Hollywood is the world center for the film industry, just the mention of the name conjures up images of movie stars, directors and epic films. But without Italian-American intervention, the American film industry may have never reached the heights that it has. This is definitely true of Italian-American actors but also of the great Italian-American directors that have made some of the best films that have ever been produced in America. In this blog we take a look at some of the most influential Italian-American directors as well as the films they produced.

Martin Scorsese

Scorsese is highly regarded as one of the best film directors that is still active in America today. His work rate is second to none, and his production line of films is legendary in Hollywood. It is not just the quantity of films that Scorsese is prolific in, it is also the high quality of the material he produces.

Classic films such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull have kept the limelight firmly shining on Scorsese. His collaboration with fellow Italian, Robert DeNiro, helped turn these films into American classics. More recently his films have included Silence, Gangs of New York, Hugo, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. Martin Scorsese has been awarded with an Oscar, a Lifetime Achievement Award, a BAFTA, Guild of America awards and a Golden Globe. Scorsese has been tagged The Historian because of his in-depth research into his film topics.

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has legendary status among his vast legions of loyal fans that enjoy his films. Tarantino announced himself to the world cinema stage with the cult film Pulp Fiction and became an overnight superstar around the globe. His eclectic approach to many of his movies make them extra special, and with every subsequent film he makes he tries to push the boundaries of cinema. He is very much part of the new breed of directors and his style has been copied by many of his peers.

Among his films is Jackie Brown, The Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Basterds, and of course the Kill Bill series. Tarantino is a highly talented director and his skill does not just end up behind the camera, he is an accomplished actor also.

Francis Ford Coppola

The director behind the greatest gangster film ever, The Godfather, is also a heavyweight when it comes to Italian-American directors. The decades of the 60s and 70s was a golden period of American cinema and along with people such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola made his mark.

Coppola will be forever remembered for the awesome Godfather Trilogy, but his other great success demonstrate just how talented at directing he actually was. Films like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Apocalypse Now prove his amazing skill in many genres of film. Francis Ford Coppola has won no less than five Academy Awards, and distractions away from the cinema include magazine publishing as well as wine making. We continue our blog of the most famous Italian-American film directors in part two with Sofia Coppola.