Top 10 Live-Action Movie Directors

The greatest directors (in my opinion) making real-people (live-action) movies.

The Top Ten

1 Tim Burton Tim Burton Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, Gothic, eccentric, and quirky fantasy films such as Beetle-juice (1988), Edward Scissor-hands (1990), the animated musical The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the biographical film ...read more.

So many memorable movies such as "Edward Scissorhands", "Beetlejuice", "Frankenweenie", "Sleepy Hollow", "Ed Wood", and many more!

2 Peter Jackson Peter Jackson Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a New Zealand filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known as the director, writer and producer of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, both of which are adapted from the novels of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkein. He is also known for cult films like Bad ...read more.

King Kong, the lord of the rings, and the hobbits all thank him for being his creation!

3 Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.

Spielberg has to be number 1. No director can bring his pieces to life with as much magic as this man can.

"Jaws", "Jurassic Park", "War of the Worlds", "Indiana Jones" and again, many more were created by him!

4 Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, was an English-American film director and producer, at times referred to as "The Master of Suspense".

The master of suspense!

5 Robert Zemeckis

He made "Back to the Future", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit? ", "Forrest Gump", "Flight", "The Polar Express" are the most famous of his!

6 James Cameron James Cameron James Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, and deep-sea explorer. He is best known for his films, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Avatar. He is also the third person in history to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ...read more.

Three words: Titanic and Avatar!

He may be well known for Titanic and Avatar but those aren't even his best films.
Those would be Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens.

7 Martin Scorsese Martin Scorsese Martin Charles Scorsese is an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film historian, whose career spans more than 53 years. He is best known for directing films such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Last Temptation of Christ, ...read more.

"Hugo", "The Departed", "Taxi Driver", and "Wolf of Wall Street" are only a few!

8 Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan Christopher Edward Nolan is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter who holds both British and American citizenship. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century.

The dark Batman series, Inception, and Man of Steel are only the beginning!

9 George Lucas George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.
10 Woody Allen Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades. V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, writer, and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear story lines, satirical subject matter, an anesthetization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular ...read more.
12 Chris Weitz
13 Kenneth Branagh Kenneth Branagh
14 Dexter Fletcher
15 Joss Whedon
16 Michael Bay Michael Bay Michael Benjamin Bay is an American filmmaker known for directing and producing big-budget action films characterized by fast cutting, stylistic visuals and extensive use of special effects, including frequent depiction of explosions.
17 Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and photographer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinematic history.
18 Guillermo del Toro
19 David Fincher
20 Ingmar Bergman
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