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Steven Spielberg is the Best Director Since Hitchcock

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This might seem like a shallow choice, much like choosing his long-time collaborator John Williams for best composer, but it’s also the right one.

Spielberg’s directing versatility is unmatched. How many directors can say they have directed films covering the science fiction, family, drama, monster, adventure, and war genres? Okay, maybe B-movie director extraordinaire Roger Corman, but he certainly can’t say they were good, at least not in the same non-campy way Spielberg’s are.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some Spielberg directorial efforts I’m not a fan of. Not even mind-erasing (see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) can make me forget the mess Indiana Jones 4 was. But overall his track record is second to none, with 11 Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Picture, winning both awards for Schindler’s List and Best Director for Saving Private Ryan.

Stanley Kubrick and Danny Boyle are two other directors with comparable versatility and consistency who come to mind, but neither can match Spielberg’s level of output, the latter because of his young age, the former because he is mostly dead.

And, while I don’t like to use box office numbers because even Michael Bay could be defended, a lifetime U.S. gross of $3.7 billion has to mean something. I have nothing but respect for directors who make a career out of appealing to a niche audience, but in my opinion just as much talent, if not more, is required to direct films that have enchanted mass audiences from the ’70s to the ’00s.

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  • El Bicho

    He’s all yours because there has been and continues to be so many better directors than Spielberg.

    Not sure why he gets credit for Best Picture nominations when those go to prodcuers not directors. Woody Allen has 21 nominations as a screenwriter, director, and actor if you want to pull from other areas.

  • Jordan Richardson

    How many directors can say they have directed films covering the science fiction, family, drama, monster, adventure, and war genres?

    Takashi Miike, for starters.

  • http://insomniacentertainment.com Luigi Bastardo

    Takashi Miike, for starters.

    And just about every other cult European director, too. Antonio Margheriti springs instantly to mind! :P

    Spielberg hasn’t done much for the field of cinema since the ’80s, in my opinion. Everything else he’s done has been very pretentious and had a feeling of pomposity about it. The same goes for James Cameron and Ridley Scott.

  • Proman

    Not only is this the correct choice – a case could be made that Spielberg is the greatest (and most capable) director of all time.

    It is astonishing to thing that the most popular director of all times is also the most award winning. He is The Beatles of cinema. And he had never been worse than any of his scripts.

    Do yourself a favor and watch his early TV work too.

  • El Bicho

    “a case could be made that Spielberg is the greatest (and most capable) director of all time.”

    Thanks for the laugh

  • Boeke

    I like Kurasawa. “Dreams” is incomparable.

  • james

    clueless martin scorsese beats him by a mile

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    Competition suspended. We have already found our winner for Least Coherent Comment of 2012.

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  • L2431

    Fleet and Blue and Red Guy’s wrap it up and George go play Golf on Genuis.

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  • jd lang

    Spielberg is not just the greatest director of all time, he is god’s gift to humanity. He’d better live till he is 100.