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Best Directing Debuts from 1917 until 2017

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1920's

People who added this item 917 Average listal rating (586 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)
directed by Charles Chaplin



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People who added this item 1169 Average listal rating (678 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
directed by Luis Buñuel



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1930's

People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (190 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.9
L'Atalante (1934)
directed by Jean Vigo



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1940's

People who added this item 2618 Average listal rating (1519 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Citizen Kane (1941)
directed by Orson Welles


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People who added this item 1146 Average listal rating (712 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
directed by John Huston


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People who added this item 85 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
directed by David Lean


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directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot


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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger



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People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ossessione (1943)
directed by Luchino Visconti



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People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Jour de Fete (1949)
directed by Jacques Tati


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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
directed by Nicholas Ray


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1950's

People who added this item 797 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
directed by Charles Laughton

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People who added this item 329 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Killer's Kiss (1955)
directed by Stanley Kubrick

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People who added this item 2221 Average listal rating (1383 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.9
12 Angry Men (1957)
directed by Sidney Lumet

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People who added this item 244 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
directed by Louis Malle

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People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Shadows (1959)
directed by John Cassavetes



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People who added this item 1130 Average listal rating (669 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The 400 Blows (1959)
directed by Francois Truffaut

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1960's

People who added this item 1091 Average listal rating (609 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Breathless (1960)
directed by Jean-Luc Godard

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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (87 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Accattone (1961)
directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

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People who added this item 454 Average listal rating (233 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
directed by Andrey Tarkovskiy


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People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (205 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
directed by Roman Polanski

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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

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People who added this item 106 Average listal rating (52 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
directed by Marco Bellocchio



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People who added this item 859 Average listal rating (451 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
directed by Mike Nichols


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People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
directed by Martin Scorsese


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People who added this item 595 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Producers (1967)
directed by Mel Brooks


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People who added this item 1632 Average listal rating (1024 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
directed by George A. Romero



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People who added this item 1291 Average listal rating (786 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Easy Rider (1969)
directed by Dennis Hopper



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People who added this item 411 Average listal rating (257 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
directed by Woody Allen


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People who added this item 473 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Duel (1971)
directed by Steven Spielberg

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People who added this item 653 Average listal rating (337 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
THX 1138 (1971)
directed by George Lucas

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People who added this item 325 Average listal rating (203 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
directed by Clint Eastwood

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People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
directed by Dalton Trumbo


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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Gumshoe (1971)
directed by Stephen Frears


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People who added this item 634 Average listal rating (360 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6
directed by Wes Craven


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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.3
Fritz the Cat (1972)
directed by Ralph Bakshi


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People who added this item 822 Average listal rating (495 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Badlands (1973)
directed by Terrence Malick


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People who added this item 1753 Average listal rating (1079 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Tobe Hooper



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People who added this item 261 Average listal rating (158 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
directed by Michael Cimino


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People who added this item 198 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Bugsy Malone (1976)
directed by Alan Parker

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People who added this item 1699 Average listal rating (906 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Eraserhead (1977)
directed by David Lynch

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People who added this item 259 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Duellists (1977)
directed by Ridley Scott

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People who added this item 261 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Jabberwocky (1977)
directed by Terry Gilliam

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People who added this item 3650 Average listal rating (2272 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Grease (1978)
directed by Randal Kleiser

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People who added this item 192 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
directed by Warren Beatty

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People who added this item 1800 Average listal rating (1166 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Mad Max (1979)
directed by George Miller

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1980's

People who added this item 457 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
directed by Robert Redford

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People who added this item 1936 Average listal rating (1324 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Airplane (1980)
directed by Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams

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People who added this item 826 Average listal rating (546 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Caddyshack (1980)
directed by Harold Ramis

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People who added this item 1975 Average listal rating (1307 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Evil Dead (1981)
directed by Sam Raimi

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Some of them are widely known, some of them are more obscure. I think they are all worth a look.

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Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at May 30 11:51
Some directors sure had luck with their debuts like Night Of The Hunter, Reservoir Dogs & This Is Spinal Tap!

Great selections..
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 1 10:45
@Hacksaw Hamza, I don't think it has much to do with "luck". I would rather say "talent"
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 11:07
Yea, you're right. That word perfectly fits here!
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 2 11:51
1.Man Bites Dog(1992)-Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
2.Alice(1988)-Jan Svankmajer
3.Jour de fete(1949)-Jacques Tati
4.Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice(1969)-Paul Mazursky
5.I stand alone(1998)-Gaspar Noe
6. Pepi, Luci, Bom... (1980)-Pedro Almodovar
7.L'Age D’Or(1930)-Luis Bunuel (An Andalusian Dog (1929) is a short film)
8.Bleak Moments(1972)-Mike Leigh
9.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre(1974)-Tobb Hooper
10.They Live By Night(1948)- Nicholas Ray
11. L’Atalante(1934)-Jean Vigo (Maybe the best directorial debut)
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 3 13:59
@propelas,

1. added in spite of the fact that I don't like it at all
2. added
3. added
4. I have never heard of it, I don't think he is a major director, and the rating is not that high so I pass on this one.
5. It is already on the list (n.123)
6. Almodovar is an awesome director but I haven't heard much about this movie and the rating is rather low, so I'll pass on this one.
7. I know, 'An Andalusian Dog' is actually a short movie but it had such a huge impact on the film world that I made an expection. And also, it is my list, so I put whatever I want...
8. Mike Leigh is an awesome director but I haven't heard much about this movie. I'm not sure about this one... There are only 350 votes on IMDB so I'll pass on this one.
9. added
10. added
11. added
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 3 18:30
Ok my friend!But honnestly i told you good movies and you must see them.And i know that is your list.thanks for including some of my suggestions!
and if you want another suggestion
maybe the most underrated film of Peter Weir
Cars That Eat People-1973
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 3 19:39
How about adding The Loveless by Kathryn Bigelow?

I liked that film.. You should see too!

And come on, no Cronenberg?
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 4 17:05
@propelas, I don't know 'Cars That Eat People' but the rating is very low so I won't add it.

@Hacksaw Hamza, "The loveless" has been added! but the first movie directed by David Cronenberg, 'Stereo' (1969), doesn't look too good so I won't add it.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 4 17:33
johan
my friend you have add many movies with low ratings
do you thing that Le dernier combat for example have place on this list?
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 4 17:40
@propelas, the difference with "Le dernier combat" is that I have seen it so I know it is worth it and it is considered (at least in France) as an impressive directing debut. I won't add a movie unknown to me and/or with a low rating.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 4 18:00
ok your list my friend,your choices.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jun 6 5:18
Good to know that you added my suggestion...

This list is also added here: http://www.listal.com/list/list-of-500
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Jul 28 8:00
Like the list! I suggest The Station Agent (2003) by Thomas McCarthy. Doesn't look like you've seen it, but I HIGHLY recommend it. Went on to direct The Visitor and Win, Win-- both films I also enjoyed immensely. He's quickly becoming one of those directors that just seems to speak my language and resonate with me.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 3 19:01
1.Andrei Zvyagintsev-The Return
2.Steve McQueen-Hunger
3.Phillip Seymour Hoffman-Jack Goes Boating
and
Underworld,Keeping The Faith?
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 4 8:16
1. Added
2. Already on the list
3. Added

Even though I'm not a fan of 'Underworld', it is still worth a look and 'Keeping the faith' is not bad at all and if you love Edward Norton, it is a must see.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 4 10:42
thanks for add my suggestions.And i believe that these movies (Underworld,Keeping The Faith) are not best directorial debut.I'm sorry it's my opinion.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 11:06
I think you should change the title.Just delete the best.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 11:15
@propelas, I think the title is fine as it is.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 11:18
No i don't think so.
210 choices best directorial debuts?Underworld?Keeping the faith?Not even Edward Norton remember this movie?if you start to do something do it right
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 11:20
@propelas, look, it is my list, I consider those movies the best directing debut. If you don't agree, go make your own list and leave me alone.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 11:30
relax men,relax.Truth hurts?You have Keeping the faith but i don't see nowhere Chaplin or Keaton or Tarkovsky and many many others.Underworld or Ivan's Childhood?
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 11:49
@propelas, are you goind to break my balls again ?

- The first feature long movie directed by Charles Chaplin is "Burlesque on Carmen" in 1916. I haven't seen it but the rating seems very low on IMDB (5.9) so I won't add it.

- I'm not really familiar with Buster Keaton's work. But I may add his feature long movie 'Three ages' in 1923 since the rating is pretty high (7.3).

- For Tarkovsky, it is the same as Buster Keaton, I'm not really familiar with work. But since 'Ivan's childhood' as such a high rating (8.1), I'm going to add it.

Happy now ?
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 12:20
5.9 hmmm?you're right but remind me how rating have no33 and no34 no49 no56 no 58 and many more on your list?And don't tell me again that you have see these films because is not excuse.You put suggestions here so...
cheers men.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 12 12:25
@propelas, And don't tell me again that you have see these films because is not excuse.. why not? It is my list and I can do whatever I want. Just make your own list and leave me alone. Don't you have anything else to do than wasting my time?
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 22 0:23
Johan, what about Oliver Hirschbiegel's Das Experiment (2001)?

Tell me whether it helped or not!
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 22 6:01
@Hacksaw Hamza, good suggestion! It has been added.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Aug 22 8:05
No problem at all!
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Sep 9 11:23
Undoubtedly, the best directorial debuts list... Great!
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 25 8:57
great list !

suggestion

2015 Josh Kim's
http://www.listal.com/movie/how-to-win-at-checkers

this is his first feature film he made some short films before this.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 25 8:59
I love 2015 Brian Perkins 's Golden Kingdom,
http://www.listal.com/movie/golden-kingdom


1993 Tran Anh Hung's Th Scent of Green Papaya
http://www.listal.com/movie/the-scent-of-green-papaya
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 25 9:14
@mirinbuddy, I'm not sure about 'Golden Kingdom' and 'How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)', I need to check those first.

I'm actually surprised I didn't add before 'The Scent of Green Papaya' which is a great addition to the list.

Thanks for the suggestion!
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Sep 26 22:20
thanks for adding The Scent of Green Papaya
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Feb 15 18:08
Great list! John Maclean's debut directorial feature 'Slow West' came out last year and I thought it was one of the year's highlights, would definitely recommend it.

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