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    16 Popular Movies You Probably Didn't Realize Were Directed By Famous Actors

    I, for one, can't believe Elizabeth Banks is the genius behind Pitch Perfect 2.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which popular movies most people didn't realize were directed by famous actors. Here are the mind-blowing results.

    Warning: Potential movie spoilers ahead!¬†ūüö®

    Note: Not all submissions were made by Community users.

    1. Danny DeVito ‚ÄĒ who's known for popular films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and TV shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005‚Äďpresent) ‚ÄĒ is the director behind the '90s classic Matilda (1996).

    Harry Wormwood telling Matilda: "I'm smart, you're dumb. I'm right, you're wrong;" Danny DeVito directing children for "Matilda"
    Sony Pictures Releasing / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    "Not only did Danny DeVito direct Matilda, he also showed an early cut of the movie to Mara Wilson's mother, who was dying of breast cancer during filming, because she wouldn't get to see the final cut." ‚ÄĒfrenchfriesandramen2007

    How much money Matilda made at the box office: $33.4 million worldwide

    2. You probably recognize Jon Favreau from '90s classics like Swingers (1996) and Rudy (1993), but some might argue he's an even bigger star behind the camera. Favreau is responsible for directing popular holiday movies like Elf (2003), Marvel films like Iron Man (2008), and Disney remakes like The Lion King (2019).

    Jon Favreau directing Will Ferrell in "Elf;" Favreau directing Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man;" Favreau directing Keegan-Michael Key and Eric Andre in "The Lion King"
    New Line Cinema / Marvel / Courtesy of Everett Collection / IMAX / Via youtube.com

    Suggested by: dsw62

    How much Elf made at the box office: $223.8 million worldwide

    How much Iron Man made at the box office: $585.7 million worldwide

    How much The Lion King made at the box office: $1.6 billion worldwide

    3. Angelina Jolie, who's known for her Oscar-winning performance as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted (1999), wrote and directed 2015's By the Sea, which she also starred in alongside her then-husband Brad Pitt. She also directed the 2014 film Unbroken.

    Jolie directing Pitt in "By the Sea;" Jolie behind the scenes directing "Unbroken"
    Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Universal Pictures / Via youtube.com

    Suggested by: alysaurus688

    How much By the Sea made at the box office: $3.3 million worldwide

    How much Unbroken made at the box office: $161.4 million worldwide

    4. You know Regina King? The brilliant actor from memorable movies like If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and Poetic Justice (1993)? Well, she was responsible for directing Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom Jr. in One Night in Miami...(2020).

    Jim Brown saying: "Everybody talks about they want a piece of the pie. Well, I don't. I want the goddamn recipe;" King directing Eli Goree behind the scenes
    Amazon Studios / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Where you can stream One Night in Miami...: Amazon Prime Video (box office numbers N/A)

    5. Rob Reiner, aka "Meathead" from the '70s TV classic All in the Family (1971‚Äď1979), is the director behind legendary rom-coms like When Harry Met Sally... (1989), thrillers like Misery (1990), and coming-of-age flicks like Stand By Me (1986).

    Rob Reiner behind the scenes with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan; Reiner on "All in the Family;" Reiner directing Kathy Bates and James Caan in "Misery"
    Columbia Pictures / CBS / Columbia Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    "Bonus: in When Harry Met Sally..., Reiner's mother was the woman in the deli who famously said, 'I'll have what she's having.'" ‚ÄĒmkatz415

    How much money When Harry Met Sally... made at the box office: $93.2 million worldwide

    How much money Misery made at the box office: $61.2 million worldwide

    How much money Stand by Me made at the box office: $52 million worldwide

    6. Sure, Drew Barrymore's known for starring in memorable movies since she was 7 years old, from E.T. (1982) to Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), but did you know she also directed Elliot Page and Kristen Wiig in 2009's Whip It?

    Bliss, Maggie, and the rest of the group chanting: "We're Number 2. We're number 2;" Drew Barrymore behind the scenes directing "Whip It"
    Fox Searchlight Pictures / Via youtube.com

    Suggested by: spotteddick

    How much Whip It made at the box office: $16.6 million worldwide

    7. Ben Stiller, who's known for playing comedic goofs in popular movies like Zoolander (2001) and Along Came Polly (2004), stepped behind the camera and directed Winona Ryder in the cult-classic Reality Bites (1994) and Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy (1996).

    Still directing Jim Carrey in "The Cable Guy;" a still from "Reality Bites" of the four graduates sitting on a roof
    Sony Pictures Releasing / Universal Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Via youtube.com

    Suggested by: bluedecor

    How much money Reality Bites made at the box office: $33.3 million worldwide

    How much money The Cable Guy made at the box office: $102.8 million worldwide

    8. Elizabeth Banks, acting genius from comedies like Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and action movies like The Hunger Games (2012), directed Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and the 2019 remake of Charlie's Angels starring Kristen Stewart.

    Elizabeth Banks directing Hailee Steinfeld in "Pitch Perfect 2;" Banks acting with Stewart in "Charlie's Angels"
    Universal Pictures / Columbia Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: suzannereed

    How much money Pitch Perfect 2 made at the box office: $287 million worldwide

    How much money Charlie's Angels made at the box office: $73.2 million worldwide

    9. Forest Whitaker's directorial credits are just as monumental as his acting credits. After making his Hollywood debut as an actor in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Whitaker went on to direct Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Sandra Bullock in Hope Floats (1998), and Katie Holmes in First Daughter (2004).

    Forest Whitaker taking a publicity photo with the casts of "Waiting to Exhale;" Bernadine burning her husband's car in "Waiting to Exhale;" Whitaker watching a playback with Sandra Bullock behind the scenes of "Hope Floats"
    20th Century Fox / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: jharperkd

    How much Waiting to Exhale made at the box office: $81.4 million worldwide

    How much Hope Floats made at the box office: $81.4 million worldwide

    How much First Daughter made at the box office: $10.5 million worldwide

    10. Jodie Foster, who's most famous for her role as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), directed legends Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. in 1995's Home for the Holidays and Dianne Wiest in 1991's Little Man Tate.

    Foster directing Anne Bancroft and Charles Dunning in "Home for the Holidays;" a still of Robert Downey Jr. and Dylan McDermott in "Home for the Holidays"
    Paramount Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: mollymcduck

    How much money Home for the Holidays made at the box office: $17.5 million worldwide

    How much money Little Man Tate made at the box office: $25 million worldwide

    11. Angela Bassett (yes, *the* Angela Bassett) directed actors Yaya DaCosta and Arlen Escarpeta in Lifetime's 2015 biopic about her late friend, Whitney Houston, which was simply titled Whitney.

    Whitney saying at an awards show: "You know I saved the best for last;" Bassett directing Yaya DaCosta in "Whitney"
    Lifetime / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Where you can stream Whitney: Amazon Prime Video (box office numbers N/A)

    12. Leonard Nimoy, who's known for playing Spock on Star Trek, directed Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, and Steve Guttenberg in the legendary '80s comedy Three Men and a Baby (1987).

    Peter: "We were babies once for God's sake! What did we eat?" Michael: "I don't know. It couldn't have been very good; I can't remember!" Leonard Nimoy as Spock on "Star Trek"
    Buena Vista Pictures / NBC / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    "I had no idea until I actually started paying attention to the credits when I watched the movie as an adult." ‚ÄĒxocydney

    How much Three Men and a Baby made at the box office: $167.7 million worldwide

    13. EGOT winner Barbra Streisand, from movies Funny Girl (1968) and Meet the Fockers (2004), directed, produced, and starred in Yentl (1983), The Prince of Tides (1991), and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). She was the first woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Director in 1983, but has never earned an Academy Award nomination for directing.

    Streisand behind the scenes of "Yentl;" Streisand on-set with Nick Notle in "The Prince of Tides;" Streisand directing behind the scenes of "The Mirror Has Two Faces"
    MGM / UA Entertainment Company / Columbia Pictures / TriStar Pictures

    Suggested by: suzannereed

    How much Yentl made at the box office: $40.2 million worldwide

    How much The Prince of Tides made at the box office: $74.7 million worldwide

    How much The Mirror Has Two Faces made at the box office: $41 million worldwide

    14. LeVar Burton, who's known for being the warm and inviting host of PBS's Reading Rainbow for 23 years, directed the legendary 1999 Disney Channel Original movie Smart House starring Katey Sagal.

    LeVar Buron on "Reading Rainbow;" Burton directing Katey Sagal in "Smart House"
    PBS / Disney / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: laurenf482df37d1

    Where you can stream Smart House: Disney+ (box office numbers N/A)

    15. Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who's known for famous movies like Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), wrote and directed the 1996 comedy film That Thing You Do!

    Amos telling the band: "It's very important you don't stink today;" Hanks behind the camera, directing "That Thing You Do!"
    20th Century Fox / Courtesy of Everett Collection

    Suggested by: silke130783

    How much money That Thing You Do! made at the box office: $34.5 million worldwide

    16. And Olivia Wilde, the brilliant actor from Life Itself (2018) and Drinking Buddies (2013), stepped behind the camera and gave us the brilliant coming-of-age movie Booksmart (2019). Wilde just finished directing her second major motion picture, Don't Worry Darling, which is set to star Florence Pugh and Harry Styles.

    Wilde posing with Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever behind the scenes of "Booksmart;" Wilde directing Dever in jail;" Wilde directing Feldstein and Dever at a park bench
    @oliviawilde / United Artists Releasing / Courtesy of Everett Collection / Via instagram.com

    How much Booksmart made at the box office: $24.9 million worldwide

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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