Film Favorite American Filmmakers

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  1. Vahn
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    @FilmAndWhisky and I are going to be doing a series that celebrates the filmmakers of various countries. I figured it would be best to start with America since everyone will be able to participate and if the thread gets a lot of traffic then perhaps future threads will garner some more attention and it may allow for people to be introduced to films from other countries.

    Basically just list or discuss your personal favorite American filmmakers and include your favorite film from each one.

    I'll start with mine:

    1. Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
    2. John Cassavetes - A Woman Under the Influence
    3. Martin Scorsese - Taxi Driver
    4. Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
    5. James Gray - The Immigrant
    6. David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
    7. Coen Brothers - A Serious Man
    8. Robert Altman - Nashville
    9. Harmony Korine - Spring Breakers
    10. Richard Linklater - Before Midnight
    11. Todd Haynes - Far from Heaven
    12. Michael Mann - Blackhat
    13. Woody Allen - Annie Hall
    14. Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    15. Jonathan Demme - Something Wild

    come at me brehs
     
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    OK ok ok ok wait 5 seconds
     
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    charlie work sum my dik
     
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  4. Charlie Work
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    Solid list. Obvious omissions:

    Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
    Steven Spielberg - Jaws
    Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction
    Howard Hawkes - The Big Sleep
    George Lucas - Star Wars
    Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now

    Do we count immigrants? Chaplin, Wilder, Kazan, etc.
     
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    Idk tbh. I didn't. Douglas Sirk would be an obvious choice for me if I did.
     
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    Tarantino
    Clint Eastwood
     
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    Word. I mean Wilder is a pretty clear cut American filmmaker to me.
    Forgot it said favorite, but I don't think I could rank a list anyway. I'd probably throw in Charlie Kaufman.
     
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    1.) Stanley Kubrick - 2001
    2.) Paul Thomas Anderson - Magnolia
    3.) Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line
    4.) Richard Linklater - Boyhood
    5.) Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
    6.) Martin Scorsese - Taxi Driver
    7.) Coen Brothers - Fargo
    8.) David Lynch - Mulholland Dr.
    9.) Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
    10.) Alfred Hitchcock - Vertigo
    11.) Michael Mann - Miami Vice
    12.) David Fincher - Zodiac
    13.) Darren Aronofsky - The Wrestler
    14.) James Gray - Two Lovers
    15.) Sidney Lumet - Network
     
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    f--- since when is Hitchcock british
     
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    Woody Allen -Annie Hall/Midnight in Paris
    Hitchcock (If we're counting him) - Rear Window/ Dial M For Murder
    Quentin Tarantino - Jackie Brown / Inglorious Basterds
    Martin Scorsese - Goodfellas
    Paul Thomas Anderson - There Will Be Blood
    Peter Weir - The Truman Show
    Danny Boyle - Trance
    David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Stanley Donen - Singing in The Rain
    Ti West - The House Of The Devil
    Richard Linklater - Before Sunrise/Dazed & Confused

    Honorable Mention : Mel Gibson - Passion Of The Christ/ Brave Heart
     
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    I did it in a tiered structure. I've only seen 1 Cassavetes picture, so I didn't count him.
    I've yet to see a Lynch feature, but an Eraserhead Blu Ray is in my Amazon cart.
    I counted Kaufman as a writer and Deakins as a cinematographer. Sue me.

    Robert Altman - Nashville
    Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
    Billy Wilder - Sunset Boulevard
    Coen Brothers - A Serious Man
    Richard Linklater - Before Sunrise
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    Stanley Kubrick - Dr. Strangelove...
    Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, N.Y.
    Martin Scorsese - Raging Bull
    Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
    Quentin Tarantino - Reservior Dogs
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    David Fincher - The Social Network
    Roger Deakins - The Assassination of Jesse James...
    Wes Anderson - Moonrise Kingdom
    Terrence Malick - Days of Heaven
    Haskell Wexler - Medium Cool
     
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    martin scorsese - taxi driver
    james benning - landscape suicide
    harmony korine - spring breakers
    jonas mekas - as i moving ahead occasionally I saw glimpses of beauty
    stan brakhage - anticipation of the night
    abel ferrara - new rose hotel
    peter b. hutton - at sea
    terrence malick - tree of life
    michael snow - la region centrale
    john cassavetes - faces
    andy warhol - chelsea girls
    maya deren - at land
    david lynch - mulholland dr
    paul w.s anderson - pompeii
    john carpenter - ghosts of mars
    michael mann - miami vice
     
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    Pinhead & Twan :khaled2:
     
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    Spike Lee - 25th Hour
    Preston Sturges - The Palm Beach Story
     
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    @Rowjay Stan just won this thread with James Benning, Brakhage, Deren etc. even though I don't know any of them quite well enough to call a favourite. But Pompeii? I guess I can't say anything till I see it.

    I think filmmakers who are known for an American period make the cut. (Hitchcock, Sirk etc.), but not if they never really assimilated into 'american moviemaking' (Chaplin, Welles, etc.)

    This order is pretty d--- tentative and sporadic after the first like 5.

    1. Terrence Malick - Tree of Life
    2. James Gray - The Immigrant
    3. Nathaniel Dorsky - August and After
    4. Richard Linklater - Boyhood
    5. Frank Capra - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    6. Martin Scorsese - Taxi Driver
    7. Alfred Hitchcock - Rope
    8. David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
    9. Paul Thomas Anderson - There Will Be Blood
    10. Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    11. Jim Jarmusch - Stranger Than Paradise
    12. Douglas Sirk - All That Heaven Allows
    13. Derek Cianfrance - Place Beyond the Pines
    14. Robert Altman - Nashville
    15. John Huston - Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    16. Winsor McCay - How a Mosquito Operates
    17. The Coen Brothers - Fargo
    18. Gus Van Sant - Elephant
    19. Michael Snow - Wavelength
    20. Howard Hawks - The Big Sleep
    BONUS: Christopher Nolan - Memento

    HM: Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg, Darren Aronofsky

    I will also mention Nicholas Ray who I think will one day be a favourite... just haven't seen enough (Only Rebel... haven't seen Johnny Guitar even)... others I haven't seen enough of include Ferrara, Mann, Haynes, Casavettes, etc.
     
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    I don't really have an interesting list to add, as most of my favorites were mentioned (Lynch, Scorsese, PTA, Malick and the Coens are probably tops for me).

    Since he hasn't been listed, I would add John Ford though (The Grapes of Wrath, My Darling Clementine, The Searchers, etc.) as he is justifiably one of the big names in American cinema.

    My favorite part of @Rowjay Stan 's very cool list was the Ghosts of Mars pick for John Carpenter over the more conventional choices.
     
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    I thought about adding John Ford, but dude's got so many films I couldn't justify acting like I knew his s--- more than I do (I've seen only The Searchers and Stagecoach, both of which are great)

    Edit: I've actually seen two more: How Green was my Valley and the Quiet Man. Good call.
     
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    Pretty Much the same directors, what changes are the films

    1. Paul Thomas Anderson - Punch Drunk Love
    2. Stanley Kubrick - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    3. Richard Linklater - Before Sunrise
    4. Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
    5. Martin Scorsese - Goodfellas
    6. Terrence Malick - The Tree Of Life
    7. David Fincher - Se7en
    8. Woody Allen - Hannah & Her Sisters
    9. Coen Brothers - No Country For Old Men
    10. David Lynch - Mulholland Dr
    11. Howard Hawks - Bringing Up Baby
    12. Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather

    Wes Anderson & Spike Jonze are great too
     
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