20 Best Actor – Director Combinations in World Cinema
10. David Lean – Alec Guinness
Noted: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Great Expectations
Though they were basically an ‘on/off’ pair with issues, their 38 years of friendship resulted in six films which were outstanding in appeal and success. They started together with Charles Dickens’ adaptations, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist and both were hits. Though reports say that there were some issues regarding putting Guinness in the lead roles in the later flicks, but once they did, the result was brilliant. After Doctor Zhivago in 1965, the pair came together for Passage To India after a gap of 19 years and it was Lean’s last.
9. Satyajit Ray – Soumitra Chatterjee
Noted: Apur Sansar, Charulata, Joi Baba Felunath, Days and Nights in the Forest
The relationship between Satyajit Ray and Chatterjee is somewhat similar to that of Kurosawa and Mifune. Soumitra debuted in the last film of the Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar. After the success, they made over 15 films together and Soumitra went on to become one of the most sought after actors of the time.
8. Akira Kurosawa – Toshiro Mifune
Noted: Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Red Beard
Japan crafted a mark in the film industry with the brilliance of Kurosawa and the display of Mifune. Their partnership resulted in 16 films which started with Drunken Angel in 1948. They basically created warrior-styled medieval movies and influenced the works of many directors like Clint Eastwood. It is well agreed that, both the actor and the director had the best in their careers while working together. This jugalbandi is indeed one of the most successful and inspiring one in the history of filmmaking.
7. Micheal Curtiz – Humphrey Bogart
Noted: Casablanca, We’re No Angels, Virginia City
Curtiz was becoming one of the most reliable moneymakers in the 30s. With a series of hits like The Adventures of Robinhood, Dodge City, he made the post war romantic Casablanca, that is still hailed as one of the best movies of all times. And this he achieved with Humphrey Bogart. Their third film together, they had quite a success together with those.
6. Alfred Hitchcock – Cary Grant
Noted: North by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion
Hitchcock is someone who fills suspense and shock for his audience and Cary Grant is someone, who grasps the attention of the audience. The pair started their first film with Suspicion in 1941. The motives of Hitchcock were best taken out by Grant as his freezing character kept the audience biting nails and Hitchcock’s films were bigger hits.