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The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece

The greatest artists with only one masterpiece include authors, actors and actresses, directors, painters and musicians. Each person included on this list managed to have incredible impact with one truly memorable piece of work, whether it's an album, a song, a painting or a novel. This list of the greatest artists with only a single, amazing and memorable piece of work, is VoteRanked, meaning the rank is determined by the community. Be sure to vote for those artists you believe contributed the most and feel free to add anyone else you think should be included.

This list of so-called "one hit wonders" includes several authors. Harper Lee certainly deserves a spot. Her novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' won the Pulitzer Price in 1960, and it remains her only published work. I've included both Sylvia Plath ('The Bell Jar') and John Kennedy Toole ('A Confederacy of Dunces') on the list, although in both cases, these writers' memorable masterpieces were published either shortly before, or just after, their deaths (both Plath and Toole committed suicide). And of course, Margaret Mitchell earns a spot on this list: 'Gone With the Wind' was her only novel.

Directors and actors are also included on this list. None, perhaps, are more infamous for only creating one truly memorable piece of work than director Charles Laughton. In 1955, Laughton directed 'The Night of the Hunter' -- a film that's considered by some to be one of the best from that decade. Sadly, Laughton never directed another movie. Actors and actresses on this list include Brandon Lee ('The Crow'), Linda Blair ('The Exorcist'), Kate Hudson ('Almost Famous') and David Naughton ('An American Werewolf in London'). Disagree with the choices? Vote them down. And definitely add any Hollywood greats I've missed along the way.

Musicians who've released only one memorable album or song also got spots on this list, though they are rare. Examples? The Sex Pistols! The band only released one studio album: 1977's 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.' Everything else is a compilation and/or a live release. Jeff Buckley, sadly, also only released one (truly amazing) complete studio album: 'Grace,' in 1994.

American painter Grant Wood also makes this list of the greatest artists with only one masterpiece. His painting 'American Gothic' is without question his greatest (and most memorable) piece, though he did paint other, much lesser known paintings during his career. If you know of other artists who should be included on this list, by all means, add them.

Enjoy this list of artists who've created some of the biggest, most memorable pieces of work in history, and again, add anyone you think was overlooked.
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    Great Work: To Kill a Mockingbird
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    Great Work: Don Quixote
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    Great Work: Gone With the Wind
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    Great Work: Wuthering Heights
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    Jane Eyre
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    Great Work: Nosferatu
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    Great Work: The Divine Comedy
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    Great Work: The Great Gatsby
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    Great Work: Invisible Man
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    Great Work: "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
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    Great Work: The Exorcist
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    Great Work: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
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    Great Work: Cyrano de Bergerac
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    Great Work: American Gothic
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    Great Work: Adagio for Strings
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    Great Work: The Lord of the Rings
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    Great Work: A Confederacy of Dunces
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    Great Work: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
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    Great Work: The Bell Jar
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    Great Work: The Passion of Joan of Arc
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    Great Work: The Night of the Hunter
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    Great Work: The Sixth Sense
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    Great Work: Boyz n the Hood
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    Great Work: Grace
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    Great Work: Mad World (Tears for Fears cover)
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    "Great Work; The Last Picture Show"
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    Jim Theis

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