Directorial Debuts

Favourite feature films by first-time filmmakers.

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  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    1

  • Love & Basketball

    2

  • The Secret of Kells

    3

  • The Night of the Hunter

    4

  • Dear White People

    5

  • Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle

    6

  • The Blood of Heroes

    7

  • The Watermelon Woman

    8

  • Mustang

    9

  • A Single Man

    10

  • Tallulah

    11

  • Wadjda

    12

  • Losing Ground

    13

  • In Bruges

    14

  • Alien³

    15

  • She's Gotta Have It

    16

  • Attack the Block

    17

  • Pariah

    18

  • Bound

    19

  • Night of the Living Dead

    20

  • The Fits

    21

  • Synecdoche, New York

    22

  • When Animals Dream

    23

  • 12 Angry Men

    24

  • Eraserhead

    25

  • Moon

    26

  • Bone Tomahawk

    27

  • The Gold Diggers

    28

  • Being John Malkovich

    29

  • A New Leaf

    30

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    31

  • The Guard

    32

  • Poison

    33

  • Whip It

    34

  • Clerks

    35

  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    36

  • The Hitcher

    37

  • Blood Simple

    38

  • Following

    39

  • Dark Star

    40

  • Hard Eight

    41

  • Medicine for Melancholy

    42

  • Timecrimes

    43

  • Jean of the Joneses

    44

  • The Boondock Saints

    45

  • Celia

    46

  • The One I Love

    47

  • The Seventh Victim

    48

  • Boyz n the Hood

    49

  • God Forgives... I Don't!

    50

  • Get Out

    51

  • Clue

    52

  • Touki Bouki

    53

  • As I Open My Eyes

    54

  • American History X

    55

  • XXY

    56

  • The Infinite Man

    57

  • Electrick Children

    58

  • District 9

    59

  • THX 1138

    60

  • Reservoir Dogs

    61

  • Boxing Helena

    62

  • Mad Max

    63

  • El Mariachi

    64

  • Ex Machina

    65

  • Pi

    66

  • Permanent Vacation

    67

  • River of Grass

    68

  • Prevenge

    69

  • Swiss Army Man

    70

  • Withnail & I

    71

  • The Winter Guest

    72

  • Keeping the Faith

    73

  • Re-Animator

    74

  • Antwone Fisher

    75

  • Under the Shadow

    76

  • Human Nature

    77

  • Bottle Rocket

    78

  • Gone Baby Gone

    79

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    80