20 Best Actor – Director Combinations in World Cinema
15. Steve McQueen – Michael Fassbender
Noted: Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave
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
Noted: Edward Scissorhands, Dark Shadows, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
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
Noted: Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, The Fortune Cookie
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
Noted: Elvis, The Thing, Escape from New York
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
Noted: Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Woyzeck
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.