15 Best Films Directed by Famous Actors

Who says actors must be actors for the rest of their lives? Passion for cinema takes actors to other forms of artistic endeavors. Some do it to tell an important story, others to exercise another side of their creativity, some just want to tell personal stories or because they are in need of a job. Here’s the list of 15 best films directed by famous actors.


15. Drive, He Said (1971)

Directed by Jack Nicholson, this film follows Hector (William Tepper), a star basketball player for a college basketball team; his girlfriend, Olive (Karen Black), who doesn’t know whether to stay with him or leave him; and his friend, Gabriel (Michael Margotta), who wants desperately not to get drafted for Vietnam. The film is a depiction of the American college experience in the late 60s-early 70s. Most noteworthy, it marks the directorial debut of Jack Nicholson (and he also helped write).


14. Larry Crowne (2011)

Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is unemployed after years as a Navy cook and a job in a big-box retail. He decides to enroll in community college to reinvent himself.

Tom Hanks not only starred as the main character but also wrote and directed the film. Although the plot is simple, the film is worth a watch simply because of the presence of Tom Hanks. He has a way of capturing your attention, so rare nowadays. The rest of the supporting cast were well-chosen, and the characters are well-developed. Hence, it is a feel-good kind of movie, leaving you happy and satisfied.


13. The Ides of March (2011)

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

More of a character drama than a political thriller, this film is directed by George Clooney (who also help write the script and stars as Governor Mike Morris). The movie is a morality tale of how one must choose between doing the right thing and doing things that will serve themselves better in the long run. Furthermore, people play games to get ahead, not necessarily in politics, but within themselves. A surprising film starring Ryan Gosling.


12. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

The film tells the true story of Desmond T. Doss, the conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We begin to follow his life, his childhood and how this shaped his views, we see his tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic.

The film, directed by Mel Gibson, was the winner of three Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture. Not only it has some fantastic war sequences but also counts with a thrilling performance by Andrew Garfield. An unexpected and unknown true story for those interested in war films.

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