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The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever

In the movie business there are great actors and great directors; when two of these tremendously talented people come together to make a film, the result is often a classic. When a great actor/director team continues to pair up and make films, the result is a legend. To add to this list, click Info View.

From Scorcese & De Niro to Burton & Depp, there's no denying that certain actor/director teams have a unsaid spark between them (the director able to coax the best performance from the actor and he in turn being able to translate a director's vision into that stellar performance). Point is: there are some truly great director/actor combos out there.

Let's get something straight: this is not a list of all the best directors of all time or the best actors and actresses ever, this is a list of the all-time best actor/director collaborations. These are directors who work with the same actors over and over again because of the tremendous results they get. Now bear in mind, there are times when even the top actor/director duos slip up and make a less-than-epic film (*cough*The Terminal*cough*), but on the whole, these creative teams are behind many of the best movies of all time.

If your favorite director/actor team didn't make the list, feel free to add them and let others vote on their effectiveness at delivering great performances together. And before you ask, yes, Steven Spielberg/Harrison Ford and all the other actors/directors who are linked by sequels were intentional omissions. That's not a choice to work together, it's a contract. Now go forth and make your choices for the top actor and director collaborators.
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    Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro Cape Fear, Casino, GoodFellas, Mean Streets, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy

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    Clint Eastwood / Clint Eastwood Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County

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    Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewart Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, and Rear Window

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    Alfred Hitchcock / Cary Grant North by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion, and To Catch a Thief

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    John Ford / John Wayne The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, How the West Was Won, Stagecoach, Fort Apache

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    Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island

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    Mel Brooks / Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles

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    Steven Spielberg / Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Band of Brothers, The Terminal

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    The Coen Brothers / John Goodman Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and The Hudsucker Proxy

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    Akira Kurosawa / Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, High and Low, The Hidden Fortress

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    John Huston / Humphrey Bogart Across the Pacific, Beat the Devil, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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    Quentin Tarantino / Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2

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    Francis Ford Coppola / Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Godfathe: Part II

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    Tim Burton / Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland

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    Quentin Tarantino / Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2

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    Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Prestige

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    Billy Wilder / Jack Lemmon Avanti, The Front Page, The Apartment, Buddy Buddy, Irma la Douce, Some Like it Hot, and The Fortune Cookie

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    Ron Howard / Tom Hanks Apollo 13, Splash, The 'Burbs, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons

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    The Coen Brothers / John Turturro The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink

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    Alfred Hitchcock / Grace Kelly Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief

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    Woody Allen / Diane Keaton Annie Hall, Manhattan, Sleeper, Love and Death, Manhattan Murder Mystery

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    Christopher Nolan / Michael Caine Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Prestige

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    Ingmar Bergman / Max Von Sydow The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light

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    David Fincher / Brad Pitt Fight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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    The Coen Brothers / Frances McDormand Fargo, Burn After Reading, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, Barton Fink, Blood Simple.

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    John Ford / Henry Fonda The Grapes of Wrath, How the West Was Won, Fort Apache, My Darling Clementine, Young Mr. Lincoln

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    Elia Kazan / Marlon Brando A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Viva Zapata!

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    Paul Thomas Anderson / Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love

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    Federico Fellini / Marcello Mastroianni La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Ginger and Fred, Fellini's Roma, We All Loved Each Other So Much

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    Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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    Steven Spielberg / Richard Dreyfuss Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Always

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    Quentin Tarantino / Christoph Waltz Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds

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    John Hughes / Molly Ringwald The Breakfast club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

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    The Coen Brothers / Jeff Bridges The Big Lebowski, True Grit

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    Sam Raimi / Bruce Campbell Evil Dead, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Spider-Man, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness

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    George Cukor / Katherine Hepburn A Bill of Divorcement, Little Women, Sylvia Scarlett, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, Keeper of the Flame, Adam’s Rib, and Pat and Mike

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    Ridley Scott / Russell Crowe Gladiator, American Gangster, Body of Lies, A Good Year, Robin Hood

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    Tim Burton / Helena Bonham Carter Big Fish, Sweeney Todd: The demon Barber of Fleet Street, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Corpse Bride

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    Wes Anderson / Bill Murray Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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    John Carpenter / Kurt Russell The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Escape From L.A

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    Woody Allen / Woody Allen Bananas, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan, Take the Money and Run

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    David Zucker / Leslie Nielsen Airplane!, Naked Gun, The Naked Gun 2 1/2, Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, An American Carol

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    added by WilliamMtx Francois Truffaut / Jean Pierre Léaud The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, Two English Girls, Day for Night, Love on the Run, 

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    Wes Anderson / Owen Wilson Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Bottle Rocket

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    James Cameron / Bill Paxton Titanic, The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies

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    Elia Kazan / Karl Malden A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Boomerang!, Baby Doll

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    Pedro Almodovar / Penelope Cruz Volver, All About My Mother, Broken Embraces

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    added by RonBuck John McTiernan / Bruce Willis Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, Die Hard: With Avengence

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    Wes Anderson / Jason Schwartzman Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom

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    Steven Sodebergh / George Clooney Ocean’s 11-13, Out of Sight, Solaris, and The Good German

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