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Classic Mystery and Suspense Directors: 7 Filmmakers Who Stand Out

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 06:43 PM

Some movie directors attack the problems of the world, others simply entertain. Some of the greatest directors of all time are known for their ability to keep us on the edge of our seats. Among the most noted mystery and suspense directors are those whose magic extends off of the screen into the minds of the viewers. Here are seven classic mystery and suspense directors who fit the playbill.

1. Alfred Hitchcock

It goes without saying that Hitchcock is the master of suspense. Among his films include classics like "Psycho" and "The Birds." He began his career in the 1920s, drawing sets, but this artist soon became positioned behind the camera. He directed 50 films in 60 years, and is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Hitchcock's resume includes five lifetime achievement awards, an Academy Award for "Rebecca," and the title of knight, issued by Queen Elizabeth II in 1980.

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2. Martin Scorsese

Scorsese is one of the most significant filmmakers in history and he founded The Film Foundation, which works to preserve film for history. A recipient of the American Filmmaker's Institute's award for lifetime achievement, Scorsese has won an Academy Award for "The Departed," and several Directors Guild Awards. His best efforts have produced "Raging Bull," "Taxi Driver," "Goodfellas," and "Gangs of New York."

3. Francis Ford Coppola


Coppola is noted as the director of "The Godfather" and all of its "Parts." His body of work includes a diverse list of dynamic films, including "Patton," "Apocalypse Now," "The Outsiders," "Peggy Sue Got Married," and "Bram Stoker's Dracula." "The Godfather" series brought him a stream of Academy Awards and nominations, and three of his films appear on the American Film Institute's 100 Years … 100 Movies list.

4. John Huston

Huston directed a host of American classics, including "The Maltese Falcon," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "Key Largo," "The African Queen," "The Misfits," and "Prizzi's Honor." For these, he earned 15 Academy Award nominations and two wins.

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5. Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino is noted for "Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" series of films. He is known for pictures that win critical approval and earn commercial success. He has won two Academy Awards and several other honors, including an Emmy and a Grammy.

6. Roman Polanski



Polanski was born in Paris to Jewish/Polish parents. He is a Holocaust survivor, and his wife, Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. He is noted for these personal tragedies, and his work includes many significant films, including "Rosemary's Baby," "Macbeth," "Chinatown" and "The Tenant." 


7. Elia Kazan

Kazan has a dynamic portfolio of movie that he helmed, including "A Streetcar Named Desire," "East of Eden," and "On the Waterfront." He received two Academy Awards for Best Director, and many other honors. He was born in Turkey to Greek parents, and he was educated in the United States, including two years at Yale University.

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