The following list contains the 10 best Hollywood directors. These directors have unique visions for the future of film and have displayed those visions on multiple occasions. Storytelling has become highly visual in this modern world and here are the best storytellers that make it all happen.
Christopher Nolan As he made his way into the public eye with interesting smaller films like "Memento" and "Insomnia," it was clear the guy was talented. It was after taking a stale franchise like "Batman" and reinventing it into a truly breathtaking and entertaining saga that made Nola unstoppable.
Quentin Tarantino A director that is probably burdened with the most fetishes. He enjoys surf music, blaxploitation, Asian culture and feet, especially if those feet belong to his muse, Uma Thurman. For all the cartoon-ish violence and loquacious dialogue that go into a Tarantino film, you still can't help but be entertained.
Richard Linklater Another director that also writes a majority of his films, Linklater is a master of dialogue and philosophical reflection. He is able to stick to his own little projects like the painfully romantic "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," as well as the popular favorite "School of Rock."
Darren Aronofsky The man sure does like to make dark movies. With his deeply depressing "Requiem for a Dream," he created a world of drug addicts that was both disturbing and fascinating. "The Wrestler" was an odd choice that turned out to be a good flick. Aronofsky's latest, "Black Swan," is flawless and awakens every sense imaginable.
Martin Scorsese A director that has been doing it for so long, it almost seems too obvious to include him. The reason why Scorsese should make the list has little to do with classics like "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas," but rather what he brings to the table today. "Gangs of New York" brought him back, "The Departed" reminded us of why he is such a badass and "Shutter Island" was pure brilliance.
Clint Eastwood Eastwood is a legend, pure and simple. He's an actor, screenwriter, composer and director and manages to succeed on every level. To check out truly remarkable storytelling, check out "Gran Torino."
Paul Thomas Anderson At 26, Anderson was a practically a prodigy with his film "Hard Eight." A year later, he wrote and directed the ambitious, "Boogie Nights," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. "Magnolia" was often mocked for its self-serious tone and "Punch Drunk Love" was left on the side, but both were respectable films. After a five-year hiatus, he returned with a vengeance with "There Will Be Blood."
Noah Baumbach Baumbach may not have the name recognition, but with films like "Kicking and Screaming," "The Squid and the Whale" and "Margot at the Wedding," he certainly deserves a spot on the list. His films have the witty cerebral dialogue and the emotional punch similar to some of the best Woody Allen films.
Wes Anderson Some may say that Anderson is simply quirky for the sake of being quirky, but he sure can construct an entertaining film with fantastic music and choice actors. His stop-animation film "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" proved that he could branch out into something completely different.
David Fincher Starting out as a successful music video director, Fincher forayed into films in the mid-'90s. From some of Brad Pitt's best work ("Seven," "Fight Club") to helming one of the most talked about films of the year ("The Social Network"), Fincher manages to delve into a variety of genres while maintaining one common theme: being awesome.