There are certain directors in Hollywood that everybody just seems to know, whether it's from putting out a string of amazing movies, or maybe because they can't seem to put out a single good one. In the case of these 10 huge names though, they each seem to have released at least one that everyone forgets about.
James Cameron - Piranha II: The Spawning
Everybody has to start their career somewhere, and before he was king of the world thanks to movies like Terminator, Aliens, Titanic and Avatar, Cameron got his start directing this schlocky sequel to a B-grade monster movie.
George Lucas - THX 1138
Lucas flexed his sci-fi muscles a full six years before Star Wars changed cinema forever, with this bizarre and unsettling (but beautifully shot) bit of dystopia. It never made it past being a cult hit, but the "THX" name endured as the name of LucasFilm's premium sound technology.
Steven Spielberg - Duel
Before Jaws greated the concept of a summer blockbuster, Spielberg made this TV movie of a driver being attacked by a mysterious truck driver who attempts to run him off the road. It's tense, adrenaline-fueled, and a lot of fun to watch.
John Carpenter - Starman
Best-known for classic horror movies like Halloween and The Thing, as well as excellent bits of 80s cheese like Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China, Carpenter really stepped out of his comfort zone with this sci-fi romance starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who falls in love on Earth.