Best Music Videos: “American Jesus”, Bad Religion (1993)
Best Movies: The Ring (2002), Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003), Rango (2011)

Clearly, Hollywood is where Gore Verbinski belongs, not in the depths of MTV or VH1. Thanks to Johnny Depp and the immensely profitable Pirates Of The Caribbean, of which Verbinski directed the first three, the man born Gregor has established himself as one of the film industry’s most formidable summer blockbuster creators, a tag that actually distracts pundits from acknowledging his ability to direct super-creepy horror (The Ring) and magnificently strange kiddie fare (Rango).

Verbinski’s box office strangling jobs alongside Captain Jack Sparrow have also overshadowed his music video beginnings, though not sadly so. Working within the indie rock scene back in the early to mid-'90s, Verbinski shot a handful of clips that showed a less inventive, more traditional video shooter; in no way do his pre-Ring music visuals hint at the Pirates flicks’ undeniably epic action sequences, or The Ring’s nuanced disturbia.