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Just the two of us

by Catherine Krummey
Great director-actor teams (in no particular order): Bold indicates a favorite pairing. 1. Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro 2. Pedro Almodóvar & Antonio Banderas 3. Alfred Hitchcock & Cary Grant 4. Steven Soderbergh & George Clooney 5. Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune 6. Wong Kar-wai & Tony Leung Chiu Wai 7. Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon 8. David Fincher & Brad Pitt 9. Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon 10. Tim Burton & Johnny Depp 11. Christopher Nolan & Christian Bale 12. Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando 13. Quentin Tarantino & Uma Thurman 14. Quentin Tarantino & Samuel L. Jackson 15. David Lynch & Laura Dern 16. Rian Johnson & Joseph Gordon-Levitt 17.… Read more

Great director-actor teams (in no particular order):
Bold indicates a favorite pairing.
1. Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro
2. Pedro Almodóvar & Antonio Banderas
3. Alfred Hitchcock & Cary Grant
4. Steven Soderbergh & George Clooney
5. Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune
6. Wong Kar-wai & Tony Leung Chiu Wai
7. Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon
8. David Fincher & Brad Pitt
9. Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon
10. Tim Burton & Johnny Depp
11. Christopher Nolan & Christian Bale
12. Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando
13. Quentin Tarantino & Uma Thurman
14. Quentin Tarantino & Samuel L. Jackson
15. David Lynch & Laura Dern
16. Rian Johnson & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
17. François Truffaut & Jean Pierre Leaud
18. Frank Capra & Jimmy Stewart
19. Alfred Hitchcock & Jimmy Stewart
20. George Cukor & Katharine Hepburn
21. Ingmar Bergman & Max von Sydow
22. Ingmar Bergman & Liv Ullman
23. Woody Allen & Diane Keaton
24. Woody Allen & Mia Farrow
25. John Ford & John Wayne
26. Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder
27. John Huston & Humphrey Bogart
28. Danny Boyle & Ewan McGregor
29. Pedro Almodóvar & Penélope Cruz
30. Ridley Scott & Russell Crowe
31. Sam Raimi & Bruce Campbell
32. Sergio Leone & Clint Eastwood
33. Spike Lee & Denzel Washington
34. Robert Rodriguez & Danny Trejo
35. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
36. Steven Spielberg & Tom Hanks
37. The Coen Brothers & Frances McDormand (In this case, I guess it’s “Just the three of us.”)
38. The Coen Brothers & George Clooney (ditto)
39. Adam McKay & Will Ferrell
40. Steven Soderbergh & Julia Roberts
41. Wes Anderson & Bill Murray
42. Sydney Pollack & Robert Redford
43. Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio
44. Judd Apatow & Seth Rogen (If I could put Freaks and Geeks, I would.)
45. Nicholas Stoller & Jason Segel
46. Baz Luhrmann & Leonardo DiCaprio
47. Howard Hawks & Cary Grant
48. Nicole Holofcener & Catherine Keener
49. John Woo & Chow Yun-Fat
50. Pedro Almodóvar & Carmen Maura
51. The Coen Brothers & John Goodman (another threesome)
52. Quentin Tarantino & Christoph Waltz
53. Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson
54. Wes Anderson & Luke Wilson (This needs to happen again.)
55. John Hughes & Molly Ringwald
56. Christopher Nolan & Michael Caine
57. Paul Thomas Anderson & Philip Seymour Hoffman
58. Wes Anderson & Jason Schwartzman
59. John Ford & Henry Fonda
60. Federico Fellini & Marcello Mastroianni
61. Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter
62. Elia Kazan & Karl Malden
63. Woody Allen & Dianne Wiest
64. Alfred Hitchcock & Grace Kelly
65. Kevin Smith & Ben Affleck
66. Ron Howard & Clint Howard
67. David Lean & Alec Guinness
68. John Hughes & Anthony Michael Hall
69. Garry Marshall & Hector Elizondo
70. Don Bluth & Dom DeLuise
71. Neil Jordan & Stephen Rea
72. Shane Black & Robert Downey Jr.
73. Lasse Hallström & Johnny Depp
74. Woody Allen & Penélope Cruz
75. Ron Howard & Tom Hanks
76. Baz Luhrmann & Nicole Kidman
77. John Madden & Judi Dench
78. John Madden & Gwyneth Paltrow
79. Steve McQueen & Michael Fassbender
80. Lars von Trier & Charlotte Gainsbourg
81. David Cronenberg & Viggo Mortensen
82. John Waters & Divine
83. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Audrey Tautou
84. Richard Linklater & Matthew McConaughey
85. Richard Linklater & Ethan Hawke
86. Robert Altman & Shelley Duvall
87. James L. Brooks & Jack Nicholson
88. Derek Cianfrance & Ryan Gosling

Yes, some filmmakers have directed themselves to great performances (Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Ben Affleck, George Clooney, etc.), but I didn’t want to go there.

I also avoided franchises (i.e. including Sam Raimi & Tobey Maguire/anyone else from the Spider-Man movies they made together). I only included duos such as Christopher Nolan & Michael Caine (Inception) and Shane Black & Robert Downey Jr. (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) because they made other movies together outside of the franchises.

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