What's your favourite film by Spielberg, Tarantino, Coppola...?

The best films by 30 directors
Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction
Sofia Coppola - The Virgin Suicides
Kathryn Bigelow - Point Break
Martin Scorsese - Gangs of New York
Jane Campion - The Piano
Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List
Nora Ephron - Sleepless in Seattle
Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather II
Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan - Memento
Agnés Varda - Cléo from 5 to 7
Chan-Wook Park - OldBoy
Mira Nair - Monsoon Wedding
Spike Lee - Inside Man
Naomi Kawase - Sweet Bean
James Cameron - Titanic
Pedro Almodóvar - Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors
Chloé Zao - The Rider
Guillermo del Toro - The shape of water
Isabel Coixet - The Secret Life of the Words
Richard Linklater - Before Sunset
Juan José Campanella - The Secret in Their Eyes
Michael Haneke - Amour
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino
Julie Delpy - Le Skylab
Ethan & Joel Cohen - The Big Lebowski
Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann
The best films by 30 directors

What 's the best work of director Quentin Tarantino? Or Sofia and Francis Ford Coppola's? What about Kathryn Bigelow's masterpiece? Or Spielberg's? At Showbizz Daily we've drawn up a list that may be a bit controversial. But the fun is in the risk. Find out what we selected.

Quentin Tarantino - Pulp Fiction

'Reservoir Dogs' or 'Once Upon Time in... Hollywood' could have occupied the No. 1 place in Quentin Tarantino's filmography, but 'Pulp Fiction' condenses the essence of Tarantino's cinema. In addition, it is iconic and contains memorable interpretations (from Samuel L. Jackson to Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta).

Sofia Coppola - The Virgin Suicides

There will surely be many who claim that in Sofia Coppola's filmography there is only one winner: 'Lost in Translation'. Others may point at 'Marie Antoinette', a cult piece largely misunderstood by film critics. But Sofia Coppola's debut feature, 'The Virgin Suicides,' continues to rise above all her subsequent filmography because of its immense poetic power. Without detracting from the rest of her fabulous creations, of course.

Kathryn Bigelow - Point Break

Was 'Point Break' really Kathryn Bigelow's best film? Some people will be shocked, considering that the director had other successes like 'Detroit' or 'Zero Dark Thirty'. But 'Point Break' is a magnificent surf thriller, Keanu Reeves gives an excellent performance, and Patrick Swayze, too, was in his prime.

Martin Scorsese - Gangs of New York

We could also have chosen 'Goodfellas,' 'Taxi Driver,' or 'The Wolf of Wall Street'. There is so much beauty throughout Martin Scorsese's career. In 2002, the masterful director filmed this bloody account of how New York (and, by extension, the US) was founded. Leonardo DiCaprio is fine, but Daniel Day-Lewis exceeds all the other cast in his performance.

Jane Campion - The Piano

There's no doubt about it. Jane Campion made an irrefutable masterpiece with 'The Piano.' It enchanted Hollywood to the point that it won three Oscars in 1994. And don't forget the impressive music that Michael Nyman composed for the film.

Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List

How many masterpieces does Steven Spielberg have in his filmography? Among them is 'Schindler's List', which stands out both for its artistic and moral values.

 

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Nora Ephron - Sleepless in Seattle

The scriptwriter and director who passed away in 2012 was a master of high-flying romantic comedy. She proved it with screenplay work in 'When Harry Met Sally' and also in this fabulous movie from 1993. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan gave some of their best performances.

Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather II

The second part surpassed the first Godfather. While we could also have chosen 'Apocalypse Now,' this Shakespearean mafia tale is masterful and timeless.

Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird

The director of 'Little Women' made with 'Lady Bird' an approach to adolescence that, for the moment, can be considered her best film.

Christopher Nolan - Memento

It was his film debut in 2000 and it is still fascinating. While there are other masterpieces in Christopher Nolan's filmography, such as 'Dunkirk' or 'Interstellar', we place 'Memento' at No. 1 because of its cinematographic value and for the joy it brought us to discover a genius this way, through his first film.

Agnés Varda - Cléo from 5 to 7

Deceased in 2019, she was one of the great authors of the Nouvelle Vague. In 1961 she filmed this story of a young woman who, for a couple of hours, awaits the results of medical tests that will reveal if she has cancer or not.

Chan-Wook Park - OldBoy

A masterpiece as poetic as it is cruel. Perfect and violent. The summit of a "trilogy of revenge" that is already the history of cinema.

Mira Nair - Monsoon Wedding

'The Monsoon Wedding', released in 2001, is perhaps the best film by Mira Nair, a director born in India and with other great titles in her filmography such as 'Salaam Bombay' or the beautiful chapter of 'Kosher Vegetarian' in the collective work 'New York, I love you'.

Spike Lee - Inside Man

'Inside Man' is a great robbery movie. Without the political intention of Spike Lee's other great works, such as 'Do the right thing' or 'Malcolm X,' but simply full of cinematographic wisdom. Pure entertainment with high voltage.

Naomi Kawase - Sweet Bean

One of the most important directors in Japan, Kawase made with 'Sweet Bean' a tender and delicate film that is among the best of her filmography.

James Cameron - Titanic

A disproportionate love story with the maritime catastrophe as a desolating landscape. It's the best work by a filmmaker who also excelled with 'Terminator' and 'Avatar'.

Pedro Almodóvar - Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

A comedy full of colour and laughter, ultramodern for 1988 and now a classic that shines from the hyperabundance of masterpieces in Almodóvar's long career - going from 'What have I done to deserve this?' to 'Pain and Glory'.

Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors

He's had a career full of masterpieces ('Manhattan', 'Annie Hall', 'Zelig', 'Match Point'...), but this title stands out among them all. Complex, hilarious, and at the same time sad.

Chloé Zao - The Rider

This young Chinese director made a poetic contemporary western about the current universe of rodeos in deep North-America.

 

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Guillermo del Toro - The shape of water

A film that gave the Mexican director and his team two Oscars. It is his masterpiece so far.

Isabel Coixet - The Secret Life of the Words

In her filmography, the Spanish director has important titles like 'The Bookshop' or 'My Life Without Me,' but this film starring Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins is perhaps the most exciting and perfect film by Isabel Coixet.

Richard Linklater - Before Sunset

From his trilogy 'Before Sunrise - Before Sunset - Before Midnight' the middle part is perhaps his masterpiece. It relates how a lost love can be recovered in a night of youth. After the trilogy would come 'Boyhood', another great film that shows the immense talent of the universal Texan director Richard Linklater.

Juan José Campanella - The Secret in Their Eyes

A masterpiece without discussion (it had its Hollywood version with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts) and the best film so far by an Argentine director who also made 'The same love, the same rain', 'The son of the bride,' and 'Moon of Avellaneda'.

Michael Haneke - Amour

This fierce account of the devastation of old age is perhaps the most moving work by Michael Haneke, an Austrian director accustomed to making audiences uncomfortable with movies like 'Funny Games,' 'La pianiste,' and 'Das weiße Band' / 'The White Ribbon'.

Alfonso Cuarón - Roma

In the case of the Mexican director, although titles like 'Y tu mamá también' or 'Children of Men' are very estimable in his filmography, the fabulous 'Roma' remains his definitive masterpiece. For the moment.

Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino

We could also have highlighted other masterpieces, such as 'Unforgiven', 'Mystic River', 'The Bridges of Madison County', 'A Perfect World', or 'Pale Rider.' But in 'Gran Torino' there is a very poetic air of twilight, as if Clint Eastwood is summing up his own personality. It's the latest Hollywood classic.

Julie Delpy - Le Skylab

Julie Delpy is a charismatic actress of enormous intelligence who made the leap to direction and whose filmography is topped by this nostalgic miniature full of emotion.

Ethan & Joel Cohen - The Big Lebowski

A great comedy between surrealism and psychedelia, this is Coen 100%. It also has one of the great interpretations by Jeff Bridges. Of the Coen filmography we could also have chosen 'Fargo', 'True Blood' or 'Barton Fink,' but regrettably, we only had one No. 1 spot.

Maren Ade - Toni Erdmann

An absolutely unclassifiable comedy directed by a young German woman who surprised at Cannes back in 2016. Either you love or hate this film. There are no middle terms.

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