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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 982 Average listal rating (645 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 1205 Average listal rating (720 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 393 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
L'Atalante (1934)
directed by Jean Vigo



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1940's

People who added this item 2786 Average listal rating (1706 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Citizen Kane (1941)
directed by Orson Welles


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People who added this item 1206 Average listal rating (769 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 184 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Ossessione (1943)
directed by Luchino Visconti



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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Jour de Fete (1949)
directed by Jacques Tati


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People who added this item 128 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Nicholas Ray


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1950's

directed by Charles Laughton

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People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Killer's Kiss (1955)
directed by Stanley Kubrick

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People who added this item 2414 Average listal rating (1578 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9
12 Angry Men (1957)
directed by Sidney Lumet

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People who added this item 266 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
directed by Louis Malle

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People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Shadows (1960)
directed by John Cassavetes



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People who added this item 1193 Average listal rating (728 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 1130 Average listal rating (681 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Breathless (1960)
directed by Jean-Luc Godard

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People who added this item 179 Average listal rating (90 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Accattone (1961)
directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

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People who added this item 496 Average listal rating (286 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
directed by Andrey Tarkovskiy


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People who added this item 360 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Roman Polanski

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People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
directed by Marco Bellocchio



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directed by Mike Nichols


People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
directed by Martin Scorsese


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People who added this item 625 Average listal rating (392 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Producers (1967)
directed by Mel Brooks


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People who added this item 1734 Average listal rating (1128 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
directed by George A. Romero



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People who added this item 1342 Average listal rating (843 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Easy Rider (1969)
directed by Dennis Hopper



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People who added this item 423 Average listal rating (263 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
directed by Woody Allen


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1970's

People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.6
Duel (1971)
directed by Steven Spielberg

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People who added this item 683 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
THX 1138 (1971)
directed by George Lucas

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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (225 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
directed by Clint Eastwood

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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (135 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
directed by Dalton Trumbo


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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Gumshoe (1972)
directed by Stephen Frears


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People who added this item 669 Average listal rating (390 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6
directed by Wes Craven


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People who added this item 297 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
Fritz the Cat (1972)
directed by Ralph Bakshi


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People who added this item 869 Average listal rating (541 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Badlands (1973)
directed by Terrence Malick


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People who added this item 1881 Average listal rating (1211 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Tobe Hooper



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People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
directed by Michael Cimino


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People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Bugsy Malone (1976)
directed by Alan Parker

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People who added this item 1803 Average listal rating (1015 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Eraserhead (1977)
directed by David Lynch

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People who added this item 287 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Duellists (1977)
directed by Ridley Scott

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People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Jabberwocky (1977)
directed by Terry Gilliam

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People who added this item 3723 Average listal rating (2399 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Grease (1978)
directed by Randal Kleiser

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People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
directed by Warren Beatty

People who added this item 1920 Average listal rating (1259 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 478 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
directed by Robert Redford

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People who added this item 2025 Average listal rating (1411 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 866 Average listal rating (584 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Caddyshack (1980)
directed by Harold Ramis

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People who added this item 2084 Average listal rating (1405 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
directed by Sam Raimi

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People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (178 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Thief (1981)
directed by Michael Mann

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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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