The "HOW THE FUCK IS THIS A DEBUT" club

Directorial debuts so assured and well-made you can't believe they're only the director's first film. Suggestions welcome.

Also, just for your info, the following are not, I repeat, NOT actually directorial debuts but are often misidentified as debuts nonetheless:

Memento
Whiplash
It Follows
The Sixth Sense
Assault on Precinct 13
Mean Streets

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • 12 Angry Men
  • American Beauty
  • Attack the Block
  • Badlands
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Blood Simple
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Bound
  • Breathless
  • Brick
  • Chicken Run
  • Citizen Kane
  • Cronos
  • Eraserhead
  • Ex Machina
  • Four Lions
  • George Washington
  • Get Out
  • Hunger
  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • I Killed My Mother
  • In the Bedroom
  • John Wick
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
  • Mad Max
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Moon
  • Ratcatcher
  • Repo Man
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Shotgun Stories
  • Sin Nombre
  • Son of Saul
  • Swiss Army Man
  • The 400 Blows
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • The Babadook
  • The Fits
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Producers
  • The Witch
  • Thief
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Raw
  • Innocence
  • District 9
  • Donnie Darko
  • Killer of Sheep
  • Nightcrawler
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • James White
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Krisha
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • The Lives of Others
  • Mysterious Object at Noon
  • A Single Man
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • Sweetie
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Pather Panchali
  • Un chien andalou
  • Metropolitan
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • Juice
  • The Dirties
  • Kids
  • Gummo
  • Pi
  • Knife in the Water
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Pusher
  • Shallow Grave
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Sexy Beast
  • Hard Eight
  • Dogtooth
  • Easy Rider
  • Violent Cop
  • Poison
  • Play Misty for Me
  • Following
  • Fiksi
  • Joni's Promise
  • Macabre
  • Buffalo '66
  • In Bruges
  • Lost River
  • You Can Count on Me
  • Hot Rod
  • Amores perros
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Deadpool