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13 Times Directors Snuck A Cameo Into Their Own Movies

April 12, 2021 142 votes 26 voters 1.9k views13 items

List RulesVote up the coolest cameos from the film's own director.

Many successful film directors' names are widely known, but many of their faces are not recognizable by the general public. However, many viewers have actually seen many of these big-name filmmakers in some of their favorite films without even realizing it.

Whether it's a classic like Taxi Driver or a big-budget blockbuster like Casino Royale, these films' directors all make brief cameos at some point in the movie. Check out which filmmakers do a cameo in the films below, and don't forget to vote!

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    George Lucas In 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith'

    George Lucas is known around the world as the creator of the Star Wars franchise. Although he is recognized as the director of many films in the Star Wars universe, not many fans realize Lucas actually appeared in Revenge of the Sith. 

    Lucas makes a seven-second-long cameo in Revenge of the Sith as Baron Papanoida, a man from Pantora. Lucas dons blue skin in a brief scene in which Anakin goes to an opera house in order to speak with Sheev Palpatine.

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    David Zucker And Jerry Zucker In 'Airplane!'

    The Zucker brothers are two of three directors of the hit parody film, Airplane! The film is one of the most beloved farces of all time, leaving a lasting impact on pop culture and inspiring the Scary Movie franchise.

    While Airplane! may have a legacy, many of its fans may not realize that both Zucker brothers have a cameo in the film. The brothers appear in the beginning of the disaster-comedy as the ground crew and end up being the reason why the disastrous events of the film occur. 

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    Robert Rodriguez In 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

    2005's Sin City was one of the most impactful and inventive comic book movies ever made. Even though it was nine years in the making, director Robert Rodriguez and writer Frank Miller followed up their ultra-violent classic with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

    In the sequel, Rodriguez managed to sneak in cameos for himself and Miller. Rodriguez and Miller are both featured in a faux-gangster movie Nancy Callahan is watching on TV. The duo appears to have survived some sort of standoff in the movie within the movie.

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    Wes Craven In 'Scream'

    Wes Craven is undoubtedly one of horror's most legendary filmmakers. He created not only one, but two of the most iconic franchises in horror history: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.

    In Scream, Craven turns to his other major horror classic for inspiration in his brief cameo appearance that is severely understated and effective. Right before Henry Winkler's demise in ScreamCraven shows up as a high school janitor who looks a lot like Nightmare on Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. 

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