Denis Villeneuve is great too and relatively new and I was going to include him, then I realised he's French Canadian, moody films but very good. Though many would disagree with Arrival. Prisoners is probably his most grounded film.TooFineAPoint said:There are very few serious American directors currently who actually seem to understand human beings and want to bring a unique vision to life on the screen, while employing some sense of aesthetic and honoring their craft.
Here they are:
- Martin Scorsese
- David Fincher
- Paul Thomas Anderson
- Wes Anderson
- Sophia Coppola
- Alexander Payne
Pretty much it.
There are also some guys who make good movies every now and again:
- Coen Bros
- Steven Soderbergh
- Jim Jarmusch
- Quentin Tarantino
- Jon Favreau
As much as it pains me to say it, the once-genius Terrence Malick is a shell of himself and has lost it to navel gazing permanently, so I have to leave him off.
Think that pretty much covers it...
(this list is for people still actively working and/or alive)
Jake Gyllenhaal can be in anything and make it roughly 5 times better just being on screen.
The writer Taylor Sherdian who wrote Sicario, Hell or High Water and Wind River is good as well, they all are modern Westerns in different settings.