We have already ranked the greatest thriller films of all time. Today, we are ranking the greatest directors of thriller films. One important point to note here is that we are not ranking the directors on their overall work but rather just the thriller or film noirs they have made. How would someone like Quentin Tarantino, who doesn’t specialize in thrillers, compete with someone like David Fincher or Alfred Hitchcock, both of whom have made several great thriller films? Let’s check out the list of top directors of thrillers and film noirs.
10. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck was all but written-off as an actor. His second innings started when he turned director with ‘Gone Baby Gone’ where he showed his directing chops, which he was, and still is, great at. That also resurrected his movie-career, and soon he became one of the names to reckon with, so much so, that when he was snubbed by the Academy [remember he didn’t get nominated for Best Director for ‘Argo’] a wave of sympathy allowed him to take Best Picture prize. In his relatively short career as director, he has made three brilliant thrillers. That was enough to grant him a place on this list.
9. Paul Greengrass
Greengrass deserves a place on this list for directing Bounre movies alone. Fast-paced, sleek, thrilling, action-packed Bourne films are the best examples of how spy films should be treated and made. Greengrass’ achievement in thriller genre is further highlighted by the fact that he has also directed ‘United 93’ — the best 9/11 film there is — and ‘Captain Phillips’. Four good, solid thrillers in a career is quite a significant achievement and certainly merits his inclusion on this list.