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Some of the most celebrated directors in film history are attached to some truly awful, or truly out of character, movies throughout their careers. Here are 9 movies that belonged to some famous directors that will probably shock you.
1. Sidney Lumet directed The Wiz?! – While Lumet never won Best Director, he was one of the most widely respected at talented directors during his career. After directing classic like Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and Serpico, Lumet decided to tackle an urban, ethnic remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring none other that Michael Jackson. The Wiz was an odd decision and a fairly poor miscalculation on Lumet’s part.
2. Francis Ford Coppola directed Jack?! – That’s right, Jack, the horrible 90s comedy starring Robin Williams, was directed by the legendary Francis Ford Coppola. With such classic as The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation on his ledger, Jack is a most befuddling decision for Coppola.
3. Leonard Nimoy directed Three Men and A Baby?! – Spock himself called the shots behind the camera for Three Men and A Baby, the first decent film on this list. With the trio of Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg leading the way, Three Men became a successful 80s film. But still, Nimoy, who has directed several Star Trek films, seems like the most out-of-left-field director for the comedy.
4. Jerry Zucker directed Ghost?! – Jerry Zucker may not be as well known to younger audiences, but he was made famous by directing the classic spoof Airplane! and its sequel. Somehow, Zucker attached himself to Ghost, a supernatural love story that was one of the biggest hits of 1990, earned Whoopi Goldberg an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and changed the pottery game forever.
5. Wes Craven directed Music of The Heart?! – Perhaps the first question might be, what is Music of The Heart? It’s a 1999 tearjerker starring Meryl Streep as a violin teacher to disadvantaged kids, that’s what it is. And, yes, it was directed by one of the masters of horror, who created Freddy Kreuger and shocked audiences for years. Easily the most bizarre aside for a director on the list.
6. Alfonso Cuaron directed Great Expectation?! – The Oscar-winning Gravity director had to get his foot in the door somewhere along the way. The 1998 version of the Dickens novel is underrated in several regards, but a strange film considering Cuaron’s films like the third Harry Potter film and Children of Men on his ledger.
7. Brian DePalma directed Mission: Impossible?! – One of my favorite directors on the list, DePalma made a splash early on with Carrie, and continued to be a hyper-stylized, ultra-violent filmmaker, a true product of the 70s renaissance. He has never had many big-budget blockbusters, so the film adaptation of Mission: Impossible really sticks out in his career.