The 25 Greatest Directors Working Today: 5-1

Tonight we arrive at the final post for my personal top 25 greatest film directors working today and with my top five auteurs. I invite you to read numbers 25-6 in my four previous posts right here:

And now – the Top 5:

5. Steven Spielberg

You’ve likely heard of him. For 40 years, Spielberg has reshaped the landscape of American cinema from Jaws to Indiana Jones to E.T. and beyond. In this century, Spielberg has continued his impressive resume with Minority Report, Munich, War of the Worlds, and Lincoln. 

4. Christopher Nolan

Nolan made a huge splash in 2001 with Memento. Since then, he’s directed effective twisty thrillers from Insomnia to The Prestige to Inception. Oh… and that other thing! That would be directing the Dark Knight trilogy, which will surely go down in cinema history of the gold standard of superhero flicks.

3. Martin Scorsese

Another director who’s been at it for four decades, “Marty” has two pics in my all-time Top Ten (Taxi Driver and GoodFellas), not to mention 20th century classics Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Cape Fear, and Casino. His 21st century catalog has been amazing as well: Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Hugo. This fall’s Wolf of Wall Street with his frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio is my most anticipated film of the year.

2. David Fincher

After his poorly received first feature Alien 3 (which, by the way, I feel is underrated), Fincher’s second pic Seven is a genre classic and brilliant film making. The brilliance hasn’t stopped since: The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Amazing.

1. Quentin Tarantino

For those who follow my blog, this should be no surprise. I have literally loved everything QT has directed. The love started with his first feature Reservoir Dogs and it’s never let up. Pulp Fiction ranks #3 on my all-time greatest movies. Jackie Brown. The Kill Bill flicks. Grindhouse. Inglorious Basterds. Django Unchained. Tarantino is the most important filmmaker of the last two decades and he has yet to rest of his considerable laurels.

And there you have it, my friends! Hope you enjoyed my list of the 25 directors who I feel represent the best in cinema today!

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