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5 Best Movies Directed By Famous Hollywood Actors (And 5 Of The Worst)

Once in a while, a famous Hollywood actor will show the world that he is more than just a pretty face. It’s always exciting to see a celebrity take a break from the screen and head behind the camera instead. Sometimes we are impressed by the range of talents these actors are able to provide as directors. Other times, not many.

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We all know of the brilliant talent brought in by actors-turned-directors such as Rob Reiner and Marlon Brando, but what about some of the most recent films of the last few decades made by actors-turned-directors? Which of them took us by surprise? Which flopped?

Let’s find out in the list below.

ten mid 90s – Jonah Hill (Best)

Mid90s (2018) is a coming-of-age tale that lets you dive nostalgically into an era of midriffs, Capri sunshine and grunge. The 90s are perhaps the era millennials are most nostalgic about and for good reason. It was a time when hanging out with friends and making each other laugh was all you needed to have a good time. No video games, no televisions, no cell phones to distract everyone, just the sheer joy of each other’s company.

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Jonah Hill’s directorial debut perfectly captures the art of relaxing in the sun and spending time with the family you’ve made for yourself. This sunny indie film reminds audiences how precious the simple moments in life can be.

9 Garden State – Zach Braff (Worst)

It should be noted that there is a lot of good about Zach Braff garden condition. The soundtrack is amazing, the cinematography and storyline are quite unique. Yet what makes Braff’s directorial debut one of the worst films directed by a famous actor on this list comes from the degradation Natalie Portman has to succumb to in her role as the poster child for the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

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His character is infantilized to the core and exists only to give brooding men his latest indie music playlists and do quirky little dance moves that are impossible not to cringe at. Poor Nat recently said in an interview with Vanity Fair how much she regrets taking on the role. We don’t blame her!


8 8.Million Dollar Baby – Clint Eastwood (Best)

Million dollar baby is a million dollar movie for more than one reason. The 2004 Oscar-winning film has a big heart and a brilliant cast of characters with quotable, authentic dialogue. Eastwood not only directs, but he also stars in the film, taking on the role of a boxing manager named Frankie Dunn. After much hesitation, Dunn decides to take on a female boxer (Hillary Swank) as a trainee.

With a cold start, the two slowly begin to warm up and eventually form a bond equivalent to that of a father/daughter relationship. It’s a charming and memorable connection that gives Eastwood’s masterpiece all the chops it needs to make it an instant classic. This boxing movie is so moving it will hit you right away.

7 7.Run Fatboy Run – David Schwimmer (Worst)

What? A film starring Simon Pegg that is considered wrong? Unfortunately yes. Not even Pegg’s charm could save David Schwimmer’s 2007 debut film for Fatboy Courses Courses to be labeled as mediocre at best.

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Maybe Schwimmer should stick to playing goofy dudes who chase women like Jennifer Anniston and insist they were “on a break.” This may be the only “break” he will have because when it comes to directing, he hasn’t figured it out yet.

6 6.The Disaster Artist – James Franco (Best)

James Franco had a rough start when it came to his directing career. It was often referred to as “pretentious” and was therefore seen as a joke by fans and critics alike. Luckily, Franco was able to take all that criticism and discouragement from the general public and turn it into cinematic gold. The Disaster Artist tells the true story of Tommy Wiseau (Perfectly played by Franco), a man whose deepest passion in life is to be seen as a true artist.

The Disaster Artist unveils the making of Wiseau’s film Bedroom, which has been labeled as “the worst movie ever made”. Instead of poking fun at Wiseau, Franco creates a movie that’s willing to sympathize with him. Even those unfamiliar with the cult classic Bedroom will be able to appreciate the comic masterpiece that Franco has produced.

5 5.The Passion of the Christ – Mel Gibson (Worse)

Mel Gibson Passion of the Christ

The passion of Christ is one of the most mixed films of all time. While some people regard Gibson’s film as the greatest piece of cinema ever made, others regard it as an exploitative anti-Semitic snuff film. South Park even devoted an entire episode to horror The passion of Christ is. The episode aptly concludes that “focusing on How? ‘Or’ What Jesus was killed, that’s what people did in the dark ages and it ends with very bad results.” The episode decides it’s wrong to allow violence to inspire faith , and that is exactly what The passion of Christ tries to do.


A Quiet Place John Krasinski

While the days of Krasinski playing a character who pranked his uptight colleague may be behind him, he still brings us great screen fun in his films such as A silent place. Krasinski not only stars in the film, he also directs it and we can’t help but feel extremely impressed by Office veterans chops.

Which makes A silent place stand out for the originality of its concept. In a world of movie remakes and movies based entirely on novels, Krasinski’s masterpiece stands out as a creative one-man piece that tells the story of a dystopian universe where “If they hear you, they will hunt you”. If you’re looking for an exciting movie with a big heart and a fantastic premise, look no further.

3 Sonny – Nicolas Cage (worst)

Son tells the story of a male gigolo in New Orleans played by James Franco. With an unfortunate 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear that critics resented Nic Cage’s directorial debut and the general public didn’t seem to have much praise for him either. Sonny was even called an “instant contender for worst movie of the year.”

Ouch! Can’t NC take a break? The poor guy managed to create one of the most laughable movies in cinematic history despite the fact that it’s definitely not a comedy.

2 Eighth Grade – Bo Burnham (Best)

Bo Burnham managed to deliver an artistic triumph in his directorial debut, Eigth year. It’s hard to create a film that’s as hilarious as it is heartbreaking, but Burnham’s 90-minute film does just that. Eigth year follows 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher), a clumsy young girl who struggles with social anxiety.

Anyone who has been a college student will instantly understand Kayla’s journey to a great extent. Burnham’s film deserves all the praise in the world for its careful analysis of the life of a socially anxious college boy.

1 The Brave – Johnny Depp (Worst)

Johnny Depp rarely delivers a bad movie, but when he does, he makes it happen. In 1997, Depp decided to take his shot behind the camera (and in front) in the film The brave. Depp considered it his passion project, but despite everything he loved, the general public didn’t seem to agree with his vision for the film.

The film has been criticized as “further proof that Hollywood stars trying to expand their range are likely to exceed it”. Ouch!

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