The director: The men and women that make the magic happen. As the notion of ownership of the finished product is more often than not attributed to them the expectation of a films performance is unfairly their burden to bear. If their film stumbles the buck stops with them, and though it may be a bit much to lay blame with one single aspect of a films creation in some cases that responsibility lies solely with them. So when a director makes it through the process unscathed the achievement is all the more great.

These five directors each had a vision and they nurtured it, or, to put it simply, busted their arses to bring it to the big screen, partly for their own satisfaction but also because they want us to see the vision they created in its final form – the best they could possibly do. Their visions and the way they approach the process of creation all vary; one is the story of a mentally-unsound actor shot in a single take while another tells a life story over the course of twelve years (literally too!).

It takes a diverse group to create a film, almost all of whom have been given a nod of acknowledgement by yours truly, but the director is the one who leads the way when it comes to creation. These directors have created five individual films they can be proud to claim ownership.

Best Ever Director

Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson

Ava DuVernay for Selma

Ava DuVernay

Jonathan Glazer for Under The Skin

Jonathan Glazer

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Birdman

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Masterclass: 54th BFI London Film Festival

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Richard Linklater