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.
Steven Spielberg / Tom HanksSaving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Band of Brothers, The Terminal
Ron Howard / Tom HanksApollo 13, Splash, The 'Burbs, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons
Quentin Tarantino / Samuel L. JacksonDjango Unchained, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Martin Scorsese / Robert De NiroCape Fear, Casino, GoodFellas, Mean Streets, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy
Sergio Leone / Clint EastwoodA Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Tim Burton / Johnny DeppEdward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland
Francis Ford Coppola / Robert DuvallThe Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Godfathe: Part II
Alfred Hitchcock / James StewartVertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, and Rear Window
Wes Anderson / Bill MurrayRushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Alfred Hitchcock / Cary GrantNorth by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion, and To Catch a Thief
Christopher Nolan / Christian BaleBatman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Prestige
Clint Eastwood / Clint EastwoodGran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County
David Fincher / Brad PittFight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Coen Brothers / John GoodmanBarton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and The Hudsucker Proxy
Mel Brooks / Gene WilderYoung Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles
John Ford / John WayneThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, How the West Was Won, Stagecoach, Fort Apache
Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprioThe Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island
Christopher Nolan / Michael CaineBatman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Prestige
Steven Spielberg / George Lucas / Harrison Ford
Billy Wilder / Jack LemmonAvanti, The Front Page, The Apartment, Buddy Buddy, Irma la Douce, Some Like it Hot, and The Fortune Cookie
John Huston / Humphrey BogartAcross the Pacific, Beat the Devil, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Akira Kurosawa / Toshiro MifuneSeven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, High and Low, The Hidden Fortress
The Coen Brothers / Frances McDormandFargo, Burn After Reading, Miller's Crossing, Raising Arizona, The Man Who Wasn't There, Barton Fink, Blood Simple.
Alfred Hitchcock / Grace KellyRear Window, Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief
Quentin Tarantino / Christoph WaltzDjango Unchained, Inglorious Basterds