Power Rankings: Favorite Directors

The SAW Power Rankings is our weekly ranking of a certain movie-related topic. Please feel free to comment on our rankings and provide a list of your own in the comments below.

This is the month of favorites here at SAW so the Power Rankings are going to reflect that as we provide you with some of our all-time favorites from certain categories. This week we are ranking our favorite directors. They don’t necessarily be the “best” but just be the ones where you have or want to watch everything movie they have made. Although there are some that pop up on a few different lists, I love the variety of directors and films listed. Sci-fi, horror, westerns, and everything in between is represented as it should be. 

I know for me, I appreciate directors that can tell a unique story in a style where I can connect with their vision. Tarantino and Nolan are the only directors that have been around for a while where I have seen everything they have made. Even though I may not love every movie they have made, I don’t think they have ever made a bad movie and have my money without question on whatever project they are planning. Carpenter and Cronenberg are two of my favorite horror directors that have made some of the best horror movies of all-time. Villeneuve’s ability to tell intimate stories on a small or grand scale in different genres really impresses me as well.

Well wasteoids, who are some of your favorite directors, and what are some of their movies you enjoy most? What draws you to their films? Let us know down in the comments!

Vincent Kane:

  1. Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds, Reservoir Dogs, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  2. John Carpenter (The Thing, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness)
  3. Christopher Nolan (The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight)
  4. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners, Sicario)
  5. David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome, Dead Ringers)

Billy Dhalgren:

  1. Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders)
  2. John Carpenter (Escape from New York, They Live, The Thing)
  3. James Cameron (Terminator, T2, Aliens)
  4. Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy, Blade Runner 2049)
  5. George Miller (Mad Max, Road Warrior, Fury Road)

Marmaduke Karlston:

  1. Robert Zemeckis (BTTF trilogy, Cast Away)
  2. Rian Johnson (Looper, TLJ, Knives Out)
  3. Steven Spielberg (ET, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report)
  4. Christopher Nolan (The Prestige, Inception)
  5. Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, MI-Fallout)

Sailor Monsoon:

  1. Wes Anderson (Life Aquatic, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Royal Tenenbaums)
  2. Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown)
  3. Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Fando y lis)
  4. Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Wolf of Wall Street)
  5. Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashomon)

Bob Cram Jr.:

  1. James Whale (Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein)
  2. David Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly (1986))
  3. John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China)
  4. Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Phenomena)
  5. Jack Arnold (Creature From the Black Lagoon, Tarantula, The Incredible Shrinking Man)

Lee McCutcheon:

  1. Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)
  2. Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049, Incendies, Prisoners)
  3. Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, For a Few Dollars More)
  4. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds)
  5. Christopher Nolan (Inception, Dunkirk, Memento)

Mitch Roush:

  1. Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, The Master)
  2. Spike Lee (Malcolm X, He Got Game, Do The Right Thing)
  3. Milos Forman (Amadeus, Man on the Moon, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
  4. Martin Scorsese (Casino, The King of Comedy, The Aviator)
  5. Mike Nichols (The Birdcage, The Graduate, Charlie Wilson’s War)

Author: Vincent Kane

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