The 10 Best Directors Working Today

Best Directors are working today

In this list I have included best directors working today. With the number of franchises or reboots as well as spin-off films, it’s difficult to determine the source of creativity in the film world. The majority of films we anticipate tend to receive mediocre receptions or do not satisfy our expectations.

 Even though it’s true that the law of averages suggests that this is an issue, this appears to be occurring more and more each year.

There are millions of various lists or opinions that can be invoked and inspired; I’m going to concentrate on the films, regardless of how few or insignificant, that do live up to or even surpass our expectations and keep us coming back to the cinema despite the disappointments and, particularly, the directors who are most consistently making them.

The 10 Best Directors Working today

1: Denis Villeneuve

In the past eight months, Villeneuve has made seven films. This is not just an incredible production rate and some of his films being released and made in the same year as one another; however, it’s also the exceptionally high and consistent quality of the films Villeneuve is bringing to us.

His first two films were more intimate and personal and have since grown into large sci-fi epics with universal themes and messages regarding time, language, and what it means to be an identity.

Some are hoping that Villeneuve will not become a vast sci-fi film director (his film is currently an adaptation of Dune), and I understand opinions. I hope he continues to create films as good as he did Blade Runner 2049. You aren’t likely to hear me complain.

Whatever the size of his films, they still end up being tiny. Blade Runner 2049 might be a futuristic, two-hour 45-minute science fiction epic, but it’s actually about a man’s journey (both outward and inward) to discover the person he truly is.

 Arrival – although it appears to be an alien invasion film on the surface, it is (spoilers), in reality, a story about a mom and her daughter. The characters’ emotion drives these epic movies and helps make them relatable, engaging, and honest. This kind of human emotion and compassion makes these films so compelling.

Christopher Nolan is criticized for not having this feature; however, the reality is that few directors have, as it’s tough without looking manipulative or sentimental.

Prisoners, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 could be regarded as the top film of the year they were released. Denis Villeneuve is the most successful director of the decade and, consequently, the top director working currently.

Hopefully, he can keep his focus, maintain his work ethic and collaborate again with the surely soon-to-Be-Oscar-winner Roger Deakin’s.

3: Christopher Nolan

Since his first movie, Memento, in the year 1999, Christopher Nolan has been the name that has been on some people’s lips; however, when the film The Dark Knight came out in 2008 and changed the game of superheroes for the better, and he was bound to achieve amazing things.

Since then, he’s made the imaginative and clever blockbuster Inception and one of the best movies (and among the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in the cinema) in the form of Dunkirk.

When Interstellar has been controversial, with some people slamming it for its exaggerated dialogue, sentimentality, and overall similarities with Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, You can’t help but admire the technical brilliance the visual effects, and the sheer size of this epic space adventure.

Nolan performed a colossal amount of research for the film, and it is widely regarded as one of the most accurate scientific films on the market.

The director also put in a lot of work making improvements to the criticisms most often directed at him; his films aren’t always emotionally absorbing. He may have overshot the conclusion, but the bond between Cooper and Murph is deeply touching and indicates that he’s got it inside his closet.

Nolan also has a highly efficient production rate, with nine films in 17 years, averaging more than a film each year since he exploded into the spotlight with his neo-noir crime thriller.

4: David Fincher

In the past decade, David Fincher has brought us a variety of well popular films, including Zodiac, The Social Network, and Gone Girl. With such complex dramatic, emotional, and intensely thematically rich films already included in his collection, it will come as a surprise to many that his next project will be the sequel to the zombie movie World War Z 2.

However, if it’s even half the quality of his other films, we’ll watch with keen eyes. Fincher recently changed his attention towards television with the show that is a colossal hit, Mindhunter; however, he is set to return to direct for large screens in 2019.

Although he’s often not mentioned on these lists, Fincher is one of the top directors of our time, and his work is often overlooked because Fincher is an “invisible director’.

In other words, Fincher likes to provide viewers with an experience that is as seamless as possible. As a result, you do not pay attention to a direction or consider how well-crafted his films are because you get into their storylines and forget about them.

5: Paul Thomas Anderson

Though Anderson’s latest films tend to lean heavily toward the esoteric, in contrast to his earlier mainstream films, there’s an enormous amount of talent and effort being put into these films.

Anderson is among the top filmmakers, and I’d say he’s the best filmmaker currently working in providing excellent performances from actors. Look at some of the most impressive performances over the past 10 years.

Daniel’s performance in There Will Be Blood could be at the top of the list, and Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s roles in The Master wouldn’t be far from the top. If the early reviews about Vicky Krieps’ performance in Phantom Thread are to be confirmed, then you should also add it to the list.

He’s written every one of his films (some made from books) and also directed the films, and on the upcoming film, Phantom Thread even acted as his cinematographer.

He’s an auteur if there was one, and his technical skills are evident (as the film hasn’t been released yet, it’s not the right time to discuss his abilities as a DOP, although I’m assuming they won’t necessarily be as good as the standards of his long-time co-worker Robert Elswit).

PTA specializes in dark and twisted character studies that typically focus on damaged characters from the “rise and fall” story and often seek some redemption. This is a kind of depth you do not see in the majority of the films of today.

6: Damien Chazelle

When Chazelle could add more movies to his portfolio, He’d likely be better than this; however, to only have two professional credits in directing and be recognized as widely as Chazelle speaks volumes about his talent.

Being able to produce two films that are as enthralling as Whiplash as well as La La Land is one thing; however, to be able to do such a feat and win a “Best Director Oscar by the age of 32 is, in a way, a record-breaking.

Like Edgar Wright, Chazelle’s directing style is bursting with passion and energy. One only has to look as far as Whiplash – a music-based/thriller/drama that is essentially shot as though it were a sports movie – to experience the types of controlled close-ups and fast-paced editing (which Chazelle does himself) that goes into his films.

7: Spike Lee

While his films aren’t as consistent as others, Spike Lee has some classics. The films he makes are pretty light for the subject matter, and there’s something to be said about a director who can easily blend love and hate. We recommend: Brooklyn, Do The Right, along with the Blackkklansman.

8: Greta Gerwig

Gerwig hasn’t had an extended career as she’s only produced two films and hasn’t won any Oscars. Her impact on cinema is undisputed.

 Lady Bird created a whole swath of come-of-age movies. Additionally, Little Women made scarves became fashionable and cool.

9: Jean Luc-Godard

Good old Godard. He’s been directing films since the 60s when dramas such as Breathless and Contempt dominated the airwaves.

Today, he’s directing films such as the Image Book and Goodbye to Language. If he keeps this pace, the director will continue to crank classics for 100.

10: Adam McKay

McKay is quite a bit of fun, doesn’t he? Who doesn’t love comedy? But the long-time Will Ferrell collaborator has taken a step towards more serious work.

He’s now an “important” director with several leather-bound novels. We suggest you stick with the basics: Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights.

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