The Best Directors of All Time

If you’re a big movie buff and we mean a really big movie buff, then chances are you pick movies based on specific directors. They’re the ones that really create the magic behind the movies and some do it better than others.

When it comes to the cinematic experience, each director has their own vision and style. And some directors go above and beyond to create true cinematic masterpieces. Here’s a list of our favorite movie directors of all time. We chose these directors based on their beautiful cinematic themes, incredible shots and just overall movie feel, you know, that feeling that leaves you breathless after the credits roll.

Wes Anderson

Known for his use of color in films, Wes Anderson has created some truly beautiful movies such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom. Many of his movies center around thematic elements like grief, dysfunctional families and unlikely friendships. Visually, he tends to go for a flat camera move while emphasizing symmetry and limited by striking color palettes. Many have described his style as closely resembling a doll house or some other self-contained world. However you see it, it’s undeniable that there is something magical and truly engaging about Wes Anderson films.

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is a name that will be remembered forever in cinematic history. Even if you’re not that big of a movie buff you still know the name Steven Spielberg, and for good reason. He’s directed some of the most famous movies, such as the Indian Jones series, Schindler’s List and Jurassic Park. And he’s helped launch several acting careers, like Harrison Ford’s. His films deal with lots of recurring themes such as an ordinary character suddenly leading an extraordinary life. But, he also likes to include themes of childlike wonder and innocence. Generally, he likes to have a combination of tension and negativity mixed with optimism. One of his most notable directing styles is a low camera height that tracks the shot.

Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick is an infamous name when it comes to dark and strange films. Most known for his films 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick has made a name for himself in the directing world. His movies tend to express themes of internal struggle that is often observed from several different perspectives. He likes to live his movies up to interpretation and tries hard not to make a definitive statement. His style is also characterized by intense close-ups and constantly moving cameras. He was also a huge pioneer in special effects, using them to produce interesting results and even control how the audience views certain scenes.

Woody Allen

Known for his dry humor and interesting takes on social situations, Woody Allen was a trifecta of great acting, writing and directing. Some of his most well known films include, Annie Hall, Manhattan and Crimes and Misdemeanors. Many of his themes center around social circumstances that he finds pointless or even silly. Two important themes he regularly revisits are domestic boredom and the insignificance of humans within the universe. However, he takes a lighthearted approach the always leaves the audience laughing and questioning their own social habits. If you’re looking for an answer as to what we’re all doing here on earth or what the meaning of life is, you’re sure to get a humorous answer from Woody Allen.

Ridley Scott

For all the sci-fi fanatics out there, Ridley Scott is definitely at the top of the list. He is most known for his works of the Alien trilogy and more recently Prometheus. He likes to focus on the actors and their growth as characters in his movies. He also emphasizes on visuals creating remarkable shots that have lots of detail and atmosphere. Music is also a big part of his films which he uses to create tension as well as make scenes seem extremely real. His themes focus mostly on artificial intelligence and the idea that there is life out there in the universe besides Earth.