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Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

I was thinking about this earlier today, what the longest hot streak for a director ever was. I settled on 3 because I feel that very few directors have managed even this feat. Here's a couple that I came up with off the top of my head.

Stanley Kubrick (4):
Dr. Strangelove -> 2001 -> A Clockwork Orange -> Barry Lyndon

Francis Ford Coppola (4):
The Godfather -> Part II -> The Conversation -> Apocalypse Now

Alfred Hitchcock (3):
Vertigo -> North by Northwest -> Psycho

Andrei Tarkovsky (3):
Andrei Rublev -> Solaris -> The Mirror

Charlie Chaplin (3):
City Lights -> Modern Times -> The Great Dictator

David Lean (3):
The Bridge on the River Kwai -> Lawrence of Arabia -> Doctor Zhivago


Obviously this is going to be very opinion oriented, but what do you got?
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Terrence Malick - Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World, Tree of Life

Peckinpah - The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, Straw Dogs

Bergman - Smiles of the Summer Nights, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries

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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Kurosawa has at least 5 in a row. I havenít seen some of the others in between other masterpieces, so itís possibly an even longer chain (for me).

The Hidden Fortress
The Bad Sleep Well
Yojimbo
Sanjuro
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Leone (Man with No Name Trilogy, OUaTitW, Fistful of Dynamite), Scorsese (Gangs of NY, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo, Wolf of Wall Street), Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, Hateful 8, OUaTiH) have never done wrong by me.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Of all the strings of Scorsese movies you could have listed you choose one with Gangs of New York and Shutter Island in it. Yeesh.
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Of all the strings of Scorsese movies you could have listed you choose one with Gangs of New York and Shutter Island in it. Yeesh.
Haha, agreed.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

I love many of the directors mentioned so far, but would hesitant to call all of the films listed masterpieces. But hey, that's what makes discussion fun.

Steven Spielberg nearly rattled off 4 classics in a row but ruined it with 1941:
Jaws -> Close Encounters -> 1941 -> Raiders of the Lost Ark -> E.T.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Raging Bull, King of Comedy, After Hours / Goodfellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Casino

Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Scorsese seemed to like mixing up his classics with good-to-mediocre films.

Mean Streets (classic) -> Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (very good) -> Taxi Driver (classic) -> New York, New York (average) -> The Last Waltz (classic) -> Raging Bull (classic)
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PTA - Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master

Billy Wilder - Sunset Blvd, Ace in the Hole, Stalag 17
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Originally Posted by atrium View Post
Scorsese seemed to like mixing up his classics with good-to-mediocre films.

Mean Streets (classic) -> Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (very good) -> Taxi Driver (classic) -> New York, New York (average) -> The Last Waltz (classic) -> Raging Bull (classic)
yeah, those were really his solid string In a row. Others came in between some classics...
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

I would argue that Edgar Wright is 5 for 5.
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King of Comedy, After Hours, Cape Fear
only CF real success.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Hal Ashby - Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound for Glory, Coming Home, Being There
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only CF real success.
Success doesn’t equal masterpiece. And King of Comedy most certainly is.
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I would argue that Edgar Wright is 5 for 5.
You’re including The Worlds End and Scott Pilgrim? Hell didn’t even think Hot Fuzz was all that great. Totally disagree.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

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I would argue that Edgar Wright is 5 for 5.
I wouldnít call any of them masterpieces.
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Success doesnít equal masterpiece. And King of Comedy most certainly is.
KoC was a dismal failure. And too dark to even be considered dark comedy which this is going for and sociopath which it nails.
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KoC was a dismal failure. And too dark to even be considered dark comedy which this is going for and sociopath which it nails.
And yet Scorsese says itís DeNiroís best performance.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

Altman had an extremely strong run in the 70s. I haven’t seen them all but I’m sure there is a string there.

Woody Allen’s early efforts as well.
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Quentin Tarantino - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown

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Jean Pierre Melville- Le Deuxieme Souffle, Le Samourai, Army of Shadows, Le Cercle Rouge

Jules Dassin- Brute Force, The Naked City, Thieves Highway, Night and the City, Rififi
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If you don't count short films Federico Fellini had: Nights of Cabiria, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2
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Going back to the OP, I wouldn’t stop at Barry Lyndon for Kubrick. I would go all the way until EWS.
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Re: Directors with three or more consecutive masterpieces

On a seperate note, if you were to ask what director had the most masterpieces, with NONE falling consecutively, John Huston has 10+ without ever making 2 in a row.

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