10 Directors Who Appeared In Their Own Movies

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People recognize big names in the film industry for their countless contributions to filmmaking, like Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Jackson, and Quentin Tarantino. However, not every fan can name the movies these camera stars star in. Sometimes directors appear in their own films. There are many actors who also direct. For example, Sylvester Stallone wrote, acted and directed several Rocky movies.

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While Brad Pitt is recognized for his various acting roles in films like silver ball and Once upon a time in Hollywood he won his first Oscar for production 12 years of slavery. Even the authors of the original work (from which the film was adapted) appear in the films. Most notable is Stephen King, who makes several cameos across his film adaptations. Alfred Hitchcock rivals this number for the number of his films in which he had a small role.

ten Do Star Wars fans remember George Lucas’ brief cameo?


George Lucas appeared in Revenge of the Sith

George Lucas is best known for being the mastermind behind the wildly popular star wars and IndianaJones franchisees. Unfortunately, Lucas sold Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company in 2012, and the star wars movies have degraded.

Lucas is well known for directing and writing Star Wars. Die-hard fans might remember his acting cameo in Revenge of the Sith. When Anakin meets Palpatine at the opera, Lucas briefly appears as Baron Papanoida. The character of Lucas would have a bigger role in The Clone Wars.

9 Alfred Hitchcock is known for making cameos in his films


Alfred Hitchcock in North by North West

Alfred Hitchcock is the inspiration behind many films today, with his accolade as “Master of Suspense”. He directed over 50 feature films during his career and earned 46 Oscar nominations. Unfortunately, he never won the Best Director Oscar.

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Hitchcock is known for making cameos in his films. One of which occurs in the 1959 film From North to Northwest, with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. Hitchcock plays a man who is late for the bus. When he tries to board, the bus door slams in his face. It’s a comic moment during From North to Northwest.


8 Clint Eastwood is a master at acting in his movies


Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Some directors play a bigger role in their movies than just a brief cameo. Clint Eastwood is a jack-of-all-trades in the film industry, for his success as an actor, director, producer and composer. Eastwood is best known for his numerous appearances in Western films since the mid-1960s, particularly his breakthrough role as “Man with No Name” in Sergio Leone. Dollar trilogy.

Eastwood acts in many films which he has also directed. His most notable is the 1992 film Unforgiven, for which Eastwood won Best Director and Best Picture.


seven Quentin Tarantino starred in Golden Girls and his own movies


Quentin Tarantino makes an appearance in Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino is best known for his detective film Pulp Fiction, which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Many Quentin Tarantino fans may be unaware of his humble beginnings. He played the role of an Elvis impersonator in The Golden Girls. Tarantino’s success begins with his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, considered one of the greatest independent films of all time.

Tarantino stars in reservoir dogs as Mr. Brown, and also appears as Jules Jimmie’s friend in Pulp Fiction. His most recent success is the 2019 film Once upon a time in Hollywood a historically accurate film with fictional characters after the Manson family murders.


6 James Cameron makes two strange appearances in Titanic


Leonardo Dicaprio as Jack Dawson drawing in Titanic

Not all film cameos made by directors are as huge as Clint Eastwood’s, some cameos don’t even include the director’s face. Titanic is one of the few three-hour films that has consistently captured the attention of audiences. It’s the epic love story of Jack and Rose aboard the Titanic on its fateful voyage.

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Titanic makes people fall in love with Leonardo Dicaprio. James Cameron, who directs Titanic, makes twelve small cameos in his film, usually as a passenger or spectator. Most notably, it is Cameron’s hands, not Dicaprio’s, that are shown during the drawing scene. Also, Cameron yells “All ahead full” after the engine master.


5 Martin Scorsese appears briefly in Taxi Driver


Appearance of Martin Scorsese in Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese is one of the masterminds behind the gangster movie genre. He began his film career with the release in 1967 of Who is knocking at my door?. Scorsese is best credited for the 1990 film Freedmen and for frequently hiring Robert De Niro. Scorsese makes appearances in several of his films. One of his most recognized roles is a taxi passenger in the 1976 thriller Taxi driver. Taxi driver stars Robert De Niro in New York after the Vietnam War and features a pretty chilling plot.


4 Taika Waititi plays four characters in Thor: Ragnarok


Taika Waititi in Thor Ragnarok

Taika Waititi has become many moviegoers’ favorite director over the past decade. His most notable directing credits include the 2017 film Thor: Ragnarokwhich impressed many MCU fans, and the dark comedy film of 2019 JoJo Rabbit. In addition to directing, Waititi also stars in JoJo Rabbit as Jojo’s imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.

Waititi also appears as four characters in Thor: Ragnarok, his most notable role being a Kronan gladiator named Korg. Korg is known for providing comic relief to Ragnorak.




3 M. Night Shyamalan makes cameos in several of his films


M. Night Shymalan in signs

While M. Night Shyamalan The last air Master is on many people’s “worst movies” list, people can’t forget the success of his previous movies like The sixth sense and Panels. Shyamalan made his directorial debut with the 1992 film Pray with anger.

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He produced, wrote and starred in Pray with anger. In pray with anger, he played the main protagonist, Dev Raman. Pray With anger, however, was only shown at film festivals. Shyamalan also appears in The sixth sense like Dr. Hill, the pediatrician who treats Cole Sear. Shyamalan did it to honor his father’s profession.


2 Spike Lee stars in Do The Right Thing


Spike Lee in Doing What It Takes

Spike Lee is renowned for his contributions and conversations on issues of racial inequality, particularly in the black community. He is a critically acclaimed director, actor, producer, and even professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lee made his directorial debut in the 1986 film She must have it, which became a self-titled Netflix series in 2017. He also directs and stars in the 1989 film do the right thing, which will win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.


1 Peter Jackson appears in every Tolkien adaptation of his


Peter Jackson is back in the press for his success with the Disney+ docuseries titled The Beatles: Come back. Before collaborating with the Beatles, Jackson is renowned for his contributions to the direction of the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series. These are two adaptations of the original novels by JRR Tolkien.

He made appearances in several of his films, including the extended version of The king’s return, like someone killed by Legolas’ warning shot. He also appears briefly in The desolation of Smaug like a drunken man eating a carrot, much like his cameo in Fellowship of the Ring.

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