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How Many Of These First Films From Famous Directors Have You Seen?

Some of your favorite filmmakers earned instant acclaim and fame with their debuts. Others got their starts with pornos.

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  1. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

    Orson Welles launched his career as a director with Citizen Kane, one of the greatest movies ever made. Francis Ford Coppola? He began with a Western softcore comedy. Everyone's got to start somewhere — how well do you know the debuts of these 200 famous filmmakers? Check off every film that you’ve watched all the way through. (Note: For the purposes of this list, a directorial debut is someone's first full-length feature — no shorts and nothing for TV.)

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    Paramount Home Entertainment
    J.J. Abrams, "Mission: Impossible III" (2006)
    Paramount Home Entertainment
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    Miramax Home Entertainment
    Ben Affleck, "Gone Baby Gone" (2007)
    Miramax Home Entertainment
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    Image Entertainment
    Woody Allen (with Senkichi Taniguchi), "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (1966)
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    Cinevista
    Pedro Almodóvar, "Pepi, Luci, Bom" (1980)
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    United Artists
    Robert Altman, "The Delinquents" (1957)
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    Criterion Collection
    Wes Anderson, "Bottle Rocket" (1996)
    Criterion Collection
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    New Horizons
    Paul W. S. Anderson, "Shopping" (1994)
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    Sony Pictures Video
    Paul Thomas Anderson, "Hard Eight" (1996)
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    Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Judd Apatow, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005)
    Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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    VCI Entertainment
    Dario Argento, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" (1970)
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    Lions Gate Films
    Darren Aronofsky, "Pi" (1998)
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    MGM Home Video
    Hal Ashby, "The Landlord" (1970)
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    Criterion Collection
    Noah Baumbach, "Kicking and Screaming" (1995)
    Criterion Collection
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    Redemption
    Mario Bava, "Black Sunday" (1960)
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    Columbia Pictures
    Michael Bay, "Bad Boys" (1995)
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    Criterion Collection
    Ingmar Bergman, "Crisis" (1946)
    Criterion Collection
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    Warner Bros.
    Busby Berkeley, "She Had to Say Yes" (1933)
    Warner Bros.
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    Columbia TriStar Home Video
    Luc Besson, "Le Dernier Combat" (1983)
    Columbia TriStar Home Video
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    Blue Underground
    Kathryn Bigelow (with Monty Montgomery), "The Loveless" (1981)
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    Warner Bros.
    Brad Bird, "The Iron Giant" (1999)
    Warner Bros.
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    Warner Archive Collection
    Peter Bogdanovich, "Targets" (1968)
    Warner Archive Collection
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    Magnolia Home Entertainment
    Bong Joon-ho, "Barking Dogs Never Bite" (2000)
    Magnolia Home Entertainment
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    Channel Four Films
    Danny Boyle, "Shallow Grave" (1994)
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    MGM/UA Home Entertainment
    Kenneth Branagh, "Henry V" (1989)
    MGM/UA Home Entertainment
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    Fox Lorber
    Catherine Breillat, "A Real Young Girl" (1976)
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    Paramount Home Video
    Albert Brooks, "Real Life" (1979)
    Paramount Home Video
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    Paramount Pictures
    James L. Brooks, "Terms of Endearment" (1983)
    Paramount Pictures
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    Shout! Factory
    Mel Brooks, "The Producers" (1967)
    Shout! Factory
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    Kino International
    Luis Buñuel, "L'Age d'Or" (1930)
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    Warner Bros.
    Tim Burton, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985)
    Warner Bros.
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    Columbia TriStar Home Video
    James Cameron, "Piranha Part Two: The Spawning" (1981)
    Columbia TriStar Home Video
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    Criterion Collection
    Jane Campion, "Sweetie" (1989)
    Criterion Collection
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    Kino Video
    Frank Capra, "The Strong Man" (1926)
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    VCI Entertainment
    John Carpenter, "Dark Star" (1974)
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    Criterion Collection
    John Cassavetes, "Shadows" (1959)
    Criterion Collection
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    United Artists
    Charlie Chaplin, "The Kid" (1921)
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    Fox Lorber
    Chen Kaige, "Yellow Earth" (1984)
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    Universal Studios
    Lisa Cholodenko, "High Art" (1998)
    Universal Studios
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    Miramax
    George Clooney, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002)
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    Universal Studios Home Video
    Joel and Ethan Coen, "Blood Simple." (1984)
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    Buena Vista Pictures
    Chris Columbus, "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987)
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    Kino International
    Francis Ford Coppola, "Tonight for Sure" (1962)
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    Paramount Classics
    Sofia Coppola, "The Virgin Suicides" (1999)
    Paramount Classics
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    Twentieth Century Fox
    Wes Craven, "The Last House on the Left" (1972)
    Twentieth Century Fox
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    Blue Underground
    David Cronenberg, "Stereo" (1969)
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    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
    Cameron Crowe, "Say Anything..." (1989)
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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    Criterion Collection
    Alfonso Cuarón, "Sólo Con Tu Pareja" (1991)
    Criterion Collection
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    Codeblack Entertainment
    Lee Daniels, "Shadowboxer" (2005)
    Codeblack Entertainment
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    Castle Rock Entertainment
    Frank Darabont, "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)
    Castle Rock Entertainment
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    Criterion Collection
    Brian De Palma, "Murder à la Mod" (1968)
    Criterion Collection
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    Criterion Collection
    Guillermo del Toro, "Cronos" (1993)
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    Shout! Factory
    Jonathan Demme, "Caged Heat" (1974)
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
    Claire Denis, "Chocolat" (1988)
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    Warner Home Video
    Stanley Donen (with Gene Kelly), "On the Town" (1949)
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    Universal Studios Home Video
    Clint Eastwood, "Play Misty for Me" (1971)
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    Ego Film Arts
    Atom Egoyan, "Next of Kin" (1984)
    Ego Film Arts
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    Anchor Bay
    Roland Emmerich, "The Noah's Ark Principle" (1984)
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    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    Nora Ephron, "This Is My Life" (1992)
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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    New Line
    Peter and Bobby Farrelly, "Dumb & Dumber" (1994)
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    Artisan Entertainment
    Jon Favreau, "Made" (2001)
    Artisan Entertainment
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    Artisan Entertainment
    Paul Feig, "I Am David" (2003)
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    VCX
    Abel Ferrara, "9 Lives of a Wet Pussy Cat" (1976)
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    Twentieth Century Fox
    David Fincher, "Alien 3" (1992)
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    Columbia Pictures
    William Friedkin, "Good Times" (1967)
    Columbia Pictures
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    Mill Creek Entertainment
    Antoine Fuqua, "The Replacement Killers" (1998)
    Mill Creek Entertainment
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    Warner Bros.
    Mel Gibson, "The Man Without a Face" (1993)
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    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Terry Gilliam (with Terry Jones), "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975)
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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    Criterion Collection
    Jean-Luc Godard, "Breathless" (1960)
    Criterion Collection
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    New Line Cinema
    Michel Gondry, "Human Nature" (2001)
    New Line Cinema
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    Criterion Collection
    David Gordon Green, "George Washington" (2000)
    Criterion Collection
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    Columbia Pictures
    Christopher Guest, "The Big Picture" (1989)
    Columbia Pictures
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    Kino Video
    Michael Haneke, "The Seventh Continent" (1989)
    Kino Video
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    Twentieth Century Fox
    Catherine Hardwicke, "Thirteen" (2003)
    Twentieth Century Fox
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    MGM Home Entertainment
    Mary Harron, "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996)
    MGM Home Entertainment
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    Zeitgeist Films
    Todd Haynes, "Poison" (1991)
    Zeitgeist Films
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    Universal Studios
    Amy Heckerling, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)
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    New Yorker Video
    Werner Herzog, "Signs of Life" (1968)
    New Yorker Video
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    George Roy Hill, "Period of Adjustment" (1962)
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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    BFI/Park Circus Films
    Alfred Hitchcock, "The Pleasure Garden" (1925)
    BFI/Park Circus Films
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    Miramax Home Entertainment
    Nicole Holofcener, "Walking and Talking" (1996)
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    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Dennis Hopper, "Easy Rider" (1969)
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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    Shout! Factory
    Ron Howard, "Grand Theft Auto" (1977)
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    New Line Cinema
    Albert and Allen Hughes, "Menace II Society" (1993)
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    MCA/Universal Home Video
    John Hughes, "Sixteen Candles" (1984)
    MCA/Universal Home Video
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    Warner Home Video
    John Huston, "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
    Warner Home Video
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    Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Amores Perros" (2000)
    Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment
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    Criterion Collection
    James Ivory, "The Householder" (1963)
    Criterion Collection
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    Synergy Entertainment
    Peter Jackson, "Bad Taste" (1987)
    Synergy Entertainment
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    Criterion Collection
    Steve James, "Hoop Dreams" (1994)
    Criterion Collection
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    Criterion Collection
    Jim Jarmusch, "Permanent Vacation" (1980)
    Criterion Collection
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    Lionsgate Home Entertainment
    Jean-Pierre Jeunet (with Marc Caro), "Delicatessen" (1991)
    Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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    Focus Features
    Rian Johnson, "Brick" (2005)
    Focus Features
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    Universal Studios
    Spike Jonze, "Being John Malkovich" (1999)
    Universal Studios
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    Channel Four Films
    Neil Jordan, "Angel" (1982)
    Channel Four Films
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    Paramount Pictures
    Mike Judge, "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" (1996)
    Paramount Pictures
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    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    Elia Kazan, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945)
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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    Kino International
    Buster Keaton, "Three Ages" (1923)
    Kino International
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    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
    Richard Kelly, "Donnie Darko" (2001)
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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    Criterion Collection
    Abbas Kiarostami, "The Traveler" (1974)
    Criterion Collection
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    Criterion Collection
    Barbara Kopple, "Harlan County U.S.A." (1976)
    Criterion Collection
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    New Line
    Harmony Korine, "Gummo" (1997)
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    Kino Lorber
    Stanley Kubrick, "Fear and Desire" (1953)
    Kino Lorber
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    Toho Company
    Akira Kurosawa, "Sanshiro Sugata" (1943)
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    Anchor Bay
    John Landis, "Schlock" (1973)
    Anchor Bay
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    Warner Home Video
    John Lasseter, "Toy Story" (1995)
    Warner Home Video
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
    David Lean (with Noel Coward), "In Which We Serve" (1942)
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
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    Image Entertainment
    Ang Lee, "Pushing Hands" (1992)
    Image Entertainment
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    MGM Home Entertainment
    Spike Lee, "She's Gotta Have It" (1986)
    MGM Home Entertainment
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    Water Bearer Films
    Mike Leigh, "Bleak Moments" (1971)
    Water Bearer Films
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    Warner Home Video
    Sergio Leone, "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961)
    Warner Home Video
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    Warner Home Video
    Barry Levinson, "Diner" (1982)
    Warner Home Video
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    Paramount Home Video
    Jerry Lewis, "The Bellboy" (1960)
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    Trimark
    Doug Liman, "Getting In" (1994)
    Trimark
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    Vanguard Cinema
    Justin Lin (with Quentin Lee), "Shopping for Fangs" (1997)
    Vanguard Cinema
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    Criterion Collection
    Richard Linklater, "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" (1988)
    Criterion Collection
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    National General Pictures
    Ken Loach, "Poor Cow" (1967)
    National General Pictures
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    Warner Bros.
    George Lucas, "THX 1138" (1971)
    Warner Bros.
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    MGM
    Sidney Lumet, "12 Angry Men" (1957)
    MGM
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    Criterion Collection
    David Lynch, "Eraserhead" (1977)
    Criterion Collection
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
    Adrian Lyne, "Foxes" (1980)
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
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    Warner Bros.
    Terrence Malick, "Badlands" (1973)
    Warner Bros.
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    Criterion Collection
    Louis Malle, "Elevator to the Gallows" (1958)
    Criterion Collection
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    Warner Home Video
    Michael Mann, "Thief" (1981)
    Warner Home Video
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    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
    Penny Marshall, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1986)
    20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Garry Marshall, "Young Doctors in Love" (1982)
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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    Olive Films
    Elaine May, "A New Leaf" (1971)
    Olive Films
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    Criterion Collection
    Albert and David Maysles (with Charlotte Zwerin), "Salesman" (1968)
    Criterion Collection
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    Dreamworks
    Adam McKay, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004)
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    Criterion Collection
    Steve McQueen, "Hunger" (2008)
    Criterion Collection
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    MGM Home Entertainment
    John McTiernan, "Nomads" (1986)
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    Dreamworks
    Sam Mendes, "American Beauty" (1999)
    Dreamworks
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    Buena Vista Pictures
    Nancy Meyers, "The Parent Trap" (1998)
    Buena Vista Pictures
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    Artisan Entertainment
    Bennett Miller, "The Cruise" (1998)
    Artisan Entertainment
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    MGM Home Entertainment
    George Miller, "Mad Max" (1979)
    MGM Home Entertainment
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    MGM Home Entertainment
    Anthony Minghella, "Truly Madly Deeply" (1990)
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    Manga Video
    Hayao Miyazaki, "Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro" (1979)
    Manga Video
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    Warner Bros.
    Michael Moore, "Roger & Me" (1989)
    Warner Bros.
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    MGM/UA Home Entertainment
    Errol Morris, "Gates of Heaven" (1978)
    MGM/UA Home Entertainment
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Mira Nair, "Salaam Bombay!" (1988)
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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    Warner Home Video
    Mike Nichols, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966)
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    Strand Releasing
    Gaspar Noé, "I Stand Alone" (1998)
    Strand Releasing
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    Criterion Collection
    Christopher Nolan, "Following" (1998)
    Criterion Collection
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    Backroads Productions
    Phillip Noyce, "Backroads" (1977)
    Backroads Productions
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    Olive Films
    Alan J. Pakula, "The Sterile Cuckoo" (1969)
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    Paramount Pictures
    Alan Parker, "Bugsy Malone" (1976)
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    Lionsgate
    Alexander Payne, "Citizen Ruth" (1996)
    Lionsgate
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    VCI Entertainment
    Sam Peckinpah, "The Deadly Companions" (1961)
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    Warner Home Video
    Arthur Penn, "The Left Handed Gun" (1958)
    Warner Home Video
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    Criterion Collection
    Roman Polanski, "Knife in the Water" (1962)
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    Olive Films
    Sydney Pollack, "The Slender Thread" (1965)
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    Anchor Bay Entertainment
    Sam Raimi, "The Evil Dead" (1981)
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    Warner Home Video
    Harold Ramis, "Caddyshack" (1980)
    Warner Home Video
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    Criterion Collection
    Lynne Ramsay, "Ratcatcher" (1999)
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    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
    Satyajit Ray, "Pather Panchali" (1955)
    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
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    RKO
    Nicholas Ray, "They Live by Night" (1948)
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    Paramount Pictures
    Robert Redford, "Ordinary People" (1980)
    Paramount Pictures
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    New Line
    Robert Reiner, "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984)
    New Line
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    Twentieth Century Fox
    Jason Reitman, "Thank You for Smoking" (2005)
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    Criterion Collection
    Alain Resnais, "Hiroshima Mon Amour" (1959)
    Criterion Collection
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    Pathfinder Pictures
    Leni Riefenstahl, "The Blue Light" (1932)
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    Universal Studios
    Guy Ritchie, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)
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    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Robert Rodriguez, "El Mariachi" (1992)
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    Image Ten
    George A. Romero, "Night of the Living Dead" (1968)
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    New Line
    David O. Russell, "Spanking the Monkey" (1994)
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    MGM Home Entertainment
    John Sayles, "Return of the Secaucus Seven" (1979)
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    Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    Joel Schumacher, "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981)
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    Warner Bros.
    Martin Scorsese, "Who's That Knocking at My Door" (1967)
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    Shout! Factory
    Ridley Scott, "The Duellists" (1977)
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    Warner Home Video
    Tony Scott, "The Hunger" (1983)
    Warner Home Video
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    Cinevista
    M. Night Shyamalan, "Praying with Anger" (1992)
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    Vanguard Cinema
    Bryan Singer, "Public Access" (1993)
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    Columbia Pictures
    John Singleton, "Boyz n the Hood" (1991)
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    Miramax
    Kevin Smith, "Clerks." (1994)
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    Universal Studios
    Zack Snyder, "Dawn of the Dead" (2004)
    Universal Studios
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    Criterion Collection
    Steven Soderbergh, "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" (1989)
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    Spheeris Films Inc.
    Penelope Spheeris, "The Decline of Western Civilization" (1981)
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    Universal Studios
    Steven Spielberg, "The Sugarland Express" (1974)
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    Criterion Collection
    Whit Stillman, "Metropolitan" (1990)
    Criterion Collection
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    Scorpion Releasing
    Oliver Stone, "Seizure" (1974)
    Scorpion Releasing
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    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
    Barbra Streisand, "Yentl" (1983)
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
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    Lionsgate Home Entertainment
    Quentin Tarantino, "Reservoir Dogs" (1992)
    Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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    Clear Blue Sky Productions
    Julie Taymor, "Titus" (1999)
    Clear Blue Sky Productions
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    Criterion Collection
    François Truffaut, "The 400 Blows" (1959)
    Criterion Collection
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    Criterion Collection
    Gus Van Sant, "Mala Noche" (1986)
    Criterion Collection
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    Paramount Pictures
    Gore Verbinski, "Mousehunt" (1997)
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    Something Weird Video
    Paul Verhoeven, "Diary of a Hooker" (1971)
    Something Weird Video
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    Criterion Collection
    Lars Von Trier, "The Element of Crime" (1984)
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    Republic Pictures Home Video
    Andy and Lana Wachowski, "Bound" (1996)
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    RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
    Peter Weir, "The Cars That Ate Paris" (1974)
    RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video
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    Warner Home Video
    Orson Welles, "Citizen Kane" (1941)
    Warner Home Video
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    Universal Pictures
    Joss Whedon, "Serenity" (2005)
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    Image Entertainment
    Billy Wilder (with Alexander Esway), "Mauvaise Graine" (1934)
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    Magnolia Pictures
    Nicolas Winding Refn, "Pusher" (1996)
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    RKO Radio Pictures
    Robert Wise, "Mademoiselle Fifi" (1944)
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    Zipporah Films
    Frederick Wiseman, "Titicut Follies" (1967)
    Zipporah Films
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    Kino International
    Wong Kar-wai, "As Tears Go By" (1988)
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    Golden Harvest Company
    John Woo, "The Young Dragons" (1974)
    Golden Harvest Company
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    Blue Dolphin Film Distribution
    Edgar Wright, "A Fistful of Fingers" (1995)
    Blue Dolphin Film Distribution
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    Warner Home Video
    Robert Zemeckis, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" (1978)
    Warner Home Video
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    New Yorker Films
    Zhang Yimou, "Red Sorghum" (1987)
    New Yorker Films
 
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