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25 Greatest Active Film Directors

Posted: February 19th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Entertainment Weekly put together a list of the top 25 most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today. The list contains pretty much every big name in Hollywood, including Christopher Nolan, David Fincher and Zack Snyder.

The one director that's missing from the list is Michael Bay, who is considered an untalented hack, but has delivered over and over again. His "Transformers" sequel is currently one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year. And nobody can deny that the man is in-demand.

While I agree with almost every name on there, I would definitely shuffle it around a bit. I don't think that Quentin Tarantino should be higher than David Fincher and Sam Raimi be higher than both Clint Eastwood and Ron Howard.

Below is the entire list in order. Let us know what you would change about it.

1. Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)

2. Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings)

3. Martin Scorsese (The Departed)

4. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)

5. Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)

6. Ridley Scott (Gladiator)

7. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction)

8. Michael Mann (Heat)

9. James Cameron (Titanic)

10. Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)

11. Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy)

12. David Fincher (Fight Club)

13. Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd)

14. Judd Apatow (Knocked Up)

15. Sam Raimi (Spider-Man)

16. Zack Snyder (300)

17. Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler)

18. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

19. Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)

20. Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)

21. Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)

22. Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)

23. Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum)

24. Pedro Almodovar (Volver)

25. Jon Favreau (Iron Man)

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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theghost writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 5:30:33 PM

Not bad ... some better than others but eh....
AP102390 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 5:35:52 PM

Sam Raimi should be below Clint, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, and Ron Howard. other then that i think it's a pretty smart list.
BurmaShave writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 5:36:24 PM

Favreau? IRON MAN was great, but that's a bit premature. I'd replace him with Peter Berg.
Stringer Bell writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 5:53:45 PM

The order is strange. Also, no Woody Allen? What?
ACTIONFIGURE writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:00:44 PM

NO MICHAEL BAY?? THIS LIST IS FIXED!!
Schwasted writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:08:15 PM

Tim Burton should be lower, he still hasn't made up for Planet of the Apes! And Snyder shouldn't be above Boyle who has made about 10 better movies than 300 and Dawn of the Dead. Snyder above Eastwood? A joke.
Schwasted writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:11:40 PM

Robert Rodriguez, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Alfonso Cuaron are also better choices.
MRW007 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:12:51 PM

martin scorsese should be number 2 instead of number 3. i mean, peter jackson is a good director, but matin scorsese is way better.
meanmonkey22 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:30:53 PM

David Fincher, Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, David Fincher.
meanmonkey22 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:32:01 PM

^Ooops. The Last was meant to be Zack Snyder.
c-prime writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:43:15 PM

Peter Jackson?! Are you f*cking kidding me?!
autiger10 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:45:18 PM

steven spielberg hasnt made sh*t lately. thats the god-honest truth
adoubtfulguest writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:48:41 PM

i loved iron man, but jon favreau being on there is ridiculous. and what about gus van sant? he's more talented than half the list.
Vetterli writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 6:49:36 PM

Needs more Lynch.
dAnKoNe23 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 7:10:46 PM

Thank God for Christopher Nolan, a true film connoisseur!
daddysgotcleavage writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 7:23:49 PM

woody allen, wes anderson, spike lee, sidney lumet, david lynch, richard linklater, jean pierre jeunet, even terry gillam should have been on this list. I could have done without ron howard, jon favreau (?!?), Zack snyder, and Peter Jackson is so uneven. And this list is not missing Michael Bay.
SpaceGhost89 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 7:24:34 PM

i honestly would never have put chris nolan in there. i would have stuck david lynch in place of nolan easily
Adamtheflash writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 7:46:41 PM

agreed. Peter Jackson only has LOTR to really show for his work. Scorcese has many fine classics. They should be flip flopped. It is a pleasant surprise to see Nolan so high as well.
dianehussman writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 8:34:29 PM

That is pretty much PERFECT. Although if anything need be done, Danny Boyle and Paul Thomas Anderson could be higher. After all, they contributed Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia.
The5thBeatle5 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 8:38:02 PM

thanks for including Wes Anderson....way to go
scarface85 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 9:29:14 PM

yeah not bad, really good. but melgibson with the passion of christ
kgoding writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 9:59:53 PM

PT Anderson number 22, really? No Alfonso? Atleast you guys grabbed Jon Favreau and Sam Raimi.... (insert sarcasm) they are good, but dont belong in the same category.
Hero320 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 10:00:54 PM

HELLO!?! Michael Bay for Transformers/Armageddon/The Rock.... Come on now
Osiris3657 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 10:36:15 PM

Actually the list is 50, WP...idiots
lokopr writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 11:29:04 PM

where's uwe boll?? oh man he's not there...im sad =(...oh wait!! where's bret ratner???!!...no?? omg why!!! =(...*sarcasm included*
tsayz writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 11:30:31 PM

martin scorsese should be number 1 not Spielberg
Post_Man_87 writes:
on February 19th, 2009 at 11:34:29 PM

There's alot I'd change about this list. First, no James Cameron. This is an ACTIVE directors after all. I know Avatar is on the way - but we don't know how good it is. Plain fact (I love his movies but) Cameron hasn't done a film since '97 and therefor shouldn't be on this list. Wes Anderson, Alfonso Cuarón, Sam Mendes, and Michel Gondry should all be on the list - replacing (in no order) - Sam Raimi, Jon Favreau, James Cameron and Ang Lee. Hell, I'd could easily see Pedro Almodovar and Zack Snyder off this list too, though Snyder may lay claim to his spot justifiably if Watchmen is as good as many are predicting. But there are others besides Bay that were left off the list - Gore Verbinski, Tony Scott, and what about Edward Zwick? He's made 3 great films in the past 6 years. Overall it is an IT LIST and although I don't like the guy or some of his movies, Bay is one of the IT directors right now and he should be on this list.
jwinger writes:
on February 20th, 2009 at 12:24:20 AM

I'll take Bay over Raimi. I think the list has a couple people that are kinda crappy. Paul Anderson had one good movie. I think Bay is predictable, but he belongs on this list.
Bamnesio writes:
on February 20th, 2009 at 2:02:00 AM

Yea Mel Gibson is missing big Time. I don't care what he is in RL, he's Movies are awesome! Apocalypto! Braveheart.....!
dAnKoNe23 writes:
on February 20th, 2009 at 3:40:15 AM

It's funny how a bunch of blogging no name, no face, people think what THEY think, actually matters...
pleshy writes:
on February 20th, 2009 at 6:19:00 AM

I'd put Scorsese before Jackson. Eastwood should be higher.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on February 20th, 2009 at 9:11:36 PM

YES, BEST LIST EVER! except gus van sant needs to be on there & wes anderson & george lucas & terry gilliam
coldplayesence writes:
on February 20th, 2009 at 11:46:05 PM

Christopher Nolan is above Fincher, Boyle and the Coens, this is f*cktarded.

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