10 Actors Who Became Great Film Directors

9. Ben Affleck

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While the name Ben Affleck may not resonate within the realm of super-skilled filmmakers for the masses, he certainly has more depth than the mainstream gives him credit for.

Yes, he has had some howlers, but for the most part Affleck has had a pretty successful career so far, especially in recent years. For every Gigli there has been a Good Will Hunting to balance the scales.

Affleck's first turn on the directors’ chair was with his bizarre short film I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney. If that isn’t a winning title, I don’t know what is! Affleck stayed away from directing for a while after publicly disowning this "satirical" film in the 1990s, but he would eventually make his way back a decade later with 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, which critics rightly ate up and lauded Affleck’s direction.

He would then go on to direct critically acclaimed films such as “The Town” and “Argo” with the latter winning Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards.


Semi-Professional goofball, probably not that guy your parents warned you about