Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Directors

More than anyone else, a director is the person most responsible for the quality of a film. Here’s a list of the ones I seem to like the most.

Top 25 Directors
This list is generated using a modified "true Bayesian estimate," similar to the ranking system on imdb.com
James Cameron 7 movies 3.88
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
The Abyss (1989)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
True Lies (1994)
Titanic (1997)
Avatar (2009)
Robert Zemeckis 11 movies 3.29
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Contact (1997)
Cast Away (2000)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Beowulf (2007)
Flight (2012)
Allied (2016)
John Hughes 6 movies 3.29
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Christopher Nolan 8 movies 3.22
Memento (2000)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Prestige (2006)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Inception (2010)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Interstellar (2014)
Dunkirk (2017)
Steven Spielberg 23 movies 3.19
Jaws (1975)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Special Edition] (1977)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
The Color Purple (1985)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
Amistad (1997)
The Lost World (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
The Terminal (2004)
Munich (2005)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Lincoln (2012)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
David Fincher 9 movies 3.00
Alien³ (1992)
Se7en (1995)
The Game (1997)
Fight Club (1999)
Panic Room (2002)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Social Network (2010)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Gone Girl (2014)
Peter Berg 7 movies 3.00
Very Bad Things (1998)
Rundown (2003)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
The Kingdom (2007)
Hancock (2008)
Battleship (2012)
Lone Survivor (2013)
Edward Zwick 6 movies 3.00
Glory (1989)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
The Siege (1998)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Blood Diamond (2006)
Danny Boyle 7 movies 2.94
Trainspotting (1996)
The Beach (2000)
28 Days Later... (2002)
Millions (2004)
Sunshine (2007)
127 Hours (2010)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Bryan Singer 8 movies 2.94
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Apt Pupil (1998)
X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
Superman Returns (2006)
Valkyrie (2008)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Tony Scott 10 movies 2.91
Top Gun (1986)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Revenge (1990)
True Romance (1993)
Crimson Tide (1995)
The Fan (1996)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Man on Fire (2004)
Deja Vu (2006)
Unstoppable (2010)
Frank Darabont 3 movies 2.88
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Majestic (2001)
Mel Gibson 3 movies 2.88
Braveheart (1995)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Ron Howard 12 movies 2.85
Splash (1984)
Cocoon (1985)
Gung Ho (1986)
Parenthood (1989)
Backdraft (1991)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Ransom (1996)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Cinderella Man (2005)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
The Dilemma (2011)
Rush (2013)
Steven Soderbergh 11 movies 2.83
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Out of Sight (1998)
Traffic (2000)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Solaris (2002)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
The Informant! (2009)
Contagion (2011)
Magic Mike (2012)
Side Effects (2013)
J.J. Abrams 5 movies 2.83
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Star Trek (2009)
Super 8 (2011)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Stanley Kubrick 9 movies 2.80
Paths of Glory (1957)
Spartacus (1960)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The Shining (1980)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Sam Mendes 6 movies 2.79
American Beauty (1999)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Jarhead (2005)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
Ridley Scott 18 movies 2.76
Alien (1979)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (Director's Cut) (1982)
Legend (1985)
Black Rain (1989)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
G.I. Jane (1997)
Gladiator (2000)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Hannibal (2001)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
A Good Year (2006)
American Gangster (2007)
Robin Hood (2010)
Prometheus (2012)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
The Martian (2015)
Kathryn Bigelow 5 movies 2.75
Point Break (1991)
Strange Days (1995)
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
M. Night Shyamalan 7 movies 2.75
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Unbreakable (2000)
Signs (2002)
The Village (2004)
Lady in the Water (2006)
The Happening (2008)
Split (2016)
Alfonso Cuarón 3 movies 2.75
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Children of Men (2006)
Gravity (2013)
Rob Reiner 8 movies 2.72
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Stand by Me (1986)
The Princess Bride (1987)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Misery (1990)
A Few Good Men (1992)
The American President (1995)
The Bucket List (2007)
John McTiernan 6 movies 2.71
Predator (1987)
Die Hard (1988)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Die Hard: With A Vengeance (1995)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Basic (2003)
Peter Weir 6 movies 2.71
Witness (1985)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Fearless (1993)
The Truman Show (1998)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)