Its got to be for me anyway Alfred Hitchcock.
1 you always tried to spot him in his films, he always made a cameo.
2. he always had you on edge of your seat.
My fav was Marnia. (think thats what it was called.)
The Birds was another good film.
They dont make them film like that now-a-days.
Beyond the strength of the imagery, so much of it is just so heartbreakingly beautiful that it transports you away from the mundane humdrum of everyday life, and that for me is what movies are *supposed* to do.
Stanley Kubrick for his relentless attention to detail & his obsessive pursuit to perfect his craft.
David Lynch: there aren't many Directors that try to explore film as an artistic medium. To hit an audience with a single scene; portraying an almost complete story in itself, as a painter or photographer would.
I couldn't decide between the two, as both Director's to me are amazing talents with very different methodologies.