MY FIRST MOVIE

This list partly comes from a fantastic and inspiring set of books by Stephen Lowenstein 'My First Movie' which lays out interviews with celebrated directors about how they got their first movie together. Please feel free to add more recent and past first movies of note.
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1.
Amores Perros (2000)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
2.
Salvador (1986)
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980. (122 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
3.
Hardware (1990)
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The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment. (94 mins.)
Director: Richard Stanley
 
4.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
5.
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
6.
Salaam Bombay! (1988)
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The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return... (113 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
7.
Violent Cop (1989)
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A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs. (103 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
8.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
9.
Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)
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A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and... (110 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
10.
Near Dark (1987)
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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
11.
Show Me Love (1998)
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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin. (89 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
 
12.
Diner (1982)
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A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore. (110 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
13.
Trees Lounge (1996)
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Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking". (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
 
14.
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day... (106 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
15.
Heavy (1995)
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The life of an overweight, unhappy cook is changed after a kind, beautiful college drop-out comes to work as a waitress at his and his mother's road-side restaurant. (105 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
16.
Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom (1980)
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Pepi is raped by the policeman who catches her growing marijuana in her apartment. She seeks revenge by getting his masochist wife to leave him. (82 mins.)
 
17.
The Taste of Others (2000)
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Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel... (112 mins.)
Director: Agnès Jaoui
 
18.
Clerks (1994)
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A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof. (92 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
19.
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
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In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi... (101 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
20.
Pushing Hands (1992)
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All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world. (105 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
21.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa