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Underrated Movie Directors - Robert Zemeckis

Updated: Dec 2, 2020




There is no doubt that Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Wells, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Quentin Tarantino are some of the most influential directors of all time.


However, because of these trailblazing visionaries, some directors get left behind and do not enough credit for their work on the big screen.


One of those directors who doesn’t seem to be very appreciated is Robert Zemeckis. While he might not be a household name, he has been making films for over 40 years.

Although he is known as a wizard with special effects, Zemeckis knows how to make relatable characters that movie fans can root for. Chances are you’re familiar with at least a few of his films.




Romancing The Stone (1984) -This was Zemeckis’s first real box office hit. This Raiders of the Lost Ark-esque film not only allowed Zemeckis to make Back to the Future, it was a real game-changer for Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito who would all become bankable actors and director.





Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)- Zemeckis really showed his special effects mastery by successfully merging live action with animation.






Cast Away (2000)- Zemeckis and Tom Hanks hit paydirt with their second feature film together. Hanks plays Chuck Noland a FedEx operations executive who is stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. It is a tremendous achievement of how Hanks who is alone on screen for most of the film, manages to maintain the audience’s interest.




Forrest Gump (1994)- This film became a worldwide sensation. This heartfelt film centers around an intellectually disabled man who has a knack for inserting himself into great moments in American history.



Back to the Future (1985)- Arguably one the best blockbusters ever made. It had a great story, a relatable hero, amazing effects, humor, action, adventure, easter eggs, highly quotable catchphrases and the list goes on and on.


We do hope that director Robert Zemeckis gets a little more appreciation and respect for his impressive repertoire of movies .



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