Proving that they’re true masters of their craft, the top 10 movie directors of the 90’s have critical and commercial success on their side. The 90’s were a great decade for memorable movies, and these directors created some of their most endearing and iconic works during those years.

  1. James Cameron. Known for fast action and mind-bending special effects, it seems like everything this movie director touches is instant box-office gold. Cameron’s work during the 90’s showed he was in top form, with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” in 1991, “True Lies” in 1994, and the epic “Titanic” in 1997.

  2. Steven Spielberg. Probably the most widely recognized member of the top ten movie directors of the 90’s, Spielberg has been putting out quality material for decades. In the 90’s, his movies maintained that level of excellence, with “Schindler’s List” in 1993, “Amistad” in 1997 and “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998.

  3. Martin Scorsese. Famous for his gritty and realistic depictions of gangster life, this movie director has a host of Mafia-themed films on his résumé. 1990’s “Goodfellas” and 1995’s “Casino” followed this formula to perfection. Scorsese stayed on top during the 90’s with “Cape Fear” in 1991 and “The Age Of Innocence” in 1993, showing his vast range as a director.

  4. Kevin Costner. Although he’s best known as an actor, this movie director deserves mention. Costner’s career hit its peak during the 90’s, and he had a heavy involvement in all of his films. As a director, he won an Academy Award for 1990’s epic “Dances With Wolves.” Costner also directed the underrated “The Postman” in 1997.

  5. Robert Zemeckis. This accomplished movie director had his hand in a wide variety of films during the 90’s. Zemeckis finished off a trilogy with “Back to the Future Part III” in 1990, then wowed audiences across the globe with 1994’s “Forrest Gump.” As if that weren’t enough, he also directed the awesome but often overlooked “Contact” in 1997.

  6. Quentin Tarantino. Sitting atop many film buff’s lists of the top ten movie directors of the 90’s, Tarantino has no shortage of suave appeal in his work. He burst onto the scene in 1992 with “Reservoir Dogs,” then continued his success with 1994’s “Pulp Fiction.” The lesser-known but still impressive “Jackie Brown” followed in 1997.

  7. Oliver Stone. Detailed and intense, this movie director puts an immense amount of factual care into his film. Stone was busy in the 90’s, directing seven movies, all of them worthy of his high standards. His career highlights during the decade include 1991’s “The Doors” and “JFK,” “Natural Born Killers” in 1994 and “Nixon” in 1995.

  8. M. Night Shyamalan. Most people recognize this movie director from his breakthrough 1999 suspense film “The Sixth Sense,” which was the first in a series of intense and engrossing films with his famous twist endings. Shyamalan dabbled in other film genres before his career-making 90’s movie, but once he found a formula that worked, he stuck with it.

  9. Joel Coen. Along with his brother Ethan, this movie director began a successful and critically acclaimed career during the 90’s. Coen’s best movie of the decade was 1996’s “Fargo,” which was followed by cult classic “The Big Lebowski” in 1998. Although not as well-remembered, 1991’s “Barton Fink” deserves mention within Coen’s 90’s highlights.

  10. Spike Jonze. Quirky and offbeat, this movie director has the market cornered on the unusual. Although Jonze only directed one feature film during the decade, 1999’s “Being John Malkovich” was so groundbreaking and well-made that it catapulted him to the top of the 90’s directing hierarchy.

-Andrew Jett