2018 The Best Directorial Debuts Of 2018, Ranked  

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List Rules Only 2018 feature-length films.

With the long list of movies from 2018 comes a few directorial debuts as well, and some great debuts at that. In fact, you likely enjoyed some of these movies without even considering it was the director's first crack at a blockbuster film. Believe it or not, the films to follow were the all the directors' first movies—some of which had strong opening weekends at the box office and were even met with a positive response from critics. At the very least, none of them will find their movies on a list of the worst film debuts.

As you can imagine, starring in a film is one thing, but directing a movie is a completely different story. Be that as it may, the first-time directors here didn't fold at the challenge and ended up doing quite the job, perhaps even making some of 2018's best films. From Kay Cannon's Blockers to Steven S. DeKnight's Pacific Rim: Uprising, the silver screen clearly didn't frighten these directors. But of all these directors' first movies in 2018, who had the best debut? 

Check out all the 2018 directorial debut's below and vote up the films you liked most. Of course, you can also vote films down if you think they weren't quite up to snuff. 

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Blockers Kay Cannon Blockers is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Kay Cannon. When three parents stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to ...more

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Pacific Rim: Uprising Steven S. DeKnight Pacific Rim Uprising is a 2018 American science fiction monster film directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori (Rinko ...more

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12 Strong Nicolai Fuglsig 12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task ...more

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Pickings Usher Morgan Pickings is a 2018 American neo-noir crime film directed by Usher Morgan. When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they're soon confronted with ...more

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Den of Thieves Christian Gudegast Den of Thieves is a 2018 American heist action thriller film directed by Christian Gudegast. A corrupt LAPD cop (Gerard Butler) is hellbent on taking down en elite crew of robbers as they plan a ...more

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Hereditary Ari Aster Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more

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Eighth Grade Bo Burnham Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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Tag Jeff Tomsic Tag is a 2018 comedy film directed by Jeff Tomsic, based on a story published in The Wall Street Journal. A group of ex-classmates meet up and organize a game of tag that finds them traveling ...more

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Blindspotting Carlos López Estrada Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Carlos López Estrada. With only three days of probation left, Collin (Daveed Diggs) witnesses a police shooting that tests his ...more

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Sorry to Bother You Boots Riley Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more

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Unfriended: Dark Web Stephen Susco Unfriended: Dark Web is a 2018 American found footage horror film directed by Stephen Susco. A teen (Colin Woodell) comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous ...more

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Social Animals Theresa Bennett Social Animals is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Theresa Bennett. A childless, single, broke, stoner (Noël Wells) attempts to salvage her failing business and love life while ...more

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Thoroughbreds Cory Finley Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...more

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Book Club Bill Holderman Book Club is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bill Holderman. Four lifelong friends (Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen and Diane Keaton) have their lives forever changed after ...more

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Never Goin' Back Augustine Frizzell Never Goin' Back is a 2018 American drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell. High school dropouts Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at ...more

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Skate Kitchen Crystal Moselle Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged skateboarder (Rachelle Vinberg) makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

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Half Magic Heather Graham Half Magic is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Heather Graham. Three women use their newly formed sisterhood to fight against sexism, bad relationships, and low self-esteem.

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Hotel Artemis Drew Pearce Hotel Artemis is a 2018 thriller film directed by Drew Pearce. After their armed robbery goes wrong, Waikiki (Sterling K. Brown) and Honolulu (Brian Tyree Henry) end up in a special hospital for ...more