Often the focal point of a film will be the stars, but sometimes the selling factor will be who directed the film. The director is the one who creates the film and controls the artistic and dramatic elements, and no film can succeed without a director with talent and vision. These 13 directors have all had an enormous impact on modern cinema and been responsible for many of the greatest films ever produced. In many cases, their distinctive style makes them immediately recognizable and is a key selling point. Over the last 25 years, these are Hollywood’s greatest film directors.
13. Wes Anderson
Alongside Quentin Tarantino and Tim Burton, there is arguably no director whose work is as immediately recognizable as Wes Anderson. He has a very distinctive color palette, utilizing pastel colors in his films, and is also famed for flat space camera moves, symmetrical compositions and snap-zooms. This style is often said to create a feeling of self-contained worlds in his movies, and theme-wise he is known to create quirky, fast-paced comedies that often have melancholic elements and characters struggling with certain events. This makes his stories very much character-driven, and a few of his best-known films include Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson tends to cast a certain group that works so well with his styles, such as Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson.