The 20 Best Actors Turned Directors

20
Clint Eastwood
Eastwood's directorial record is hardly spotless (especially in recent years), but we'd be remiss to forget about 'Unforgiven,' 'Josey Wales,' and 'Million Dollar Baby.'
19
Jon Favreau
Though his big budget exploits might be more miss than hit, Favreau's smaller, softer pictures ('Made,' 'Elf,' and 2014's 'Chef') are exceptional treats.
18
Julie Delpy
Delpy is still sharpening her skills behind the camera, but her wit peers through in the slice-of-life 'Two Days' couplet.
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17
James Franco
If nothing else, Franco is an intriguing creative force, and one we're glad to have creating films and projects like 'Francophrenia' and 'Interior. Leather Bar.' ... and at such an energized rate.
16
Jodie Foster
After a directing hiatus through the '00s, Foster appears to be back in full swing, helming interesting (if not entirely perfect) films like 'The Beaver' as well as 'Orange Is the New Black' episodes.
15
Dennis Hopper
The late Hopper got into the directing game rather quickly and hit his stride even quicker with the classic piece of Americana that is 'Easy Rider.'
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14
Bobcat Goldthwait
Like Franco, Goldthwait is noteworthy less for the quality of his work than for the nature of it. A twisted satirical voice emerges in films like 'God Bless America' and 'World's Greatest Dad.'
13
Ben Stiller
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