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Modern Adventure Directors: 4 Filmmakers Who Stand Out

By    |   Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 07:48 AM

Gripping movies that leave you on the edge of your seat, anticipating the next plot twist or leap the main character takes – this defines the adventure genre. Adventures movies would be nothing without the directors that make decisions on how to portray each detail of every scene in the best possible way to hold your attention for the full two hours. These four modern adventure directors have mastered that art, and they leave us anxiously anticipating their next film.

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1. Stephen Spielberg, "Indiana Jones" film series (1981, 1984, 1989, 2008), "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" (2011)

With perhaps one of the most recognizable names in the industry, Steven Spielberg has dominated Hollywood for the past four decades, directing dozens of classic movies from nearly every genre. His adventure movies stand out due to their ability to withstand time and his unique directorial flair. Throughout Spielberg’s career, he has earned over 200 award nominations and over 100 wins, making him “the most commercially successful director in Hollywood history,” according to The New York Times.

2. Peter Jackson, "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003), "The Hobbit" trilogy (2012, 2013, 2014)

Despite having no formal training in film, Peter Jackson is one of the most successful modern adventure directors. Biography.com cites that "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy has amassed 11 Oscars, largely due to Jackson’s directorial choices of setting, actors, and depiction of the screenplay.

Jackson is quoted on the same site as being unable to wait for "The Lord of the Rings" movies to come out after he read the books; when 20 years had passed, he decided to take on the project himself. Jackson’s passion for fantasy and attention to detail are what make him such an incredible adventure movie director.

3. J.J. Abrams, "Star Trek" (2009), "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), "Mission: Impossible III" (2006), "Super 8" (2011)

Like Peter Jackson, J. J. Abrams began making amateur films when his age was just in the single-digits, according to the Encyclopedia of World Biography.

Abrams is a true Jack of all trades behind-the-scenes of the film industry, doing everything from writing, to producing, to directing. What makes him such an impressive modern adventure director is his intensity and grasp on the inner psychological pulls that make a heart-racing movie. While he has certainly found his niche with "Star Trek," there is no doubt that Abrams will continue making a diverse range of adventure films guaranteed to glue viewers to their seats, including the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens."

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4. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Known for his quirky and humorous style, Wes Anderson has been on the modern adventure directors stage since 1996, according to Biography.com. Anderson and actor Owen Wilson became friends in college, where they began working on several projects together. Anderson and Wilson continue to work closely – there is rarely an Anderson film that does not star Wilson.

Anderson’s most recent film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," was a huge hit in the adventure genre this past year. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 2015, including Best Picture, Best Director for Anderson, and won four Oscars overall.

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