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Several famous actors and actresses have directed films and many of their films have even gone on to win Academy Awards. A few actors appear in nearly every film that they direct, while others focus their attention solely on directing when they're behind the camera. This list of actors who have directed films is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous actor turned director? Clint Eastwood tops our list. Eastwood has directed such films as Mystic River, Invictus, and Flags of Our Fathers. He is a two-time Oscar-winning director for his films Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, and he starred in both of them as well.

Ben Affleck has become an accomplished director leading the way on films such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo, which won Best Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards in 2012.

Are you surprised that so many actors have sat in the director's chair? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Clint Eastwood Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Johnny Depp The Brave

Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Al Pacino Looking for Richard, Wilde Salomé, Chinese Coffee

George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
George Clooney Good Night and Good Luck, The Ides of March, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Tom Hanks That Thing You Do!, Larry Crowne

Jack Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Jack Nicholson The Two Jakes, Goin' South, Drive He Said

Nicolas Cage is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Nicolas Cage Sonny

Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Denzel Washington The Great Debaters, Antwone Fisher

Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Sandra Bullock Making Sandwiches

Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Woody Allen Annie Hall, Manhattan, Midnight in Paris

Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Robert De Niro A Bronx Tale, The Good Shepherd

Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Ben Affleck Argo, The Town, Gone Baby Gone

Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Edward Norton Keeping the Faith

Kevin Costner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Kevin Costner Open Range, The Postman, Dances with Wolves

Sylvester Stallone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Sylvester Stallone The Expendables, Rambo, Rocky Balboa

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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Orson Welles Citizen Kane, The Muppet Movie, The Third Man

Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Charlie Chaplin City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films

Robert Redford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Robert Redford The Company You Keep, The Conspirator, Lions for Lambs

Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Sean Penn Into the Wild, The Pledge, The Crossing Guard

Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Gary Oldman Nil by Mouth

Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Marlon Brando One-Eyed Jacks

Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Ben Stiller The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tropic Thunder, Zoolander

Robert Duvall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Robert Duvall Assassination Tango, The Apostle, Angelo My Love

Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Mel Gibson Apocalypto, The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart

Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Forest Whitaker Hope Floats, Waiting to Exhale, First Daughter

Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Jude Law Tube Tales

Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Jodie Foster The Beaver, Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays

Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Dustin Hoffman Quartet

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Jackie Chan Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon

James Franco is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
James Franco Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Eddie Murphy Harlem Nights

Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Ralph Fiennes The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus

Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Paul Newman The Glass Menagerie, Harry & Son, Sometimes a Great Notion

Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Barbra Streisand The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Prince of Tides, Yentl

Tim Robbins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Tim Robbins Cradle Will Rock, Dead Man Walking, Bob Robers

Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Drew Barrymore Whip It!

Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Sally Field Beautiful

Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Sidney Poitier Ghost Dad, Fast Forward, Hanky Panky

Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Jean-Claude Van Damme The Quest, Soldiers

Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Kevin Spacey Albino Alligator, Beyond the Sea

Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Warren Beatty Bulworth, Dick Tracy, Reds

Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Tommy Lee Jones The Homesman, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Steve Buscemi Interview, Lonesome Jim, Animal Factory

Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Dennis Hopper Chasers, The Hot Spot, Catchfire

Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Kenneth Branagh Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Benicio del Toro 7 Days in Havana

Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Kathy Bates Have Mercy

Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Dan Aykroyd Nothing But Trouble

Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Kevin Bacon Loverboy