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Actors Who Have Directed Films  

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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? Check out this list of The Best Directorial Debuts of Famous Actors.

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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Hope Floats, Waiting to Exhale, First Daughter
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Tube Tales
Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Beaver, Little Man Tate, Home for the Holidays
Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Quartet
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3
Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Harlem Nights
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Invisible Woman, Coriolanus
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Glass Menagerie, Harry & Son, Sometimes a Great Notion
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
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
Cradle Will Rock, Dead Man Walking, Bob Robers
Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Whip It!
Sally Field is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Beautiful
Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Ghost Dad, Fast Forward, Hanky Panky
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Quest, Soldiers
Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Albino Alligator, Beyond the Sea
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Bulworth, Dick Tracy, Reds
Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
The Homesman, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Steve Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Interview, Lonesome Jim, Animal Factory
Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Chasers, The Hot Spot, Catchfire
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
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
7 Days in Havana
Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Have Mercy
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Nothing But Trouble
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Actors Who Have Directed Films
Loverboy