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
516 112
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
454 223
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
374 124
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
251 95
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
287 161
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
340 241
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
174 92
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
271 150
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
164 63
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
195 91
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
171 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
236 188
Tim Burton / Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
148 79
Wes Anderson / Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
174 84
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
168 69
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
139 64
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
194 88
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
118 54
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
156 106
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
170 120
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
127 55
John Huston / Humphrey Bogart is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
123 54
Billy Wilder / Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
114 64
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
85 20
Martin Scorsese is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever
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25
110 53
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