hitchcock spent his early years as a british filmmaker yes. the 39 steps, the secret agent, and the lady vanishes are completely badass btw. but most of his work in the 50s, 60s and 70s was made in hollywood. if you remove hitchcock substitute depalma who's catalog was basically a giant derivation of various hitchcock films but very very good. happy now? btw chaplin was born and raised in london (in abject poverty). would you call him an english filmmaker? lol
the other side of that coin is kubrick: an american who was deeply influenced by soviet cinema and spent most of his working life in england (afaik) so i don't really consider him an american filmmaker as much as a european filmmaker who happened to make movies for an american audience
i didn't know cronenberg was canadian! - but are they really so different? in any case maybe that one is not off the top of my head, but out of my ass! i just know i really liked the fly and naked lunch
sure - you could argue for ford, hell argue pt anderson (i wouldn't) or anybody else you like. it's a threak as they say.
and no doubt tarantino makes a great movie. imo he's a monument of film and i would compare his work to anybody's. i remember seeing a midnight showing of inglorious basterds and leaving completely utterly rocked - i should probably rewatch it lol. i doubt i'll get a chance to see his new one at my local theatres (that's how they spell it) but i am super curious