When you start thinking about the most gifted male directors of today, what are the names that immediately pop-up in your mind?
We, for example, cannot help mentioning Pedro Almodóvar. And we believe that this bright-minded Spanish film-maker truly deserves the first position in our chart.
It would be a lie to say that his directing career got rolling at the very outset. On the contrary, his first steps in life seem so much alike with Maxim Gorky’s path, for example. Before shooting his first film in 1980, he had been working in a phone company and unofficially making short movies for 12 years!
The next name for today is Stanley Kubrick. Of course: he set in stone the ever-lasting story of Lolita in 1962. And, apart from that, shot the renowned Clockwork Orange, Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut.
The fourth best-known film director in our rating is Milos Forman. Not only did he shoot One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest that most of us have seen, but also the Oscar-winning biography of Mozart. 8 Oscars, to be precise. What a pity the director passed away.
The fifth place goes to Tim Burton. It goes without saying: this guy has the style. And, as in Quentin Tarantino’s case, this has not been without a muse.
Film director number six is Alejandro G. Iñárritu, originally from Mexico. Previously nominated for the Academy Award, in the category of ‘Best Director’, this highly-productive professional has been spotted in both feature and short films making. Birdman, Babel, Beautiful, 21 grams, Lost Loves are his 6 full-scale films. He can boast of some catchy commercials, as well.
The seventh male film-director worth mentioning is Woody Allen. We are not supposed to be judgmental here. Yet, in Mr. Allen’s case the Napoleon’s complex seems to be in full effect: 89 films, can you imagine that?
What about the eighth director on our short-list? Kar-Wai Wong is an author as well. This person gives the readers and watchers all over the world something that Asia has always concealed from the West, some kind of subtler life perspective, maybe?
As for the ninth director, Darren Aronofsky from NY is here. Have you ever known that he graduated from Harvard? Now you know that, and we would name Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan as his most touching movies.
Finally, Peter Jackson is to close our list with his eternal Lord of the Rings.