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Poll: Film directors who direct themselves.

It's been said that the hardest thing to do is to direct yourself in a film because you are being pulled in so many directions. But some filmmakers make a habit of it. Which of these directors does the best job of directing themselves (in large roles, not just cameos; 5 roles minimum)?

Discuss the list here

Make Your Choice

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    Woody Allen

    Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, Hannah and Her Sisters, New York Stories, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Shadows and Fog, Husbands and Wives, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Don't Drink the Water, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, Small Time Crooks, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending, Scoop, To Rome with Love
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    Kenneth Branagh

    Henry V, Dead Again, Peter's Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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    Albert Brooks

    Modern Romance, Lost in America, Defending Your Life, Mother, The Muse, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
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    Mel Brooks

    The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It
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    John Cassavetes

    Shadows, Too Late Blues, Husbands, Minnie and Moskowitz, Opening Night, Love Streams
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    Charles Chaplin

    Tillie's Punctured Romance, A Dog's Life, Shoulder Arms, Sunnyside, The Kid, The Pilgrim, The Gold Rush, The Circus, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, Monsieur Verdoux, Limelight, A King in New York
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    George Clooney

    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men
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    Danny DeVito

    Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Hoffa, Matilda, Death to Smoochy
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    Clint Eastwood

    Play Misty for Me, High Plains Drifter, Breezy, The Eiger Sanction, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Bronco Billy, Firefox, Honkytonk Man, Sudden Impact, Pale Rider, Heartbreak Ridge, White Hunter Black Heart, The Rookie, Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, Absolute Power, True Crime, Space Cowboys, Blood Work, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino
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    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Love Is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, Gods of the Plague, The American Soldier, Beware of a Holy Whore, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Veronika Voss
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    Terry Jones

    Monty Python: International Philosophy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Erik the Viking, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
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    Buster Keaton

    Three Ages, Our Hospitality, Sherlock, Jr., The Navigator, Seven Chances, Go West, Battling Butler, The General, College, The Cameraman, Spite Marriage
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    Gene Kelly

    On the Town (with Stanley Donan), Singin' in the Rain (with Stanley Donan), It's Always Fair Weather (with Stanley Donan), Invitation to the Dance The Happy Road
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    Takeshi Kitano

    Violent Cope, Boiling Point, Sonatine, Getting Any?, Hana-bi, Kikujiro, Brother, Zatōichi, Takeshis', Glory to the Filmmaker!, Achilles and the Tortoise, Outrage, Beyond Outrage
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    Spike Lee

    She's Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, Summer of Sam, Red Hook Summer
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    Tyler Perry

    Madea's Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet the Browns, The Family That Preys, Madea Goes to Jail, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Why Did I Get Married Too?, Madea's Beg Happy Family, Good Deeds, Madea's Witness Protection, A Madea Christmas, The Single Moms Club
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    Kevin Smith

    Clerks., Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II
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    Sylvester Stallone

    Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky Balboa, Rambo, The Expendables, The Expendables 2
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    Ben Stiller

    Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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    Orson Welles

    Citizen Kane, The Stranger, The Lady from Shanghai, Macbeth, Othello, Mr. Arkadin, Touch of Evil, The Trial, Chimes at Midnight

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