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Magnum Opus: Film Directors

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1. Woody Allen

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2. Robert Altman

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3. Paul Thomas Anderson

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4. Michelangelo Antonioni
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5. Ingmar Bergman
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6. Mel Brooks

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7. Tod Browning
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8. Luis Buñuel

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9. Tim Burton

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10. James Cameron
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11. Frank Capra
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12. John Carpenter

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13. Charles Chaplin
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14. Joel And Ethan Coen

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15. Francis Ford Coppola
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(Entire Godfather trilogy as one. Even if the 3rd is of a lesser quality, it is all part of a magnificent set of films. We wouldn't leave out a tale from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales now would we?)

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16. Wes Craven

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17. Michael Curtiz

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18. Frank Darabont

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19. Vittorio De Sica

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20. Cecil B. DeMille

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21. Brian De Palma

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22. Clint Eastwood

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23. Sergei M. Eisenstein

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24. Federico Fellini

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25. David Fincher

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26. John Ford

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27. Milos Forman
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28. Jean-Luc Godard

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29. D.W. Griffith
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30. Michael Haneke

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31. Howard Hawks

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32. Werner Herzog

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33. Alfred Hitchcock
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34. John Hughes
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35. John Huston
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36. Peter Jackson




(Entire Trilogy as one)

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37. Elia Kazan
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38. Buster Keaton

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39. Stanley Kubrick
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40. Akira Kurosawa

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41. Fritz Lang

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42. David Lean
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43. Sergio Leone
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44. Sidney Lumet

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45. David Lynch

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46. Terrence Malick

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47. Sam Mendes

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48. F.W. Murnau
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49. Mike Nichols

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50. Christopher Nolan


 

Magnum Opus n.
1. A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
2. The greatest single work of an artist, writer, or composer.

This list is a collection of Magna Opera from some of the most famous Film directors of all time.

Whether I have seen the film or not, I will list it, if I believe that film to be highly regarded as the Magnum Opus.

Listed alphabetically by last name.

The choices are the films I believe to be their masterpiece(s), based on my own opinions (if I have seen the film) and/or their overall respect by audiences and critics.

I have chosen to use Director items instead of Film items because some directors have two or more films that can be considered their masterpiece.

If one director has 3 films and another only has 1, it doesn't mean that I believe the director with 3 is a better director. It just means they has more films that can be considered a masterpiece over the other, whereas some have a film that can be easily considered their Magnum Opus because the film in question is generally more famous and/or clearly regarded as their best work.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at Feb 4 16:02
These are obviously great movies; but how can you consider them magnum opuses when you list two or more films for one director? Then they are just an opus.
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at May 24 15:45
I don't necessarily think that the two or more films are all equal to each other. I believe that just one in each is their true Magnum Opus, I just included a variety for some directors because there are many films that people would consider their definitive piece of work.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 14:18
In my opinion,

Fellini's best is La Strada,

and Lynch's best is Mulholland Dr.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Jun 23 21:02
La Strada is a great film but whenever most people mention Fellini, they usually talk about 8 1/2. These aren't the films I think are the best personally, rather those often regarded as the best by critics and fans alike.

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