Qutaiba Abdelhaq,

Although filmmaking is taught in several institutes around the globe through the relevantly same curriculum, individuality plays a key role in creating the masterpieces we see everyday. Regardless of whether actors play well, the director is the visionary behind the final cut of every scene. Through Hollywood’s history, many directors flaunted themes such as sex, violence, love, and many more, but what makes some distinctive is somehow considered the X factor of film industry. Here is a list of the most acclaimed directors and their most notable work.

Woody Allen

Through the sass, sarcasm and wits, Mr. Allen has always managed to induce the beauty of his own favorite things, such as Brooklyn, Bagels, and smart-ass comebacks. Through over 50 years in the industry, the name of Mr. Allen spans over Broadway, Hollywood, and stand-up comedy.

Known For: Never acknowledging his nominations or wins of the Academy Awards.

Most Notable Work: Annie Hall, Midnight in Paris, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Tim Burton

Some say he only sees black and red. Others call him the master of weird, but what we know is that Tim has a vision that no one seems to have figured out yet. It’s translating beautifully in his work, from black and red themed animation films, to full on musicals that defined a generation.

Known For: Casting Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in almost every movie.

Most Notable Work: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd.


Quentin Tarantino

With no need for an introduction, Tarantino has sent chills down our spines in the most cheerful ways possible; either by splashing blood everywhere, or by creating fearful scenarios that could or couldn’t happen. With Uma Thurman as his muse, Quentin never fails to rebel against the norms of the film industry.

Known For: Creating films out of his favorite music in his bedroom.

Most Notable Work: Kill Bill, Grindhouse (with Robert Rodriguez), and Pulp Fiction.

Peter Jackson

The director of The Lord of the Rings franchise is a fan of gigantic budgeted motion pictures, elective casting, and state of the art graphics. The Desolation of Smaug is rumored to have cost $250 million.

Known for: Owning a Shire themed replica house.

Most notable work: The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy (in production).

Guy Ritchie

Bring on the crooks and low lives of the British empire, and of course Mr. Holmes. Guy Ritchie is one of the most acclaimed directors ever, with shocking themes and magnificent adaptations. He is the guy that teaches us how to be the coolest criminals ever.

Known For: Being married to Madonna for 6 years.

Most notable work: Snatch, Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, and the Sherlock Holmes movies.

Weirdest Movie Characters

Captain Jack Sparrow – Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean

Bellatrix Lestrange – Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Donny – Giovanni Ribisi in Ted

Lydia Deetz – Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice

And the Oscar for Best Director goes to:

2010 Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

2011 Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

2012 Ang Lee – Life of Pi

2013 Alfonso Cuaron – Gravit