The Captain of the ship is one who leads the ship through all the difficulties. One who supervises and oversees the work done. One who pays with blood for the satisfaction of his product reaching it’s course. The film director is unarguably the most important job on the set, the curator of the orchestra. Today we honor 5 of the most influential directors who are/have working/worked in Hollywood.

Quentin Tarantino

Born: 27 March !963

Movies: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds

A well deserved name in the list. Tarantino has been and will be in the golden books of cinema for as long as the word cinema survives. The fact is, before becoming a director Quentin used to work in a video rental store, where he fell in love with films. The biggest contribution of his work to the cinematic world would be Pulp Fiction. The film came out in ’94 and broke all the paradigms that had been established regarding how screenplays are written. With the breakthrough of Non-Linear writing, Quentin holds his place as the one of the most influential directors of all time.

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Christopher Nolan

Director Christopher Nolan poses during a photo call at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Born: 30 July 1970

Movies: Inception, Interstellar, Batman Trilogy

If there is a Valhalla for Filmmakers, Christopher Nolan has a feast being prepared in his name already. The man who gave the world, one of it’s most iconic character, The Joker. Nolan has been credited with breaking paradigms of cinema. His love for his script rises so much above anything else for him that reports have stated that Nolan does not leave his scripts with his actors but he would stand in the kitchen drinking his tea as they go through his script. With movies a like Interstellar on his shoulder, Nolan makes his way around in the list very easily.

David Fincher

Born: 28 August 1962

Movies: Fight Club, Seven, Gone Girl

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“I think people are perverts. That’s kinda my secret”. As quirky as the quote sounds, It comes through the mouth of a true genius. Always referred to as ‘The Technician’ when it comes to the directors, Fincher is known in Bollywood for his masterfully impeccable direction, scrupulous attention to detail and most of all his script choices. Fincher dwells on the dark side of human emotions. With films like Fight Club and Seven, up his sleeve, Fincher stays well deservingly in the list.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Born: 15 August (1963)

Movies: Babel, Birdman, The Revenant

As we move up the list, We arrive on the name of Alejandro González Iñárritu, One of the very few directors to win 3 Academy Awards for direction. Inarritu is a mad genius, known for his out of the way approach to his films and his reflecting struggle with existentialism. Inarritu crafts the most beautiful characters of all time. Today, he might be the King Midas of Hollywood. One who carries accolades worth his weight for his craft is sure to make a place for him in the list.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Born: 13 August 1899

Movies: Psycho, Vertigo, North By Northwest

Saving the best for the last, The most influential director in the list and also known as the father of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock is famous for his bomb theory i.e. ‘Let’s suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene, of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there.’ One who is credited to be the harbinger of the Neo Noir has to be the most influential director in list.