4 Greatest Modern Movie Directors And Their Signature Styles

Although the focus of the movies is mainly on the actors, we all know that the “conductor’s baton” is in the hands of the movie director. Without a good director, there will be no good film – no matter what movie stars play in it. The director is the person that makes moving images become something we will truly enjoy. We singled out modern directors without whom the history of the film would be quite different – and tried to list their masterpieces that should not be overlooked.

In the Background Of Every Good Movie, There Is A Good Director

Making a movie is a very complex work that requires talent, vision – but also good organization, and discipline. The director is the key person in the process of making a movie. His main task is to make his vision a reality, by using all the dramatic elements at his disposal. Certainly, directors have their own ways of achieving this, and their style of work is also their artistic signature. We present to you 4 film directors of modern films who have left a unique mark in contemporary cinematography.

1. Stanley Kubrick

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In his 40-year career, Kubrick has made ‘only’ 13 films. However, most of them have redefined modern cinema. He did not run away from controversial topics, so he dared to adapt the novel, Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov – and often allowed his pessimistic view of the world and humanity to prevail in his movies. His most famous film today is probably The Shining from which Jack Nicholson’s cult scenes come. However, we need to single out the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. What Hitchcock did with the film Psycho for the horror genre, Kubrick did with A Space Odyssey for science fiction.

2. Scott Cooper

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Although a former actor and now an author with the status of the eternal hope of Hollywood film – Scott Jason Cooper, as a screenwriter and director, has made several movies that have left his mark on cinematography. Although it seemed that in the case of his directorial debut Crazy Heart, he would bite more than he was able to chew – he still proved to be a director worthy of being on this list. We’ll mention movies that highlighted his potential, like Out of the Furnace or the gangster drama Black Mass in which he tried to portray a story in a way Scorsese once did. Then, he changes genre with the Western “Hostiles” based on the old and perhaps forgotten manuscript of the late Donald E. Stewart – which remained torn between different tendencies in the so-called genre. The movie was a success and is considered one of the great political dramas, although it belongs to the Western genre.

3. Quentin Tarantino

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You either adore Quentin Tarantino movies or you can’t stand them. What we must always be prepared for – is violence and humor in an atypical way. None of his movies is without flaws, but it is also impossible to miss his aesthetics and style. They are most pronounced in Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction, which is why it is always repeated on the lists of best movies. Still, we need to notice that Tarantino has also introduced us to a completely new rhythm, structure, and style of the film.

 4. Christopher Nolan

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As for the newer generation of directors, we can’t skip Christopher Nolan, who has distinguished himself as one of the most prominent directors in the last 20 years. His films are easy to recognize thanks to his style as well as the jumping plot. His movies most often rely on questions of subjective experiences, human nature, and personal identity. Nolan’s collection of films that you must watch – includes the planetarily popular Inception, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Interstellar, Insomnia, Dunkirk, etc. However, Memento is a movie that made Nolan famous and showed all his potential in a story shown in reverse order – gives it a whole new dimension.