Special Report

The Best Movies Directed by Actors

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37. A Star Is Born (2018)
> Composite index score: 2.48
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (355,833 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 79% (20,903 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (527 reviews)
> Directed by: Bradley Cooper
> Starring: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott

The directorial feature debut from Bradley Cooper is the fourth film version of this timeless story about the price of fame. He plays veteran musician Jackson Maine, who takes a young protégé (Lady Gaga) under his wing. It made over $436 million at the worldwide box office and won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

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36. The Enemy Below (1957)
> Composite index score: 2.50
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (10,548 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (4,631 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (7 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Powell
> Starring: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens , David Hedison

Actor Richard Powell appeared in various hit musicals and iconic film noirs before sliding into the director’s chair. He adapted this WWII drama from a novel of the same name, with Robert Mitchum playing a newly appointed warship captain. The action takes place in the high seas and pits Mitchum’s character against a formidable German adversary.

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35. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
> Composite index score: 2.51
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (46,631 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (51,492 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (49 reviews)
> Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
> Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves

One of Kenneth Branagh’s many Shakespeare adaptations, this romantic farce is brought to life by a talented ensemble cast. Kate Beckinsale and Robert Sean Leonard play engaged lovers, who enact a matchmaking scheme a week before their wedding. Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, and Branagh himself also star.

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34. Braveheart (1995)
> Composite index score: 2.52
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10 (988,748 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (32,708,456 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 79% (84 reviews)
> Directed by: Mel Gibson
> Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

Mel Gibson plays Scottish knight Sir William Wallace in this historical epic, his second directorial feature. When the love of his life is executed, Wallace takes up arms against a brutal British tyranny. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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33. The Disaster Artist (2017)
> Composite index score: 2.52
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (145,375 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (15,351 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (350 reviews)
> Directed by: James Franco
> Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor

This biographical dramedy chronicles the making of “The Room,” a cult hit that became known as one of history’s worst movies. Director and star James Franco tackles the role of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, who fumbles his way into the cult cinema canon. Wiseau himself makes a brief cameo as a character named Henry during a post-credits scene.

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