From Hitchcock to Mel Brook: Great Directors and Their Films That Changed the Industry

  There have been many great directors who have changed the film industry with their powerful art. These directors have created classic films that have been a hit all around the world and inspired many to become directors, actors, and even film fanatics.

Alfred Hitchcock: This filmmaker always had a more personal and unique style. He filled his movies with dark characters but still managed to create a witty, sharp, and funny dialogue. On many occasions, his movies and ideas were not approved by Hollywood; but Hitchcock always followed his gut and still set his ideas in motion, even if they didn’t seem to have a commercial future. Hitchcock didn’t fail to create films that were only psychologically complex but also filled with witticism. Some of the films that put him over the top as a director were: Notorious, Psycho, Rear Window and Vertigo.

Orson Welles: Where to start with Orson Welles. Although many see him as a failure, he was also responsible for the best American film, which according to multiple polls is and has been for 70 years, Citizen Kane. He died alone with massive debt, but he didn’t do it for the money. Making money was never the purpose of his art. On the contrary, he made art to fill his artistic hunger; even after his death, he is still an enigma. Some of his best films were Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, F for Fake and Othello

Mel Brooks: Writer, Director, Actor. Mel Brooks started doing stand-up comedy and was later a gag writer for Sid Caesar. He is still known as the king of comedy. He made several films that made him worthy of the title he carries. The 2000 Year Old Man, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers are some of his best films yet.

 Michael Curtiz: Just for directing a true classic, like Casablanca, Curtiz deserves to be on the list of best directors. He created as many as 100 Hollywood films. Many expected Casablanca to be a total Hollywood disaster; but Curtiz made Casablanca into a memorable classic, and some might even argue the best movie ever made. He also directed The Adventures of Robin Hood and Mildred Pierce.

 Martin Scorsese: Before becoming a filmmaker, Scorsese thought of becoming a priest; but he decided to pursue filmmaking instead. Later on, his religious devoutness came in handy with several of his films. Scorsese took filmmaking to another level, with Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and The Wolf of Wall Street. He always seems to bring the past into his films. Some of his best films are about different time periods. 

Francis Ford Coppola: Mostly known for his huge success with The Godfather films, Francis Ford Coppola was a visionary and was always experimenting with new techniques, which is essentially what makes him a great director. Being responsible for The Godfather already makes him a great director, and his films changed the industry. He has also directed other films like Apocalypse Now and The Outsiders that also make him a great artist.