>In honor of Oscars weekend, here is a list of my favorite directors in no particular order, including a sampling of their films.

  • James Cameron – Aliens, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies, The Abyss, Titanic
  • Steven Spielberg – Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T., Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Catch Me If You Can, War of the Worlds (2005)
  • George Lucas – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Terry Gilliam – Casanova, The Brothers Grimm, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • M. Night Shyamalan – The 6th Sense, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water
  • Mimi Leder – Deep Impact
  • Brian Helgeland – A Knight’s Tale, The Order
  • Peter Jackson – Lord of the Rings, King Kong (2005)
  • Tim Burton – Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland
  • Sean Penn – Into the Wild
  • Clint Eastwood – Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Space Cowboys, Hereafter, Invictus, Letters from Iwo Jima, Changeling, J. Edgar
  • Wolfgang Peterson – Troy, The Neverending Story, The Perfect Storm, Poseidon (2006)
  • Ridley Scott – Alien, Legend, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, White Squall, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood (2010)
  • Ron Howard – Apollo 13, Far and Away, The Da Vinci Code, Frost / Nixon
  • John Hughes – The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck
  • Gore Verbinski – The Weather Man, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Cameron Crowe – Elizabethtown, Jerry Maguire, Singles, Say Anything
  • Shawn Levy – Night at the Museum, Date Night
  • Roland Emmerich – The Patriot, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Independence Day, Godzilla (1998)
  • Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight, Inception, The Prestige
  • Martin Scorsese – Shutter Island, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, The Aviator
  • Danny Boyle – 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire

Who are some of your favorite directors and why?