Directors, part 8: ones who have retired

This list continues from part 7.

I’m making an assumption that these directors have retired, since they haven’t made a movie in years.

Roberto Benigni

Benigni wrote and acted in all of these movies. It seems he retired after the public didn’t care for his last one or two movies.

  • Masterpiece
    • Life is Beautiful
  • Great movies
    • Johnny Stecchino
    • The Monster
    • The Tiger and the Snow

Kevin Costner

Although primarily known as an actor, he did direct one of my favourite movies — Dances with Wolves.

  • Masterpiece
    • Dances with Wolves
  • Not-so-great movie
    • The Postman

Frank Darabont

Darabont created the TV show The Walking Dead and was a writer on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

  • Masterpieces
    • The Green Mile
    • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Great movie
    • The Majestic

Richard Donner

Donner was the first director on Superman II but was replaced — a version with all of his scenes put back in was made 26 years later.

  • Masterpiece
    • Maverick
  • Great movies
    • 16 Blocks
    • Conspiracy Theory
    • Ladyhawke
  • Good movie
    • Scrooged
  • Thought it was great as a kid
    • The Goonies
  • Worth watching once
    • Superman

Milos Forman

Forman’s masterpiece about Mozart might not be a completely true story but it’s brilliant.

  • Masterpiece
    • Amadeus
  • Great movies
    • Man on the Moon
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jonathan Frakes

Frakes played Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. His career as a movie director was cut short, but he continues to direct episodes of various TV shows. He should have been given the job of directing Star Trek: Nemesis.

  • Masterpieces
    • Star Trek: First Contact
    • Star Trek: Insurrection

George Lucas

Lucas wrote or co-wrote the scripts for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies, as well as Willow. Is the original Star Wars movie a masterpiece? I’m sure I thought it was great the first time I saw it, but on rewatch it’s a bit less interesting. The Empire Strikes Back is certainly brilliant — although Lucas didn’t direct it, he definitely had a large hand in it.

  • Movie I am very fond of
    • THX 1138
  • Movie that was brilliant the 1st time
    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Movie for people who grew up in the 1960s
    • American Graffiti
  • Bad movies
    • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
    • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    • Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith

John McTiernan

McTiernan’s masterpiece stars Sean Connery as a Russian submarine captain.

  • Masterpiece
    • The Hunt for Red October
  • Great movie but violent
    • Die Hard
  • Good movie
    • Medicine Man
  • Not-so-great movie
    • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki is generally thought of as the master of Japanese anime. Certainly my favourite anime movie is Spirited Away.

  • Masterpiece
    • Spirited Away
  • Great movies
    • NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind
    • Porco Rosso
    • Princess Mononoke
  • Good movies
    • Howl’s Moving Castle
    • Kiki’s Delivery Service
    • My Neighbor Totoro

Frank Oz

Oz worked as a puppeteer with Jim Henson, and provided the voice for the characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal — and Yoda.

  • Masterpiece
    • Bowfinger
  • Great movies
    • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    • In & Out
  • Thought it was great as a kid
    • The Dark Crystal

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