1) Michael Curtiz
The Hungarian Curtiz is the epitome of the prolific film director during the "Golden Era' of Hollywood, working for 26 yeas at Warner Brothers. His films were some of the most popular in their time and are still loved by millions of movie fans,. He 'invented' the "swashbuckling " adventure film and made a stars out of both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland with such films as "Captain Blood", "Sea Hawk", "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and the all-time classic , "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938)
2) John Frankenheimer
Franhenheimer is known for his terrific 'Cold War" era movies. made in the 1960s at the height of America's tensions with Communist Russia. HIs 1962 "Manchurian Candidate" is still studied in film classes everywhere and it was pulled from circulation until 1989, after JFK's death because of its close resemblance to some the theories surrounding the assassination of John F Kennedy.
3) Vincente Minnelli
The most acclaimed director of movie musicals of all time, Minnelli also made some outstanding dramas. Two of his musicals , "An American in Paris" (1951) and "Gigi" (1958) won the Best Movie Academy Awards and "Gigi " tied the then record for most total Academy Awards with 8 , including Best Director for Minnelli.
4) Stanley Kubrick
The brilliant Kubrick , whose films range from the film noir "The Killing " (1956 ) to his last, "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999 ) is the 'star ' of this Series, considered by most critics as one of the greatest directors of all time. His four "war " films rank with the best films ever made about war....starting with 1957 "Paths of Glory", the 1960 epic "Spartacus", the 1964 "Dr. Strangelove.." and the Marine Corps saga, "Full Metal Jacket".(1989).