Special Report

The Best Movies Directed by Actors

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27. Lady Bird (2017)
> Composite index score: 2.54
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (260,681 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 79% (22,988 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 99% (398 reviews)
> Directed by: Greta Gerwig
> Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

Greta Gerwig was an established indie darling by the time she directed this coming-of-age dramedy with personal undertones. The story follows an eccentric teenager (Saoirse Ronan) through her eventful senior year at a Catholic high school. It broke a record on Rotten Tomatoes by having the highest number of consecutive Fresh reviews.

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26. The Town (2010)
> Composite index score: 2.55
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (367,843 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (142,333 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (235 reviews)
> Directed by: Ben Affleck
> Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm

Ben Affleck’s follow-up to the taut thriller “Gone Baby Gone” is another crime story set in the rougher parts of Boston. When a bank robber (Affleck) falls in love with one of his latest victims (Rebecca Hall), it creates a rift between himself and his fellow thieves.

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25. My Favorite Year (1982)
> Composite index score: 2.56
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (9,293 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (4,834 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (27 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Benjamin
> Starring: Peter O’Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper

Richard Benjamin honed a versatile acting career before making this directorial feature debut. It stars Peter O’Toole as a former matinee idol, whose stage fright and alcoholism threaten to upend a variety show.

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24. A Quiet Place (2018)
> Composite index score: 2.57
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (480,270 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (24,285 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (387 reviews)
> Directed by: John Krasinski
> Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

“The Office” alum John Krasinski proved himself a blockbuster director with this surprise horror smash. Alien invaders with powerful hearing have wreaked havoc across the planet, and a small family must keep absolutely quiet if they want to stay alive. He returned to direct a similarly successful sequel.

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23. Into the Wild (2007)
> Composite index score: 2.57
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (594,510 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (179,594 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (200 reviews)
> Directed by: Sean Penn
> Starring: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

A bestselling non-fiction novel by Jon Krakauer laid the groundwork for this acclaimed drama, written and directed by Sean Penn. It tells the true story of Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), who gives away all his possessions and heads into the Alaskan wilderness. On IMDb’s list of the Top 250 Movies, it currently holds the #221 position.

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