10 Tricks That Famous Movie Directors Use as Their Trademark

By Casey Chan on at

With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilise, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a list of the 10 most famous movie director trademarks in the video below.

In order:

  1. Quentin Tarantino's shared universe
  2. M. Night Shyamalan's twist endings
  3. Alfred Hitchcock's personal cameos and preference for blondes
  4. Frank Capra's use of Jimmy the Raven
  5. Wes Anderson's symmetrical framing and slow motion
  6. Sergio Leone's extreme close ups and drawn-out long shots
  7. The Wachowski's bullet time
  8. Guillermo del Toro's nightmarish creatures
  9. Stanely Kubrick's bathrooms
  10. JJ Abrams' lens flares

These tricks are just one tool among many but they're clearly identified with the director who used 'em enough to become a personal trademark.