The Greatest Actor / Director Teams Ever

Voting Rules

Vote up the best actor / director teams of all time.

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. 

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.

Vote up your favorite actor-director combos and vote down any that you think should call it quits.

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  • Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro

    Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro

    Cape Fear, Casino, GoodFellas
    913 votes

    Cape Fear, Casino, GoodFellas, Mean Streets, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy

  • Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio

    Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio

    The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator
    719 votes
  • Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewart

    Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewart

    Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope
    491 votes
  • Quentin Tarantino / Samuel L. Jackson

    Quentin Tarantino / Samuel L. Jackson

    Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown
    664 votes
  • Steven Spielberg / George Lucas / Harrison Ford

    Steven Spielberg / George Lucas / Harrison Ford

    Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    347 votes
  • Tim Burton / Johnny Depp

    Tim Burton / Johnny Depp

    Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood
    588 votes