Great Directors and Their Best Movies

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David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Lean married the philosophy of war from the perspective of combatants and populist adventure in this incredible film featuring the likes of Alec Guinness and William Holden.

Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List (1993)

In telling the story of industrialist Oskar Schindler, Spielberg put forth the horrors of the Holocaust and the bravery of a few to contest it on celluloid like it had never been done before, directing actors like Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.

Michael Mann - Heat (1995)

Mann brought Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the same frame for the first time on film, positioning Pacino as an LAPD detective on the tails of the serial robber played by De Niro. A simple story told with great style, Heat was unforgettable.

David Fincher - Zodiac (2007)

Fincher recounted a childhood memory of the infamous Zodiac serial killer who haunted San Francisco in the late 60s and early 70s through the story of a cartoonist, a reporter, and a police detective.

Edgar Wright - Hot Fuzz (2007)

Each of the films that make up the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy is a riff on a popular genre, and this one tackles action comedies. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play polar opposites police officers in a small town where they uncover a sinister scheme.

Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Tarantino's multi-lingual adventure drama altered the course of history by hastening the end of World War II, and also bringing it about very cinematically, and also introduced viewers to the towering talent of Christoph Waltz.

Christopher Nolan - Oppenheimer (2023)

Nolan's heady biopic of the Father of the Atomic Bomb delved into the troubling ideas that propel nuclear armament and the life of Robert Oppenheimer through that prism, with Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon providing acting muscle.