9. Steven Spielberg
The first draft of my top 10 favorite directors included Steven Spielberg as an honorable mention. When I first considered his work I thought of Saving Private Ryan and Jaws. Two great films that both pushed film boundaries during there time. It wasn't until I talked over my choices with a close friend though that I realized my error. Spielberg has the most universal filmography ever. He's been creating crafty films for the masses since the 70's and even still today. Not only can he bring in incredible box office numbers but he's proven that he can play the Oscars as well with titles like Lincoln and Schindler's List. It's honestly pretty bizarre to look at his filmography. He's the definition of a renaissance director. The jack of all trades, who has managed to stay relevant and on top for four decades. Though I don't love all of his films I could not deny him a spot on my list. His work has been able to connect generations through timeless pictures and I believe if that was his goal- he's succeeded multiple times.
MUST WATCH FILM - 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'
MY FAVORITE - 'Saving Private Ryan'
UPCOMING - 'West Side Story'