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168 Best Directors under 30 years old Movies to Watch

Popular + Directors under 30 years old

Popular + Directors under 30 years old

Recommendations for films made by directors who were under 30 years old at the time of release.

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Shiva Baby (2021)
8.6

Sharp and anxious, modern and socially claustrophobic, Shiva Baby is a gem

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Pleasantville (1998)
7.0

A mesmerizing takedown of 1950s nostalgia

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Bad Genius (2017)
7.5

A thrilling Thai caper about bad people getting good grades

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Donkeyhead (2022)
7.8

A lovingly-made Canadian comedy-drama

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
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8.5

A watercolor, paradisal coming-of-age story about a teenage witch in training

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House of Hummingbird (2018)
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8.0

A sensitive, autobiographical triumph on growth and girlhood

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In the Same Breath (2021)
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8.1

A Chinese filmmaker's account of COVID-19 cover-ups and propaganda

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The Fallout (2021)
7.1

An empathetic look at the aftermath of a school shooting

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Fallen Angels (1995)
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9.1

An evocative masterpiece that captures the wildness of a big city.

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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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8.3

Finds magic in the ordinary every day—and reminds us the most special art is that which comes from the heart

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Happy Old Year (2019)
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8.0

An elaborate Thai drama about the cost of going full Marie Kondo

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Defending Your Life (1991)
7.4

An early 90s romcom with a contemplative, philosophical edge

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