While it’s impossible to fully justify or choose only ten
directors who have had a profound and lasting effect on the film industry –
there are simply too many names to consider – there are a handful of filmmakers
without whom today’s cinematic landscape would look very different.
Pioneers and innovators, workhorses and franchisers, these are film-makers who have primarily released their
best, most successful and/or most influential and industry-morphing work since the year 2000, and who have had a major impact
on the cinematic medium in a variety of ways.
They may have pushed the
boundaries of genre film-making, made a killing with huge blockbuster
spectacles, or brought films otherwise associated with a specific nation or
culture to a much wider audience than ever before.
Hollywood is the way it is today thanks in no small part to the names you are about to read, who have specifically altered the course of cinema outside of the film brats era of the 1980s or even the golden age of the 1920s to the 1960s.
They might not have made great or even good movies throughout
the 21st Century, but they have managed to influence
both the art and business of directing for better and/or for worse.
Liam is a writer and cranberry juice drinker from Lincolnshire. When he's not wearing his eyes away in front of a computer, he plays the melodica for a semi wrestling-themed folk-punk band called School Trips.