Topic: What directors have made back to back great films?

Godfather 1 & 2 were not back to back
Still it's hard to argue against Coppola, but I'll go with William Friedkin
The French Connection- 1971
The Exorcist- 1973

I am surprised no one mentioned John McTiernan:
Predator
Diehard
Hunt for Red October

.........or Walter Hill:
The Warriors
The Long Riders
Southern Comfort
48hrs

Last edited by Treuj (2012-01-31 21:11:34)

Re: What directors have made back to back great films?

Edgar Wright comes to mind. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Also Bob Clark with Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Deathdream and Black Christmas.

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Michael Curtiz.

He directed YANKEE DOODLE DANDY which was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 3 including Jimmy Cagney for Best Actor and for Best Music. Curtiz himself was nominated for the picture. And the movie got a Best Picture nomination.

His next movie after YANKEE DOODLE DANDY was CASABLANCA for which he won Best Director (and CASABLANCA won Best Picture).

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I would say most of these directors works are great but I'll keep this to what the majority deems great tongue And there are some with great movies that were technically back to back but If they directed anything of interest (short or tv or music video) then its void!!

Tarantino- Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction
Oliver Stone (pulled 7 in a row!!)- Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, JFK
Sergio Leone (4 in a row!!)- A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West
Sidney Lumet- Dog Day Afternoon, Network
Scorsese- Aviator, Departed
Kubrick (3 in a row)- Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange
Hitchcock- Vertigo, North by Northwest
Akira Kurosawa- Ikiru, Seven Samurai
Andrey Tarkovskiy- Andrei Rublev, Solaris
Spielberg did it a few times- Jaws then Close Encounters; Raiders then ET; Empire of the Sun then Last Crusade; Jurassic Park then Schindler's List
Nolan- Following then Memento; Then 4 in a row with Batman Begins, Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception
Soderbergh- Traffic, Oceans Eleven

There's lots more this is just what I came up with off the top of my head...

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Sam Raimi- Evil Dead 1-3.  Spiderman 1 & 2.
Probably can fit Argento, Bava, and Fulci in, but I can never remember the timelines on their films.

Last edited by azathoth (2012-01-30 19:11:54)

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azathoth wrote:

Sam Raimi- Evil Dead 1-3.  Spiderman 1 & 2.
Probably can fit Argento, Bava, and Fulci in, but I can never remember the timelines on their films.

Totaly forgot about Argento!! Fuck Yeah there was a 4 streak there I think; Profondo Rosso, Suspiria, Inferno, Tenebre!!

Fulci- The Beyond, House By the Cemetery!!
Bava... I cant think of 2 in a row...

Also Crimewave was inbetween Evil Dead 1 and 2!! You could go for Evil Dead 2, Darkman then Army of Darkness though!! I'd even keep that streak going with The Quick and the Dead and A Simple Plan!!

Last edited by robertthunder (2012-01-30 19:30:24)

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Stanley Kubrick - Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange
Norman Jewison - A Soldier's Story, Agnes of God, Moonstruck
George Romero - The Crazies, Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Knightriders (I think they're all great)
Paul Thomas Anderson - Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia
Jackie Chan - Project A, Police Story, Armour of God
John Woo - A Better Tomorrow, A Better Tomorrow II, The Killer, Bullet in the Head
Dario Argento - Suspiria, Inferno, Tenebre
Steven Soderbergh - Out of Sight, The Limey, Erin Brokovich, Traffic
David Cronenberg - The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly
Quentin Tarantino - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill

Can't think of any more at the moment...

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David Fincher Seven and Fight Club, or Zodiac, Benjamin Button, Social Network, and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Cameron Crowe - Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
Christopher Nolan - Dark Knight, Inception
John Carpenter - Escape From New York, The Thing
Steven Spielberg - Schindler's List, Jurassic Park

Last edited by JJ (2012-01-31 06:27:38)

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Ellory Elkayem Return of the Living Dead 4 & 5. lol

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Coppola did follow The Godfather II with Apocalypse Now if you don't count the tv miniseries in between.

Sticking to names that haven't been mentioned yet.

Danny Boyle - Shallow Grave, Trainspotting
Guy Ritchie - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch
Peter Jackson - The Frighteners, Lord of the Rings
The Coen Brothers - Damn near all of their movies
Ivan Reitman - Stripes, Ghostbusters
Harold Ramis - Caddyshack, Vacation
John Landis - Animal House, The Blues Brothers & American Werewolf in London
Terry Gilliam - The Fisher King. Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Tim Burton - Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Ed Wood
Barry Levinson - Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man
Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino, Invictus
Brad Anderson - Session 9, The Machinist
Guillermo del Toro - Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth
George Lucas - American Graffiti, Star Wars
Brian Singer - The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil
Jon Favreau - Iron Man 1 & 2
Wes Craven - Scream 1 & 2
Clive Barker - Hellraiser, Nightbreed
Roman Polanski - The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary's Baby
John Huston - The Red Badge of Courage, The African Queen
George Miller - Mad Max, The Road Warrior

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I totally forgot Rob Reiner - Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men

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Cohen Brothers - No country for Old Men, Burn After Reading.

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Tarantino - Dogs, Pulp, Four Rooms, Brown, KB1, KB2, Death Proof, Basterds - hope he keeps it going.

Rodriguez - Desperado, Four Rooms, Dusk Till Dawn

Eli Roth - Cabin Fever, Hostel, Hostel 2

David Yates - Harry Potter/Phoenix, Half Blood, Deathly Hallows 1&2

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Ti West- Cabin Fever 2 (even though there were issues he still has the credit for it), The Innkeepers

David Lynch- Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Dune, Blue Velvet

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Scorsese - Raging Bull, King of Comedy

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Recently, Christopher Nolan:
Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, Dark Knight Rises

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Can't forget about Joss Whedon. Here's to another Avengers sequel! I know he won't dissapoint.

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Takashi Miike (<---big fan)
13 Assassins & Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai

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Rob Zombie.  He's yet to do a bad picture, yes, even Halloween 2 rocks.  I'll probably get crap for saying that but whatever.

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I'll back that...I've liked everything he's done so far to varying degrees..

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Alfred Hitchcock - Psycho, The Birds