Live Poll: One Hit-Wonder Directors

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Which of these films from a one-hit wonder movie director was your favorite? 

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Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/X5G5HgOe08k/
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Dances with Wolves
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Kyle Perez

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Nice pick Peter, thanks for the vote!
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Kyle Perez

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Thanks for the vote Leavey!
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Akash Charudatta Deshpande

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Although, I don't think his other films were mediocre.
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You're right — the other's aren't mediocre per se, but none of them have come even close to the stature of ESOTSM and I think that is the objective I'm trying to achieve with this poll; essentially, when you think of these directors, these films are the first of theirs that come to mind and are placed on a pedestal as these director's best by a long shot. When I think of Michel Gondry , I immediately think of ESOTSM and struggle to think of his other films- with directors like Scorsese, Woody Allen or Spielberg, many gems come to mind instantly. But these guys are, in a sense, 'one-hit wonder' directors - it's a tough one to judge for sure..
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Thanks for the explanation, Kyle! It may even be just my subjective opinion about his other films.
But, you were right about the fact that whenever I think about him, only this wonderful collaboration with Charlie Kaufman (God..I love that guy!) comes to my mind. 
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I vehemently protest Michael Curtiz being on this list.

And I question these:
Michael Gondry
The Wachowskis
Neill Blomkamp
John Singleton

FYC:
Rawson Marshall Thurber - Dodgeball
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You're right about Curtiz; I have since removed him.

But the other ones, in my opinion, I really couldn't justify removing. Looking at each of their respective filmographies, in terms of iconic stature and 'masterpiece status', none of their other films have even come close to:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - (Gondry)

The Matrix (1999) - (The Wachowskis)

District 9 (2009) - (Blomkamp)

Boyz n the Hood (1991) - (Singleton)

With respect to Thurber, I consider We're the Millers (2013) to be as popular and successful a film as Dodgeball. I'm not sure about adding him.

As I tried to explain to Deshpande above, by no means am I saying the other films of these directors are bad or even mediocre. The point is to emphasize the 'hit' part of the title, where hit means "classic" or "masterpiece". And IMO, these directors were hard-pressed to match the success of those films with their others. In fact, when I think of these directors, these films all immediately come to mind as their best and most accomplished piece of work and make it difficult to immediately think of their others. That's how I'm trying to devise this poll.

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I would agree, one-hit wonder implies that you had a flash of genius and never did anything else or had anything close. A couple of these directors had decent careers or films that I would call great, but not exceptional. I would question how you define hit, the list seems very suspect.

V for Vendetta and  The Lives of Others
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Thanks for the vote Urbane!

Based on these thoughts what do you suggest?
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The Empire Strikes Back.

Typo:
However, there was that one time...
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Thanks for the feed back Jess!

I actually change the entire intro now altogether. Hopefully it works a little better now.

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FYC: Mary Harron, who after American Psycho (2000) vanished into tv series

Kinka Usher, who has made nothing since Mystery Men

Jack Lemmon who, as Charles Laughton, only directed one film Kotch (1971)

Walter Matthau who, as Jack Lemmon, only directed Gangster Story (1960)

Jacques Becker, who after a 16 film career directed one of my favorite films, Le Trou (1960), only to die a few months later.

Marlon Brando, who only directed one film One-Eyed Jacks


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Pencho,

Thanks for your input. Here are my thoughts on these ideas, which are solid by the way:

- American Psycho (2000) is exactly the type of 'one-hit' wonder I'm looking for - that's a perfect one Pench.

- Mystery Men (1999) wasn't exactly hailed critically but I think it's merited enough of a cult status to be included, sure.

- With films like Kotch (1971) and Gangster Story (1959), they're not particularly good nor popular ones so this is starting to deviate away from the idea of a wonder being a 'classic, commercially + critically hailed gem' of a film. I won't merely include films that were the sole creation of a respected actor. So with that in mind, I don't think these will be included, I hadn't even heard of them to be honest. Cool that they each tried their talents in directing, though.

- ^ Same applies to One-Eyed Jacks (1961).

- Le Trou (1960) sounds like an intriguing one. I'll definitely throw er' in there.

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To be honest I had not heard of Matthau and Lemmon films before writting, I found them doing some research.
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List Parameters UPATE:

I have added the following parameter in this list to clarify further a distinction between what is and isn't a 'wonder' of a film:

[...] Films must also have a minimum 7.4 rating.
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For me definitely The Lives of Others.
One a the very few really good german movies. At least from the year 2000+.
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Thanks for the vote Hyker! The Lives of Others was indeed a fantastic film - would love to see more like it in the future...
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I've seen exactly half, and would either vote Night of the Hunter or Empire Strikes Back.
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Great picks. I think those two are the most impressive given their situations (NOTH being Laughton's only film, and a film-noir masterpiece that was while Empire was a juggernaut of a film for Keshner and was almost the archetype for the 'one-hit wonder' I'm going for here.)

Thanks for the votes.

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List UPDATE:

Added: M. Night Shyamalan's 1999 psychological-thriller masterpiece, The Sixth Sense (1999).
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Bump!
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Bump!
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Kyle, To say that Jacques Becker is a ONE-HIT WONDER is blasphemy ! Here is a GREAT French director with a filmography that can put many American directors to shame. I understand that LE TROU is about the only one recently released in the USA but that is not my problem. I live in Canada, precisely in the Province of Québec where all his films were shown in theatres, Cinémathèque and television... I also saw them in Paris where they were filmed. A great director with many ARTISTIC HITS and COMMERCIAL HITS ! Discover him with imdb's list and see the other films of his.
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Thanks LD! Great one.
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'Fun poll. I disagree with John Singleton but I can see how his inclusion could make sense but I can't see the rational for Shyamalan, except for that he made a lot of disappointing films after seeming to be so promising. He has not, however, had only one hit: 'Unbreakable' has almost 280,000 votes and a 7.2 rating, and 'Split' has a 7.3 rating with over 210,000 votes. (Both films also have positive Metacritic scores.) With a minimum rating for a film's inclusion at 7.4, he has two other movies that are just a hair below the ratings of some of the movies on this list and with more votes. I'm not a big fan of his or anything but he just doesn't seem to fit for any reason other than that he's prolific and his first film is considered to be such a masterpiece that a lot of later films were disappointing compared to The Sixth Sense. He's actually had at least six films that could be considered to be "hits" in terms of IMDb ratings, box office results, critical reception, general audience reception, etc. 

Of course, that's what makes lists fun: a lot of discussion and debate. :)
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Thanks Ruby! I think it was a good idea but I too am struggling to determine the parameters - do you think any changes should be made to exclude/include anyone? I'm so unsure with this one ...
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M. Night Shyamalan.isn't a one hit wonder by any stretch.
Signs (2002) and his recent The Visit and Split.  Both movies were produced for less than $10m each and were pretty successful box office wise.
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Hmmm. One problem. The film that most voted for, The Empire Strikes Back, was NOT a one-hit wonder for director Irvin Kirshner. The guy directed Never Say Never Again, which saw the return of Sean Connery as James Bond. While it did not do as well as rival Bond film, Octopussy, it was deemed a hit by 1983-84 standards.
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Also: Cool Hand Luke director made The Amityville Horror...huge! Budget 4.7 mill. Take: 86.4 mill