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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. Note, in the case of some earlier Hollywood directors, I have included directors who started out as stage actors before transitioning to directing film. (

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  • 12 Angry Men

    1

  • La Haine

    2

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    3

  • City Lights

    4

  • Life Is Beautiful

    5

  • Singin' in the Rain

    6

  • Mommy

    7

  • Bicycle Thieves

    8

  • Dog Day Afternoon

    9

  • The Great Dictator

    10

  • All That Jazz

    11

  • Tampopo

    12

  • To Be or Not to Be

    13

  • War and Peace

    14

  • Casablanca

    15

  • Modern Times

    16

  • The Night of the Hunter

    17

  • Network

    18

  • Devils on the Doorstep

    19

  • Opening Night

    20

  • Umberto D.

    21

  • Citizen Kane

    22

  • PlayTime

    23

  • Unforgiven

    24

  • On the Waterfront

    25

  • Touch of Evil

    26

  • Fireworks

    27

  • A Face in the Crowd

    28

  • Get Out

    29

  • Fail Safe

    30

  • Love Streams

    31

  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    32

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    33

  • There’s Still Tomorrow

    34

  • Stand by Me

    35

  • Little Women

    36

  • The Gold Rush

    37

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    38

  • Capernaum

    39

  • The Graduate

    40

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    41

  • Pyaasa

    42

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    43

  • A Touch of Zen

    44

  • In the Heat of the Sun

    45

  • Trouble in Paradise

    46

  • Cabaret

    47

  • Spotlight

    48

  • Limelight

    49

  • Sonatine

    50

  • Forever a Woman

    51

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    52

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    53

  • Mass

    54

  • Shoeshine

    55

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    56

  • The Princess Bride

    57

  • Mikey and Nicky

    58

  • Annie Hall

    59

  • Us and Them

    60

  • Boy

    61

  • Mildred Pierce

    62

  • Supermarket Woman

    63

  • Jojo Rabbit

    64

  • The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

    65

  • True Stories

    66

  • The Circus

    67

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    68

  • Mon Oncle

    69

  • Crimes and Misdemeanors

    70

  • The Hill

    71

  • The Trial

    72

  • Greed

    73

  • A Scene at the Sea

    74

  • Laurence Anyways

    75

  • Hannah and Her Sisters

    76

  • The Bridge

    77

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

    78

  • Young Frankenstein

    79

  • Police Story

    80

  • All Your Faces

    81

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    82

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    83

  • Dragon Inn

    84

  • What Happened Was...

    85

  • The Bridges of Madison County

    86

  • A Bronx Tale

    87

  • Kikujiro

    88

  • Chimes at Midnight

    89

  • Out of the Blue

    90

  • The Verdict

    91

  • Yoyo

    92

  • Life of Brian

    93

  • Legend of the Mountain

    94

  • Misery

    95

  • Ordinary People

    96

  • A Few Good Men

    97

  • Million Dollar Baby

    98

  • Hey Ram

    99

  • TÁR

    100