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    I was just curious to see how many we could list. By streaks I mean a string of consecutive movies by one director that were well/very well received critically. Oscar nominations are not necessary, but they can help you in your quest to find these streaks. I think we could consider 3 or more movies a streak, don’t you agree?

    Here are some examples:

    Martin Scorsese: 2002-present: Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, Hugo
    David Lean: 1955-1970: Summertime, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan’s Daughter
    Francis Ford Copolla: 1972-1979: The Godfather, The Godfather. Part II, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now

    Any others you can come up with?

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    BenitoDelicias
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    If this is regarding Oscars, then Stephen Daldry.

    If not, then Ryan’s Daughter shouldn’t be on Lean’s list. Wasn’t that movie very badly recieved and made him not want to direct anything else until A Passage to India fourteen year’s later? Maybe it was something else, but I think this is what I have read.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    If this is regarding Oscars, then Stephen Daldry.

    If not, then Ryan’s Daughter shouldn’t be on Lean’s list. Wasn’t that movie very badly recieved and made him not want to direct anything else until A Passage to India fourteen year’s later? Maybe it was something else, but I think this is what I have read.

    It’s not about oscars, it’s more about critical acclaim. Ryan’s Daughter was badly received but has since been “re-evaluated” by the critics, much like Psycho, in a way.

    But no it’s not about oscars. 

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    Logan
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    Hitchcock may have the most impressive streak:

    Dial M for Murder (1954)

    Rear Window (1954)

    To Catch a Thief (1955)

    The Trouble with Harry (1955)

    The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)          

    and

    Vertigo (1958)

    North by Northwest (1959)

    Psycho (1960)

    The Birds (1963)

    Marnie (1964)            

    If you include The Wrong Man (1956), that’s 11 (!) in a row.

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    Malick
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    Terrence Malick:1973 – 1998: Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thins Red Line

    Christopher Molan: 2005 – 2010: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception

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    Christopher Nolan: 1998-present: Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises

    Paul Thomas Anderson: 1996-present: Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood

    David Fincher: 1995-present: Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Peter Weir: 1975-1989: Picnic at the Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Dead Poets Society

    one mistake in 1990: Green Card

    back to the top: 1993-present: Fearless, The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Way Back

    Pedro Almodovar: 1982-1990: Labyrinth of Passion, Dark Habits, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Matador, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    one mistake in 1991: High Heels

    back to the top: 1993-present: Kika, The Flower of My Secret, Live Flesh, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Bad Education, Volver, Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In

    and the 2 most impressive to me are:

    Mike Leigh: 1988-present: High Hopes, Life is Sweet, Naked, Secrets & Lies, Career Girls, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year. His entire career is beloved.

    and

    Stanley Kubrick: 1953-1999: Fear and Desire, Killer’s Kiss, The Killing, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Spacey Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut

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    Rob Reiner: 1984-1992: This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men

    one mistake in 1994: North

    one more critical success in 1995: The American President. 

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    Logan
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    Does anyone have a link that would show how early reviews were for Kubrick’s films? I imagine they were very divisive for long points (I love a few of his movies, but I think he would have been the first one to say that Spartacus was less of his film than almost any other and in all, it was probably more of Kirk Douglas’ movie than Kubrick’s anyway).

    Eyes Wide Shut is a strange case (I see that it has a 68 on metacritic), but there are many passionate detractors (including David Denby and Richard Corliss).  

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