What's your favourite film by Spielberg, Tarantino, Coppola...?
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.
'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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second part surpassed the first Godfather. While we could also have chosen 'Apocalypse Now,' this Shakespearean mafia tale is masterful and timeless.
The director of 'Little Women' made with 'Lady Bird' an approach to adolescence that, for the moment, can be considered her best film.
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.
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.
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.
'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'.
'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.
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.
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'.
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'.
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.
This young Chinese director made a poetic contemporary western about the current universe of rodeos in deep North-America.
A film that gave the Mexican director and his team two Oscars. It is his masterpiece so far.
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.
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.
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'.
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'.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.