film The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors  

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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.
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Gran Torino Clint Eastwood

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Stand by Me Rob Reiner

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Braveheart Mel Gibson

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Apollo 13 Ron Howard

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1,512 567
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Groundhog Day Harold Ramis

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1,804 599
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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner

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Iron Man Jon Favreau filmography

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Citizen Kane Orson Welles

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Big Penny Marshall

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Unforgiven Clint Eastwood

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988 528
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A River Runs Through It Robert Redford

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952 503
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Mystic River Clint Eastwood

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965 543
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Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton

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Dead Man Walking Tim Robbins

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Elf Jon Favreau filmography

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A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard

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A League of Their Own Penny Marshall

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1,238 559
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Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood

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1,080 525
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Easy Rider: The Ride Back Dennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

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Of Mice and Men Gary Sinise

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12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam

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1,039 528
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looksharp added Backdraft Ron Howard

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Caddyshack Harold Ramis

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The Princess Bride Rob Reiner

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Argo Ben Affleck

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A Bronx Tale Robert De Niro

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Out of Africa Sydney Pollack

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Apocalypto Mel Gibson

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Vacation is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors
Vacation Harold Ramis

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Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller

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The Firm Sydney Pollack

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819 536
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Tootsie Sydney Pollack

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Films Directed by Famous Actors
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That Thing You Do! Tom Hanks

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The Way We Were Sydney Pollack

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The War of the Roses Danny DeVito

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The Town Ben Affleck

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Parenthood Ron Howard

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looksharp added Cinderella Man Ron Howard

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AntiFlav added Colors Dennis Hopper

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looksharp added The Man Without a Face Mel Gibson

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AntiFlav added This Is Spinal Tap Rob Reiner

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Clerks Kevin Smith

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Annie Hall Woody Allen