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.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • A Mighty Wind
  • Upgrade
  • Foolish Wives
  • One-Eyed Jacks
  • Project A
  • Match Point
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • The Stranger
  • The Last Dance
  • Another Woman
  • Matilda
  • The War Zone
  • Chef
  • The Yakuza
  • Cinderella Man
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • King of Comedy
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Changeling
  • Wildlife
  • Matthias & Maxime
  • Orphans
  • Blue Jasmine
  • The Girls
  • Deep Cover
  • Rocky II
  • Manto
  • The Town
  • The Cure
  • Shadowlands
  • On the Town
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Zatoichi
  • Smorgasbord
  • Her Name Is Sabine
  • The Invisible Man
  • Star 80
  • Rudderless
  • Big
  • Cry Macho
  • A Quiet Life
  • On Golden Pond
  • That Thing You Do!
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Open Range
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Bainne
  • Loving Couples
  • The Trouble with Angels
  • Cannot Live Without You
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  • Supernova
  • The Apostle
  • The Cat and the Moon
  • Untitled Ben Affleck McDonald's Monopoly Film
  • The Merry Widow
  • Take the Money and Run
  • Twice Born
  • Trees Lounge
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Boiling Point
  • Down in the Delta
  • First They Killed My Father
  • Waitress
  • The Cowboys
  • Angelo My Love
  • Blind Husbands
  • The Wife
  • Queen Kelly
  • Boccaccio '70
  • Devil in a Blue Dress
  • The Lost One
  • Fences
  • Bird
  • Days of the Bagnold Summer
  • The Boom
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Doctor Glas
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • When You Finish Saving the World
  • Sweet Charity
  • Love Liza
  • Journeyman
  • A Quiet Place Part II
  • Achilles and the Tortoise
  • Heartbeats
  • Mermaids
  • A Midnight Clear
  • Operation Condor
  • Pale Rider
  • Chaplin
  • Freaked
  • White Hunter, Black Heart