The 25 Best Directorial Debuts of All Timeby malthetuxen | created - 26 Jan 2019 | updated - 3 days ago | Public
My 25 personal favorite directorial debuts of all time.
Take The Money And Run (1969) - Woody Allen Eraserhead (1977) - David Lynch Airplane! (1980) - Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker & David Zucker Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) - Amy Heckerling Say Anything (1989) - Cameron Crowe Boyz N The Hood (1991) - John Singleton A Bronx Tale (1993) - Robert De Niro Pusher (1996) - Nicolas Winding Refn Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998) - Guy Ritchie Following (1998) - Christopher Nolan Being John Malkovich (1999) - Spike Jonze Donnie Darko (2001) - Richard Kelly Chicago (2002) - Rob Marshall Thank You For Smoking (2005) - Jason Reitman The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) - Judd Apatow Hunger (2008) - Steve Mcqueen A Single Man (2009) - Tom Ford Crazy Heart (2009) - Scott Cooper Ex Machina (2014) - Alex Garland Nightcrawler (2014) - Dan Gilroy Ladybird (2017) - Greta Gerwig
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2. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 376,745 | Gross: $1.59M
3. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Votes: 143,802 | Gross: $2.11M
5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 867,422 | Gross: $2.83M
6. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 337,049 | Gross: $11.29M
7. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 77,502 | Gross: $0.65M
9. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Votes: 212,880 | Gross: $5.38M
10. District 9 (2009)
R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.
Votes: 618,730 | Gross: $115.65M
11. Easy Rider (1969)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama
Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.
Votes: 94,023 | Gross: $41.73M
12. Lion (2016)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama
A five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost hundreds of kilometers from home. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Votes: 193,439 | Gross: $51.74M
13. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.
Votes: 109,555 | Gross: $0.09M
15. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Music
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Votes: 123,497 | Gross: $0.19M
16. Fruitvale Station (2013)
R | 85 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
Votes: 70,635 | Gross: $16.10M
17. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Not Rated | 131 min | Drama
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young houseguests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other over the course of a distressing night.
18. Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War
In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.
20. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 374,162 | Gross: $7.76M
22. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 444,056 | Gross: $176.04M
24. Breathless (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Votes: 67,636 | Gross: $0.34M