Directors'〘best known〙movies

by angeliki_spatki | created - 10 Aug 2019 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

࿙Very good movies of prominent directors࿚ See also Directors' in action recent pictures

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1. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 722,525 | Gross: $28.26M

"Taxi driver" MARTIN SCORSESE (2)

2. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 1,017,644 | Gross: $46.84M

"GoodFellas" MARTIN SCORSESE

3. Manhattan (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Votes: 131,249 | Gross: $45.70M

"Manhattan" WOODY ALLEN 3

4. Match Point (2005)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

72 Metascore

At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode

Votes: 205,994 | Gross: $23.09M

"Match Point" (Passion, Temptation, Obsession) WOODY ALLEN

5. Irrational Man (2015)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Joe Stapleton

Votes: 58,651 | Gross: $4.03M

"Irrational Man" WOODY ALLEN

6. Scoop (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

48 Metascore

An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk, Robert Bathurst

Votes: 80,701 | Gross: $10.53M

WOODY ALLEN Watch Trailer

7. Billy Elliot (2000)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

74 Metascore

A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Draven

Votes: 126,565 | Gross: $22.00M

"Billie Elliot" STEPHEN DALDRY UK

8. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Two brothers struggle to maintain their strict, Bible-toting father's favor.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 40,197

"East of Eden" ELIA KAZAN

9. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 72,618 | Gross: $87.10M

"Out of Africa" SYDNEY POLLACK

10. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 1,067,701 | Gross: $130.10M

"American Beauty" SAM MENDES

11. The Lady and the Duke (2001)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Romance

72 Metascore

During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Lucy Russell, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Alain Libolt, Charlotte Véry

Votes: 2,563 | Gross: $0.33M

ERIC ROHMER FR

12. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 178,357 | Gross: $78.65M

"The English Patient" ANTHONY MINGHELLA UK 2

13. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 181,822 | Gross: $81.30M

ANTHONY MINGHELLA ࿏ From Patricia Highsmith's Novel UK

14. The Mirror (1975)

G | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Margarita Terekhova, Filipp Yankovskiy, Ignat Daniltsev, Oleg Yankovskiy

Votes: 39,867 | Gross: $0.18M

ANDREI TARKOVSKY RU 2

15. Nostalgia (1983)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

A Russian poet and his interpreter travel to Italy to research the life of an 18th-century composer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno

Votes: 23,241 | Gross: $0.01M

ANDREI TARKOVSKY RU

16. The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Aleksandr Shvorin

Votes: 15,021 | Gross: $0.02M

"The Cranes are Flying" MIKHAIL KALATOZOV ࿏ Has documentary active footage 2

17. I Am Cuba (1964)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, War

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo, Raúl García

Votes: 8,193

MIKHAIL KALATOZOV RU

18. Onegin (1999)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Russia, 1820s: Onegin inherits his uncle's country estate and moves there from St. Petersburg. He befriends his neighbor, Lensky, and meets Tatyana through him. She falls in love with Onegin but he just wants friendship.

Director: Martha Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, Lena Headey

Votes: 7,434 | Gross: $0.21M

MARTHA FIENNES UK

19. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 727,415 | Gross: $32.57M

ROMAN POLANSKI FR (orig. PL)

20. Secret Window (2004)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A successful writer in the midst of a painful divorce is stalked at his remote lake house by a would-be scribe who accuses him of plagiarism.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Maria Bello, John Turturro, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 182,109 | Gross: $48.02M

"Secret Window" DAVID KOEPP US

21. The Spider's Stratagem (1970)

100 min | Drama, Mystery

A man returns to the place where his father was murdered and tries to find closure. But he finds himself in a similar predicament as his late father instead.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Franco Giovanelli

Votes: 2,492

"Strategia del ragno" BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI (Watch full movie /in italian) (2)

22. Stealing Beauty (1996)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

60 Metascore

After her mother commits suicide, a young woman travels to Italy in search of love, truth and a deeper connection with herself.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Liv Tyler, Carlo Cecchi, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 25,997 | Gross: $4.57M

"Stealing Beauty" BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI IT

23. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 271,299 | Gross: $5.54M

"Before Sunrise" RICHARD LINKLATER US

24. Breaking the Waves (1996)

R | 159 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr

Votes: 62,302 | Gross: $4.04M

"Braking the Waves" LARS VON TRIER SE (2)

25. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 167,833 | Gross: $3.03M

LARS VON TRIER

26. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field, Sydney Pollack

Votes: 302,498 | Gross: $55.69M

"Eyes Wide Shut" STANLEY KUBRICK

27. Manon of the Spring (1986)

PG | 113 min | Drama

A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot

Votes: 20,675 | Gross: $3.94M

"Manon of the Spring" CLAUDE BERRI (2)

28. Jean de Florette (1986)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu

Votes: 23,967 | Gross: $4.94M

"Jean de Florette" CLAUDE BERRI

29. The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance, War

47 Metascore

He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Denholm Elliott, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 4,979 | Gross: $6.55M

"The Razor's Edge" JOHN BYRUM

30. Babel (I) (2006)

R | 143 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Mohamed Akhzam

Votes: 289,002 | Gross: $34.30M

ALEXANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU MX

31. Innocent Voices (2004)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 7,253 | Gross: $0.84M

"Voces Inocentes" LUIS MANTOKI MX

32. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 46,494 | Gross: $1.83M

"The Wind that Shakes the Barley" KEN LOACH UK

33. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 357,833 | Gross: $11.29M

"The life of others" FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK DE

34. Mulholland Drive (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 320,972 | Gross: $7.22M

"Mulholland Drive" DAVID LYNCH

35. I Vitelloni (1953)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 16,032 | Gross: $0.10M

FEDERICO FELLINI

36. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 638,433 | Gross: $138.80M

"The King's Speech" TOM HOOPER UK

37. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

A fashion photographer unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 56,356

"Blow-up" MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

38. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 520,921 | Gross: $1.02M

"Casablanca" MICHAEL CURTIZ

39. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

86 Metascore

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 310,681 | Gross: $48.98M

"The Deer Hunter" MICHAEL CIMINO

40. Padre Padrone (1977)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama

The son of a shepherd embarks in the quest of emancipating himself from a tough lifestyle that his condition and his father force on him.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli, Fabrizio Forte

Votes: 3,693

"Padre Padrone" PAOLO e VITTORIO TAVIANI

41. Il Postino (1994)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet, and then uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi | Stars: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 33,535 | Gross: $21.85M

"Il Postino" MICHAEL RADFORD

42. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

97 Metascore

Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 37,484

"Jules et Jim" FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT

43. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 73,056 | Gross: $0.34M

"A bout de souffle" JEAN-LUC GODARD

44. Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

93 Metascore

Shortly after her mother's death, an innocent and youthful woman will find refuge into the household of her middle-aged aristocratic guardian, who will submit her to his sexual advances.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero, Lola Gaos

Votes: 10,621 | Gross: $0.01M

LUIS BUÑUEL ES

45. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Lucy meets George in a Florence pensione and the two share a brief romance before Lucy re