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US actor Leonardo Di Caprio takes part in the TV show "Le grand journal" on a set of French TV Canal+ on February 5, 2010 in Paris, as part of the promotion of Martin Scorsese's movie "Shutter Island". AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

RANKED! 10 Greatest Director-Actor Duos

Film is a collaborative art form, arguably more so than any other. It takes dozens to hundreds to even thousands to make a movie work. “Filmmaker” is often used as a shorthand for “writer/director” but in reality, many people are filmmakers. Editors are filmmakers, sound designers are filmmakers, as are special effects artists and so on.  Even production assistants contribute to making the film in their own specific way.

But few relationships between these varying types of filmmakers are as key as that of a director and an actor. Effective communication between them is key if the latter is to help the former bring their vision to the silver screen. Here are our 10 favorite directors and actors who were or are frequent collaborators.

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