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.

  • Braveheart
  • On the Count of Three
  • Husbands and Wives
  • One Night in Miami...
  • I Killed My Mother
  • The Help
  • Modern Romance
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Husbands
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • Lucky
  • Eve's Bayou
  • Into the Wild
  • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
  • Othello
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Woman in Witness Protection
  • Henry V
  • It's Always Fair Weather
  • Breathe
  • Reds
  • What Happened Was...
  • Dolls
  • Lost in America
  • The Station Agent
  • In the Bedroom
  • Submarine
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • A League of Their Own
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • The Magdalene Sisters
  • Apollo 13
  • Hamlet
  • Iron Man
  • Rush
  • Gran Torino
  • Next Goal Wins
  • Us
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Marriage Italian Style
  • A Perfect World
  • Faithless
  • Jeremiah Johnson
  • A Quiet Place
  • mid90s
  • Quiz Show
  • The Nightingale
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Defending Your Life
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • The Hired Hand
  • The Funeral
  • Stardust Memories
  • Radio Days
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Broadway Danny Rose
  • The Chaplin Revue
  • The Gold of Naples
  • Little Murders
  • High Plains Drifter
  • Rocketman
  • Gloria
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Outrage
  • Interiors
  • Apocalypto
  • Tootsie
  • A Taxing Woman
  • The Other Side of the Wind
  • Shadows
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Away from Her
  • The Roof
  • Easy Rider
  • A Star Is Born
  • Sunflower
  • Eye of God
  • Flipped
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Nil by Mouth
  • Macbeth
  • Good Night, and Good Luck.
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • The Chambermaid
  • Little Children
  • Gandhi
  • Violent Cop
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Argo
  • Mr. Arkadin
  • Bullets Over Broadway
  • Billy Budd
  • The Jerk
  • Richard III
  • Hamlet
  • Deconstructing Harry
  • One False Move
  • The Visitor