They say that the first pancake always turns out lumpy, but this fate has bypassed some brilliant directors who managed to conquer critics and the world community with their debut films, while their colleagues have to work for decades to achieve success. We have prepared for you a dozen cult films from eminent directors who managed to achieve stunning recognition on the first try.
American Beauty (2000)
Director Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes preferred a short meter exactly until he decided to shoot the film "American Beauty", which is still very popular and is included in the list of must-see films. Work on this film not only brought him unexpected success and fame, but also as many as five Oscar statuettes, including for the best director.
Donny Darko (2001)
Director Richard Kelly
A science fiction film called "Donnie Darko" brought unprecedented success to Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal. It was after filming in this movie that the lucrative offers rained down on the artist. But few know that "Donnie Darko" is Richard Kelly's debut film, which at the time of its creation was only twenty-six years old. Surprisingly, it was this film that took 2nd place in the list of the greatest independent films of all time according to the cult journal Empire.
Goodbye Baby, Goodbye (2007)
Director Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is a famous Hollywood actor, and indeed Batman. For many, it turns out to be a surprise that the man extremely successfully tried himself as a director. His film "Farewell, baby, goodbye" has collected positive reviews from critics and viewers, and also brought considerable profit. Moreover, Ben Affleck received the award of the National Council of Film Critics of the USA for this work as the best director-debutant. An amazing story, right?
Mad Dogs (1991)
Director Quentin Tarantino
Today, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most popular Hollywood directors. He is a very influential person, and each of his work is simply doomed to incredible success. In general, it is not surprising that his very first film, called Reservoir Dogs, became popular in a matter of days, bringing the director many accolades from film critics. To date, the movie "Reservoir Dogs" is considered a cult.
Cards, money, two trunks (1998)
Director Guy Ritchie
Guy Ritchie is a living legend, one of those directors who, during his lifetime, were in prominent places in the history of cinema. Now millions of people around the world know and love him, but back in 1998, Guy Ritchie just sat in the director's chair in order to shoot the black comedy "Cards, money, two trunks." After this film he was nicknamed brilliant, so that further work was also enthusiastically greeted.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Director Spike Jones
The fantastic comedy "Being John Malkovich" brought Spike Jones four nominations for the Golden Globe Award and three nominations for the most prestigious film award Oscar. For a novice director, this is an impressive success.
12 Angry Men (1957)
Director Sidney Lumet
"12 Angry Men" is a film that was shot in 1957 by Sidney Lumet, but, nevertheless, it is still in great demand, since it reliably tells the history of the legal process. The film has many nominations and awards.
Ordinary People (1980)
Director Robert Redford
The drama “Ordinary People” brought fame, success and respect to colleagues, as well as “Oscar” by Robert Redfort for best directing the first film of his career. Not bad, is it?
Director Bennett Miller
Bennett Miller is a cult director, each film of which is recognized as a masterpiece to one degree or another. But it was the movie called “Capote” that was the debut that brought the director fame and influence. Each Bennett's work has been awarded prestigious awards. It is not surprising that they put him as an example of youth.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Director Frank Darabont
Frank Darabont made a film from which people still freeze and contract their hearts. "Shawshank Redemption" is considered one of the best films in the history of mankind and is very popular. Surprisingly, this film was a directorial debut, but the fact remains. Frank Darabont has not in vain put together a collection of awards.