Mustapha Al Akkad! He was so creative and a head of his time. We lost a great director when he died.
His movies with Anthony Quinn and Irene Pappas were phenomenal.
My favorite director is probably William Wyler! I haven't seen his entire filmography yet, so I am no specialist, but what I like about that list is that, after you've seen a few of his movies, you just know that whatever he comes up with is gonna be hella good. Up to this day, he is the only person who has received three Academy Awards for best director, so you can have an idea of what a legend he was.
His movies are not limited to only one genre: they go from epic dramas (Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Lives) to romances (Roman Holiday, Wuthering Heights), to comedies (How to Steal a Million) and even musicals (Funny Girl); which proves his amazing versatility. A lot of directors nowadays struggle to achieve this; Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee are exceptions.
He was very skillful at directing actors: fourteen have received Oscars under his directing, and those include memorable performances, such as Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur, Bette Davis in Jezabel and Olivia De Havilland in The Heiress.
He was one of the pioneers in the craft of filmmaking: at first, when people were still figuring out what that should be all about, films were simpler, more like recorded versions of plays, and Mr. Wyler saw that it was possible to do more than that, so he dominated camera movements and editing, in order to really create cinematic experiences rather than theatrical ones.
My personal favorite of his movies is probably not his best: Roman Holiday. It has a thin fairy tale plot, but there are many things that make it special. Audrey Hepburn is at her best, in a role that displays all of her elegance, and Gregory Peck is as charming as ever. The chemistry between them is palpable. There are many funny moments, and that is the essence of the film: a delightful trip through Rome with two sweet people falling in love. Sounds silly, right? But Mr. Wyler makes it memorable with the quality of the picture, especially with the ending.
What an artist this guy is, love his unique style. His camera use is amazing, the (extremely artistic) limited colour palette, narative style movies with distinctive visual.
What a man.