20 Best Actor – Director Combinations in World Cinema

John Carpenter - Kurt Russell

15. Steve McQueen – Michael Fassbender

Total- 3

Noted: Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen - Michael Fassbender

They may have only three films to their credit, but nonetheless such terrific ones at it! The duo first met during the auditions of Hunger in 2008 but McQueen reveals he didn’t like Fassbender much at first sight. But with further encounters, they just clicked. Fassbender delivered a strong role in Hunger and this immediately brought him in limelight. He also went on to act in Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards, but was available whenever McQueen made the call. This duo has a long way to go and with such a blossom start, we are excited to see some more epic films in the future.

14. Tim Burton – Johnny Depp

Total- 8

Noted: Edward Scissorhands, Dark Shadows, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Tim Burton - Johnny Depp

Sometimes one successful ingredient becomes a mantra for more recipes of success. This is what happened in the case of Tim Burton. After the iconic role played by Johnny Depp in Tim’s Edward Scissorhands, the success deprived Tim to cast ‘chameleon’ Johnny in most of his further productions along with Helena-Bonham Carter in mostly gothic productions. Though this pair is criticised by some experts, it still is one of the best modern day collaborations.

13. Billy Wilder – Jack Lemmon

Total- 7

Noted: Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, The Fortune Cookie

Billy Wilder - Jack Lemmon

Lemmon was more of a supporting actor before Billy Wilder assigned him the role in the Marilyn Monroe starrer- Some Like It Hot. After this they came up with The Apartment which also bagged Oscars for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. This pair is considered as one of the best comedy pairs with some of their films still making way in the best comedy films list.

12. John Carpenter – Kurt Russell

Total- 5

Noted: Elvis, The Thing, Escape from New York

John Carpenter - Kurt Russell

Looking at the series of hit, this pair was a successful one right from their first movie together. And even off-screen they share quite a personal bond. Carpenter made Russell an icon by putting a patch over his eye and another of their great film was The Thing.

11. Werner Herzog – Klaus Kinski

Total- 5

Noted: Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Woyzeck

Werner Herzog - Klaus Kinski

Though this pair produced some thrilling films, their relationship itself was sort of an extreme one. They first worked together in Aguirre, The Wrath of God and  Kinski did a fabulous job in pulling out challenging loud character. But their relationship soured and reached a pinnacle during the shoot of Cobra Verde. The pair never worked together again.


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