MY FIRST MOVIE

by nick-307 | created - 30 Sep 2010 | updated - 01 Oct 2010 | Public

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)

R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller

8.1
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo, Álvaro Guerrero

Votes: 190,049 | Gross: $5.38M

2. Salvador (1986)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.5
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: James Woods, Jim Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage

Votes: 16,534

3. Hardware (1990)

R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy

Votes: 10,668 | Gross: $5.73M

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 329,116 | Gross: $1.59M

5. Blood Simple. (1984)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 73,399 | Gross: $2.15M

6. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,201 | Gross: $2.08M

7. Violent Cop (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Shirô Sano

Votes: 8,683 | Gross: $0.00M

8. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 911,117 | Gross: $130.10M

9. Sjecas li se Dolly Bell? (1981)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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A young man grows up in Sarajevo in the 1960s, under the shadow of his good, but ailing father, and gets attracted by the world of small-time criminals. They hire him to hide a young ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Slavko Stimac, Slobodan Aligrudic, Ljiljana Blagojevic, Mira Banjac

Votes: 4,728

10. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 27,840 | Gross: $3.37M

11. Show Me Love (1998)

Unrated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 44,990 | Gross: $0.17M

12. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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86 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 16,071 | Gross: $14.10M

13. Trees Lounge (1996)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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".

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Mark Boone Junior, Bronson Dudley

Votes: 12,005 | Gross: $0.70M

14. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 30,009 | Gross: $15.19M

15. Heavy (1995)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Liv Tyler, Shelley Winters, Debbie Harry

Votes: 3,876 | Gross: $0.99M

16. Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy

6.3
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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.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Carmen Maura, Félix Rotaeta, Alaska, Eva Siva

Votes: 3,898

17. The Taste of Others (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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78 Metascore

Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Jaoui | Stars: Anne Alvaro, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat, Agnès Jaoui

Votes: 8,140 | Gross: $0.64M

18. Clerks (1994)

R | 92 min | Comedy

7.8
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Lisa Spoonauer

Votes: 191,944 | Gross: $3.15M

19. Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders | Stars: Brooke Adams, Ione Skye, Fairuza Balk, James Brolin

Votes: 2,908 | Gross: $1.35M

20. Tui shou (1992)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bozhao Wang, Deb Snyder

Votes: 2,865 | Gross: $0.15M

21. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 35,650