Actors' Directing Debuts

by RAMPARTisGREAT | created - 04 Oct 2011 | updated - 29 Dec 2012 | Public

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1. A Bronx Tale (1993)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra

Votes: 113,304 | Gross: $17.27M

2. Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Documentary, Drama

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

Director: Al Pacino | Stars: Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Frederic Kimball

Votes: 7,529 | Gross: $1.36M

3. Sonny (2002)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama

31 Metascore

An honorably discharged soldier returns home to New Orleans, hoping to break away from his upbringing as a trained prostitute, but his brothel-madam mother has other expectations.

Director: Nicolas Cage | Stars: James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, Mena Suvari, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 3,791 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Albino Alligator (1996)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

48 Metascore

While escaping from a foiled robbery attempt, three thieves find themselves surrounded by police at a New Orleans bar--only they're not the people the police are searching for.

Director: Kevin Spacey | Stars: Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Sinise, William Fichtner

Votes: 7,164 | Gross: $0.33M

5. Cadence (1990)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

Charlie Sheen plays a rebellious inmate in an Army stockade.

Director: Martin Sheen | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Jay Brazeau, Matt Clark

Votes: 4,870 | Gross: $2.07M

6. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

R | 113 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

67 Metascore

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts

Votes: 77,824 | Gross: $16.00M

7. The Brave (1997)

123 min | Drama

A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.

Director: Johnny Depp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Marshall Bell, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 8,518

8. Crazy in Alabama (1999)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.

Director: Antonio Banderas | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty

Votes: 6,334 | Gross: $1.95M

9. South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)

R | 131 min | Drama, Western

22 Metascore

Valentine Casey is a U.S. Marshal in the desolate Tucson territory of the early 1900s. On Christmas Eve, his outlaw family pays him a disturbing visit. He must confront the sins of his past... See full summary »

Director: Dwight Yoakam | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Luke Askew, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 1,299 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 80,160 | Gross: $24.48M

11. Trees Lounge (1996)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

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: 12,479 | Gross: $0.70M

12. Le tartuffe (1984)

140 min | Comedy, Drama

Blinded by admiration, Orgon, a property-owning French man, brings the poor and insincere Tartuffe into his home and arranges for his daughter to marry him. Various members of the family attempt to have Tartuffe thrown out.

Director: Gérard Depardieu | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, François Périer, Yveline Ailhaud, Paule Annen

Votes: 133

13. House of D (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

33 Metascore

By working through problems stemming from his past, Tom Warshaw, an American artist living in Paris, begins to discover who he really is, and returns to his home to reconcile with his family and friends.

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams, Anton Yelchin

Votes: 8,271 | Gross: $0.37M

14. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 214,629 | Gross: $184.21M

15. The Man Without a Face (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton, Fay Masterson

Votes: 25,520 | Gross: $24.76M

16. Pour la peau d'un flic (1981)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Romance

Victim of manipulation, Cop Choucas is wanted for two murders and searched for by every cop in town.

Director: Alain Delon | Stars: Alain Delon, Mireille Darc, Anne Parillaud, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 1,280

17. Paradise Alley (1978)

PG | 107 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, Frank McRae

Votes: 4,068

18. The Indian Runner (1991)

R | 127 min | Drama

A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Valeria Golino, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 7,643 | Gross: $0.19M

19. The War Zone (1999)

R | 98 min | Drama

68 Metascore

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth | Stars: Ray Winstone, Annabelle Apsion, Kate Ashfield, Lara Belmont

Votes: 8,814 | Gross: $0.25M

20. Waiting to Exhale (1995)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

Director: Forest Whitaker | Stars: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon

Votes: 8,494 | Gross: $67.05M

21. Déficit (2007)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama

Two different social classes get together at a family gathering in Mexico. Based on the TV project "Ruta 32".

Director: Gael García Bernal | Stars: Andrés Almeida, Fernanda Castillo, Luz Cipriota, Dagoberto Gama

Votes: 1,743

22. What Happened Was... (1994)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Noonan | Stars: Tom Noonan, Karen Sillas

Votes: 1,091 | Gross: $0.33M

23. Antwone Fisher (2002)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Malcolm David Kelley

Votes: 29,904 | Gross: $21.08M

24. A Walk on the Moon (1999)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Bobby Boriello, Anna Paquin

Votes: 7,357 | Gross: $4.74M

25. S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

45 Metascore

An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody, and only the L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J

Votes: 129,534 | Gross: $116.93M

26. Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | 128 min | Drama

A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

Director: Gary Oldman | Stars: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse

Votes: 7,826

27. Made (2001)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

Two aspiring boxers, lifelong friends, get involved in a money-laundering scheme through a low-level organized crime group.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Joe Goossen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 16,088 | Gross: $5.31M

28. Very Bad Things (1998)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

31 Metascore

A prostitute is killed during a bachelor party and the attendees turn on each other as the wedding approaches.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Christian Slater, Daniel Stern, Cameron Diaz, Jon Favreau

Votes: 42,444 | Gross: $9.80M

Peter Berg is now a director

29. Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman, Anne Bancroft

Votes: 47,404 | Gross: $37.05M

30. American Me (1992)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Director: Edward James Olmos | Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez, Vira Montes

Votes: 6,912 | Gross: $13.09M

31. Gold Coast (1997 TV Movie)

R | 109 min | Drama

Karen's married to Frank, a millionaire who has no morals and a hypocrite. it's alright for him to fool around but not for her. So when she has an affair and brags to him about it, he vows ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Weller | Stars: David Caruso, Barry Primus, Marg Helgenberger, Jeff Kober

Votes: 313

32. Wisdom (1986)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

Unable to find work after a past felony, graduate John Wisdom and his girlfriend embark on a cross-country bank-robbing spree in order to aid American farmers.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 2,817 | Gross: $5.72M

33. Drive, He Said (I) (1971)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: William Tepper, Karen Black, Michael Margotta, Bruce Dern

Votes: 1,183

34. Whip It (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Director: Drew Barrymore | Stars: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Habel

Votes: 60,485 | Gross: $13.04M

35. Bob Roberts (1992)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A conservative folk singer turns his hand to politics, running for the US Senate. He is not above dirty tricks and smear campaigns to gain an advantage over his opponent.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman, Ray Wise

Votes: 12,427 | Gross: $4.48M

36. Harlem Nights (1989)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

16 Metascore

During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

Director: Eddie Murphy | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello

Votes: 17,811 | Gross: $60.86M

37. Mr. North (1988)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Mr. North, a stranger to a small, but wealthy, Rhode Island town, quickly has rumors started about him that he has the power to heal people's ailments. The rumors are magnified by his ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Huston | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 1,119 | Gross: $1.22M

38. Christmas in Connecticut (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

Elizabeth is the star of a successful cooking show and author of several cookbooks. Alexander, her manager, sees a heroic forest ranger named Jefferson on the television news, saying he has... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Schwarzenegger | Stars: Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Curtis, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 1,142

about christmas, directed by Schwarzenegger!

39. Ladies in Lavender (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

61 Metascore

Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.

Director: Charles Dance | Stars: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, Freddie Jones

Votes: 9,693 | Gross: $6.76M

40. Jack Goes Boating (2010)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Richard Petrocelli

Votes: 7,588 | Gross: $0.54M

41. Collaborator (2011)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.

Director: Martin Donovan | Stars: Martin Donovan, David Morse, Olivia Williams, Melissa Auf der Maur

Votes: 705

42. Loverboy (2005)

R | 84 min | Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A neglected daughter becomes a possessive mother in an emotional journey into the heart and mind of a woman who loved too much.

Director: Kevin Bacon | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, Dominic Scott Kay, Campbell Scott, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 2,903 | Gross: $0.03M

43. Scotch and Milk (1998)

117 min | Comedy, Drama

A brooding self-styled swinger obsessed with things from the 1950's loses himself in booze and night clubbing amongst similar other men. Meanwhile he pines for the woman he really loves, ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Goldberg | Stars: Adam Goldberg, Nicky Katt, Clea Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi

Votes: 94

44. Strays (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

A macho cruiser comes of age. Frustrated by the repetitious grind of one night stands and aimless hustling, study drug dealer Rick is looking for meaning and intimacy in his life. Like his ... See full summary »

Director: Vin Diesel | Stars: Vin Diesel, Joey Dedio, T.K. Kirkland, Mike Epps

Votes: 1,384

drama directed by vin diesel!

45. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 55,941 | Gross: $25.81M

46. The Brothers McMullen (1995)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Three Irish Catholic brothers from Long Island struggle to deal with love, marriage, and infidelity.

Director: Edward Burns | Stars: Jack Mulcahy, Michael McGlone, Edward Burns, Shari Albert

Votes: 6,888 | Gross: $10.25M

47. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama