Lights, camera, and action! From Mel Gibson to Taika Waititi, here are the top 8 actors who have effortlessly turned into directors.

A cinematic trip demands a unique blend of imagination, vision, and a thorough mastery of the art. While many people find their purpose in front of the camera, only a few have the diverse talent to easily shift from acting to directing.

In this article, we look into the fascinating world of cinema and highlight 8 extraordinary personalities who have not only adorned the screen but have also directed with delicacy.


1) Mel Gibson
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Long before Mel Gibson made audiences laugh in “Lethal Weapon” and moved hearts in “Braveheart,” he was honing his directing skills. Gibson’s transition from actor to director resulted in the Academy Award-winning “Braveheart” (1995), which demonstrated his abilities both in front of and behind the camera.

2) Clint Eastwood
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Clint Eastwood’s transition from actor to director marked a second act equally as captivating. Eastwood’s talent extends far beyond staring into the sunset, as seen by masterpieces such as “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).

3) Ben Affleck
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Ben Affleck’s journey from the media frenzy of “Bennifer” to the praise of “Argo” (2012) is one of perseverance. After overcoming adversity in his career, Affleck emerged as a strong director, winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

4) Greta Gerwig
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Greta Gerwig easily shifted from indie darling to a directing powerhouse to be faced with after dazzling audiences with “Frances Ha” and making waves with her directorial debut “Lady Bird” (2017). Her ability to convey the complicated nature of human interactions demonstrates her storytelling skill.

5) Ron Howard
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Before he was known for his directing skills, Ron Howard captivated audiences as Opie Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show.” His rise to fame as a director includes hits such as “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Director.

6) Jodie Foster
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Jodie Foster’s transformation from kid actor to acclaimed director is nothing short of inspirational. The two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress went on to direct critically praised films such as “Little Man Tate” (1991) and “Money Monster” (2016), demonstrating her wide range.

7) George Clooney
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 Known for his on-screen charisma, George Clooney has easily transformed into an established filmmaker. Clooney demonstrated that his silver screen charisma flowed smoothly into his directorial attempts with films such as “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005) and “The Ides of March” (2011).

8) Taika Waititi
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Taika Waititi, the creator of the hilariously odd “What We Do in the Shadows,” has seamlessly shifted from playing in oddball comedy to directing blockbusters such as “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017). His unique storytelling style and harsh humor have distinguished him in the director’s chair.