The best directorial debuts of the 2000s may have come and gone, but many of the films themselves have become mainstays of popular movies and fan favorites today. In other words, these directors' first films were all box-office hits—so much so that you may have been unaware these movies were their first attempts at directing. Well, believe it or not, they were! And while all the films on this list are great, it's up to you to decide what was the best first movie from directors in the 2000s. Could some even be considered the best directorial debuts of all time?
Of all the 2000s directorial debuts, Adam McKay's Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has got to be one of the best, as it's long been considered one of the top comedies of its time. The same could be said about Judd Apatow and his first film, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Comedies aside, you also have to consider the awesome supernatural flick Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly, as well as the animated classic, Monsters, Inc. from Pete Docter (along with David Silverman and Lee Unkrich). Of course, these are just a glimpse of the many debuts from the 2000s.
Check out the list of best directorial debut movies below and cast your votes for your favorites.