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Leo Logan
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Here is a list of notable directors who made their film debuts with popular and obscure films from the 1980s. Link: List of directorial debuts on Wikipedia

1980
Taylor Hackford - The Idolmaker
Harold Ramis - Caddyshack
Robert Redford - Ordinary People (Oscar winner)
Roger Spottiswoode - Terror Train

1981
James Cameron - Piranha II: The Spawning
Hugh Hudson - Chariots of Fire (Oscar nominee)
Lawrence Kasdan - Body Heat
Michael Mann - Thief

1982
Richard Benjamin - My Favorite Year
Amy Heckerling - Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Barry Levinson - Diner
Garry Marshall - Young Doctors in Love
Sam Raimi - Evil Dead

1983
James L. Brooks - Terms of Endearment (Oscar winner)
Martha Coolidge - Valley Girl
Curtis Hanson - Losin' It
Tony Scott - The Hunger
Barbra Streisand - Yentl

1984
Joel & Ethan Coen - Blood Simple
James Foley - Reckless
John Hughes - Sixteen Candles
Roland Joffe - The Killing Fields (Oscar nominee)
Leonard Nimoy - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Rob Reiner - This Is Spinal Tap

1985
Tim Burton - Pee-wee's Big Adventure

1986
David Anspaugh - Hoosiers
Howard Deutch - Pretty in Pink
Spike Lee - She's Gotta Have It
Penny Marshall - Jumpin' Jack Flash
John McTiernan - Nomads
Edward Zwick - About Last Night

1987
Emile Ardolino - Dirty Dancing
Chris Columbus - Adventures in Babysitting
Danny DeVito - Throw Momma from the Train

1988
Mike Figgis - Stormy Monday
Donald Petrie - Mystic Pizza

1989
Kenneth Branagh - Henry V (Oscar nominee)
Jeremiah S. Chechik - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Cameron Crowe - Say Anything
Joe Johnston - Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Michael Lehmann - Heathers
Jim Sheridan - My Left Foot (Oscar nominee)
Steven Soderbergh - Sex, Lies & Videotape

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Good topic! How many of these directors who debuted in the 80's turned out to be great directors with a good body of work? Working from 89 back to 80, I'd go with Soderbergh, Crowe, Lee, Burton, Reiner, Hughes, the Cohen Brothers, Hanson, Brooks, Raimi, Levinson, Mann, Kasdan, and Cameron. (I might give Tony Scott and Figgis honorable mention. [Smile] Too bad about Lehmann's career. When I saw "Heathers," I really thought he was going to be something. I was wrong.)
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Yeah too bad for Michael Lehmann. The only other film of his other than "Heathers" that is actually good was "The Truth About Cats & Dogs" with Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman and Ben Chaplin. The rest (ie. "Hudson Hawk", "Airheads", "Because I Said So") were total crap.
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