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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 debuts 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. If you are looking for more, here is the list for 2019 directorial debuts.  

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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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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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Alex Pettyfer
Back Roads is a 2018 American drama film directed by Alex Pettyfer, based on the novel by Tawni O'Dell. Caring for his three younger sisters after the death of his abusive father and the arrest ...more
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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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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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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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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.