VOTE The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever  

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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 movie 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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1
504 107
Steven Spielberg / Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Steven Spielberg / Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Band of Brothers, The Terminal

2
441 221
Martin Scorsese / Robert De Ni... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro Cape Fear, Casino, GoodFellas, Mean Streets, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy

3
371 118
Ron Howard / Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Ron Howard / Tom Hanks Apollo 13, Splash, The 'Burbs, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons

4
245 93
Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewart Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, and Rear Window

5
273 159
Quentin Tarantino / Samuel L. ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Quentin Tarantino / Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2

6
331 237
Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiC... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island

7
168 91
Mel Brooks / Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Mel Brooks / Gene Wilder Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles

8
261 148
Clint Eastwood / Clint Eastwoo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Clint Eastwood / Clint Eastwood Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County

9
156 62
Steven Spielberg / George Luca... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Steven Spielberg / George Lucas / Harrison Ford

10
193 89
Alfred Hitchcock / Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Alfred Hitchcock / Cary Grant North by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion, and To Catch a Thief

11
166 68
Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

12
144 76
Wes Anderson / Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Wes Anderson / Bill Murray Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox

13
231 185
Tim Burton / Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
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

14
168 83
The Coen Brothers / John Goodm... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
The Coen Brothers / John Goodman Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and The Hudsucker Proxy

15
163 68
Francis Ford Coppola / Robert ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Francis Ford Coppola / Robert Duvall The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Godfathe: Part II

16
137 63
Alfred Hitchcock / Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Alfred Hitchcock / Grace Kelly Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief

17
191 87
Christopher Nolan / Christian ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Prestige

18
115 53
The Coen Brothers / Frances Mc... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
The Coen Brothers / Frances McDormand Fargo, Burn After Reading, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, Barton Fink, Blood Simple.

19
154 103
Quentin Tarantino / Uma Thurma... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Quentin Tarantino / Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2

20
167 118
John Ford / John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
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

21
123 52
Billy Wilder / Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
Billy Wilder / Jack Lemmon Avanti, The Front Page, The Apartment, Buddy Buddy, Irma la Douce, Some Like it Hot, and The Fortune Cookie

22
124 55
John Huston / Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
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

23
114 62
Tim Burton / Helena Bonham Car... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
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

24
80 18
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
juanma added age 76

25
109 51
John Ford / Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
John Ford / Henry Fonda The Grapes of Wrath, How the West Was Won, Fort Apache, My Darling Clementine, Young Mr. Lincoln