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Added by johanlefourbe on 23 May 2011 02:04
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Best Directorial Debuts from 1921 until 2021

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1920's

People who added this item 991 Average listal rating (654 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)
directed by Charles Chaplin



Note : It is actually rather tricky for Chaplin since he directed so many short movies.
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People who added this item 225 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
directed by Sergei Eisenstein

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People who added this item 1219 Average listal rating (730 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
directed by Luis Buñuel



Note : An Andalusian Dog' is actually a short movie and actually doesn't belong on this list but it had such a huge impact on the film world that I made an expection. Furthermore, it is my list so I put whatever I want...
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1930's

People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
directed by Jean Vigo



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1940's

People who added this item 2815 Average listal rating (1736 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
directed by Orson Welles


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People who added this item 1214 Average listal rating (778 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
directed by John Huston


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directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot


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directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger



Note : Actually, it is not Michael Powell's first movie, but it is Emeric Pressburger's first movie and obviously, it was the first time they directed a movie together.
People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Henry V (1944)
directed by Laurence Olivier



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People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Ossessione (1943)
directed by Luchino Visconti



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People who added this item 117 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
directed by Jacques Tati


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People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
directed by Nicholas Ray


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1950's

directed by Charles Laughton

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People who added this item 344 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Killer's Kiss (1955)
directed by Stanley Kubrick

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People who added this item 2472 Average listal rating (1630 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9
directed by Sidney Lumet

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People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
directed by Louis Malle

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People who added this item 281 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
directed by John Cassavetes



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People who added this item 1206 Average listal rating (738 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
directed by Francois Truffaut

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1960's

People who added this item 1148 Average listal rating (693 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Breathless (1960)
directed by Jean-Luc Godard

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People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (99 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

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People who added this item 501 Average listal rating (288 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
directed by Andrey Tarkovskiy


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People who added this item 363 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Roman Polanski

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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

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People who added this item 113 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
directed by Marco Bellocchio



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directed by Mike Nichols


People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
directed by Martin Scorsese


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People who added this item 629 Average listal rating (395 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Producers (1967)
directed by Mel Brooks


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People who added this item 1745 Average listal rating (1137 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
directed by George A. Romero



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People who added this item 1358 Average listal rating (856 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
directed by Dennis Hopper



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People who added this item 424 Average listal rating (264 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
directed by Woody Allen


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1970's

People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Duel (1971)
directed by Steven Spielberg

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People who added this item 690 Average listal rating (370 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
THX 1138 (1971)
directed by George Lucas

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People who added this item 359 Average listal rating (224 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
directed by Clint Eastwood

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People who added this item 325 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
directed by Dalton Trumbo


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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
directed by Stephen Frears


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People who added this item 678 Average listal rating (395 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6
directed by Wes Craven


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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (200 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
directed by Ralph Bakshi


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People who added this item 879 Average listal rating (550 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Badlands (1973)
directed by Terrence Malick


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People who added this item 1900 Average listal rating (1224 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Tobe Hooper



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directed by Michael Cimino


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People who added this item 212 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
directed by Alan Parker

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People who added this item 1818 Average listal rating (1025 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Eraserhead (1977)
directed by David Lynch

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People who added this item 292 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Duellists (1977)
directed by Ridley Scott

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People who added this item 288 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Jabberwocky (1977)
directed by Terry Gilliam

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People who added this item 3738 Average listal rating (2409 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Grease (1978)
directed by Randal Kleiser

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People who added this item 210 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
directed by Warren Beatty

People who added this item 1938 Average listal rating (1272 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Mad Max (1979)
directed by George Miller

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1980's

People who added this item 482 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
directed by Robert Redford

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People who added this item 2047 Average listal rating (1427 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Airplane! (1980)
directed by Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams

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People who added this item 870 Average listal rating (587 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Caddyshack (1980)
directed by Harold Ramis

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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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- Best 2nd Directorial Effort from 1913 until 2013

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