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List of Great Films where actors who star or costar in films and directs them as well
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1.
Baadasssss! (2003)
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Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. (109 mins.)
“ Mario Van Peebles starred, wrote, and directed this film about Melvin Van Peebles, Mario's father, how he was able to make film history by writing, directing, and starring in the first blaxploitation film, known as Sweet Sweetback Badass Song (1971). ” - stewiec85
 
2.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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Lt. John Dunbar, exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military. (181 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
“ Kevin Costner was able star and direct this film and went to on earn a Best Actor Oscar Nomination along with two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. ” - stewiec85
 
3.
Beyond the Sea (2004)
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A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer Bobby Darin (Spacey) specifically, and his relationship with his wife Sandra Dee (Bosworth). (118 mins.)
Director: Kevin Spacey
“ Kevin Spacey starred, wrote, and directed this film about the famed singer Bobby Darin in which Spacey earned a Best Actor Golden Globe Nomination. ” - stewiec85
 
4.
The Great Debaters (2007)
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A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. (126 mins.)
“ Denzel Washington starred and directed this film about Melvin B. Tolson a teacher who was able to form an African American school debate team in 1935 and win in the national championship. ” - stewiec85
 
5.
Antwone Fisher (2002)
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Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins. (120 mins.)
“ Denzel Washington starred and directed this film about Antwone Fisher, a young Navy man who is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins. ” - stewiec85
 
6.
Reds (1981)
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A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
“ Warren Beatty written, starred, and directed this film about reporters who pushed to tell the truth through their personal feelings for each other and the cause they are fighting for. ” - stewiec85
 
7.
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
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A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire. (101 mins.)
 
8.
The Great Dictator (1940)
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
9.
Modern Times (1936)
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The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
10.
The Gold Rush (1925)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
11.
Spaceballs (1987)
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Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them. (96 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
12.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
13.
Bobby (2006)
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The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, and 22 people in the hotel whose lives were never the same. (117 mins.)
Director: Emilio Estevez
 
14.
The Way (2010)
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A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. (123 mins.)
Director: Emilio Estevez
 
15.
The Good Shepherd (2006)
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The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life. (167 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
16.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
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A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
17.
Braveheart (1995)
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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
18.
Of Mice and Men (1992)
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Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Sinise
 
19.
The Town (2010)
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As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
20.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
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On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
21.
Malcolm X (1992)
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Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam. (202 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
22.
Bob Roberts (1992)
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A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him. (102 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
 
23.
Hamlet (1948)
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (154 mins.)
 
24.
Richard III (1955)
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Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir. (161 mins.)
 
25.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
26.
Henry V (1944)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (137 mins.)
 
27.
Hamlet (1996)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (242 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
28.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
29.
New Jack City (1991)
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A crime lord ascends to power and becomes megalomaniacal while a maverick police detective vows to stop him. (97 mins.)
 
30.
Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
31.
The Beaver (2011)
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A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication. (91 mins.)
Director: Jodie Foster
 
32.
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
 
33.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
34.
Unforgiven (1992)
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
35.
Gran Torino (2008)
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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
36.
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
37.
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
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Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. (106 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
38.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
39.
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
40.
The Ides of March (2011)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
41.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
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Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
42.
The Sunset Limited (2011 TV Movie)
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Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs. (91 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
 
43.
The Apostle (1997)
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After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Duvall
 
44.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
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Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
45.
Zoolander (2001)
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At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
46.
Defending Your Life (1991)
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In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting. (112 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
47.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
 
48.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
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Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon. (102 mins.)
 
49.
Rambo (2008)
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In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of missionaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit. (92 mins.)
 
50.
The Expendables (2010)
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A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent. (103 mins.)
 
51.
That Thing You Do! (1996)
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A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
52.
The Lost City (2005)
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In Havana, Cuba in the late 1950s, a wealthy family, one of whose sons is a prominent night-club owner... (144 mins.)
Director: Andy Garcia
 
53.
Hoffa (1992)
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The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate, and mysteriously disappears in 1975. (140 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
54.
Lions for Lambs (2007)
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Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
55.
The Prince of Tides (1991)
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A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process. (132 mins.)
 
56.
Open Range (2003)
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A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman. (139 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
57.
Frailty (2001)
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A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
58.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
59.
The Kid (1921)
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The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy. (68 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
60.
Easy Rider (1969)
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Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
61.
The War of the Roses (1989)
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A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle. (116 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
62.
Matilda (1996)
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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. (98 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
 
63.
Jack Goes Boating (2010)
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A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. (91 mins.)
 
64.
Coriolanus (2011)
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
 
65.
Larry Crowne (2011)
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After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
66.
The Raggedy Rawney (1988)
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During WWII a youth deserts his country's army after a combat experience, but not before wounding his... (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Hoskins
 
67.
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
68.
Don Jon (2013)
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A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (90 mins.)
 
69.
Bulworth (1998)
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A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture. (108 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
70.
Mother (1996)
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A neurotic, twice-divorced sci-fi writer moves back in with his mother to solve his personal problems. (104 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
71.
Kotch (1971)
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Avoiding to settle in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family... (113 mins.)
Director: Jack Lemmon
 
72.
August (1996)
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Chekov's Uncle Vanya, transposed to turn-of-the-century North Wales, where the peace and tranquility... (94 mins.)
Director: Anthony Hopkins
 
73.
Big Night (1996)
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A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
 
74.
Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
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Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals... (104 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tucci
 
75.
The Impostors (1998)
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In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci... (101 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tucci
 
76.
Blind Date (2007)
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Affected by tragedy, a married couple decide to role play a blind date. (80 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tucci
 
77.
Larry Crowne (2011)
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After losing his job, a middle-aged man reinvents himself by going back to college. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
 
78.
The Muse (1999)
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With his career on the skids, a Hollywood screenwriter enlists the aid of a modern-day muse, who proves to test his patience. (97 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
79.
Lost in America (1985)
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A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. (91 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
80.
Modern Romance (1981)
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Albert Brooks directs himself as a successful film editor with far too many issues that affects the relationship between him and his remarkably patient girlfriend. (93 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
81.
Real Life (1979)
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A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives... (99 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
82.
American Me (1992)
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A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle. (125 mins.)