Great Films from First Time Directors

What are the great directorial debuts?

To be clear, I am talking about feature debuts - they may have worked on shorts/TV before.

  • Pitfall
  • Angst
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Dead Man's Letters
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Moon
  • The Iron Giant
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Control
  • Citizen Kane
  • Delicatessen
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Blood Simple
  • District 9
  • Eraserhead
  • Hunger
  • Repo Man
  • Carnival of Souls
  • The Producers
  • Silent Running
  • Breathless
  • The 400 Blows
  • Badlands
  • Shallow Grave
  • Show Me Love
  • The Wicker Man
  • Buffalo '66
  • Get Carter
  • The Duellists
  • Thesis
  • Loving Memory
  • Thief
  • Airplane!
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • Toy Story
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • The Seventh Continent
  • The Return
  • The Hitcher
  • Nil by Mouth
  • Pather Panchali
  • L'Atalante
  • Gates of Heaven
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Performance
  • The Orphanage
  • The Station Agent
  • They Live by Night
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • Dark Star
  • L'Age d'Or
  • Mind Game
  • Pi
  • The Evil Dead
  • Henry V
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Knife in the Water
  • The Landlord
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • As Tears Go By
  • Celia
  • The Lives of Others
  • Ratcatcher
  • The Hired Hand
  • Whisky Galore!
  • L'invenzione di Morel
  • Tuvalu
  • Speed
  • Afraid of the Dark
  • Bus 174
  • The War Game
  • THX 1138
  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Mad Max
  • Ossessione
  • Gattaca
  • Michael Clayton
  • Accattone
  • Kids
  • Bad Taste
  • Reconstruction
  • Violent Cop
  • Easy Rider
  • Four Lions
  • In the Loop
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Primer
  • Perfect Blue