parrain-3-1990-15-gSofia Coppola's fifth feature film The Bling Ring, opens in theaters this Friday. She's become of the most recognizable female directors working today, raised by one of the best directors of all time, Francis Ford Coppola. First introduced to the world as an actor, Sofia appeared in all three of her father's Godfather films. She went on to appear in a few other films until ducking behind the camera for her directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides. She hasn't appeared in any films as an actor for over a decade and it may be for the best as she's become a talented filmmaker in a world that has very few females at the helm.

Just as Coppola found her passion behind the camera, other actors have done so in recent years too. Here's a look at a few actor/directors who have made films with Miramax in recent years.

danny-devito-1280x720Primarily known as an actor, Danny DeVito has been working as a producer, writer and director for many years. His company Jersey Films produces several pictures a year and Executive Produced Pulp Fiction and Garden State. Interesting note, he appeared in Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides. Watch a clip from the film Duplex he directed starring Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller.

zbSpeaking of Garden State...this was Zach Braff's directorial debut after appearing as Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian for years on the TV show Scrubs. He's now in pre-production on his second feature, Wish I Was Here, talk of the Kickstarter world.

jon-favreauStarting out as a struggling actor in Hollywood, Favreau decided to write himself a starring role and raise money to film it instead of waiting for someone else to cast him. This was the indie hit Swingers. The film opened many, many doors for him and now he's one of the biggest players in Hollywood, director of mega-hits like Iron Man and Elf. He continues to act and produce and can be seen later this year in Martin Scorsese's, The Wolf of Wall Street. Watch a few clips from where it all began.

billy_bob_thornton_wallpaper_2-1600x1200Billy Bob Thornton was acting in films for a decade before he made his directorial debut, Sling Blade. He went on to direct another narrative feature and a documentary but has been primarily acting and writing in recent years. He'll soon be resurrecting his famous Bad Santa character Willie in Bad Santa 2. Watch clips from his Oscar winning film.

Tree-of-Life-Sean-Penn-7Sean Penn shot to fame early in his acting career as Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Who would've imagined he'd become an Oscar winning actor many years later. Ten years after his first film role, he directed his first feature The Indian Runner, followed by The Crossing Guard starring Jack Nicholson.

George Clooney Wallpaper @ go4celebrity.comDid you know that George Clooney was in a TV series called E/R in 1985, over a decade before he'd star in the series ER in 1999? This A-lister grew up on the small screen also known for his role as George Burnett in The Facts of Life. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and meet Clooney the Oscar winning actor and producer and feature film director. Watch a few clips from his directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, starring Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell.

Ben-AffleckBen Affleck has seen a major shift in his career since making his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. Just as his acting career was slipping after films like Daredevil and Gigli, he surprised everyone with the success and clear talent behind his directorial feature debut GBG, followed by The Town and last year's Oscar winning film, Argo.

Watch more clips from all of our films in the Miramax Clip Gallery.