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10 Great Movies You Wouldn’t Expect From Their Directors

This list will explore some of the more unexpected combinations of director and material. In several of them the connection is apparent once you scratch beneath the surface. In others, what attracted the director to the material remains a mystery. In all cases, the result is more interesting because of the different creative forces it draws from.


The Straight Story (1999)-David Lynch

An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Hugo – Martin Scorsese

Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Fincher

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

The Bridges of Madison County – Clint Eastwood

Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

American Graffiti – George Lucas

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Thelma & Louise – Ridley Scott

An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a '66 Thunderbird.

Match Point – Woody Allen

At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Argo (2012)- Ben Affleck

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

Birdman – Alejandro González Iñárritu

Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.

Peggy Sue Got Married – Francis Ford Coppola

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up, she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.