Top 5 film directors of the UK, from Alfred Hitchcock to Christopher Nolan

The art of directing is a profession that is respected by everyone in the film industry and is the most important role on the whole set. If you have a strong Director, any movie can easily become a cinematic masterpiece. It’s the Director’s job to make sure everything on the set goes as smoothly as possible because it’s under his leadership that makes a movie great. Here are the top 5 directors from the UK that have left a permanent mark on film making.

  1. Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Hitchcock is the most influential and widely studied director of all time in the history of film making. He’s not only a Director but also a Producer and Screenwriter and has directed over 50 feature films in a career that spanned for over sixty decades. Alfred Hitchcock presents his Anthology series which he created, directed, hosted and produced was one of the best shows ever created. His films garnered 46 Academy Award nominations including six wins, although he never won for Best Director despite having had five nominations.

2. Christopher Nolan

One of the most celebrated directors in the modern day of cinema, Christopher Nolan has turned any script he has worked on, into a masterpiece. He has grossed over 5 billion dollars through his films and has received over 36 Oscar nominations and 10 wins. He is known for his love of authenticity and has even gone as far as crashing a real 747 plane into a building for a scene in his latest release Tenet. His notable work includes Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk and one of the best superhero movies of all time The Dark Knight Trilogy.

3. Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle is known for films like  Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and its sequel T2 Trainspotting, the post apocalyptic horror drama 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire. His debut film Shallow Grave won the BAFTA Award for Best British Film and the British Film Institute ranked Trainspotting as the 10th greatest British film of the 20th century. His movie Slumdog Millionaire was the most successful British film of the decade and was nominated ten academy awards out of which it won eight including best director.

4. Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott is know for making some of the best Sci-Fi and Action movies all time. He has directed movies like Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Black Hawk Down and his historic drama film Gladiator, for which he won the award for best film at the Oscars, he was nominated for best picture again in 2015 for his film The Martian. Scott began his career as a television designer and director before moving into advertising, where he honed his filmmaking skills by making inventive mini-films for television commercials. His work is known for its highly concentrated visual style.

5. Susana White

Susana White was born in England in 1960. She read English at Oxford University, and then won a Fulbright scholarship to study film at UCLA. After graduation, White spent 12 years making documentaries for BBC Two. She won a BAFTA award for best drama serial for her work on the 2005 version of Bleak House. She directed the BBC mini-series Jane Eyre of which she was nominated for an Emmy award. Her most notable works also includes the HBO mini series ‘Generation Kill’, which revolves around the story of the Recon Marine unit that was a part of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.