Our Favorite Director/Actor Pairings (15 Photos)

In the movie business there are great actors and great directors; when two of these tremendously talented people come together to make a film, the result is often a classic. When a great actor/director team continues to pair up and make films, the result is a legend.

From Scorcese & De Niro to Burton & Depp, there’s no denying that certain actor/director teams have a unsaid spark between them (the director able to coax the best performance from the actor and he in turn being able to translate a director’s vision into that stellar performance). Point is: there are some truly great director/actor combos out there.

Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

Martin Scorsese / Robert De Niro

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Cape Fear, Casino, GoodFellas, Mean Streets, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy

Steven Spielberg / Tom Hanks

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Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, Band of Brothers, The Terminal

Clint Eastwood / Clint Eastwood

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Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Bridges of Madison County

Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island

Alfred Hitchcock / James Stewart

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Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, and Rear Window

John Ford / John Wayne

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, How the West Was Won, Stagecoach, Fort Apache

Alfred Hitchcock / Cary Grant

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North by Northwest, Notorious, Suspicion, and To Catch a Thief

John Huston / Humphrey Bogart

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Across the Pacific, Beat the Devil, Key Largo, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Ron Howard / Tom Hanks

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Apollo 13, Splash, The ‘Burbs, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons

Mel Brooks / Gene Wilder

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Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles

Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood

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A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Billy Wilder / Jack Lemmon

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Avanti, The Front Page, The Apartment, Buddy Buddy, Irma la Douce, Some Like it Hot, and The Fortune Cookie

David Fincher / Brad Pitt

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Fight Club, Se7en, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Wes Anderson / Bill Murray

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Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox

John Ford / Henry Fonda

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The Grapes of Wrath, How the West Was Won, Fort Apache, My Darling Clementine, Young Mr. Lincoln


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