Men directing their wives/lovers

Some of these relationships appear healthy and fruitful. Others appear exploitative and harmful. There are probably shades of each in all of them. What is perhaps most notable, though, is just how prevalent this relationship is in the history of cinema.

See notes for links to director and actress pages, the nature of their relationship, and a list of works together. I am only listing one film per relationship, and for purposes of this survey am restricting my view to the heterosexual dynamic.

This will ever be a work in progress, and suggestions are more than welcome. To see the list with the latest additions sorted to the top, click here.

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  • The Kiss in the Tunnel
  • A Corner in Wheat
  • The Gardener
  • The Suffragette
  • The Last Pardon
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • From Wash to Washington
  • Richelieu
  • Fox Trot Finesse
  • The Three Godfathers
  • The Mother of Dartmoor
  • The Honor System
  • A Love Sublime
  • The Outlaw and His Wife
  • The Grey Rats
  • A Doll Wife
  • The Warrior Strain
  • The Other Half
  • Fièvre
  • The Two Girls
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Ladies Must Live
  • Nanook of the North
  • Our Hospitality
  • The Half of a Boy
  • The Red Lily
  • Isn't Life Wonderful
  • By the Law
  • Nana
  • Ornamental Hairpin
  • The Yellow Ticket
  • The Crowd
  • The Great Gabbo
  • Die Maske fällt
  • Die heilige Flamme
  • The Neighbor's Wife and Mine
  • Wild Boys of the Road
  • Obsession
  • Angele
  • Pension Mimosas
  • The Good Fairy
  • Escape Me Never
  • Jalna
  • Modern Times
  • A Woman Alone
  • The Story of a Cheat
  • Cavalleria
  • The Sovereign
  • Abused Confidence
  • Masquerade
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21
  • My Last Mistress
  • Voyage Without Hope
  • The Great Sacrifice
  • The Clock
  • Rome, Open City
  • Red Meadows
  • Decoy
  • The Golden Candelabra
  • Ramrod
  • One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer
  • The Lady from Shanghai
  • The Charterhouse of Parma
  • The Private Life of an Actor
  • The Big Clock
  • Dédée d'Anvers
  • The Banquet
  • Pueblerina
  • Madeleine
  • Stromboli
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Variety Lights
  • Adventures of Captain Fabian
  • Manon of the Spring
  • Summer with Monika
  • Liebeskrieg nach Noten
  • The Proud and the Beautiful
  • Carmen Jones
  • Diabolique
  • The Devil's General
  • Mr. Arkadin
  • Nana
  • The Wicked Go to Hell
  • Storm Fear
  • ...And God Created Woman
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Wild Strawberries
  • The Lovers
  • When Angels Fall
  • Window Water Baby Moving
  • Green Mansions
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • The Apartment
  • Elmer Gantry
  • Strangers When We Meet
  • The Naked Island
  • Happiness of Us Alone
  • Playtime
  • Jules and Jim
  • L'Eclisse