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When Actors Direct

An attempt to make a list of every film ever directed by an actor-turned director. (Ranked in order of Letterboxd rating).

No TV episodes/short films counted.

  • La Haine
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • City Lights
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Mommy
  • Tampopo
  • Modern Times
  • Life Is Beautiful
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Great Dictator
  • All That Jazz
  • Opening Night
  • Citizen Kane
  • Umberto D.
  • Get Out
  • Little Women
  • Love Streams
  • Stand by Me
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Unforgiven
  • Touch of Evil
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Princess Bride
  • Fireworks
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • The Gold Rush
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Greed
  • True Stories
  • Limelight
  • Out of the Blue
  • Mass
  • Us and Them
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Shoeshine
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Supermarket Woman
  • Boy
  • Sonatine
  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • Laurence Anyways
  • Spotlight
  • A Scene at the Sea
  • Annie Hall
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Police Story
  • Cabaret
  • The Circus
  • What Happened Was...
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • The Trial
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Life of Brian
  • Kikujiro
  • Cha Cha Real Smooth
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Misery
  • Ordinary People
  • tick, tick...BOOM!
  • Buffalo '66
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Kids Return
  • Lady Bird
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Manhattan
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Untitled McDonald's Monopoly Project
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Two Women
  • Faces
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Best in Show
  • A Bronx Tale
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Eighth Grade
  • Deep Cover
  • A Few Good Men
  • Waiting for Guffman
  • CODA
  • Big Night
  • Cocaine Bear
  • Booksmart
  • Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion
  • Real Life
  • Minnie and Moskowitz
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Sling Blade
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Lenny
  • Miracle in Milan
  • Love and Death
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Thunder Road
  • Awakenings