9. Peter Berg
OK, you'll have to forgive him for Battleship, easily this year's worst movie. But Berg brings the same intensity to directing that he does to his acting. His passion is undeniable. Just check out his dual talents at work in 1998's Very Bad Things. Berg excelled at capturing small-town football frenzy in 2004's Friday Night Lights and its subsequent TV series. In 2007, The Kingdom caught the drama of an FBI team in Saudi Arabia, and 2008's Hancock was a comedy with a real sense of character. My guess is that damn Battleship won't sink him.