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The Best Auteur Directors in the World

The following is a list of some of my favourite auteur directors, and the movies that have made them famous (or in some cases, infamous!)

(1) Quenten Tarantino

The modern godfather of auteur directors, Tarantino has developed a cult following and almost God like status amongst film enthusiasts. With his 1992 film, Reservoir Dogs, paving the way for his super stylised, crime centred works. All of his commercial films are rather violent, yet dialogue driven, with his 1994 film Pulp Fiction being considered one of the best films of all time.

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Director Quentin Tarantino poses for a portrait while promoting his movie “Django Unchained” in New York December 16, 2012 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE PORTRAIT)

(2) Takashi Miike

Considered to be one of Japan’s finest underground directors, Miike himself has a cult following, as his super violent and somewhat black comedy films have garnered himself an international reputation. His 2001 film, Ichi the Killer, was both hugely successful and hugely controversial, as ultra violence and themes of sexual perversion divided audiences. However, beneath the blood and smut of his films is always a core of genius.

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Ichi the Killer

(3) Martin Scorsese

One of the hottest Hollywood directors of the 90’s, much of Scorsese’s work has been considered timeless. The 1990 film Goodfellas has been regarded as one of the best mafia films of the century (after The Godfather, of course.) Scorsese often uses the same actors in his films, such as Robert De Niro and Leonardo Dicaprio.

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(4) David Fincher

Best known for his adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, Fight Club, David Fincher is one of America’s best, yet relatively unknown, directors. With often dark, solemn themes to the films he makes, Fincher was at the helm of others such as Se7en and Panic Room, and employs a claustrophobic, grainy feel to all of his works.

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David Fincher

(5) Tim Burton

The king of gothic romanticism, Burton employs a dark, yet strangely charming theme to all of his films. Always one to deliver quirky, artistic pieces, he has worked extensively with actor Johnny Depp in such films as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Sweeny Todd. Look out for his newest work which is an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

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Tim Burton

The above directors have risen to their own unique fame through the popularity of their films, which more often than not, deliver similar themes and motifs, qualifying them as ‘auteurs.’ If you are a film student or critic, or just plain dream on becoming a director of your very own, it would be great benefit to check out the works of these kinds of people, to help you garner a broad understanding of modern cinema.

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