directors Who is the best director of all time?

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Best Director wins:

(2) Lewis Milestone 1928 and 1930
(2) Frank Borzag 1928 and 1932
(2) Frank Lloyd 1929 and 1933
(2) Leo McCarey 1937 and 1944
(2) Billy Wilder 1945 and 1960
(2) Elia Kazan 1947 and 1954
(2) Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1949 and 1950
(2) George Stevens 1951 and 1956
(2) Fred Zinnemann 1953 and 1966
(2) David Lean 1957 and 1962
(2) Robert Wise 1961 and 1965
(2) Milos Forman 1975 and 1984
(2) Oliver Stone 1986 and 1989
(2) Clint Eastwood 1992 and 2004
(2) Steven Spielberg 1993 and 1998
(2) Ang Lee 2005 and 2012
(2) Alejandro González Iñárritu 2014 and 2015
(3) Frank Capra 1934, 1936 and 1938
(3) William Wyler 1942, 1946 and 1959
(4) John Ford 1935, 1940, 1941 and 1952

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King Vidor, because he's always been my idol. Movies like The Champ, Stella Dallas, and The Fountainhead are, IMHO, among the greatest movies of all time. And Henry Hathaway, because he was my neighbor and (to a young kid) somewhat of a hero. Prince Valiant may have been less than memorable, but he made up for it with Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Shepherd Of The Hills, and True Grit.

I still have nightmares of being chased by Robert Wagner and that Dutch-bob haircut.
 
I know he's not listed but I'd like to toss Sam Peckinpah into the mix. Not the greatest of all time but certainly one of the most copied directors. My father went to school with him and they remained friends until he died so on the rare occasion, I got to see him work and even though you could smell the alcohol on him a mile away? He was one of the most diligent directors I have ever seen and I've seen my share up close and personal.
 

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(3) Frank Capra 1934, 1936 and 1938

One of my favorite directors. "It Happened One Night" (1934) set the basic format for Rom-Coms that is still followed to this day.

For the time (30s/40s) he was somewhat controversial. The studio thought "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" was a terrible idea for a film; it won the Oscar in 1937. "Meet John Doe" (1941) had no 'good guys' at the start of the film. The US Congress actually tried to prevent the release of "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939). And, of course, I must acknowledge "It's A Wonderful Life," the quintessential Christmas film and a lovely slice of Americana; it wasn't a hit in 1946, but resurfaced with a vengeance in the 1980s.

Yes, I'm a fan of almost all of the directors on IndieTalks list, but am especially a fan of Eastwood and Spielberg in addition to Capra.


The best director is the one that makes a film that reaches YOU.
 

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One of my favorite directors. "It Happened One Night" (1934) set the basic format for Rom-Coms that is still followed to this day.

For the time (30s/40s) he was somewhat controversial. The studio thought "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" was a terrible idea for a film; it won the Oscar in 1937. "Meet John Doe" (1941) had no 'good guys' at the start of the film. The US Congress actually tried to prevent the release of "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939). And, of course, I must acknowledge "It's A Wonderful Life," the quintessential Christmas film and a lovely slice of Americana; it wasn't a hit in 1946, but resurfaced with a vengeance in the 1980s.

Yes, I'm a fan of almost all of the directors on IndieTalks list, but am especially a fan of Eastwood and Spielberg in addition to Capra.


The best director is the one that makes a film that reaches YOU.
Agreed on all points - and I'd add Preston Sturges.

I love Hitchcock movies, especially Vertigo, Rear Window, and North by Northwest.
 
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