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List Rules Movies must have been directed by the person starring in it.

The best movies directed by the star include some of the greatest films ever made. Many of the films listed here are considered some of the best movies of all time. From Orson Welles' eternal classic 'Citizen Kane' to Billy Bob Thornton's 'Sling Blade,' this list represents some of the finest examples of movies directed by the actor, or actress, who also starred in the film. Vote for the movies you think deserve the highest ranking, vote down any you don't like and be sure to rerank this list anyway you like - your reranks will affect the final tally.

Have any actors also won Academy Awards for directing a best picture they starred in? Yes, a handful have, and they are undoubtedly among some of the greatest directors in movie history: Clint Eastwood won for 'Unforgiven' and 'Million Dollar Baby,' Woody Allen won for 'Annie Hall' and was nominated for several other movies he also starred in ('Hannah and Her Sisters' and 'Broadway Danny Rose' come to mind immediately), and Warren Beatty won for 'Reds' in 1982. It can be done, but it's rare that it actually happens. Ask Ben Affleck. His film, 'Argo,' won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2013, but he failed to garner a Best Director nomination -- a truly egregious snub.

Several Academy Award winners for Best Picture are listed here, so hats off to the actor/directors who prove without a doubt that they are equally as talented behind, or in front of, the cameras.

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Braveheart 1995 - Mel Gibson

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Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Citizen Kane 1941 - Orson Welles

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Dances with Wolves 1990 - Kevin Costner

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Unforgiven 1992 - Clint Eastwood

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Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Reservoir Dogs 1992 - Quentin Tarantino

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The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 - Clint

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Million Dollar Baby 2004 - Clint Eastwood

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Sling Blade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Sling Blade 1996 - Billy Bob Thornton

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Annie Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Annie Hall 1977 - Woody Allen

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Argo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Argo 2012 - Ben Affleck

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Rambo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Rambo 2008 - Sylvester Stallone

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City Lights is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
City Lights 1931 - Charlie Chaplin

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Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Easy Rider 2012 - Dennis Hopper

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The Great Dictator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
The Great Dictator 1940 - Charlie Chaplin

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A Bronx Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
A Bronx Tale 1993 - Robert De Niro

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Henry V is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Henry V 1989 - "Kenneth Branagh" 

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Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Pale Rider 1985

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Of Mice and Men 1992 - Gary Sinise

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Tropic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Tropic Thunder 2008 - Ben Stiller

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 1986 - Leonard Nimoy

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The Town is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
The Town 2010 - Ben Affleck

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Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Rocky II 1979 - Sylvester Stallone

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Clerks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Clerks 1994

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Life of Brian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
That Thing You Do! 1996 - Tom Hanks

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Modern Times is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Do the Right Thing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Do the Right Thing 1989 - Spike Lee

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Sudden Impact is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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The Ides of March is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
The Ides of March 2011 - George Clooney

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Open Range is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Open Range 2003

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Star Trek III: The Search for ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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The Apostle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
The Apostle 1997 - Robert Duvall

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A Perfect World is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Much Ado About Nothing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Much Ado About Nothing 1993 - Kenneth Branagh

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Spaceballs 1987

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & U... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Garden State is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Garden State 2004 - Zach Braff

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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
This Is the End 2013 - Seth Rogen

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High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Rocky III 1982 - Sylvester Stallone

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Best in Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Pollock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Pollock 2000 - Ed Harris

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitt... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 - Ben Stiller 

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Singin' in the Rain 1952 - Co-directed by Gene Kelly

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A Mighty Wind is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
A Mighty Wind 2003 - Christopher Guest

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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies Directed by the Star
Hamlet 1996 - Kenneth Branagh