List of film director and actor collaborations

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Some film directors and actors have collaborated together numerous times and have become noteworthy for their partnerships. Note: In some instances, the body of work is too extensive to list all the films on which they worked together.

List of collaborations[edit]

Director Actor Films Ref.
Woody Allen Diane Keaton Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971), Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), Annie Hall (1977), Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), Radio Days (1987), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) [1][2]
Pedro Almodóvar Antonio Banderas Labyrinth of Passion (1982), Matador (1986), Law of Desire (1987), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), The Skin I Live In (2011), I'm So Excited (2013), Pain and Glory (2019) [2][3][4]
Penélope Cruz Live Flesh (1997), All About My Mother (1999), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009), I'm So Excited (2013), Pain and Glory (2019) [2][3][4]
Robert Altman René Auberjonois Brewster McCloud (1970), MASH (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Images (1972), The Player (1992) [5]
Henry Gibson The Long Goodbye (1973), Nashville (1975), A Perfect Couple (1979), Health (1980)
Paul Thomas Anderson Philip Seymour Hoffman Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), The Master (2012) [1][4]
Wes Anderson Bill Murray Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, voice only), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018, voice only) [1][2][6][5][4]
Owen Wilson Bottle Rocket (1996), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, voice only), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The French Dispatch (2020)
Michelangelo Antonioni Monica Vitti Il Grido (1957), L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), L'Eclisse (1962), Red Desert (1964), The Mystery of Oberwald (1980) [1]
Ingmar Bergman Bibi Andersson Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Brink of Life (1958), The Magician (1958), Persona (1966), The Passion of Anna (1969), Scenes from a Marriage (1973) (incomplete) [1][7]
Max von Sydow The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Brink of Life (1958), Rabies (1958), The Magician (1958), The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Winter Light (1963), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), The Passion of Anna (1969), The Touch (1971)
Liv Ullmann Persona (1966), Hour of the Wolf (1968), Shame (1968), The Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), The Magic Flute (1975, uncredited), Face to Face (1976), The Serpent's Egg (1977), Autumn Sonata (1978)
Budd Boetticher Randolph Scott Seven Men from Now (1956), Decision at Sundown (1957), The Tall T (1957), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958), Ride Lonesome (1959), Westbound (1959), Comanche Station (1960) [7]
Tod Browning Lon Chaney The Wicked Darling (1919), Outside the Law (1920), The Unholy Three (1925), The Blackbird (1926), The Road to Mandalay (1926), London After Midnight (1927), The Unknown (1927), The Big City (1928), West of Zanzibar (1928), Where East Is East (1929) [7]
Tim Burton Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dark Shadows (2012) [1][2][6][8][3][4]
James Cameron Bill Paxton The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), Ghosts of the Abyss (2003, cameo) [8]
Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994) [1][4]
Leos Carax Denis Lavant Boy Meets Girl (1984), Mauvais Sang (1986), Mister Lonely (2007), Tokyo! (2008), Holy Motors (2012) [7]
John Carpenter Kurt Russell Elvis (1979, TV), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Escape from L.A. (1996) [8][4]
John Cassavetes Seymour Cassel [7][5]
Gena Rowlands Shadows (1959), A Child Is Waiting (1963), Faces (1968), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Opening Night (1977), Gloria (1980), Tempest (1982), Love Streams (1984)
Claude Chabrol Stéphane Audran [7]
Coen brothers Frances McDormand Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990, uncredited), Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), Burn After Reading (2008), Hail, Caesar! (2016) [6]
Francis Ford Coppola Robert Duvall The Rain People (1969), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Conversation (1974, uncredited), Apocalypse Now (1979) [5]
Diane Keaton The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Godfather Part III (1990)
Al Pacino The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), The Godfather Part III (1990)
Sofia Coppola Kirsten Dunst The Virgin Suicides (1999), Marie Antoinette (2006), The Bling Ring (2013, cameo), The Beguiled (2017) [2][6][3]
Ryan Coogler Michael B. Jordan Fruitvale Station (2013), Creed (2015), Black Panther (2018) [6][3]
David Cronenberg Viggo Mortensen A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011) [4]
Guillermo del Toro Doug Jones Mimic (1997), Hellboy (2005), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy: The Golden Army (2008), Crimson Peak (2015), The Shape of Water (2017) [6]
Ron Perlman Cronos (1993), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2005), Hellboy: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2012) [8]
Clint Eastwood Morgan Freeman [9][10]
Nora Ephron Meg Ryan [2]
Federico Fellini Marcello Mastroianni La Dolce Vita (1960), (1963), Roma (1972), La città delle donne (1980), Ginger e Fred (1986), Intervista (1987) [11]
Federico Fellini Giulietta Masina Luci del varietà (1950), Lo sceicco bianco (1952), La strada (1954), Il bidone (1955), Le notti di Cabiria (1957), Juliet of the Spirits (1965), Ginger e Fred (1986) [12]
Paul Feig Melissa McCarthy [6]
David Fincher Brad Pitt Se7en (1996), Fight Club (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) [4]
John Ford Harry Carey [2][7][5]
Ben Johnson Fort Apache (1948), 3 Godfathers (1948, uncredited), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
John Wayne Stagecoach (1939), The Long Voyage Home (1940), They Were Expendable (1945), 3 Godfathers (1948), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Searchers (1956), The Wings of Eagles (1957), The Horse Soldiers (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), How the West Was Won (1962) (Segment 3), Donovan's Reef (1963)
Antoine Fuqua Denzel Washington Training Day (2001), The Equalizer (2014), The Magnificent Seven (2016), The Equalizer 2 (2018) [6][4]
Jean-Luc Godard Anna Karina A Woman Is a Woman (1961), My Life to Live (1962), The Little Soldier (1963), Bande à part (1964), Alphaville (1965), Pierrot le Fou (1965), Made in U.S.A (1966), The Oldest Profession (1967) [7]
Paul Greengrass Matt Damon The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Green Zone (2010), Jason Bourne (2016) [4]
D. W. Griffith Lillian Gish The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), True Heart Susie (1919), Broken Blossoms (1919), Way Down East (1920), Orphans of the Storm (1921) (incomplete) [7]
Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955), North by Northwest (1959) [1][2][7][5][4]
James Stewart Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958)
Howard Hawks Cary Grant Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), I Was a Male War Bride (1949), Monkey Business (1952) [7]
Werner Herzog Klaus Kinski [7]
Joanna Hogg Tom Hiddleston Unrelated (2007), Archipelago (2010), Exhibition (2013) [13]
Nicole Holofcener Catherine Keener Walking and Talking (1996), Lovely & Amazing (2001), Friends with Money (2006), Please Give (2010), Enough Said (2013) [6][5]
John Hughes Molly Ringwald [2]
Derek Jarman Tilda Swinton Caravaggio (1986), The Last of England (1987), War Requiem (1989), The Garden (1990), Edward II (1991), Wittgenstein (1993) [14]
Bong Joon-Ho Kang-ho Song Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Snowpiercer (2013), Parasite (2019) [15]
Wong Kar-wai Maggie Cheung As Tears Go By (1988), Days of Being Wild (1990), Ashes of Time (1994), In the Mood for Love (2000), 2046 (2004) [7][5]
Tony Leung Chiu-wai Ashes of Time (1994), Chungking Express (1994), Happy Together (1997), In the Mood for Love (2000), 2046 (2004), The Grandmaster (2013)
Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune [1][7]
Spike Lee Denzel Washington Mo' Better Blues (1990), Malcolm X (1992), He Got Game (1998), Inside Man (2006) [1][2][5]
Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke Before Sunrise (1995), The Newton Boys (1998), Waking Life (2001), Tape (2001), Before Sunset (2004), Fast Food Nation (2006), Before Midnight (2013), Boyhood (2014) [6][4]
George Lucas Harrison Ford American Graffiti (1973), Star Wars (1977), Indiana Jones (1984) [8]
David Lynch Laura Dern Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Industrial Symphony No. 1 (1990), Inland Empire (2006) [16]
Anthony Mann James Stewart Winchester '73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), The Naked Spur (1953), Thunder Bay (1953), The Far Country (1954), The Man from Laramie (1955), Strategic Air Command (1955) [7]
Adam McKay Will Ferrell [6][4]
Steve McQueen Michael Fassbender Hunger (2008), Shame (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2013) [1][3][4]
Jeff Nichols Michael Shannon Shotgun Stories (2007),Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012), Midnight Special (2016), Loving (2016) [1]
Christopher Nolan Michael Caine Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017, uncredited voice), Tenet (2020) [1][6][4]
Christian Bale Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Yasujiro Ozu Setsuko Hara [7]
Chishū Ryū 52 different films between 1928 and 1962 [7]
Sam Raimi Bruce Campbell Within the Woods (1978, short), The Evil Dead (1981), Crimewave (1985), Evil Dead II (1987), Darkman (1990), Army of Darkness (1992), The Quick and the Dead (1995, scenes deleted), Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) [8]
Nicolas Winding Refn Ryan Gosling Drive (2011), Only God Forgives (2013) [1][4]
Mads Mikkelsen Pusher (1996), Bleeder (1999), Pusher II (2004), Valhalla Rising (2009) [17]
Kelly Reichardt Michelle Williams Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek's Cutoff (2010), Certain Women (2016) [6]
David O. Russell Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), Joy (2015) [6][3]
Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King of Comedy (1982), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino (1995), The Audition (2015), The Irishman (2019) [1][2][6][7][5]
Leonardo DiCaprio Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Audition (2015) [1][2][6][3][5][4]
Ridley Scott Russell Crowe Gladiator (2000), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), Robin Hood (2010) [3][4]
Kevin Smith Ben Affleck Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Jersey Girl (2004), Clerks II (2006), Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019). [18]
Steven Soderbergh George Clooney Out of Sight (1998), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Solaris (2002), Ocean's Twelve (2004), The Good German (2006), Ocean's Thirteen (2007) [3][4][19]
Matt Damon Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Che (2008), The Informant! (2009), Contagion (2011), Behind the Candelabra (2013), Unsane (2018, Cameo)
Channing Tatum Magic Mike (2012), Side Effects (2013), Logan Lucky (2017)
Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015), The Post (2017) [2][6][3][4]
Quentin Tarantino Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), Inglourious Basterds (2009, voice, uncredited), Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015) [2][6][4]
Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction (1994), Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)
François Truffaut Jean-Pierre Léaud The 400 Blows (1959), Stolen Kisses (1968), Bed and Board (1970), Two English Girls (1971), Day for Night (1973), Love on the Run (1979) [7]
Josef von Sternberg Marlene Dietrich The Blue Angel (1930), Morocco (1930), Dishonored (1931), Shanghai Express (1932), Blonde Venus (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), The Devil is a Woman (1935) [7][5]
Joss Whedon Nathan Fillion Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Firefly (2002), Serenity (2005), Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), Much Ado About Nothing (2012) [8]
John Woo Chow Yun-Fat A Better Tomorrow (1986), A Better Tomorrow II (1987), The Killer (1989), Once a Thief (1991), Hard Boiled (1992) [2]
Edgar Wright Simon Pegg Spaced (1999-2001), Shaun of The Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), The World's End (2013) [4]
Joe Wright Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Anna Karenina (2012) [3]

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