We had so much fun rounding up the list of directors with their definitive movie that we feel it should warrant another edition with a new set of directors.
Much the same with the first edition, we have put up a list of Directors and name one definitive movie that they were a part of. This criteria is definitely a wide one thus we will narrow it down further:
- Director has greater than 2 movies under his/her belt
- Only 1 definitive movie is chosen per director
The list is not ranked and are randomly listed so as not to confuse. Let’s check them out:
Director: Ron Howard
Definitive movie: Apollo 13
IMDB rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
Ron Howard is another director that we have had a hard time in choosing the definitive movie for him with a lot of great movies under his belt. As hard as it may seem, we had to choose only one, and we chose Apollo 13. We chose it because of its slow but with an exciting pace going on towards the climax, which is probably a trademark of Ron Howard.
Other Notable movies: Robert Langdon trilogy, Ransom
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Definitive movie: Split
IMDB rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
He rose to fame in directing terrifying horror movies, but we wanted to choose one movie that is more suspenseful and action-packed. With his Split movie, it greatly showcased the “brain-wrenching” plot that is ever present on most of his movies. The plot of this movie is really an interesting one that made us glued every time we watch it, and M. Night Shyamalan brought it to high levels.
Other Notable movies: The Sixth Sense, Glass
Director: Steven Spielberg
Definitive movie: Schindler’s List
IMDB rating: 8.9
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%
Sometimes we ask ourselves why are we doing this because we really are having a hard time choosing just one movie that defines a director. That question has been clearly emphasized for Steven Spielberg, who has a very long list of great movies under his belt. But again, we had to choose one and we choose Schindler’s List. The portrayal of each character was well defined and the drama as well as the emotion was totally on point with this one.
Other Notable movies: Lincoln, Minority Report
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Definitive movie: Contact
IMDB rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%
We so love Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, and even all the other movies directed by Robert Zemeckis. However, Contact is one of the best sci-fi / alien life movies that we have ever seen. Given the great plot of the movie, the performances by Jodie Forster provided a believable curiousness of what’s in store outside Earth. We are actually believing the quote “The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space” because of this movie.
Other Notable movies: Back to the Future Trilogy, Forrest Gump
Director: James Cameron
Definitive movie: True Lies
IMDB rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%
Before the sci-fi blockbuster movie Avatar, James Cameron made a lot of exciting action movies, and we truly believe he is at his best in doing that. True Lies provided that action-packed punch which was further emphasized with the jaw-dropping Jet plane scene.
Other Notable movies: The Terminator, Aliens
Director: Sofia Coppola
Definitive movie: Lost in Translation
IMDB rating: 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%
Having a surname Coppola and venturing in directing movies would be a very tough act, but it could be at an advantage as well. Sofia Coppola took that advantage and honed her skills and made her own directing style. Her defining movie is Lost in Translation which stars Bill Murray and a very young Scarlet Johansson, which then she made a great chemistry onscreen out of that odd pairing.
Other Notable movies: The Virgin Suicides, A very Murray Christmas
Director: Spike Lee
Definitive movie: He Got Game
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
Spike Lee is one of the revolutionary directors that has a distinct style – angst-y, grit and grind, and shots right through the heart. He Got Game showcased that style for him because even if it is a sports-themed movie, the emotion and all that other stuff was so emphasized you really think basketball is more than just.
Other Notable movies: Summer of Sam, 25th Hour
Director: Danny Boyle
Definitive movie: Trainspotting
IMDB rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%
Danny Boyle = Trainspotting. All his other movies are just icings on the cake, cherries on top, or whatever you may call it. It is an absolute masterpiece and you really cannot take off Trainspotting from Danny Boyle’s name no matter what he does.
Other Notable movies: Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours
Director: Guy Ritchie
Definitive movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
IMDB rating: 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%
Known for his fast paced gangster movies, Guy Ritchie is best on action scenes / violent acts with fast paced cinematography. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels put more from it by adding witty humour.
Other Notable movies: Snatch, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Director: Joel Coen
Definitive movie: The Big Lebowski
IMDB rating: 8.1
We could have written the Coen brothers here but due to the directing credits as a limitation, we settled for Joel Coen. As a director, he directed fascinating movies and on top of them is the Big Lebowski, and no one will forget Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of “The Dude”.
Other Notable movies: Fargo, Intolerable Cruelty
Director: Tim Burton
Definitive movie: Mars Attacks!
IMDB rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%
Other Notable movies: Edward Scissorhands, Batman
Director: Joel Schumacher
Definitive movie: Phonebooth
IMDB rating: 7
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%
Let’s face it – Joel Schumacher is not the darling of the critics, but that doesn’t stop him from making movies in his own style. Phonebooth was an exceptionally exciting movie that will keep you glued all throughout in which Joel Schumacher made in his own phased-in style.
Other Notable movies: 8mm, The number 23
Directors give life to a brilliant screenplay and writing so they are really important for making movies. It’s a great thing we have lots of great directors so we can fully enjoy great films.
So, as cliché as it may seem, you just have to sit back, relax and watch a movie!