always see one to four deadpan male protagonists who are experts in some profession in Mann’s films. His film style contains fast-paced, artful scenes that strongly depend on powerful music, where often two opposing sides intermix, such as undercover police work and undercover drug trafficking, so that it is hard to distinguish between the two. Overall, Mann’s films mix artistry (via music, stylishness and emotional intensity) with sexuality, strong violence, humorless noir-like stoicism, and complex plot twists.

Famous for: Heat, The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Public Enemies and Miami Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson


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Most of the characters in Anderson’s films are realistically flawed and desperate. Recurring themes on dysfunctional familial relationships, alienation, surrogate families, regret, loneliness and ghosts of the past can be seen. Anderson makes frequent use of repetition to build emphasis and thematic consistency. He deploys a bold visual style which includes stylistic trademarks such as constantly moving camera, steadicam-based long takes, memorable use of music and multi-layered audiovisual imagery.

Famous for: Inherent Vice, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There will be blood

John Carpenter


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Carpenter is mainly associated with horror and science-fiction films of the 70’s and 80’s. His films are characterized by minimalist lighting and photography, static cameras, use of steadicam, and distinctive synthesized scores (usually self-composed).

Famous for: The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Assault on Precinct 13 and They Live

Steven Spielberg


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Spielberg has played with all kinds of themes and genres and has always wow-ed the audience with his flawless execution. From sci-fi to films addressing humanistic issues, his films of varied themes have managed to come under the league of classics.

A strong consistent theme in his work is of a childlike, even naïve sense of wonder and faith. These themes are portrayed through the use of low height camera tracking shots, which have become one of Spielberg’s directing trademarks. Another child oriented theme in Spielberg’s films is that of loss of innocence and coming-of-age though the most persistent theme throughout his films is tension in parent-child relationships. Parents (often fathers) are reluctant, absent or ignorant.

This theme is arguably the most autobiographical aspect of Spielberg’s films, since Spielberg himself was affected by his parents’ divorce as a child and by the absence of his father.

Famous for: Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report

Coen Brothers

Directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen pose for a photo in Los Angeles

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Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen are collectively referred to as the Coen brothers. They have directed more than 15 films together, that are often characterized as being “genre-busting“, having covered comedy, crime, the Western, horror, thriller, gangster, drama, romance, adventure, and features of neo-noir. So basically they have stepped into every genre ever created.

Famous for: Inside Llewyn Davis, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, No country for old men, Fargo

Sergio Leone


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Sergio Leone is known as the creator of the Spaghetti-Western genre which was previously known as the pepla/ sword and sandal genre. His film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots.

Famous for: Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad And The Ugly, Duck, You Sucker, Once Upon A Time In The West

Wasn’t the list highly informative? Let us know if you want to know the work and style of more film makers!

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