Yup. He's still the best. He was in my top 3 in 2003 and he still is. The only one remaining still there.
I feel like it's odd these days to hear people call him the best working director. I feel like nobody has said that in 15 years. The last time someone claimed he was the best director was 2005 before Miami Vice came out and everybody was like "WTF Mann" and jumped ship. Glad to know some smart brains still click even after the pollution of this generation.
I also love The Last of the Mohicans even if it's not the definitive Mann film, but it's such a nice epic and Madeleine Stowe was like a goddess. Daniel Day Lewis in his long haired romantic days more interesting than his post Plainview days. The addictive silky feeling of Manhunter is another example of Mann's bossing of the cinematography, but the film begins much better than it ends. Public Enemies also rocks. Mann can always deliver an experience, and lends every aspect some type of cinematic flair. Blackhat is good as experimentalia - and it features a hell of a street air shootout, but of course it falls way short of Heat or Collateral or some of his major stuff.
Very few men have directed actors better than him in the action genre - he's also directed 3 of the 4 greatest living male actors - DePac, DDL (only Nicholson is missing) - only Scorsese has all directed all 4 of those guys as stars.......and when he's on his game, there is no one who was ever a better writer of action films particularly from a behavioral standpoint.
1-Heat 2-The Insider
Collateral, Manhunter maybe for today but there's a lot that are in this range