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

  • Tallulah

    10

  • The Gold Diggers

    11

  • Eve's Bayou

    12

  • Wadjda

    13

  • A Single Man

    14

  • Losing Ground

    15

  • The Connection

    16

  • In Bruges

    17

  • She's Gotta Have It

    18

  • Attack the Block

    19

  • Alien³

    20

  • Proof

    21

  • Bound

    22

  • Night of the Living Dead

    23

  • The Fits

    24

  • Pariah

    25

  • When Animals Dream

    26

  • Synecdoche, New York

    27

  • 12 Angry Men

    28

  • Eraserhead

    29

  • Bone Tomahawk

    30

  • A New Leaf

    31

  • My Brilliant Career

    32

  • Moon

    33

  • Being John Malkovich

    34

  • The Guard

    35

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    36

  • Poison

    37

  • Whip It

    38

  • I still hide to smoke

    39

  • Clerks

    40

  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    41

  • The Hitcher

    42

  • Blood Simple

    43

  • Dark Star

    44

  • Hard Eight

    45

  • Medicine for Melancholy

    46

  • Timecrimes

    47

  • Jean of the Joneses

    48

  • The Boondock Saints

    49

  • Celia

    50

  • The One I Love

    51

  • The Seventh Victim

    52

  • Boyz n the Hood

    53

  • God Forgives... I Don't!

    54

  • Get Out

    55

  • Clue

    56

  • Touki Bouki

    57

  • As I Open My Eyes

    58

  • Crime and Punishment

    59

  • American History X

    60

  • XXY

    61

  • The Infinite Man

    62

  • Electrick Children

    63

  • District 9

    64

  • THX 1138

    65

  • Reservoir Dogs

    66

  • Boxing Helena

    67

  • Following

    68

  • Mad Max

    69

  • El Mariachi

    70

  • Ex Machina

    71

  • Pi

    72

  • Permanent Vacation

    73

  • River of Grass

    74

  • Prevenge

    75

  • Swiss Army Man

    76

  • Withnail & I

    77

  • The Winter Guest

    78

  • Keeping the Faith

    79

  • Re-Animator

    80

  • Antwone Fisher

    81

  • Under the Shadow

    82

  • Human Nature

    83

  • Bottle Rocket

    84

  • Gone Baby Gone

    85

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    86