1. Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino, the man, the legend, the director makes films that are characterized by non-linear storytelling, hilarious dialogue, and an aestheticization of violence. Apart from his movies, Tarantino is no stranger to violence — he was arrested for stealing a book from a California bookstore when he was 15 years old, and the hot shot director was also arrested following a racially tinged scuffle that resulted in a misdemeanor assault charge back in 1998.
2. Alfred Hitchcock
Nicknamed “The Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock is regarded as one of the best directors to ever do it. He made a name for himself early on in his career with silent films so it’s no surprise Hitchcock was able to keep his criminal history on the hush-hush. As a boy, Alfred Hitchcock’s father had a London policeman arrest Alfred for getting bad grades. A young Hitchcock had to spend the night in jail and was so terrified he developed a lifelong fear and hatred of jail and the police [insert N.W.A. lyrics here].
3. David Lynch
David Lynch is known for films such as The Elephant Man and his popular television series Twin Peaks. His surreal films have been known to disturb, offend, and mystify audiences and Lynch hasn’t changed much since his teenage years as he disturbed several neighbors when he and a friend made pipe bombs for fun. Lynch detonated a pipe bomb in a school swimming pool and the explosion was heard by several neighbors resulting in Lynch and his buddy getting arrested.
5. Charlie Chaplin
Regarded as a king of the silent era, Charlie Chaplin’s career as an actor, director, composer, and all-around entertainer spanned for more than 75 years. During that time, Chaplin was a magnet for admiration and controversy. In the mid-1940s, Chaplin was the center of an FBI lead smear campaign and was named by the FBI in four indictments. Chaplin later faced trial for an alleged violation of the Mann Act (transporting a woman across state boundaries for sexual purposes). Thankfully, the superstar was acquitted 2 weeks after the trial began.
5. Roman Polanski
The art house film guru Roman Polanski has been dominating cinema since the 1960s. His legal issues didn’t arise until the following decade. Polanski was arrested at Jack Nicholson’s house for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl who was modeling for the director during a Vogue magazine photo shoot. Polanski was indicted for six counts of criminal behavior, including rape. In 2009, Polanski was arrested again overseas at the request of U.S. authorities for a legal matter dating back to the mid '90s.
6. Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman made a name for himself in the late '50s and kept his foot on the gas becoming one of the most accomplished auteurs of our time. Like his counterparts on this list, he would occasionally make headlines for the wrong reasons. Bergman was arrested in 1976 and charged with income tax evasion.
7. Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone, the 3 time Oscar winning director, is no stranger to a jail cell. He was arrested and pleaded guilty to alcohol and drug charges in 1999.
8. Jean-Luc Godard
There’s no mistaking his style when you’re watching one of Jean-Luc Godard films. However, when it comes to the name, Jean's are equivalent to John's in Europe, but the hairline, the camera, and even the country makes it hard to believe the Jean-Luc Godard arrested in the photo below isn’t the same Jean-Luc Godard that directed the films above.