Actors / Directors

Can you name the actors who directed each pair of movies?
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Last updated: February 6, 2020
First submittedAugust 11, 2010
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Movies
Director
Braveheart | Apocalypto
Mel Gibson
Dances with Wolves | The Postman
Kevin Costner
The Expendables | Staying Alive
Sylvester Stallone
Million Dollar Baby | American Sniper
Clint Eastwood
Into the Wild | The Indian Runner
Sean Penn
The Horse Whisperer |
A River Runs Through It
Robert Redford
Gone Baby Gone | Argo
Ben Affleck
A Bronx Tale | The Good Shepherd
Robert De Niro
That Thing You Do! | Larry Crowne
Tom Hanks
The Great Debaters | Antwone Fisher
Denzel Washington
Zoolander | Tropic Thunder
Ben Stiller
Reds | Bulworth
Warren Beatty
Movies
Director
When Harry Met Sally... |
The Princess Bride
Rob Reiner
Scary Movie | White Chicks
Keenen Ivory
Wayans
Little Man Tate | The Beaver
Jodie Foster
Iron Man | The Lion King (2019)
Jon Favreau
Good Night, and Good Luck |
The Monuments Men
George Clooney
Throw Momma from the Train |
Matilda
Danny DeVito
Apollo 13 | A Beautiful Mind
Ron Howard
City Lights | Modern Times
Charles Chaplin
Big | A League of Their Own
Penny Marshall
Get Out | Us
Jordan Peele
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Level 80
Jul 19, 2013
Seems like as good a place as any to plug my most bankable directors quiz.
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Level 39
Jul 19, 2013
easy easy
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Level 7
Aug 13, 2013
Cool idea for a quiz...a lot of fun, too. :)
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Level 78
Feb 16, 2018
Very difficult for me, I've only seen four of these, but I like seeing a different list of movies for a change. Keep up the good work.
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Level 15
Apr 12, 2018
Great quiz! Got stumped on Into the Wild. Surprised myself by getting Little Man Tate.
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Level 62
Feb 6, 2020
Orson Welles should definitely be included. He is considered one of the greatest directors of all time and starred in a lot of movies too.
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Level 81
Feb 6, 2020
Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Woody Allen would make for 3 easy answers.
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Level 81
Feb 7, 2020
Was surprised not to see Woody Allen on here.
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Level 76
Feb 7, 2020
2/22? Women must be terrible at directing movies...
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Level 83
Feb 7, 2020
That’s not it. It’s asking for directors who also work as actors. Though I can think of a few more female examples besides Foster and Marshall. Greta Gerwig, Sofia Coppola, Angelina Jolie, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Portman, and Brie Larson all come to mind.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
Curious to see if Larson was as bad at directing as she is at acting I googled her name + director after reading this comment, only to find out that she has been made director for Captain Marvel 2. ugh. I was hoping they would recast that. Now she'd directing the movie, too? Might be the first MCU film that I just have to skip seeing entirely.
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Level 83
Feb 15, 2020
Interesting. Where did you read that Larson was gonna direct Captain Marvel 2? I can’t find anything besides rumors and speculations. The movie she directed that I was referring to was something she did on Netflix called Unicorn Store. I haven’t actually seen it, heard it was okay, but I’d imagine you’d probably hate it.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
It's an article at "The Digital Weekly" which isn't particularly well-written or sourced so maybe it's just rumor, as well. Though Disney has tapped very inexperienced no-name directors to helm big projects before so it wouldn't be an unprecedented move.

I found Unicorn Store as well. I haven't seen it, either. I looked at reviews, though, and amusingly the top "good" review repeatedly said that it was, objectively, a very bad movie but that they liked it for reasons.
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Level 83
Feb 15, 2020
Ha. That’s a shame. Didn’t really plan on seeing it anyway.

While I’m at it, I guess this is as a good a place as any to discuss my feelings on Brie Larson. I’m not one of those people who hate her with a burning passion and, in my opinion, I think she’s getting too much hate than she really deserves... but at the same time, she doesn’t make it easy. I can see why people dislike her so much. I also thought she was pretty bad in Captain Marvel, but I did like her in Scott Pilgrim, before she became famous.

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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
I loved Scott Pilgrim and I thought she was actually good in that... she plays an unpleasant dour-faced queef, though, so maybe she wasn't really acting. It's my opinion that she is not likeable as a person, has no on-screen charisma, and is also a very poor actress. That's even before her Twitter politics which are pretty gag-inducing. She's also not super attractive which I think is fair to point out and not sexist. I mean, every woman I have *ever* known who likes going to Marvel movies *always* admits that part of the reason they go is to objectify Evans or Hemsworth etc. Superheroes should look superhuman nothing wrong with that.
For me Captain Marvel is by far the least entertaining of all Marvel movies, even worse than Thor 2, Iron Man 3, and Black Panther, and IMO this is chiefly because Larson in the lead is just so aggressively unlikeable. All of the other MCU movies have likeable leads. I saw her in Room and thought she was awful in that, too.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
Which was the role she won an Oscar for and probably the main reason she got cast in Captain Marvel.

In my opinion that was a poor decision. And it would make a lot of economic sense to recast the role. But I wouldn't say I hate her passionately.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
You could also add Alfred Hitchcock, Harold Ramis, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
and Taika Waititi!
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
Billy Crystal. Ed Norton. Quentin Tarantino. Kenneth Branagh. Spike Lee. Sean Penn. Diane Keaton. Tyler Perry.
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Level 83
Feb 15, 2020
Sean Penn’s already here.
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Level 80
Feb 15, 2020
oh. whoops.
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Level 73
Feb 19, 2020
Tim Robbins, Dennis Hopper, Buster Keaton, Takeshi Kitano, Werner Herzog, Barbara Streisand, Mel Brooks, Jacques Tati, Ida Lupino, Richard Attenborough, Eli Roth, Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Scorsese, Laurence Olivier, François Truffaut, David Lynch, John Cassavetes, Jerry Lewis, Gene Kelly, Roberto Benigni, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Smith, Danny Boon, Ed Harris, Vincent Gallo, James Franco, Jackie Chan, John Krasinki, but you can't have everyone in the quiz. And some of these are principally directors.