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Movies Directed By Gus Van Sant

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List of all movies directed by Gus Van Sant, listed alphabetically. These popular films directed by Gus Van Sant include trailers of the movies when available. This collection includes some of the best movies directed by Gus Van Sant, so use the list to find some movies you haven't already seen. From Gus Van Sant's studio films to Gus Van Sant's independent films, this Gus Van Sant filmography includes movies from all genres.

List ranges from Restless to Elephant and more.

Almost all Gus Van Sant director credits are included. If you’re wondering, “What movies did Gus Van Sant direct?” or “What is the best Gus Van Sant movie?” then this list will answer your questions.

Natalie Portman and Matt Damon have both worked on a Gus Van Sant directed movie, as have many other great actors.

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Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion, Gaspar Noé, Wim Wenders, Mira Nair, + more

8 is an anthology film consisting of eight short films centered on the eight Millennium Development Goals.
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Cinema16: American Short Films

Released: 2006

Directed by: Maya Deren, Gus Van Sant, Alexander Payne, George Lucas, D. A. Pennebaker, + more

Cinema16: American Short Films is a film directed by Tim Burton, Adam Davidson, Maya Deren, Adam Parrish King, Standish Lawder, George Lucas, Mike Mills, Stefan Nadelman, Joe Nussbaum, Alexander ...more
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Heather Graham, Matt Dillon, William S. Burroughs

Released: 1989

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Drugstore Cowboy is a 1989 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Van Sant and Daniel Yost, based on an autobiographical novel by James Fogle. Matt Dillon stars in the title ...more

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Timothy Bottoms, Matt Malloy, Alex Frost

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Elephant is a 2003 drama film edited, written and directed by Gus Van Sant. It takes place in the fictional Watt High School, in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, and chronicles the events ...more

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Uma Thurman, Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a 1993 American comedy-drama-romance film based on Tom Robbins' 1976 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Gus Van Sant and starred an ensemble cast led ...more

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Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace, is invited to attend a prestigious private high ...more

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Five Ways to Kill Yourself

Released: 1987

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Five Ways to Kill Yourself is a 1987 short film directed by Gus Van Sant. "the disadvantages of sleeping with your boss--are covered in his (Gus Van Sant's) wry, self-starred short Five ...more
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Matt Damon, Casey Affleck

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Gerry is a 2002 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, who also co-wrote the film with Van Sant. It is the first film of Van Sant's "Death ...more
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Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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Ken Death Gets Out of Jail

Released: 1987

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Ken Death Gets Out of Jail is a 1987 short film directed by Gus Van Sant.
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Asia Argento, Kim Gordon, Michael Pitt

Released: 2005

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Last Days is a 2005 American drama film directed, produced, and written by Gus Van Sant, and is a fictionalized account of the last days of a man who has the same type of lifestyle as Kurt ...more

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Robert Lee Pitchlynn, Ray Monge, Doug Cooeyate

Released: 1985

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Mala Noche is a 1986 American drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, based on an autobiographical novel by the Oregon poet Walt Curtis. The film was shot in 16 mm, mostly ...more

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James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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My New Friend

Released: 1987

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

My New Friend is a 1987 short film directed by Gus Van Sant. "An older man meets and becomes fascinated by a younger man in this somewhat autobiographical work." Quoting the plot ...more
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Keanu Reeves, Jim Caviezel, River Phoenix

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 American independent drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V, and starring ...more

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Taylor Momsen, Christopher Doyle, Gabe Nevins

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Paranoid Park is a 2007 American-French drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and takes place in Portland, Oregon. It ...more
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Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Ethan Coen, + more

Paris, je t'aime is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The ...more

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Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski

Released: 2012

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
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Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Psycho is a 1998 American horror film produced and directed by Gus Van Sant for Universal Pictures, a remake of the 1960 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Both films are adapted from Robert ...more

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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Gus Van Sant, Mick Garris, Richard Franklin

Psycho is an American horror-thriller media franchise consisting of six films loosely based on the Psycho novels by Robert Bloch, namely Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Bates Motel, Psycho IV: ...more
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Mia Wasikowska, Jane Adams, Schuyler Fisk

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Restless is a 2011 romantic drama film written by Jason Lew and directed by Gus Van Sant. "Annabel Cotton is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life ...more
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Thanksgiving Prayer

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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David Worden

Released: 1978

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

The Discipline of DE is a short comedy written by William S. Burroughs and Gus Van Sant and directed by Gus Van Sant.
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Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

This film is a 1995 American comedy-drama film, made in a mockumentary format, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Buck Henry, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard, which in ...more

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Josh Brolin, Lars von Trier, Golshifteh Farahani

Released: 2007

Directed by: Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Wong Kar-wai, Gus Van Sant, + more

To Each His Own Cinema is a 2007 French anthology film commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. The film is a collection of 34 short films, each 3 minutes in length, by ...more