From Memento to The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan continually pushes the envelope and leaves his audience utterly breathless. With this fall's Interstellar's buzz through the roof, that looks like it won't change.
Even Steven Spielberg's so-so movies are great. It's hard to think he has been delivering fantastic films for so many decades. We can't wait to see what he does next and hopes he never puts down his camera.
Sure, he doesn't direct as much as we'd like. But there is something extraordinary about him when he does. Whether it The Fifth Element or The Professional, you know you're watching a Besson film. We. Can't. Wait. For. Lucy.
After impressing us in the early '90s with Point Break, it's nice to see Kathryn Bigelow get the credit she deserves with her Oscar win for The Hurt Locker and nominations for Zero Dark Thirty. Whatever she does next, count us in.
Wes Anderson has the most unique of styles and although his subjects change, what doesn't is the brilliance of his work. From Bottle Rocket and Rushmore to The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson is just getting started.
Ang Lee is an underappreciated visionary. And the reason we use the word "underappreciated" is that audiences are always so surprised when he delivers us greatness. Life of Pi... no one should have been surprised that was so great.
No one takes a sensational screenplay and brings it to life like Alexander Payne. From Election and Sideways to The Descendants and now the Oscar-nominated Nebraska, Payne shows he is beyond gifted as a storyteller.
Although there are some actors (George Clooney, Lily Tomlin) who may disagree with us, David O. Russell is a master at what he does. We adore his Three Kings. The Fighter is a movie to treasure and Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are both instant classics.
Ben Affleck has gone three-for-three in his short directing career. At this point, if he is attached as helmer, we'll be first in line. His Best Picture win for Argo only proves that he is just getting started on his road to being considered one of Hollywood's best -- of all time.
Nobody should be surprised to see the Coen brothers on this list! Whether it's comedies (Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski), crime dramas (No Country for Old Men) or Westerns (True Grit), is there anything these guys can't do?
David Fincher has been one of our favorites since he directed a music video for Aerosmith (Janie's Got a Gun). Zodiac is one of the more underappreciated movies in recent memory and he could not have been a better choice to helm Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To say we're excited for his Gone Girl, well, that is just underestimating our eagerness!
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