The Greatest Actor/Director Duos In Hollywood

The Greatest Actor/Director Duos In Hollywood
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The success or failure of a film depends on a multitude of factors. The marketing campaign has to be spot on, the release date needs to be strategically planned and it always helps if, you know, the movie is actually good. One of the primary features of a film that can greatly sway the public’s attitude is the tag team of director and leading actor.

If a film possesses a formidable cinematic duo with name brand recognition and talent then more of the general public will be enticed to buy tickets.

Over recent movie memory, we have witnessed the formation of some truly Elite actor/director partnerships. These alliances have yielded immense box office success as well as critical praise.

6. John Hughes and Anthony Michael Hall

Year Pair Began: 1984 Notable Movies: “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Weird Science” Total Revenue: $108,495,246 While not a box office behemoth or Academy Award contender, this duo provided a voice for a growing generation. John Hughes had a direct line to every adolescent’s heart and mind. Every developing teenager can relate to these coming of age films in some way or another. Plus, there’s no doubt Anthony Michael Hall represents the horny, nerdy teenager in all of us. Brandon Katz | Elite Daily
5. Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro

Year Pair Began: 1976 Notable Movies: “Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”, “Goodfellas”, “Casino”, “Cape Fear” Total Revenue: $280,887,627 Considering the very modest budgets for most of their films, the financial success achieved by these two is in fact a smashing hit despite how the numbers compare to other entries on this list. What makes this partnership truly impressive is that both Scorsese and DeNiro established their strong footholds in Hollywood together. They each helped one another to become legends in their respective professions. 20 Academy Award nominations later, I think it is safe to say that we may never see another pairing quite like this. Brandon Katz | Elite Daily
4. Quentin Tarantino & Uma Thurman

Year Pair Began: 1994 Notable Movies: “Pulp Fiction”, “Kill Bill Vol. 1”, “Kill Bill Vol. 2” Total Revenue: $546,008,506 The only thing bigger than Tarantino’s ego is his total financial gross. This pair has provided studios with boatloads of cash while entertaining audiences with creative and overly bloody fight scenes. Anyone who didn’t think Uma Thurman was totally badass in the Kill Bill films needs to revaluate their action movie standards. It also can’t be ignored that “Pulp Fiction” was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. Clearly, their recipe for success is effective. Brandon Katz | Elite Daily
3. Martin Scorsese & Leonardo Dicaprio

Year Pair Began: 2002 Notable Movies: “Gangs of New York”, “The Aviator”, “The Departed”, “Shutter Island” Total Revenue: $992,165,512 A combined 15 Oscar nominations for all of their collaborations, this talented tag team has redefined the film landscape. Just as Scorsese did for DeNiro, this director’s influence has helped catapult Leo from teen heartthrob to once in a generational talent. And just as DeNiro did for his director, Leo moves our attention away from those caterpillar eyebrows attacking Marty’s eyes. Grossing just under $1 billion doesn’t hurt their resume either. Brandon Katz | Elite Daily
2. Ridley Scott & Russell Crowe

Year Pair Began: 2000 Notable Movies: “Gladiator”, “American Gangster”, “Body of Lies”, “Robin Hood” Total Revenue: $1,160,872,480 This Hollywood couple reinforces the age-old film debate: What is more important, critical acclaim or making money? I have an inkling that most movie producers are going to lean towards the latter. Aside from “Gladiator” which received five Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor, the rest of their resume doesn’t quite hold up in terms of professional reception. But, damn these two guys sure can transform Crowe’s doughy exterior into monetary dough! Brandon Katz | Elite Daily
1. Tim Burton & Johnny Depp

Year Pair Began: 1990 Notable Movies: “Edward Scissorhands”, “Ed Wood”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Corpse Bride”, “Sweeny Todd”, “Alice in Wonderland” Total Revenue: $2,068,073,926 Excuse me, waiter? Check please. We have a winner here. The eccentric coupling of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp has been more than profitable for movie studios over the last two decades. Can you think of a better pick up line then, “Our movies have a total of 4 Academy Award nominations and have grossed over $2 billion.” Nope, didn’t think so.

Brandon Katz | Elite Daily

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