10/07/2013 13:14 BST | Updated 10/07/2013 13:16 BST

10 Top Filmmakers And Their Most Imaginative Films

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If you asked a hundred people at random to name a Hitchcock film it is likely 'Psycho' would be the most popular response, ditto for Spielberg and 'ET'. But while the iconic films that become synonymous with their directors are often the biggest box office smashes or attributed with the highest number of Academy Awards (or both), it is often the unsung heros that are regarded as the most creative and imaginative and garner the most interest from critics and film buffs. Sometimes it is a case of digging deep to find the hidden gems.

From Spielberg's debut TV movie with a cast of one and very little plot to speak of to the ethereal and disturbing indie film that came from the same director who brought us the multi-award-winning box-office smash, 'Good Will Hunting' below are ten seminal works from ten of the world's leading directors, ranked on creativity over commercial success.