Must-see reunions: Directors and actors who need to work together again

In a couple of months Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight.” It’s an interesting project, as you know, in that it reunites the director with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the third time in a unique series of films that keeps catching back up with the characters to see where they are in their lives (four if you want to count their brief reunion in 2001’s “Waking Life”).

The film gave us an idea: What other filmmaker/actor collaborations have worked so well in the past that we’d like to see them team up again? Sometimes sparks really fly on such a combination and it can leave you yearning for more. While everything from conflicting schedules to outright estrangement can sometimes get in the way, it doesn’t mean filmgoers aren’t eager to see lightning strike again.

We’ve put our heads together to come up with a list of 15 tandems, though we could just as easily spit out 15 more. A few we didn’t write up include Michael Mann and Tom Cruise, Christopher Nolan and Guy Pearce and Steven Spielberg and Liam Neeson, among others. Click through the gallery below to see what we settled on, and feel free to offer up your own picks in the comments section below.