Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:47 PM
I agree with Scorsese, Fincher and Tarantino. Each makes visually distinctive, culture defining type films. You know when you got to one of their films that you're in for something unique that's going to pack immense power.
At one time I would've said PTA as well though his last two films (There Will Be Blood and The Master) while technically brilliant filmmaking leave me a bit cold. I'll prefer the grand, ensemble casts of Boogie Nights and Magnolia over the intense character studies that followed pretty much since Punch Drunk Love.
Darren Aronofsky is close and for me that's because of only two films: Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. The Fountain didn't do it for me though I might need a rewatch. Still have to see The Wrestler and Pi I suppose.
So instead of those two, I would add Steven Spielberg just for being so consistently great from Saving Private Ryan to Jurassic Park to Schindler's List to War of the Worlds to Lincoln. Also The Coen Brothers, without a doubt because of No Country for Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou and the Big Lebowski which are all just flat out brilliant. And moreso, I can't think of another director who would be so masterful with such a diverse set of genres.
Honorable Mention: Christopher Nolan (The Prestige, The Batman trilogy (primarily the first two films) and Inception), Darren Aronofsky.