Before They Were Famous: Great Directors' Short Films

A compilation list of the short films that sparked the careers of some of the finest directors in the film industry (accepting suggestions).

Bingo Inferno (1987): Directed by David O.Russell
Captain Voyeur (1969): Directed by John Carpenter
Cheyenne's Pal (1917): Directed by John Ford
The Dirty Look (1954): Directed by Robert Altman
I Wish I Was By That Dim Lake (1982): Directed by Ang Lee
Lanton Mills (1969): Directed by Terence Malick
Two Crowded Hours (1931): Directed by Michael Powell

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  • The Bread and Alley
  • Quartet for the End of Time
  • Carmen
  • Hotel Magnezit
  • Caught in the Rain
  • Doodlebug
  • Fortune Cookie
  • Transfer
  • The Grandmother
  • In the Shadow of the Sun
  • Whistle
  • The Woman in the Room
  • Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB
  • Geometria
  • The Discipline of D.E.
  • An Exercise in Discipline: Peel
  • Xenogenesis
  • Saw
  • In God We Trust
  • A Story of Water
  • Things I Like, Things I Don't Like
  • Time Piece
  • The Set-Up
  • Tramway
  • The Orchid Gardener
  • Small Deaths
  • Six Shooter
  • The Big Shave
  • Alive in Joburg
  • A Grand Day Out
  • The Hearts of Age
  • The Dirk Diggler Story
  • My Best Friend's Birthday
  • The Psychology of Dream Analysis
  • Woodshock
  • Boy and Bicycle
  • Les Affaires publiques
  • Two Men and a Wardrobe
  • How They Get There
  • Day of the Fight
  • Winston
  • Amblin'
  • The Terence Davies Trilogy
  • Vincent
  • Herakles
  • Bottle Rocket