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The Best Second Films from Famous Directors

Updated September 23, 2021 923 votes 168 voters 4.7k views23 items

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The dreaded sophomore slump. A band makes a great debut album or an author writes an acclaimed first novel, but then can’t live up to the hype and create another masterpiece. What about a director's second film? There are no sophomore slumps on this list. In fact, many of these directors are best known for their second films, which are the finest of their esteemed filmography. Here are the best second movies of famous directors.

Some of the best directors of all time are featured on this director’s best second films list. There are plenty of modern auteurs like David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, and, of course, old school filmmakers like Sergio Leone and Mike Nichols. It’s hard to believe Memento, Fight Club, and The Graduate were only the second time around for those directors. It’s not easy to helm a feature-length film, and these guys seem to have mastered the art by Round 2.

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