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While large teams of people make movies, there is usually one central person called the director who is charge of almost every aspect of filmmaking. Usually, only one person is credited as the director, but sometimes two people are in charge in making a movie. Here are 13 directing duos in movies.
- Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. They directed some of the most important and beautiful films to come out of Europe during the 1940s and 50s, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and Tales of Hoffman.
- Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. They are brothers from Belgium and are the current darlings in the art house movie scene today. Their movies are small and compact, but are effective and emotionally colossal, such as The Promise, The Kid with a Bike, and Two Days, One Night.
- Joel & Ethan Coen. The Coen Brothers have worked together as a duo since their debut Blood Simple in 1984. Their movies are a collection of the crime genre mixed with broad comedy. They won an Academy Award for No Country For Old Men in 2007.
- Andy & Lana Wachowski. The Wachowski’s revolutionized modern science fiction and action blockbusters with The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas, and the upcoming Jupiter Ascending.
- Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor. Neveldine/Taylor have their share of misses, but they made two of the best action movies of the 2000s with Crank in 2006 and Crank: High Voltage in 2009.
- Anthony & Joe Russo. The Russo Brothers started off as indie darlings with Welcome To Collinwood in 2002, but emerged as the lynchpin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming The Avengers: Infinity Wars Part One and Part Two in 2018 and 2019, respectively. They also had a stint with TV directing episodes of Arrested Development and Community.
- Peter & Bobby Farrelly. While the Farrelly Brothers seems to have fallen off the face of cinema since we marched into a new century, they made some of the best comedies of the 90s with Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There’s Something About Mary.
- Phil Lord & Chris Miller. Lord & Miller have been great making good movies out of ideas that would seem bad in the first place. 21 Jump Street sounded like a bad idea before they got their hands on the comedy and so did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie. However, Lord & Miller made those movies wonderful. What’s their secret?
- Albert & Allen Hughes. The Hughes Brothers had moderate hits in the early 90s with Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, but their genre work in the 2000s have been lacking with From Hell and The Book of Eli.
- Jay & Mark Duplass. The Duplass Brothers are the masters of the mumblecore film genre with good low budget movies such as The Puffy Chair, Cyrus, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
- Paul & Chris Weitz. The Weitz Brothers only made three movies together before they went their separate ways as directors — American Pie, American Pie 2, and About A Boy.
- Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont. While Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont may not be household names, they made a few subversive and underrated teen movies of the late 90s and early 2000s with Can’t Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats.
- Auguste & Louis Lumière. They are credited as the first cinematographers during the late 19th century with their film Exiting the Factory and Arrival of a Train at a Station being staples of every Film 101 class in history.