Directors' One-Hit-Wonders

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  1. Chuck C

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    While looking at the director who made A Christmas Story (Bob Clark), it's sad to see that the rest of his works flopped (c'mon Baby Geniuses?!). One could also consider Mel Gibson's Braveheart. Of course, he's only directed two films. What other movies can you guys think of that fits the "one-hit-wonder" bill?
     
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    Bob Clark also directed BLACK CHRISTMAS, one of the truly creepy movies out there, and PORKY'S, not exactly a flop.
     
  3. Chuck C

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    Granted that, who else out there has made only one very good movie?
     
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    Savage Steve Holland comes to mind, for "Better Off Dead".

    Jason
     
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    Savage Steve Holland also directed One Crazy Summer, the sequal, even though I dont really consider either of those movies really great, just merely good.
    I think the prime example is Danny Boyle. He made Shallow Grave, which was good, and then Trainspotting, which was unbelievable. Since then, nothing, nada, zilch. Too bad.
     
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    I think the most famous of all is Citizen Kane. Orson Welles never again had that combination of creative control and brilliant innovation.
     
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    But Welles was hardly a one-hit wonder. I think that Touch of Evil is as close to the greatness of Citizen Kane as one could get. Also, the Magnificent Ambersons and The Lady from Shanghai are pretty damn good as well. Sure, nothing is as good as Citizen Kane, but this is no way makes him a one hit wonder. It's almost like saying that Coppola was a one-hit wonder because none of his movies were as good as The Godfather, or calling Scorcese a one-hit wonder because nothing was as good as Raging Bull.
    Granted, Welles was never given the creative and financial freedom that he was given on Kane, but that is because of the immense controversy that came with Kane, not with Welles' talent.
     
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    When I think of a big one hit directing wonder, Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves comes to mind.
     
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    You all are missing one big one: Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter.
     
  10. Todd Phillips

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    Braveheart - Mel Gibson

    (We could probably find several actors that could vie for this role, since they often get a chance to direct large projects without having extensive past experience.)
     
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    I think that Mel is going to make a few more good movies, but as of right now, he is one for one.
    Frank Darabont (Has since directed the Green Bile and It's a Wonderful Ripoff)
    John Singleton
    Phil Alden Robinson
    Wolfgang Petersen
    Carl Franklin
     
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    You also didn't mention Welles' excellent The Trial
    Missed so far is the best of 'em all that I can think of, and this guy, unfortunately, only got the chance to make 1 movie:
    Charles Laughton Night Of The Hunter
     
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    Marlon Brando directed a movie,

    One-Eyed Jacks

    It was good, too. Stanley Kubrick was fired from it.
     
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    Wolfgang Petersen also directed THE NEVERENDING STORY and AIR FORCE ONE. Granted, AF1 isn't a classic, but it was popular.

    What about Stephen Lisberger? TRON rocked!
     
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  19. Todd Phillips

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    I'd agree on Walter Murch. I didn't mean to side-track the discussion, but I was having diffculty in my own head deciding how to define one-hit-wonder.

    Perhaps if we say "one-outstanding-film-wonder", whether or not it's a hit.
     
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    Well, I don't think it was a hit, but it is a hilarious black comedy...
    Michael Winner directed a film called I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name starring Oliver Reed and Orson Welles.
    It's available on DVD from Anchor Bay and I would recommend it.
    I don't think Winner has directed anything else of note, has he?
     

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