Top 6 Actors-Turned-Directors

I thought I might take a little detour from my usual format of film reviews and do a little segment on my personal Top 6 actors (or actresses) that have made a name for themselves behind the camera as well as in front of it.  As usual, this list is nothing but my opinion so I welcome all of your thoughts as to names I might have missed or, by your measure, shouldn’t be on the list.  Also, I am limiting the list to people who are known primarily as actors and not just directors who started off their careers with an acting gig or two.  This means however much I might have enjoyed lost in Translation or Apollo 13, you won’t find Sofia Coppolla or Ron Howard on this list.

Last note, this list is in no particular order.  Seeing as Argo just made it to #1 at the box office in it’s third weekend in theaters, I feel it only makes sense to start with…

#1:  Ben Affleck

Acting Highs:

Goodwill Hunting (1997), Dogma (1999), State of Play (2009)

Acting Lows

Gigli (2003), Daredevil (2003), Surviving Christmas (2004)

Directing Highs

Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Town (2010), Argo (2012)

Directing Lows

None so far

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#2:  Ben Stiller

Acting Highs

There’s Something About Mary (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Acting Lows

 – The Heartbreak Kid (2007), Little Fockers (2010), The Watch (2012)

Directing Highs

Zoolander (2001), Tropic Thunder (2008)

Directing Lows

Reality Bites (1994), The Cable Guy (1996)

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#3:  George Clooney

Acting Highs

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Syriana (2005), Up in the Air (2009)

Acting Lows:

Batman & Robin (1997), Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), Leatherheads (2008)

Directing Highs

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), The Ides of March (2011)

Directing Lows

Leatherheads (2008)

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#4: Jon Favreau

Acting Highs

Swingers (1996), Made (2001), I Love You Man (2010)

Acting Lows

Four Christmases (2008), Couples Retreat (2009), Zookeeper (2011)

Directing Highs

Elf (2003), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010)

Directing Lows

Zathura (2005), Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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#5:  Clint Eastwood 

Acting Highs

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Dirty Harry (1971), Unforgiven (1992)

Acting Lows

Any Which Way You Can (1980), Firefox (1982), Pink Cadillac (1989)

Directing Highs

Unforgiven (1992), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Gran Torino (2008)

Directing Lows

The Rookie (1990), Hereafter (2010), J. Edgar (2011)

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#6:  Kenneth Branagh

Acting Highs

Henry V (1989), Frankenstein (1994), My Weekend With Marilyn (2011)

Acting Lows

Wild Wild West(1999), Wild Wild West (1999), Wild Wild West (1999)

Directing Highs

Henry V (1989), Hamlet (1996), Thor (2010)

Directing Lows

Nothing Yet

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About r361n4

I'm a student at the University of Washington Majoring Business. I've always loved movies and my goal is to work on the financial side of the film industry. Until then though, I figure I'll spare my friends from my opinions and shout them from a digital mountaintop for anyone who's interested. After all, if a tree falls in a forest and nobody blogs about it, does it really happen?
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3 Responses to Top 6 Actors-Turned-Directors

  1. Ryan says:

    Great list. Huge fan of Affleck’s and Eastwood’s films.

    • r361n4 says:

      ditto, sort of representatives from the Old Guard and the New the way I see it. Eastwood’s acting career is definitely the most impressive here but he’s not getting any younger, Hollywood needs people to take up his generation’s torches

  2. Great list, man. Big fan of most of these guys.

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