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16 Unexpectedly Influential Film Directors of the 20th Century


Tobe Hooper, one of the 16 on this list, directed Texas Chainsaw Massacre. See more movie making pictures.
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Many celebrated film directors have influenced their peers and artistic descendants, and even casual film fans know their names: Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, and D. W. Griffith, just to name a few. The following is a list of some noteworthy directors who are considerably less well known, yet played a significant role in inspiring future directors.

In this article you will discover great film directors you may have overlooked.