My 13 Greatest Director/Actor Duo’s Of All Time
Martin Scorsese/Robert DeNiro – Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Mean Streets….
In my humble but adamant opinion Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro are the greatest Director/Actor duo of all time, hands down, sign sealed delivered, unquestionably, by a country mile…..you catch my drift. Just look at their body of work, it’s actually ridiculous, some of the greatest movies of all time were made by these two. Hopefully there’s more to come.
Akira Kurosawa/Toshiro Mifune – Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, Yojimbo….
Kurosawa and Mifune made masterpiece after masterpiece together. In they’re respected fields of Directing and Acting, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune are two of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. Of Akira Kurosawa, Mifune said, “I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him”. If you haven’t seen one of there films do yourself a favour and check them out.
Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, A Fistful of Dollars
These two are responsible for my favourite trilogy of all time. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is also one of my top 5 films of all time. If like myself you like badass characters with epic beards you can’t get much better than a Leone/Eastwood film.
Joel and Ethan Coen/Frances McDormand – Fargo, Blood Simple, Raising Arizona….
I’m a huge Coen brothers fan, they’ve had some great actor collaboration’s, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, George Clooney and for me the pick of the bunch Frances McDormand. Just watch Fargo and you’ll understand, she won about 1237312838721 awards for the role and she deserved every one of them. She’s so underrated it’s painful.
John Woo/Chow Yun-Fat – Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow, A Better Tomorrow 2, The Killer
As action movies come John Woo’s and Chow Yun-Fat’s are as good as you get. Western Audience’s have probably just seen Hard Boiled, check out their other collaborations, they’re just as good if not better.
David Fincher / Brad Pitt – Se7en, Fight Club, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Besides Brad Pitt’s godly admiration from women he is a hugely underrated actor in my books. I know guys hate on him due to the fact that there Mum’s/Sister’s/Girlfriend’s/Wife’s/Grandma’s/Dog’s would sell there soul just so he could breathe on them, envy aside he’s been in some great films. His three collaboration’s with David Fincher are three of my favourite modern films, particularly Se7en and Fight Club.
Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski – Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Woyzeck….
These two both seem completely nuts. My favourite collaboration from the two and the most highly regarded was Aguirre, the Wrath of God, which was a huge influence on my favourite film of all time – Apocalypse Now. Herzog and Kinski may have had a rocky relationship but their films they made together are second to none.
John Ford/John Wayne – The Searchers, Rio Grande, Fort Apache….
John Ford and John Wayne made a gazillion films together, a number of them masterpieces and hugely influential, I’m not a big fan of John Wayne to be totally honest, I can’t take away the HUGE impact he made of cinema though. His finest work was definitely with John Ford for me.
Woody Allen/Diane Keaton – Annie Hall, Manhattan, Sleeper….
The films Woody Allen made with Diane Keaton are some of his best work, particularly Annie Hall and Manhattan which still stand up today.
Ingmar Bergman/Max von Sydow(also Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson) – Winter Light, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, The Seventh Seal…
When I interviewed Martin Scorsese a week or so ago he said of Berman’s and Max von Sydow’s collaboration’s as ‘in the blood of cinema’ which pretty much speaks for itself.
Spike Lee and Denzel Washington – Malcolm X, Inside Man, Mo’ Better Blues
I know Denzel Washington won his Oscar for Training Day but for me it was a crime he didn’t win it a few years before for Malcolm X. Spike Lee has had some great Director/Actor collaborations, the first one that comes to mind would be with John Turturro. I picked Denzel because he was more of a leading man in his films with Spike Lee than Tururro.
Robert Zemeckis/Tom Hanks – Forest Gump, Cast Away, Polar Express
I’m probably gonna get a load of sh*t for this but I don’t give a monkey’s, Forest Gump and Cast Away are classics and as a man who hates children’s movies I loved Polar Express. I know a children’s movie is good when I’m not spending the film wondering which character is the most annoying.
Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry, Coogan’s Bluff, Escape from Alcatraz…
Clint Eastwood has had some great collaboration’s, of course him and Serigio Leone which I inluded in my list, him as a director with Morgan Freeman, him directing himself and without a doubt him and Don Siegel. All five films they made together are great!
Francis Ford Coppola/Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood/Morgan Freeman, Quentin Tarantino/Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Jackson/Andy Serkis, Elia Kazan/Marlon Brando, Steven Soderbergh/George Clooney, Akira Kurosawa/Takashi Shimura, Spike Lee/John Turturro , Jim Sheridan/Daniel Day-Lewis, Shane Meadows / Paddy Considine, Wong Kar Wai / Maggie Cheung, Takashi Miike / Riki Takeuchi , Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale, Kevin Smith / Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan / Michael Caine, Zhang Yimou / Gong Li, Sam Peckinpah / L.Q. Jones, Pedro Almodovar/Penelope Cruz, Sydney Pollack / Robert Redford, Sam Raimi / Bruce Campbell, Guy Ritchie / Mark Strong, Robert Rodriguez / Danny Trejo, Clint Eastwood/Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese/Harvey Keitel, Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe, Liu Chia-liang/Gordon Liu, Tony Scott/Denzel Washington, Takeshi Kitano/Kenji Misumi, Takeshi Kitano/Tomisaburo Wakayama, Tim Burton/Johnny Depp, Paul Thomas Anderson / Philip Seymour Hoffman, Wes Anderson/Bill Murray, Danny Boyle/Ewan McGregor, John Carpenter/Kurt Russell
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