Who are some directors whose work is a must watch?

  1. Jeanne Dielman is probably the movie I least expected to love I’ve watch. The length is somehow not even a problem. When she overcooks the potatoes, you FEEL it.

  2. No one has mentioned Alex Garland but he, IMO, is the most exciting sci fi filmmaker that has come out in a long while. Ex Machina, Annihilation, and Devs have really interesting concepts that Garland explores in unique ways.

  3. Man, Devs was such a letdown for me. Good plot idea and some nice CGI but that acting was just plain awful (mainly by the female lead) and the story became really boring halfway through.

  4. I did not know he's also behind Devs. Had it on my watch list for a long time, but this means that I definitely should watch it soon!

  5. I've been recommended Tarkovsky several times but have been a little intimidated going in. What would you recommend starting with (or not starting with)?

  6. I FORGOT about Solondz!!!! Definitely a must-watch director; did he direct Your Friends and Neighbors..?

  7. Kurosawa is a great suggestion. The "Only English language" is a really rough limitation, I wish people could step past that and get into world cinema. Other great ones would be Ingmar Bergman, Abbas Kiarostami, Tarkovsky, Makasi Kobayashi, Yasujiro Ozu, Takeshi Kitano, Aki Kaurismäki, Fellini, Pasolini, Luis Bunuel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Satyajit Ray, Roy Andersson, Krzysztof Kieślowski and so, so many others.

  8. Number one without a doubt is Sergio Leone. He only made 6 movies so it’s even easier to watch them all😁

  9. Steven Soderbergh. He’s only 59 and he’s been directing really good movies since the late 80s. He’s a terrific visual storyteller - tighter narratives than Nolan, way fewer n-bombs than Tarantino.

  10. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has made two movies that are truly masterpieces: The Lives of Others and Never Look Away. Give them a try, they are profound.

  11. Woody Allen for sure, controversy aside, you'll see his influence on comedy as well as his range in his dramatic pictures

  12. Alejandro G. Iñárritu is very hit or miss,. Amores Perros is a very unique film, but Babel and 31 grams don't quite hit the mark. I will always feel he got the Oscar for the wrong movie. Birdman or Whaterer is pretentious "I hate the critics" but The Revenant is genuinely good.

  13. Kubrick. You could make the argument that his films could be considered the greatest ever in each genre. Horror, comedy, sci-fi, war, etc.

  14. Wes Anderson is probably the most unique director I’ve ever seen. His movies are visually stunning and quirky, and always worth a watch for the visuals alone imo.

  15. If you're into fantasy and some really stunning visuals and practical work, might I suggest Guillermo Del Toro? Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, etc.

  16. Bong Joon Ho should not be forgotten. Yes Parasite is his masterpiece but every other movie of him I've seen is really interesting

  17. M dot Strange is the first director I think of when considering someone who doesn't miss. The abstract worlds they create are vivid, frightening, and like a believable dream.

  18. If you're looking for slightly obscure then I recommend all of Shane meadows work (shifted to tv but still great)

  19. Francis Ford Coppola is a genius(he's well known for a reason) as far as newer directors Ari Aster has yet to disappoint

  20. Robert Eggars. The Witch and The Lighthouse are both solid movies. I can’t wait for The Northman to come out later this month.

  21. Paul Thomas Anderson. But also Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuaron. They both have English films. Both work with Emmanuel Lubezki as cinematographer too. Awesome combinations.

  22. Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Tim Burton, Coen Brothers, most of Denis Villeneuve’s as well Alejandro Iñárritu’s last couple films have been in English. Some directors to be on the lookout for I’ll say Ari Aster, Robert Eggers, Ryan Coogler, Greta Gerwig, and the Safdie Brothers.

  23. I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan as well as the Russo Brothers. Both have amazing movies and ive seen all of them. Most of thier movies have been nominated for a reason. However my favorite director is JJ Abrams. His attention to detail and foreshadowing is AMAZING. As a movie buff, I love doing deep dives into movies and everything about them and im never dissapointed with him. He always has do many details you don't notice til your 3rd or 4th time watching. That's why I was so fissapointed about the Last Jedi because JJ was not able to complete his vision of Star Wars and ultimately it made the last movie feel rushed. I'd love to debate with you if you have another opinion

  24. Alfred Hitchcock had a run of films in the 40s & 50s that must be seen by any film buff. Look them up and watch them all, but my favorites are Lifeboat, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Notorious, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, Rope, Vertigo, Psycho, and my favorite, Rear Window.

  25. Shusuke Kaneko, mainly his gamera trilogy alongside godzilla GMK he literally changed the entire genre in 1995 that is still felt to this day.

  26. Noah Baumbach is one of my favorite directors who I haven't seen mentioned yet. All of his films are moving to me.

  27. The greats are all pretty much covered here. I may have missed but…add: Spike Jonze, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele, Rian Johnson, Alex Garland, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, The Safdie Brothers

  28. David Fincher’s filmography is just so easy to get through. Although, if you do it over the course of one weekend, you’ll probably end up at least slightly more cynical than you already were

  29. Mike Leigh is an extraordinary director. If you like your films about setting, feeling, emotion, and human life, then you will be enlightened. May I suggest the film Secrets and Lies? If you like that then the world is your oyster.

  30. Scorsese, Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Hitchcock, Mike Leigh, Kubrick, Coppola, Polanski, Sergio Leone, Guillermo Del Toro, David Lean, Danny Boyle. Oh, and Clint Eastwood.

  31. Goddard, Tarkovsky, Yang, Kurosawa, Kubrick, PT Anderson, Fellini, Chaplin, Lynch, and Richard Linklater for giggles

  32. Terrence Malick. Many lesser alternatives exist, but at least in terms of American film makers, few ever come close to his level of work.

  33. Sean baker and yorgos lanthimos. Can't go wrong with them. Some lanthimos' films aren't in english, but dogtooth is so fucking crazy that it can be forgiven

  34. Sam Raimi (Evil Dead), Stephen Chow(kung fu hustle), Steven Spielberg(E.T.), Ridley Scott(Aliens), Takashi Miike(13 assassins), Gareth Huw Evans(the raid), Park Chan-wook(oldboy).

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