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    Empire Strikes back and The Force Awakens show what happens when you put capable directors in charge of Lucas' ideas. A New Hope is a classic because of how it changed the game but I really don't think it's great like Empire is. And then everything else he has done since, including his tinkering with the old films on dvd, shows that he really is not a good story teller at all. Great ideas man, great at technology and I have huuuuge amounts of respect for him - but not as a director.

    I feel like everyone loves Tim Burton when they're a teenager and some keep that love and others drift away. I really like plenty of his films but none of them are favourites of mine, and at times he's a self-indulgent mess. Edward Scissorhands is probably my favourite and he's certainly worthy of being on a list such as this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor View Post
    Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Batman, Mars Attacks, Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd. Sleepy Hollow is the only one I liked because of the horror story/setting, but I wouldn't watch it again. Also seen bits and pieces of Charlie and Alice in Wonderland, and they don't appeal to me.
    I would give Beetlejuice a least a shot - if you don't like it I would understand but IMO it's his best and most palatable work. If nothing else you have Michael Keaton chewing up the screen everytime he's on and it's great.

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    Tim Burton didn't direct Nightmare Before Christmas.

    If he had, he would've made my list, but he just missed it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Voxtz View Post
    Tim Burton didn't direct Nightmare Before Christmas.

    If he had, he would've made my list, but he just missed it.
    RT is really started to get on my nerves.

    I didn't even question it , it just seemed right.

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    21. Clint Eastwood



    Critical Highs
    - Letters from Iwo Jima
    - Million Dollar Baby
    - Bridges of Madison County
    - Mystic River
    - Sully
    - Gran Torino
    - Space Cowboys
    - Invictus
    - Flags of our Fathers
    - American Sniper

    Critical Lows
    - J. Edgar
    - Firefox

    Top of the Box Office (Adjusted)
    - American Sniper ($382,981,200)
    - Unforgiven ($216,831,600)
    - Sudden Impact ($184,987,200)


    More from Clint Eastwood
    - High Plains Drifter
    - The Outlaw Josie Wales
    - Honkeytonk Man
    - Pale Rider
    - Heartbreak Ridge
    - Play Misty for Me
    - Sudden Impact
    - True Crime
    - Bloodwork


    Awards and Nominations
    - 1993 Oscar Winner for Best Director and Best Picture (Unforgiven)
    - 2004 Nominations for Best Director and Best Picture (Mystic River)
    - 2005 Best Picture and Best Director Winner (Million Dollar Baby)
    - 2007 Best Picture and Best Director Nominations (Letters from Iwo Jima)
    - 2015 Nomination for Best Picture (American Sniper)
    - 2x Golden Globe Winner for Best Director

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    When I first started making my list , I almost forgot Clint and that would of gutted me because there is no way he couldn't be in my top five. I'm only a half hearted fan of Westerns- when they are done good they are great and for my money , Unforgiven is the best Western ever created. I absolutely LOVE that fucking movie and could watch it at least once a month.

    Letters from Iwo Jima is another great movie from Clint.

    Million Dollar Baby I feel has become underrated - I think Clint did a great job with this entire movie and there was a reason why it received the awards it did. It's almost looked at like a throwaway movies these days and I don't get it. I love the movie though.

    Gran Torino was awesome , also American Sniper despite some faults was a good watch and IMO classic Clint Eastwood directing.

    I just love his style , going back to some of his older movies and westerns and all the way up to now - Sully was a simple movie but there was nothing bad about the directing and he made it easy to watch. Clint is the man , despite some old age craziness.

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    I completely forgot about Clint as a director, and that's a dame shame because he is a truly gifted one. Unforgiven is still his crown jewel IMO, easily my second favorite Western of all-time, losing out only to the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

    Gran Torino, Outlaw Josey Wales, Sully, and Million Dollar Baby were all top notch. Still haven't given Mystic River a good watch yet though.

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    I really like Eastwood, but not enough for him to make my list.
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    20. Rob Reiner



    Critical Highs
    - This is Spinal Tap
    - Stand By Me
    - The American President
    - The Princess Bride
    - Misery
    - When Harry Met Sally
    - A Few Good Men

    Critical Lows
    - North
    - Alex & Emma
    - And So Goes It
    - Rumor Has It
    - The Bucket List
    - Ghosts of Mississippi


    Box Office Breakdown
    Lifetime Gross Total: $676,877,238
    Average: $37,604,291
    Opening Gross Average: $7,296,592


    Awards and Nominations
    - 1993 Oscar Nomination for Best Picture (A Few Good Men)
    - 1987 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Director (Stand By Me)
    - 1990 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Director (When Harry Met Sally)
    - 1993 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Director (A Few Good Men)
    - 1996 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Director (The American President)

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    Reiner never really crossed my mind , I enjoyed Stand By Me and Misery but not enough to get him close to my list. Also didn't realize or blanked the fact that he directed A Few Good Men - not that it would of helped his case overall for me anyways.

    The Bucket List is probably my favorite movie of his overall - even though the critics didn't love it I thought it was enjoyable from beginning to end. Just yeah though , Reiner has never stood out to me as someone who I must go see his movie.

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    Rob Reiner fell just out side of my list, and I almost included him just for the Princess Bride, which is an all-time classic. A Few Good Men, Stand By Me, and Misery were really solid as well.

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    I had no idea that Rob Reiner directed A Few Good Men.

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    Reiner easily made my list. Spinal Tap, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men, The Bucket List. That's a fantastic collection of films, and those are just the ones I've seen.

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    Never even thought of Reiner when making my list.
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    19. Adam McKay



    Critical Highs
    - The Big Short
    - The Other Guys
    - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
    - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    Critical Lows
    - Step Brothers

    The Best of the (Adjusted) Box Office
    - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ($201,162,900)
    - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ($138,918,600)
    - The Other Guys ($133,316,400 )

    Overall Box Office
    Lifetime Gross Total: $650,803,028
    Average: $108,467,171
    Opening Gross Average: $33,634,980

    Awards and Nominations
    - 2016 Oscar Nomination for Best Achievement in Directing

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    McKay was a really hard one for me to rank , because you have to try and discern the difference between McKay himself and the duo of McKay and Ferrell - a little like Tony Scott and Denzel only in the comedy realm.

    Having said that he did land towards the bottom of my list on the strength of probably 2 of my top favorite comedies of all time in Step Brothers and Talladega Nights , but of the most rewatchable comedies of all time IMO - they never really get old and are peak Ferrell in my opinion. You add to that Anchorman , a cult classic and another beloved movie of mine and he hit the trifecta.

    Also The Other Guys gets better and better upon rewatches as well , its a weird quality with McKay movies and rewatch factor but they all generally hold up.

    I didn't like Anchorman 2 , but that was a money grab that most directors are guilty of.

    Also I think The Big Short helped show his true chops and proved what he can do outside of Ferrell and comedies.

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    The Big Short is a very entertaining movie about a very dry subject, so he's got my respect from that.

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    I like McKay (except for Step Brothers), but didn't even consider him for my list.
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