While filmmakers typically let their work behind the camera do the talking for them, most are not above taking a swipe at their contemporaries. Just like in the world of hip-hop, movie goers become fascinated with these filmmaker feuds and rivalries, often picking sides and rallying behind their favorite directors as if they were a sports team. In reality, one director insulting another is typically nothing more than the immature prattling of an overblown ego as evidenced by the following list. Here are 15 instances of filmmaker-on-filmmaker hating that caused a stir with audiences.
Spike Lee’s recent criticism of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has caused huge waves of controversy in Hollywood. In December, the Do The Right Thing director Tweeted “American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It Was A Holocaust. My Ancestors Are Slaves. Stolen From Africa. I Will Honor Them.” Tarantino and Lee have a longstanding feud that stretches back to Pulp Fiction, where Lee attacked Tarantino for his frequent use of the “n” word in his films and claimed he wished to be an “honorary black man.”