Ang Lee, for not getting stuck in a genre as a director.
Boz Luhrmann for being so creative and unique.
Peter Jackson, for really upping the game of what an effects-laden film can be.
Jared Hess, Peter Jackson and Edward Pressman.
Wow, only three...
There are more, and I admire them for different things/pieces.
George Lucas got me to study film and how he made the trilogy, Quinten Tarintino really has a knack for making some of the wildest ideas come to life, and I actually had to light a scene out of Kurt Wimmer's "Equilibrium" and I really respect how he did that.
Jason Reitman, Wes Anderson, Coen Brothers
Steven Spielberg - always entertaining
Martin Scorcese - a great storyteller
Roman Polanski -Visually interesting without being distracting
Top of my list is the blessed ARTHUR HILLER. Firstly, he is one of the sweetest, dearest people on this Earth. Secondly he knows how to turn out artful entertainment without sacrificing the business value of a project. Thirdly, he is genuine, ethical, and true -- and on a personal and on a business level, that is what counts.
Next on my list is RON REINER. Rob took a fabulous script, hired a fabulous DP, put a splendid cast together with the help of very able casting people and made a movie which, if I had to choose one film as representative of the entire media, 'The American President' would be it.
Directors tied for third are KEVIN COSTNER, ROBERT DOWNEY SR, IVAN REITMAN, RON UNDERWOOD, and PETER WEIR.
Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Coen Brothers, Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch, etc etc
No clue. I like films more than directors!
Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and Mickey Harrison. I believe all three crossover.
...why only 3? So, unfair...
My favorite 3 so far, are:
I'm amazed by the talent of Sidney Lumet. Over 50 years in the business and he still puts out great films. I think Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, John Sayles have found a great place to be. They can make the kind of movies they want to make, some more successful then others. They are artists. Steven Soderbergh does everything. He's a one man movie making machine. I see every Martin Scorsese film on the day of release. I think Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan are incredible talents. I went way over my limit and didn't mention any producers, but you get the picture. I'm a fan of creative vision.
I love David Zucker. He is a friend of the family and he and his brother have done some wonderful American classics, like Airplane!, the Naked Gun series, and Top Secret!
Wes Anderson is another great one for 'Rushmore,' and I have to give credit to Hal Ashby for 'Harold and Maude.' (although he's dead). To be honest, while the director makes a TON of decisions, I'm a firm believer that the writer is really the 'owner' of the film, and everyone else involved is working to realize his or her dream.
Film has always been a collaborate effort, and I have never been a fan of hierarchy.
Quentin Tarantino.Alejandro Amenábar.Mel Gibson