Authors Who Have Directed Movie Adaptations of Their Own Books, Plays, and Short Stories

A lot of writers have worked on the screenplay of adaptations of their work, but few actually direct these adaptations.

Not listed are original screenplays by people who are also authors, or in some rare cases where the book version came after the film they directed.

See the notes for the author/director, the name of the original work the film is adapted from, and the original work's publication date.

Sorted by author/director last name (to keep all their films together)

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  • Long Live Death
  • Car Cemetery
  • Hellraiser
  • Nightbreed
  • Lord of Illusions
  • Immortal
  • The Ninth Configuration
  • The Exorcist III
  • Going Places
  • A Real Young Girl
  • Nocturnal Uproar
  • Junior Size 36
  • Anatomy of Hell
  • Abuse of Weakness
  • The Moustache
  • Tea in the Harem
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Eagle Has Two Heads
  • The Storm Within
  • Pursuit
  • The First Great Train Robbery
  • Kill Me Tender
  • Destroy, She Said
  • India Song
  • Baxter, Vera Baxter
  • Entire Days in the Trees
  • Leaving Metropolis
  • Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • The Story of a Cheat
  • The Left-Handed Woman
  • Absence
  • Odcházení
  • The Hottest State
  • Possibility of an Island
  • The Dance of Reality
  • Endless Poetry
  • America America
  • The Arrangement
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • In the Company of Men
  • The Shape of Things
  • Nô
  • Tough Guys Don't Dance
  • Days of Hope
  • Oleanna
  • 92 in the Shade
  • The Homesteader
  • Sin City
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  • Patriotism
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • The Wind Rises
  • A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
  • Riddles of the Sphinx
  • Almost Transparent Blue
  • It's All Right, My Friend
  • Raffles Hotel
  • Tokyo Decadence
  • Kyoko
  • Akira
  • Topaze
  • The Learning Tree
  • Accattone
  • The Fish Child
  • The German Doctor
  • Earth and Ashes
  • The Patience Stone
  • Two Orphan Vampires
  • The Money Order
  • Xala
  • There Is Such a Lad
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Christmas in July
  • Salvation Army
  • Big Stone Gap
  • Johnny Got His Gun
  • Wrong Side Up