1. Steven Seagal – On Deadly Ground
Nobody has a perfect record. I’ll admit it, Steven Seagal has starred in a few doozies, but he has only directed one movie and it is a masterpiece. Few filmmakers have a perfect record. All of my favorite directors, some of which have topped On Deadly Ground, have a stain on their resume, but not Steven Seagal the Director.
2. Andrew Davis – Under Siege, Above the Law
The only auteur to direct two Steven Seagal movies. After his two hits with Seagal, Davis went on to make the great Harrison Ford yarn, The Fugitive, and the Keanu Reeves vehicle about the creators of a new, alternative energy source called “bubble fusion,” Chain Reaction.
3. Bruce Malmuth – Hard to Kill
Bruce directed Hard to Kill, which is arguably better than Above the Law and Under Siege, but I have to nonetheless give Andrew Davis due credit for making two solid Seagal films. But what makes it even harder to shortchange Bruce is he was in both Karate Kid and the superior Karate Kid Part II, though his role in Part II was just a flashback to his role in the original. Even better still, Bruce directed an episode of the awkward Ron Perlman Beauty and the Beast television series where Beast looks like a ThunderCat.
4. Dwight H. Little – Marked For Death
The most bafflingly creative Seagal movie is easily Marked For death, for introducing the world to the menacing character Screwface. Dwight has contributed little else to cinema, and recently has just been contributing to bad Television.
5. Félix Enríquez Alcalá – Fire Down Below
Félix definitely deserves his spot here at number five. Fire Down Below suffers from pacing problems at times and can’t be said to be better than the other Seagal movies on the list. Obviously there are great moments in the film, for which Félix deserves high praise, but later in his career he directed an episode of House, M.D. and other terrible TV shows.
Note: Inexplicably, Mubi does not have some of the movies from my list so the list below is incomplete.Read less