film The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors  

Ranker Film
Originally by
99.8k votes 5.6k voters 2.0M views 140 items Embed

List Rules Only movies directed by famous ACTORS (or at least people who are known for their acting as much as for directing)

Several great films were directed by actors. Many of these films went on to win Academy Awards and others became summer blockbusters. When actors step behind the camera, great things can happen. Some actors have directed and starred as well. This list of the best movies directed by famous actors is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Kevin Costner's fantastic directorial debut Dances with Wolves took home seven Oscars in 1990. Costner personally received statues for Best Director and Best Picture. Swingers actor Jon Favreau went on to direct the summer blockbusters Iron Man and Iron Man 2. He also directed the Christmas classic Elf.

Other great films directed by actors include Citizen Kane (Orson Welles), A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard) and Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood).

Are you surprised that so many great films are directed by actors? Vote up the films you think are the best below or add the movie you think is the greatest, that was directed by a famous actor or actress.
list ordered by

1
2,227 549
Ranker Video
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood

Actors Who Almost Got the Part in a Marvel Film The Best Current NBC Comedy Shows

2
1,659 536
Ranker Video
Stand by Me Rob Reiner

3
1,965 950
Ranker Video
Braveheart Mel Gibson

4
1,551 558
Ranker Video
Apollo 13 Ron Howard

5
1,510 566
Ranker Video
Groundhog Day Harold Ramis

6
1,803 598
Ranker Video
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner

7
1,823 572
Ranker Video
Iron Man Jon Favreau filmography

8
963 506
Ranker Video
Citizen Kane Orson Welles

9
1,505 504
Ranker Video
Big Penny Marshall

10
1,746 467
Ranker Video
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood

11
988 527
Ranker Video
A River Runs Through It Robert Redford

12
951 502
Ranker Video
Mystic River Clint Eastwood

13
965 542
Ranker Video
Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton

14
660 501
Ranker Video
Dead Man Walking Tim Robbins

15
1,185 636
Ranker Video
looksharp added The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson

The Best Movies Directed by Women Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

16
1,004 667
Ranker Video
Elf Jon Favreau filmography

17
1,259 530
Ranker Video
A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard

18
1,569 516
Ranker Video
A League of Their Own Penny Marshall

19
1,237 558
Ranker Video
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood

20
1,077 524
Ranker Video

21
787 497
Ranker Video
Easy Rider: The Ride Back Dennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

22
752 460
Ranker Video
Of Mice and Men Gary Sinise

23
1,039 527
Ranker Video
looksharp added Backdraft Ron Howard

24
690 551
Ranker Video
12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam

25
1,308 534
Ranker Video
Caddyshack Harold Ramis

26
1,304 547
Ranker Video
The Princess Bride Rob Reiner

27
828 570
Ranker Video
Argo Ben Affleck

28
747 523
Ranker Video
A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro

29
171 31
Ranker Video
RussellHinsley added A Few Good Men Rob Reiner

The Final Films of Great Actors The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

30
855 563
Ranker Video
looksharp added Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone

31
565 496
Ranker Video
Out of Africa Sydney Pollack

32
744 532
Ranker Video
Apocalypto Mel Gibson

33
795 596
Ranker Video
Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller

34
650 461
Vacation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors
Vacation Harold Ramis

35
829 508
Ranker Video
The Firm Sydney Pollack

36
819 536
Ranker Video
Tootsie Sydney Pollack

37
383 399
Rush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors
looksharp added Rush Ron Howard

38
554 493
Ranker Video
That Thing You Do! Tom Hanks

39
558 512
Ranker Video
The Way We Were Sydney Pollack

40
671 482
Ranker Video
The War of the Roses Danny DeVito

41
228 175
Ranker Video
jets2008 added Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood

42
211 201
Ranker Video
The Town Ben Affleck

43
622 476
Ranker Video
Parenthood Ron Howard

Actors Who Played Themselves in Film and Television Celebrities Who Most Seem Like They Are Riddled with STDs

44
601 466
Ranker Video
looksharp added Cinderella Man Ron Howard

45
148 157
Ranker Video
AntiFlav added Colors Dennis Hopper

46
184 224
Ranker Video
looksharp added The Man Without a Face Mel Gibson

47
107 66
Ranker Video
carlybobarly added Zoolander Ben Stiller

48
147 175
Ranker Video
AntiFlav added This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner

49
472 420
Ranker Video
Clerks Kevin Smith

50
164 241
Ranker Video
Annie Hall Woody Allen