They Only Directed One Film, But It Was A Banger

NOTE: This is not a list of "one-hit wonders" who directed more than one film; this is a list of one-and-dones.

These are these directors' only features. Many of them make me weep for their creators' not being able to follow up.

There's a lot of actors/writers/etc in here, realizing directing is hard & walking away after one, but there's also careers that were simply cut short, which sucks just as bad.

(Note: Not all once-only films are amazing, or even worth watching; I'm omitting a lot of schlocky horror films & bad sexploitation joints from here, especially (for some reason) Italian ones. And I'm alphabetizing this list instead of putting them in rating order, because people are looking for their fave, which I totally get. If it's not here, let me know.)

  • 27 Down
  • Aleph
  • Angst
  • Another Nice Mess
  • Another Sky
  • The Ballad of Tam Lin
  • Ballast
  • Ballet Mécanique
  • Bopha !
  • Borderline
  • Boxers Go to Heaven
  • Bright Young Things
  • The Buccaneer
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Chac: The Rain God
  • Chameleon Street
  • Coherence
  • The Commissar
  • The Dancer Upstairs
  • Days of Hope
  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
  • Dementia
  • Doctor Faustus
  • Down in the Delta
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Electra Glide in Blue
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Fatso
  • Film
  • The Flesh Eaters
  • The Forbidden Christ
  • Gospel Hill
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Harlem Nights
  • Hearts in Bondage
  • High Lonesome
  • High Velocity
  • The Honeymoon Killers
  • The House Is Black
  • House of Cards
  • Infinity
  • Jack Goes Boating
  • Johnny Got His Gun
  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
  • The Kids Are Alright
  • Killing the Devil
  • Kotch
  • L'Atalante
  • Lake Mungo
  • Landscape with a Woman
  • Last and First Men
  • Limite
  • Living in Shadows
  • London Kills Me
  • The Lost One
  • Mad Dogs And Englishmen
  • The Maldonado Miracle
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore
  • Maximum Overdrive
  • The Meek One
  • The Merry Gentleman
  • Mr. Fantômas
  • Mrs. Munck
  • Mystery Men
  • The Night of Counting the Years
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Nil by Mouth
  • None But the Brave
  • On Approval
  • One-Eyed Jacks
  • Patriotism
  • Phase IV
  • Pink Narcissus
  • Plastic Jesus
  • Portnoy's Complaint
  • Pour un soir..!
  • Prostitute
  • Quick Change
  • Return to Oz
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam
  • The Senator Was Indiscreet
  • The Seven-Ups
  • Sisters
  • The Slightest Gesture
  • Song of Love
  • Space Is the Place
  • Stick It
  • Stone
  • A Strange Passion
  • Stream Line
  • Tattoo
  • The Telephone Book
  • Tell Me In The Sunlight
  • Three
  • Time Limit
  • True Stories
  • Venom and Eternity