film The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors  

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List Rules Only movies directed by famous ACTORS (or at least people who are known for their acting as much as for directing)

Several great films were directed by actors. Many of these films went on to win Academy Awards and others became summer blockbusters. When actors step behind the camera, great things can happen. Some actors have directed and starred as well. This list of the best movies directed by famous actors is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Kevin Costner's fantastic directorial debut Dances with Wolves took home seven Oscars in 1990. Costner personally received statues for Best Director and Best Picture. Swingers actor Jon Favreau went on to direct the summer blockbusters Iron Man and Iron Man 2. He also directed the Christmas classic Elf.

Other great films directed by actors include Citizen Kane (Orson Welles), A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard) and Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood).

Are you surprised that so many great films are directed by actors? Vote up the films you think are the best below or add the movie you think is the greatest, that was directed by a famous actor or actress.
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Gran Torino Clint Eastwood

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Stand by Me Rob Reiner

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1,958 950
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Braveheart Mel Gibson

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1,546 558
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Apollo 13 Ron Howard

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1,505 566
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Groundhog Day Harold Ramis

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1,799 596
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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner

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1,818 571
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Iron Man Jon Favreau filmography

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961 504
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Citizen Kane Orson Welles

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1,501 504
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Big Penny Marshall

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1,745 467
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Unforgiven Clint Eastwood

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986 526
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A River Runs Through It Robert Redford

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948 502
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Mystic River Clint Eastwood

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961 542
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Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton

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659 501
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Dead Man Walking Tim Robbins

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1,181 635
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1,256 529
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A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard

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1,000 666
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Elf Jon Favreau filmography

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1,567 516
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A League of Their Own Penny Marshall

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1,233 558
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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood

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1,074 524
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786 496
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Easy Rider: The Ride Back Dennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

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748 460
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Of Mice and Men Gary Sinise

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1,038 527
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looksharp added Backdraft Ron Howard

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689 550
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12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam

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1,306 534
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Caddyshack Harold Ramis

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The Princess Bride Rob Reiner

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824 570
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Argo Ben Affleck

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746 523
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A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro

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RussellHinsley added A Few Good Men Rob Reiner

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564 495
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Out of Africa Sydney Pollack

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742 532
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Apocalypto Mel Gibson

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793 595
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Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller

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649 461
Vacation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors
Vacation Harold Ramis

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828 508
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The Firm Sydney Pollack

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818 535
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Tootsie Sydney Pollack

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382 398
Rush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors
looksharp added Rush Ron Howard

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The War of the Roses Danny DeVito

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552 493
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That Thing You Do! Tom Hanks

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556 511
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The Way We Were Sydney Pollack

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228 174
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209 201
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The Town Ben Affleck

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622 475
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Parenthood Ron Howard

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looksharp added Cinderella Man Ron Howard

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147 157
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AntiFlav added Colors Dennis Hopper

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184 223
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looksharp added The Man Without a Face Mel Gibson

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105 65
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carlybobarly added Zoolander Ben Stiller

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147 174
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AntiFlav added This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner

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Clerks Kevin Smith

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Annie Hall Woody Allen