Directors worth keeping an eye on, part 2

The directors in this list, like the ones in part 1, have a good chance at bringing new amazing stories to the screen. Each of these 10 directors has directed between 1 and 3 masterpieces.

J.J. Abrams

In TV land Abrams created Alias, Lost, and Fringe.

  • Masterpieces
    • Mission: Impossible III
    • Star Trek (2009)
  • Great movies
    • Star Trek Into Darkness
    • Super 8

Brad Bird

Bird also worked on The Simpsons (whatever “executive consultant” means).

  • Masterpiece
    • The Incredibles
  • Great movies
    • Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol
    • Ratatouille
    • Tomorrowland

The Coen Brothers

Ethan and Joel Coen have a certain quirkiness that’s different from anyone else’s quirkiness.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Big Lebowski
    • Fargo
  • Great movies
    • Barton Fink
    • Burn After Reading
    • The Man Who Wasn’t There
    • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    • Raising Arizona
    • True Grit (2010)

Pete Doctor

In addition to directing the brilliant movies below, Doctor also helped write Toy Story 1 and 2 and WALL-E. The first 5 minutes of Up is a masterpiece and the rest of the movie is just slightly less than a masterpiece.

  • Masterpieces
    • Inside Out
    • Monsters, Inc.
  • Great movie
    • Up

David Fincher

Fincher’s first movie Alien3 likely would have been better without studio interference. I started watching The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but it was too disturbing for me.

  • Masterpiece
    • Gone Girl
  • Great movies
    • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    • The Game
    • Panic Room
    • The Social Network
  • Good movie
    • Alien3

Spike Jonze

Jonze has also directed a bunch of music videos, such as Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” (starring Christopher Walken).

  • Masterpieces
    • Adaptation.
    • Being John Malkovich
    • Her
  • Mediocre but still interesting
    • Where the Wild Things Are

John Lasseter

Lasseter also contributed to the story of Toy Story 3.

  • Masterpieces
    • Toy Story
    • Toy Story 2
  • Good movies
    • A Bug’s Life
    • Cars

Tom McCarthy

McCarthy’s first three movies were brilliant. He then directed a little-known Adam Sandler movie, which seems odd.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Visitor
    • Win Win
  • Great movie
    • The Station Agent

Andrew Niccol

Although Niccol’s first movie was his one masterpiece so far, his 2011 movie In Time had a brilliant premise. He also wrote The Terminal and The Truman Show. He also directed The Host, which even though it stars Saoirse Ronan I refrained from seeing it because it seemed like it wouldn’t be good.

  • Masterpiece
    • Gattaca
  • Great movies
    • In Time
    • Lord of War
  • Worth watching once
    • S1m0ne

Joss Whedon

Whedon spent many years in TV land — he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. He also wrote In Your Eyes, The Cabin in the Woods, and Alien: Resurrection.

  • Masterpieces
    • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
    • Serenity
  • Great movies
    • The Avengers
    • Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
  • Slightly less than great movie
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron

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