The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever People In Film
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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 ... more
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    Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewart

    Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, and Rear Window
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    Clint Eastwood / Clint Eastwood

    Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison ... more
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    Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio

    The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island
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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 ... more
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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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    Alfred Hitchcock / Cary Grant

    North by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion, and To Catch a Thief
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    Mel Brooks / Gene Wilder

    Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles
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    The Coen Brothers / John Goodman

    Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and The Hudsucker ... more
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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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    John Huston / Humphrey Bogart

    Across the Pacific, Beat the Devil, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, and The ... more
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    Tim Burton / Johnny Depp

    Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, ... more
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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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    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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    Christopher Nolan / Michael Caine

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Prestige
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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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    David Fincher / Brad Pitt

    Fight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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    John Ford / Henry Fonda

    The Grapes of Wrath, How the West Was Won, Fort Apache, My Darling Clementine, Young Mr.
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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 ... more
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    John Hughes / Molly Ringwald

    The Breakfast club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink
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    Steven Spielberg / Richard Dreyfuss

    Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Always
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    The Coen Brothers / Jeff Bridges

    The Big Lebowski, True Grit
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    Elia Kazan / Marlon Brando

    A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Viva Zapata!
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    The Coen Brothers / Frances McDormand

    Fargo, Burn After Reading, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, ... more
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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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    Paul Thomas Anderson / Philip Seymour Hoffman

    The Master, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love
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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 ...
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    Quentin Tarantino / Christoph Waltz

    Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds
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    Ingmar Bergman / Max Von Sydow

    The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light ... more
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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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    Wes Anderson / Bill Murray

    Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The ... more
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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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    Tim Burton / Helena Bonham Carter

    Big Fish, Sweeney Todd: The demon Barber of Fleet Street, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ... more
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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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    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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    Wes Anderson / Owen Wilson

    Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore, The Life Aquatic ... more
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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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    George Cukor / Katherine Hepburn

    A Bill of Divorcement, Little Women, Sylvia Scarlett, Holiday, The Philadelphia Story, Keeper ... more
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    James Cameron / Bill Paxton

    Titanic, The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies
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    Ridley Scott / Russell Crowe

    Gladiator, American Gangster, Body of Lies, A Good Year, Robin Hood
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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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    Francois Truffaut / Jean Pierre Léaud

    added by: WilliamMtx
    The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, Two English Girls, Day for Night, Love on the ... more
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    Elia Kazan / Karl Malden

    A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, Boomerang!, Baby Doll
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    new! John McTiernan / Bruce Willis

    added by: RonBuck
    Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, Die Hard: With Avengence
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    Tony Scott / Denzel Washington

    Man on Fire, Deja Vu, Crimson Tide, Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
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