Movies Directed by Actors

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition we take a look at some lesser-known movies directed by actors.)

The big film hitting screens this weekend is a horror film starring and directed by John Krasinski, and while A Quiet Place is neither the first nor the last movie to be directed by an actor it’s definitely the most recent. The joke about actors wanting to direct is an old one, but most never actually make the jump behind the camera. Those that do often leave acting behind in the process while others find a way to balance the two careers – sometimes in the same film.

Robert Redford, Sarah Polley, Denzel Washington, and Angelina Jolie are just a few of the many actors turned directors whose films have won both awards and recognition, but plenty of others have toiled behind the camera far less noticeably. Did you know that Al Pacino and Tom Noonan have each directed four movies? Or that two of the six friends from Friends have helmed films? I’ll let you Google to see if I’m lying on that count, but for now, keep reading for a look at some worthwhile movies you’ve probably missed that were directed by actors.

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Criterion Collection November 2016

The Criterion Collection is full of a variety of prestigious and respected films. You’ll find classic movies from decades ago, sparsely seen foreign films and some of the most acclaimed contemporary films from recent years. There are new additions to the Criterion Collection every month, and November is bringing some outstanding titles to the line-up.

The five new films coming to the Criterion Collection in November include director approved releases of The Squid and the Whale and Punch-Drunk Love as well as fully restored releases of Lone Wolf and the Cub, Marlon Brando‘s only directorial effort One-Eyed Jacks and Akira Kurosawa‘s Dreams. We’ve got details on what will make these Criterion Collection November 2016 releases so special after the jump. Read More »