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.

  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • City Lights
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Citizen Kane
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Modern Times
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • La Haine
  • The Great Dictator
  • Umberto D.
  • All That Jazz
  • Get Out
  • Life Is Beautiful
  • Opening Night
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Love Streams
  • Unforgiven
  • Touch of Evil
  • Stand by Me
  • The Gold Rush
  • Booksmart
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Annie Hall
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • The Princess Bride
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Lady Bird
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Eighth Grade
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Spotlight
  • The Circus
  • Fireworks
  • Manhattan
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Limelight
  • Shoeshine
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Life of Brian
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Boy
  • True Stories
  • The Trial
  • Groundhog Day
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Police Story
  • When Harry Met Sally...
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Misery
  • Cabaret
  • Faces
  • Sonatine
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • Out of the Blue
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Kikujiro
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Ordinary People
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Thunder Road
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • A Scene at the Sea
  • Wanda
  • Two Women
  • Lenny
  • Sling Blade
  • Waiting for Guffman
  • Nothing Left to Do but Cry
  • Love and Death
  • Mystic River
  • Us and Them
  • Minnie and Moskowitz
  • Us
  • Breathe
  • Husbands
  • Into the Wild
  • Braveheart
  • The Producers
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • A Quiet Place
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • Othello
  • The Children Are Watching Us
  • Best in Show
  • Real Life
  • Modern Romance
  • Henry V
  • Zelig
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • A Few Good Men
  • Hamlet
  • Big Night
  • Rocketman
  • Iron Man
  • Husbands and Wives
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • A Bronx Tale