THE EVIDENCE: Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012)
WHY HIM: One of the most dynamic directors to emerge in the last 20 years, Anderson makes movies that crackle with energy and typically showcase volcanic performances (see: Daniel Day-Lewis in Blood, Joaquin Phoenix in The Master). Anderson is particularly good at taking a well-worn genre the Western epic, the romantic comedy and transforming it into something modern and unforgettable. Tim Stack
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