Directorial Debuts

Favourite feature films by first-time filmmakers.

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    1

  • Love & Basketball

    2

  • The Night of the Hunter

    3

  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    4

  • The Secret of Kells

    5

  • Dear White People

    6

  • Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle

    7

  • Eve's Bayou

    8

  • Bound

    9

  • The Blood of Heroes

    10

  • The Watermelon Woman

    11

  • Mustang

    12

  • Tallulah

    13

  • The Gold Diggers

    14

  • Wadjda

    15

  • Losing Ground

    16

  • The Connection

    17

  • A Single Man

    18

  • Alien³

    19

  • In Bruges

    20

  • Attack the Block

    21

  • She's Gotta Have It

    22

  • Proof

    23

  • Night of the Living Dead

    24

  • The Fits

    25

  • Pariah

    26

  • When Animals Dream

    27

  • Synecdoche, New York

    28

  • 12 Angry Men

    29

  • Eraserhead

    30

  • Bone Tomahawk

    31

  • A New Leaf

    32

  • My Brilliant Career

    33

  • Moon

    34

  • Being John Malkovich

    35

  • The Guard

    36

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    37

  • Poison

    38

  • Whip It

    39

  • I still hide to smoke

    40

  • Tehran Taboo

    41

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    42

  • Clerks

    43

  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    44

  • Blood Simple

    45

  • Dark Star

    46

  • Medicine for Melancholy

    47

  • Timecrimes

    48

  • I Am Not a Witch

    49

  • Hard Eight

    50

  • Jean of the Joneses

    51

  • The Hitcher

    52

  • The Boondock Saints

    53

  • Celia

    54

  • The One I Love

    55

  • The Seventh Victim

    56

  • Boyz n the Hood

    57

  • God Forgives... I Don't!

    58

  • Get Out

    59

  • Clue

    60

  • Touki Bouki

    61

  • Crime and Punishment

    62

  • I Will Follow

    63

  • As I Open My Eyes

    64

  • XXY

    65

  • The Infinite Man

    66

  • American History X

    67

  • Brick

    68

  • THX 1138

    69

  • Electrick Children

    70

  • El Mariachi

    71

  • District 9

    72

  • Boxing Helena

    73

  • Following

    74

  • Mad Max

    75

  • Ex Machina

    76

  • Pi

    77

  • Permanent Vacation

    78

  • River of Grass

    79

  • Prevenge

    80

  • Swiss Army Man

    81

  • Withnail & I

    82

  • The Winter Guest

    83

  • Pather Panchali

    84

  • Keeping the Faith

    85

  • Re-Animator

    86

  • Antwone Fisher

    87

  • Under the Shadow

    88

  • Human Nature

    89

  • Bottle Rocket

    90

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    91

  • Gone Baby Gone

    92

  • Reservoir Dogs

    93