15 Greatest Actor-Director Partnerships Of All Time

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7. Steven Soderbergh & George Clooney

Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney

The Hollywood mega-star George Clooney has starred in six movies of director Cary Grant. With Ocean’s Trilogy being the most notable bunch of the entire lot, the actor admires his companion a great deal.

“We love working together,”

Clooney said while promoting The Good German, the sixth film they worked together on. The duo’s friendship goes much deep in movies as both co-own production company Section Eight.

“I’m a fan and I steal ideas from him now,”

admits Clooney.


6. Robert De Niro & Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese Partnership

With a career spanning more than four decades, acclaimed director Martin Scorsese had the chance of working with several people yet Robert De Niro always manages to resurface in his movies.

From Mean Streets way back in 1973 to Casino in 1995, the two have teamed up for eight times. Though twenty years have passed since they collaborated, rumors have recently floated that De Niro and Scorsese are planning to join forces once again for The Irishman.


5. Brad Pitt & David Fincher

Brad Pitt and David Fincher Partnership

Though they have only collaborated for three times, the two have delivered magnificently well. David Fincher is absolutely brilliant at what he does and with Brad Pitt as his right-hand man, the two have made Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

“On-screen and off-screen, Brad’s the ultimate guy,”

Fincher expressed his gratitude towards Pitt.

“If I could be anyone, it would be Brad Pitt. Even if I couldn’t look like him. Just to be him. He has such a great ease with who he is.”


4. Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Partnership

Releasing one blockbuster after another, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are true behemoths to their competition when it comes to working together. DiCaprio said:

“I don’t have an exciting term for it other than we have a good time working together and we have similar tastes as far as the films we like,”

With movies like Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio’s career has been taken to new heights. No wonder the actor considers the acclaimed film-maker as his mentor.


3. Clint Eastwood & Sergio Leone

Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone Actor Director Partnership

Without a shadow of a doubt, Clint Eastwood is one of the greatest actors of all time but things could have been entirely different for the acclaimed performer if he had not paired with the Italian film-maker Sergio Leone.

Once the actor became Leone’s leading man in the 1964 western movie A Fistful of Dollars, there was no looking back as a star was born. After his breakout role, Eastwood collaborated with Leone two more times.

Their last movie together resulted in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly highly regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time. Eastwood reveals:

“Sergio was visual from the very beginning. He had an interesting approach.”


2. Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

The two are among the most talented and most gifted people in their professions and arguably the very best that Hollywood has to offer today. Together, they have been responsible for dominating the box office and crushing their competition.

Collaborating six times and most recently for Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are nothing short of excellence as a team and they make it look so easy. With their best movie being Saving Private Ryan, the two made one of the greatest war movies of all time.


1. Samuel L. Jackson & Quentin Tarantino

Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino Director Actor Partnership

Well-known to use actors from his informal “repertory company” over and over again, controversial director Quentin Tarantino has teamed up with Samuel L. Jackson six times.

“Quentin and I have a kind of cinematic affinity,”

says Jackson. The two go way back as they paired for the very first time in the 1994 crime movie Pulp Fiction. After developing an unlikely friendship, the two engage in regular movie nights at Tarantino’s house because, as Jackson states,

“he’s got a bigger theater.”

With their recent collaboration being The Hateful Eight in 2015, it can be assumed that the two have a lot more to deliver. Though the two have never won an Academy Award for their respective fields, Jackson and Tarantino stand out as without a doubt the greatest actor-director duo in the history of Hollywood.


Honourable Mentions

We can’t resist mentioning these actor-director partnerships as well:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger & James Cameron
  • Bill Murray & Wes Anderson
  • Diane Keaton & Woody Allen

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