New Hollywood

10 Great Movie Directors Who Can’t Get Work Anymore

By Joe Ciaravino

Terry Gilliam

Although these famous directors have left their indelible mark on film history, their names have been absent from movie screens in recent years. There are many possible reasons why some of these big name directors may not be financially viable to make films anymore.

Some have had a history of creative conflicts with studio heads, or their most recent films were financial failures. They may be out of touch with the latest filmmaking techniques and possibly their absence could be attributed to Hollywood’s shift to focusing on big budget franchise properties as opposed to medium budget personal works spearheaded by a visionary director.

Take a look at the careers of the most famous film directors who can’t seem to get a film made these days.

10. Francis Ford Coppola


Arguably the most well known and accomplished film director of the 1970s, with a string of commercial and critical hits beginning with The Godfather (1972), followed up with The Conversation (1974), the even more ambitious The Godfather: Part II (1974), and finishing off the decade with Apocalypse Now (1979).

By the dawn of the 1980s and the end of the New Hollywood era, the influence and importance of auteur directors such as Coppola began to fade. Financial disappointments One from the Heart (1981) and The Cotton Club (1984) forced Coppola into directing more commercially friendly projects such as Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).

After the melodramatic, but fiscally disappointing The Godfather: Part III (1990) and visually opulent Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Coppola was practically reduced to a “director for hire” status while helming impersonal studio projects Jack (1996) and The Rainmaker (1997). In the late ‘90s Coppola began to focus on producing films for his daughter, Sophia as well as other commercial enterprises such as his very successful winemaking business.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema