Internet Music Video Database (IMVDb)
February 1, 2015 7:13 AM   Subscribe

Despite the mass appeal of music videos and the awesome amount of talent it takes to create them, IMDb has never cataloged these works like they do other short films. Now along to fill this niche is the Internet Music Video Database (IMVDb), a similar website for seeking and contributing information about music videos. Highlights include new releases, popular videos, upcoming videos, crew commentary tracks, and awards info. The website also has a podcast, a twitter, and a blog, where the editors have recently discussed the most popular music videos of 2014, listed their own year end favorites, and explained why the 2010s are a new Golden Age of music videos. (Extensive geekery inside!)

Inspired by this resource I decided to look up how many of the biggest-name actors and directors have made music videos. It was a surprising majority. It also turned out that the IMVDb was missing a lot of this information, so I used Internet searches, Google Books, Wikipedia, and IMDb’s disorganized “Other Work” and “Trivia” info to search through individual names and make my own list. Nothing online is remotely as comprehensive, and I decided this post would be a good place to unveil it.

Below is a long list of music videos that have famous actors and/or directors (Links are provided for some 650 different videos). I’m sure that there is a long tail of less famous names that I am neglecting, and I’m sure that this is even an incomplete list of the bigger names. It inevitably reflects my tastes and knowledge, so it is more likely to contain people from the movies/television that I’m familiar with. I do include some cameos from other kinds of celebrities, like musicians and athletes, but I mostly tried to avoid them. I also tried to avoid videos from comedy albums or TV programs. Actor involvement in the video isn’t counted if scenes are from movie clips. It also isn’t counted if the actor is a part of the band or performs on the original track. (… sorry, Sir Laurence Olivier!)


ACTORS

I’ve subjectively organized these videos into six categories, based on the actor’s amount of screen time or how central they are to the video’s narrative or concept: Lead Role, Major Supporting Role, Multiple Supporting Roles, Minor Supporting Role, Cameo Role, and Multiple Cameo Roles. It’s a disorienting number of videos to explore, so I’ve placed stars next to 5 performances that I liked in each category.



Lead Role:

Balk, Fairuza – ZZ Top - Breakaway (1994)
Baruchel, Jay – Necro - Toxsik Waltz (2012)
Browning, Emily - Imperial Teen - No Matter What You Say (2013)
Carter, Helena Bonham - Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game (2012)
Cera, Michael – Islands – No You Don’t (2010)
Chapman, Graham - Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness (1988)
Chase, Chevy - Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (1986)
Cole, Lilly - Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege (2013)
Collins, Lily - M83 - Claudia Lewis (2013)
Considine, Paddy – Coldplay - God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (2005)
Cruz, Penelope - Mecano - La Fuerza del Destino (1989)
Danes, Claire - Soul Asylum - Just like Anyone (1995)
Depp, Johnny - Shane MacGowan & the Popes - That Woman’s Got Me Drinking (1994)
Deschanel, Zooey - The Offspring – She’s Got Issues (1999)
Downey Jr., Robert – Elton John – I Want Love (2001)
Galifianakis, Zach – Fiona Apple - Not About Love (2005)
Gallo, Vincent - My Vitriol – Grounded (2001)
Garfield, Andrew - Arcade Fire - We Exist (2014)
Graham, Stephen - Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent (2007)
Grint, Rupert - Ed Sheeran - Lego House (2011)
Gyllenhaal, Jake – The Shoes - Time to Dance (2012)
Hall, Rebecca - James Blake - A Case Of You (2011)
Hendricks, Christina – Broken Bells – The Ghost Inside (2010)
Hoskins, Bob - Jamie T – Sheila (2007)
Hurt, John – Suede – Attitude (2003)
Ifans, Rhys – Oasis - The Importance of Being Idle (2005)
Johansson, Scarlett – Bob Dylan - When the Deal Goes Down (2006)
Johansson, Scarlett – Kevin Shields - City Girl (2003)
Kendrick, Anna - LCD Soundsystem - Pow Pow (2010)
Knoxville, Johnny - Dale Watson - Hollywood Hillbilly (2007)
Kruger, Diane – Mark Ronson, The Business Intl. - Somebody to Love Me (2010)
LaBeouf, Shia - Sigur Rós - Fjögur piano (2012)
LaBeouf, Shia – Sia - Elastic Heart (2015)
Lavant, Denis - UNKLE – Rabbit in your Headlights (1998)
Lewis, Juliette - Melissa Etheridge - Come To My Window (1993)
Lohan, Lindsay – Theophilus London – Oops (2010)
McConaughey, Matthew – Butch Walker and the Black Widows – Synthesizers (2012)
McKellen, Ian - Guillemots - Falling Out of Reach (2009)
Miller, Sienna – The Hours – See the Light (2010)
Moss, Kate – White Stripes - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (2003)
Offerman, Nick - FIDLAR - Cocaine (2013)
Oldman, Gary - Joe Strummer - Love Kills (1986)
Oswalt, Patton – The Coup - The Magic Clap (2013)
Paltrow, Gwyneth - Melissa Etheridge - I Wanna Come Over (1996)
Paul, Aaron - Everlast - White Trash Beautiful (2003)
Phillips, Bijou - Broken Social Scene - Sweetest Kill
Plaza, Aubrey - Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (2012)
Radcliffe, Daniel - Slow Club – Beginners (2012)
Rapace, Noomi - The Rolling Stones - Doom And Gloom (2012)
Reilly, John C. - Mr. Oizo – Ham (2014)
Ribisi, Giovanni – Keane - Crystal Ball (2006)
Roberts, Julia - Dave Matthews Band - Dreamgirl (2005)
Ronan, Saoirse - Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins - Garden's Heart (2013)
Schaal, Kristen - The National - Conversation 16 (2011)
Sevigny, Chloë - Beck - Gamma Ray (2008)
Sevigny, Chloë - Smog - I Feel Like the Mother of the World (2005)
Shannon, Michael – Deerhoof – Exit Only (2014)
Silverman, Sarah - Psychic Friend - We Do Not Belong (2013)
Silverstone, Alicia - Aerosmith - Cryin’ (1994)
Stanton, Harry Dean - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale (1986)
Stiles, Julia – Caveman - In the City (2013)
Stiller, Ben – Jack Johnson – Taylor (2003)
Stone, Sharon - Enigma - Carly’s Song (1993)
Swinton, Tilda – Orbital – The Box (1996)
Tompkins, Paul F. - Nick Lowe - Stoplight Roses (2012)
Torn, Rip - They Might Be Giants - Can't Keep Johnny Down (2011)
Tyler, Liv - George Michael - Cowboys & Angels (1991)
Van Damme, Jean Claude – Bob Sinclar – Kiss My Eyes (2003)
Walken, Christopher – Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice (2001)
Wilson, Owen – The Killers – Christmas in L.A. ft. Dawes (2013)
Wise, Ray – Beach House – Wishes (2013)
Wood, Elijah – Flying Lotus - Tiny Tortures (2012)


Major Supporting Role:

Aiello, Danny - Madonna - Papa Don't Preach (1986)
Anderson, Pamela - Lit – Miserable (1999)
Aniston, Jennifer - Melissa Etheridge - I Want To Be In Love (2001)
Armisen, Fred – Man Man – Rabbit Habits (2009)
Arquette, Patricia - The Rolling Stones - Like A Rolling Stone (1995)
Barton, Mischa – Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run (2012)
Basinger, Kim - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance (1993)
Bell, Kristin – Yeasayer – Madder Red (2010)
Berry, Halle - Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes (2003)
Black, Jack – Foo Fighters – Low (2003)
Brand, Russell - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - AKA... What A Life! (2011)
Brody, Adrien – Tori Amos – A Sorta Fairytale (2002)
Browning, Emily - Years & Years - Take Shelter (2014)
Burns, Edward - Sarah McLachlan - I Will Remember You (1996)
Carlyle, Robert – Oasis - Little by Little (2002)
Clarke, Emilia - Gavin DeGraw - Not Over You (2011)
Cohen, Sacha Baron - Madonna – Music (2000)
Corddry, Rob - Guided By Voices - Bad Love Is Easy To Do (2014)
Cox, Courteney - Counting Crows - A Long December (1996)
Cross, David – The Strokes - Juicebox (2005)
Culkin, Macaulay – Sonic Youth - Sunday (1998)
Cuthbert, Elisha – Weezer - Perfect Situation (2005)
Daniels, Jeff – Crash Test Dummies - The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead (1995)
Dawson, Rosario - The Chemical Brothers – Out of Control (1999)
De Mornay, Rebecca - Starship – Sara (1985)
Deneuve, Catherine - Joe Cocker – N’Oubliez Jamais (1997)
Dern, Laura – Widespread Panic – Aunt Avis (1997)
DeVito, Danny - One Direction - Steal My Girl (2014)
Dorff, Stephen - Britney Spears - Everytime (2004)
Dunst, Kirsten - Savage Garden - I Knew I Loved You (1999)
Elfman, Jenna – Anthrax – Black Lodge (1993)
Epps, Omar - Blackstreet - Before I Let you Go (1994)
Fanning, Dakota - Rufus Wainwright - Across the Universe (2002)
Ferrer, Miguel – Toto – I Will Remember (1995)
Foley, Dave – Hollerado – Americanarama (2008)
Gallo, Vincent - Glassjaw - Cosmopolitan Blood Loss (2006)
Gallo, Vincent - Lit – Bitter (1999)
Garofalo, Janeane - Cowboy Junkies - Angel Mine (1996)
Gellar, Sarah Michelle – Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl (2000)
Goodman, John - Little Richard - Good Golly Miss Molly (1991)
Graham, Heather - Lenny Kravitz - American Woman (1999)
Griffith, Melanie - Michael Des Barres - Money Don't Come Easy (1986)
Haas, Lukas – My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade (2006)
Hannah, Daryl - Jackson Browne - Tender is the Night (1983)
Hannah, Daryl - Robbie Williams – Feel (2002)
Hawkes, John - Grouplove - Shark Attack (2013)
Heigl, Katherine - Josh Kelley - Only You (2005)
Hemsworth, Liam - Zac Brown Band - Colder Weather (2011)
Hill, Benny - Genesis - Anything She Does (1986)
Holmes, Katie - Eve 6 - Tongue Tied (1999)
Howard, Terrence – Ashanti - Foolish (2002)
Johansson, Scarlett – Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around…Comes Around (2007)
Jolie, Angelina - Meat Loaf - Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (1993)
Jolie, Angelina - The Rolling Stones – Anybody Seen My Baby (1997)
Judd, Ashley - Michael Bolton – The Best of Love (1997)
King, Jaime – Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness (2012)
Kunis, Mila – Aerosmith – Jaded (2001)
Lawrence, Jennifer - Parachute - The Mess I Made (2009)
Leblanc, Matt – Alanis Morissette - Walk Away (1991)
Leigh, Jennifer Jason - Faith No More - Last Cup of Sorrow (1997)
Lowe, Rob – The Go-Go’s - Turn to You (1984)
Luna, Diego – Katy Perry - The One That Got Away (2011)
Madsen, Michael – Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me ft. Big Sean (2012)
Madsen, Virginia - Kenny Loggins – I’m Free (1984)
Majorino, Tina – Pink - F**kin’ Perfect (2010)
Martin, Demetri - Fountains of Wayne – Someone To Love (2009)
McConaughey, Matthew - Trisha Yearwood - Walkaway Joe ft. Don Henley (1992)
McGowan, Rose - Imperial Teen - Yoo Hoo (1999)
McKellen, Ian – Pet Shop Boys – Heart (1988)
Mendelsohn, Ben – INXS - Full Moon Dirty Hearts (1993)
Moore, Demi - Jon Bon Jovi - Ugly (1997)
Morgan, Tracy - Notorious B.I.G. - Notorious B.I.G. (1999)
Morton, Samantha - U2 - Electrical Storm (2002)
Murphy, Brittany – Tears for Fears - Closest Thing to Heaven (2004)
Murray, Bill – Emily Hearn – Rooftop (2011)
Myers, Mike - Madonna - Beautiful Stranger (1999)
Nimoy, Leonard - The Bangles - Going Down To Liverpool (1984)
Offerman, Nick - The Decemberists - Make You Better (2014)
Oldman, Gary - Guns N' Roses - Since I Don't Have You (1993)
Paul, Aaron – Korn – Thoughtless (2002)
Paxton, Bill – Barnes and Barnes – Soak it Up (1983)
Pearce, Guy – Razorlight – Before I Fall to Pieces (2006)
Pearce, Guy – Silverchair – Across the Night (2003)
Pepper, Barry - Jagged Edge - Goodbye (2001)
Pine, Chris – Ivy Walls – All I Want (2012)
Portman, Natalie - Devandra Banhart – Carmensita (2008)
Pressly, Jaime – Aerosmith - Girls of Summer (2002)
Quaid, Dennis - Bonnie Raitt - Thing Called Love (1989)
Reeves, Keanu – Paula Abdul - Rush, Rush (1991)
Renner, Jeremy - Pink - Trouble (2003)
Reno, Jean - Texas – I’ll See it Through (2003)
Rickman, Alan - Texas - In Demand (1987)
Roberts, Eric – The Killers – Mr. Brightside (2004)
Rooker, Michael – American Head Charge - All Wrapped Up (2001)
Ryder, Winona - Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper - Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child (1989)
Ryder, Winona - The Killers - Here With Me (2012)
Samberg, Andy - Jack Johnson - At or With Me (2010)
Schaal, Kristen - The New Pornographers - Mutiny, I Promise You (2007)
Sedaris, Amy – Dolly Parton - Better Get To Livin' (2007)
Sevigny, Chloë - Sonic Youth - Sugar Kane (1993)
Silverstone, Alicia – Aerosmith – Amazing (1994)
Stamp, Terence – Hot Chip – Night and Day (2012)
Stone, Sharon – Sting – The Mighty Song (1998)
Stanton, Harry Dean - Dwight Yoakam - Sorry You Asked (1996)
Sutherland, Donald – Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (1985)
Swayze, Patrick - Ja Rule - The Reign (2002)
Swinton, Tilda - David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (2013)
Theron, Charlize – Brandon Flowers – Crossfire (2010)
Thorton, Billy Bob - Travis Tritt - Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde (2000)
Van Der Beek, James – Ke$ha – Blow (2011)
Watson, Emma - One Night Only - Say You Don't Want It (2010)
Wilde, Olivia - Dashboard Confessional – Stolen (2006)
Williams, Robin - Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry, Be Happy (1988)
Willis, Bruce – Gorillaz – Stylo (2010)
Wilson, Luke - Willie Nelson - Maria (Shut up and Kiss Me) (2002)
Winstone, Ray - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — Jubilee Street (2013)
Wood, Elijah – The Cranberries – Ridiculous Thoughts (1995)
Wood, Evan Rachel - Marilyn Manson - Heart-Shaped Glasses (2007)
Zane, Billy - Staind - Epiphany (2001)


Multiple Supporting Roles:

Penn and Teller - Run–D.M.C. - It's Tricky (1986)
Faye Dunaway and Kristin Kreuk - I Heard – Hill (2010)
Chris Penn and Ron Jeremy - Sublime – Date Rape (1992)
Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone – Aerosmith – Crazy (1994)
John Stamos and Melissa Haro - Low - Try To Sleep (2011)
Steve Martin and Chevy Chase – Paul Simon – Proof (1990)
Christina Ricci and Fairuza Balk – Moby – Natural Blues (2000)
Mila Kunis and Carmen Electra - Mams Taylor - LA Girls (2009)
John Hodgman and Michael Shannon – Tweedy – Low Key (2014)
Eliza Dushku and DJ Qualls - Simple Plan - I’m Just a Kid (2005)
Tony Hale and Kate Upton - Lady Antebellum – Bartender (2014)
David Cross and Bob Odenkirk - Yo La Tengo – Sugarcube (1997)
Laura Linney and John Hodgman - Aimee Mann – Charmer (2012)
Brittany Snow and Juno Temple - Plushgun - Just Impolite (2008)
Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari - Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag (2000)
John Leguizamo and Gilbert Gottfried - Tony Touch - Dimelo (2002)
Marc Maron and Tim Heidecker - Nick Lowe – Sensitive Man (2012)
Brad Renfro, Kelli Garner, and Tony Hawk – N.E.R.D. – Provider (2001)
Danny Trejo and Hannah Simone – Train - Angel In Blue Jeans (2014)
Kevin Spacey and Isabella Rossellini – Dave Stewart - Jealousy (1995)
Wallace Shawn and Carol Kane - Chaka Khan - This is My Night (1985)
Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard - David Bowie - The Next Day (2013)
Brittany Murphy and Shawn Hatosy – Wheatus - A Little Respect (2000)
Topher Grace and Anna Faris - Atomic Tom - Don't You Want Me (2011)
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mickey Rourke - Enrique Iglesias – Hero (2001)
Janeane Garofalo and David Cross – Superchunk – Watery Hands (1997)
Kiefer Sutherland and Natasha Lyonne – Verbena – Way Out West (2003)
George Clooney and Salma Hayek – ZZ Top - She’s Just Killing Me (1996)
Angelina Jolie and Amy Smart - The Lemonheads- It’s About Time (1993)
John Hawkes & Elle Fanning - Sigur Rós - Leaning Towards Solace (2012)
Emma Thompson and Alfred Molina – Carmel – It’s All in the Game (1987)
Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp - Paul McCartney – My Valentine (2012)
Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, and Lemmy – Danko Jones - Full of Regret (2010)
Judge Reinhold and Bill Paxton - Pat Benatar - Shadows of the Night (1982)
Jennifer Connelly and Jason Priestly - Roy Orbison - I Drove All Night (1992)
Randy Quaid and Little Richard - Bangles - Walking Down The Street (1985)
Chris Messina and Dianna Agron – Sam Smith - I'm Not the Only One (2014)
Vince Vaughn and Joey Lauren Adams - Dwight Yoakam - These Arms (1998)
Sofia Coppola, Debi Mazar, and Udo Kier - Madonna- Deeper & Deeper (1992)
Dennis Hopper and Danny DeVito - Puff Daddy & The Family - Victory (1998)
Wink Martindale and Christina Hendricks – Everclear - One Hit Wonder (1997)
Wentworth Miller and Eric Evans - Mariah Carey - We Belong Together (2005)
Macaulay Culkin and George Wendt – Michael Jackson - Black or White (1991)
Udo Kier, Brigitte Nielsen, and Shannyn Sossamon – Korn - Make Me Bad (1999)
Martin Sheen and Ramon Estevez – Diamond Rio – It’s All in Your Head (1996)
Zach Galifianakis and Will Oldham - Kanye West - Can’t Tell Me Nothing (2007)
Mickey Rourke and Kris Kristofferson – John Rich - Shuttin' Detroit Down (2009)
Michael Pitt and Alexis Dziena - Joey Ramone - What a Wonderful World (2002)
Michael Madsen and Paul Sorvino - Iggy Azalea - Black Widow ft. Rita Ora (2014)
Mark McKinney, Dave Foley, and Kevin McDonald – Odds - Heterosexual Man (1993)
Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich – Annie Lennox - Walking on Broken Glass (1992)
Bill Paxton and Rae Dawn Chong - New Order - Touched by the Hand of God (1987)
William Shatner, Jason Alexander, and James Belushi - Brad Paisley – Celebrity (2003)
Luke Wilson and Robyn Tunney - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Swingin (1999)
Lou Diamond Phillips and Alexandra Daddario - Imagine Dragons – Radioactive (2012)
Rob Schneider and Jack Hanna - Neal McCoy - Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On (2005)
Amanda Seyfried and Christopher Abbott - Jesse Marchant – Words Underlined (2014)
Keri Russell, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Wiles, and Carla Gugino - Bon Jovi – Always (1994)
Willem Defoe and Carice van Houten - Antony and The Johnsons - Cut the World (2012)
David Koechner and the cast of Final Destination 5 – Miles Fisher – New Romance (2011)
Stephen Graham and Lauren Socha - Arctic Monkeys - When the Sun Goes Down (2005)
Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan – Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna (2010)
Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson – Michael Jackson – Remember the Time (1992)
Terence Stamp and Evan Rachel Wood - Bright Eyes - At the Bottom of Everything (2005)
Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson - JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Rouse Yourself (2013)
Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci – Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) (1990)
Paul F. Tompkins and John Hodgman - Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Bottled In Cork (2010)
Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell – Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends (2005)
Kelli Garner, Deborah Kara Unger, and Lou Taylor Pucci - Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia (2005)
Eva Mendes, Seann William Scott, and Alexandra Holden – Aerosmith – Hole in My Soul (1997)
Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, and Brie Larson – Jenny Lewis - Just One Of The Guys (2014)
Paddy Considine and Kate Ashfield - Arctic Monkeys - Leave Before the Lights Come on (2006)
John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis - Jermaine Jackson – (The Closest Thing To) Perfect (1985)
Justin Timberlake and Paul Reubens - Elton John - This Train Doesn't Stop There Anymore (2002)
Rob Corddry, Anna Kendrick, Chris Hardwick, and Fraggle Rock – Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway (2012)
Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Ed Helms, and Jason Sudeikis – Mumford & Sons – Restless Wanderer (2013)
Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and original cast of The Karate Kid - No More Kings - Sweep the Leg (2007)
Chloe Moretz, Donald Glover, Tyler Posey, Miranda Cosgrove, and Alia Shawkat - Best Coast - Our Deal (2011)
Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, and Andy Dick - Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair (2006)
Marlon Brando, Chris Tucker, Michael Madsen, and Billy Drago - Michael Jackson - You Rock My World (2001)
Winona Ryder, John C. Reilly, and Giovani Ribisi - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Talk About the Blues (1998)
Tobey Maguire, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., and Katie Holmes - Bob Dylan - Things Have Changed (2000)
Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista – George Michael - Freedom ‘90! (1990)
Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, and Jessica Simpson – Willie Nelson - You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore (2007)
Robert Patrick and Will Estes – Meat Loaf - Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are (1994)
Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eddie Murphy, and Jeff Goldbloom - B.B. King - In The Midnight Hour (1985)
Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, and Matt LeBlanc – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Into the Great Wide Open (1991)
Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Yasmin Le Bon, Helena Christensen, and Cindy Crawford – Duran Duran – Girl Panic! (2011)
Christopher Walken, Mark Margolis, Tomas Arana, Rob Campbell, James Rebhorn, and Matt Dillon - Madonna - Bad Girl (1993)
Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito - Billy Ocean - When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (1986)
Jason Alexander, William Shatner, Taylor Swift, Patrick Warburton, Maureen McCormick, and Estelle Harris - Brad Paisley – Online (2007)
Bill Paxton, Kathryn Bigelow, Jenette Goldstein, Judge Reinhold, Adrian Pasdar, Paul Reiser, and Lance Henriksen - Martini Ranch – Reach (1988)
Ellen Degeneres, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Toby Huss, Andy Dick, Heather Matarazzo, and Molly Shannon - Sheryl Crow - A Change Would Do You Good (1997)


Minor Supporting Role:

Armisen, Fred – J Mascis - Every Morning (2014)
Bardem, Javier - Obus - Esta ronda la paga Obus (2003)
Barrymore, Drew - Swirl 360 - Candy in the Sun (1999)
Berryman, Michael - Mötley Crüe - Smokin' in the Boys' Room (1985)
Birch, Thora - Limp Bizkit - Eat You Alive (2003)
Black, Jack – Beck – Sexx Laws (1999)
Burton, LeVar – Cameo – Word Up (1986)
Cassell, Vincent - Thé à la Menthe - La Caution (2004)
Connelly, Jennifer - Always With Me, Always With You (1987)
Cross, David - The New Pornographers - Use It (2005)
Cruz, Penelope - Nacho Cano - El Patio
Dangerfield, Rodney – Billy Joel – Tell Her About It (1983)
Dennings, Kat – Hanson - Get the Girl Back (2013)
Depp, Johnny - The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray (1992)
DeVito, Danny – Phil Collins - Wear My Hat (1996)
Duke, Bill - Busta Rhymes - Dangerous (1997)
Dunst, Kirsten - Vitamin C - The Itch (2001)
Durning, Charles - Shania Twain – Dance With the One that Brought You (1993)
Efron, Zac - Vanessa Hudgens - Say Ok (2007)
Gershon, Gina - Lenny Kravitz – Again (2002)
Hurt, John - Paul McCartney - Take It Away (1982)
Epps, Omar - Deborah Cox – Sentimental (1995)
Fichtner, William – Sara Evans – Perfect (2002)
Fishburne, Laurence – Spooks - Things I’ve Seen (2000)
Freeman, Martin - Faith No More - I Started A Joke (1998)
Furlong, Edward – Aerosmith – Livin’ on the Edge (1993)
Gottfried, Gilbert – The Beach Boys – Problem Child (1990)
Griffin, Kathy – Eminem – The Real Slim Shady (2000)
Hauer, Rutger - Kylie Minogue - On A Night Like This (2000)
Henner, Marilu - Brooks and Dunn - You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl (2002)
Hewitt, Jennifer Love - LFO - Girl on TV (1999)
Hoffman, Philip Seymour - Michael Penn - Try (1997)
Howard, Terrence - Mary J. Blige- Be Without You (2005)
Johnson, Dakota – The Weekend – Earned It (2015)
Jolie, Angelina – Korn - Did my Time (2003)
Jovovich, Milla - Lenny Kravitz - If You Can't Say No (1999)
Keitel, Harvey – Beyoncé - Pretty Hurts (2013)
Leblanc, Matt – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves (1994)
Leblanc, Matt – Bon Jovi – Miracle (1990)
Lee, Jason – Sonic Youth – 100% (1992)
Lewis, Juliette - HIM - Buried Alive By Love (2004)
Li, Jet - Aaliyah - Try Again (2000)
Madsen, Michael – Every Time I Die – Kill the Music (2007)
Mazar, Debi - Space Monkeys - Sugar Cane (1997)
McConaughey, Matthew - John Mellencamp - Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) (1996)
McGowan, Rose – Charli XCX - Break The Rules (2014)
Milano, Alyssa - Blink 182 - Josie (2000)
Nielsen, Leslie - Peter Noone - I'm Into Something Good (1988)
Penn, Chris – Jay Z ft. Ja Rule & Amil – Can I Get A…(1998)
Pfeiffer, Michelle – Coolio ft. L.V - Gangsta Paradise (1995)
Portman, Natalie - Paul McCartney - Dance Tonight (2007)
Reedus, Norman – Lady Gaga – Judas (2011)
Reubens, Paul - The Raconteurs - Steady as She Goes (2006)
Rapaport, Michael - Jay-Z - The City is Mine (1997)
Reeves, Keanu - Anthrax - Safe Home (2003)
Richards, Michael – Warrant – Down Boys (1988)
Russo, Rene – Brian Setzer Orchestra - Lady Luck (1994)
Schwarzenegger, Arnold - AC/DC - Big Gun (1993)
Sedaris, Amy - M. Ward - Me and My Shadow (2012)
Serkis, Andy – Neneh Cherry – Woman (1996)
Silverman, Sarah - Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rise Up (With Fists!!) (2006)
Silverstone, Alicia – Rob Thomas - Her Diamonds (2009)
Skarsgard, Alexander – Lady Gaga – Paparazzi (2009)
Smith, Anna Nicole - Kanye West - The New Workout Plan (2004)
Stanton, Harry Dean - Cracker - Nothing to Believe In (1996)
Stewart, Kristen - Marcus Foster - I Was Broken (2011)
Stiles, Julia - Cyndi Lauper - Sally’s Pigeons (1993)
Stormare, Peter – SABATON – Uprising (2010)
Walker, Paul - Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Wrong Thing Right Then (1998)
Watts, Naomi – Bluebob - Thank You, Judge (1999)
Winter, Alex – Red Hot Chili Peppers - Knock Me Down (1989)
Whitaker, Forest - T.I. - Live In The Sky ft. Jamie Foxx (2006)
Witherspoon, Reese – Hoku – Perfect Day (2001)


Cameo Role:
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Affleck, Ben – Jennifer Lopez - Jenny from the Block (2002)
Ansari, Aziz - Jay-Z and Kanye West – Otis ft. Otis Redding (2011)
Barrymore, Drew - The Beach Boys - Rock & Roll to the Rescue (1986)
Baruchel, Jay - Annakin Slayd - Rock the Sweater
Berle, Milton – Ratt – Round and Round (1984)
Berryman, Michael – Mötley Crüe - Home Sweet Home (1985)
Cassell, Vincent - Amadou & Mariam - La Réalité (2005)
Chappelle, Dave - Hodgy, Domo Genesis And Tyler, The Creator – Rella (2012)
Cheadle, Don - Angela Winbush - The Real Thing (1989)
Connelly, Jennifer – Duran Duran – Union of the Snake (1983)
Cox, Courtney – Bruce Springstein - Dancing in the Dark (1984)
Cusack, John - Suicidal Tendencies - Trip at the Brain (1988)
Davis, Geena – Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin (1987)
del Toro, Benicio Madonna - La Isla Bonita (1987)
DeVito, Danny - Peeping Tom – Mojo (2006)
Diesel, Vin - Kwamé - Nastee (1992)
Dillon, Matt - The Pogues - Fairy Tale Of New York (1987)
Duke, Bill – Common – Testify (2005)
Kirsten Dunst – Filter - The Best Things
Freeman, Morgan – Steve Azar – Waitin’ on Joe (2002)
Gallo, Vincent - Jay-Z- 99 Problems (2004)
Garcia, Andy - Gloria Estefan - I See Your Smile (1992)
Goldthwait, Bobcat - Twisted Sister - Leader of The Pack (1985)
Goodman, John - Talking Heads - Wild, Wild Life (1986)
Green, Seth - Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race (2007)
Hamm, John – Aimee Mann – Labrador (2012)
Harris, Neil Patrick – Scapegoat Wax – Lost Cause (2002)
Hart, Kevin - DJ Drama - Oh My ft. Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Roscoe Dash (2011)
Hefner, Hugh - Nelly ft. Justin Timberlake – Work It (2003)
Hemsley, Sherman – Nelly, St. Lunatics (2000)
Hewitt, Jennifer Love - Smash Mouth - Can’t Get Enough of You Baby (1999)
Hounsou, Djimon – Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (1990)
Howard, Ron - Michael Sembello – Gravity
Jackson, Samuel L. - Public Enemy - 911 is a Joke (1990)
Jordan, Michael - Michael Jackson – Jam (1992)
Kidman, Nicole – Pat Wilson – Bop Girl (1983)
Kier, Udo – Eve - Let Me Blow Ya Mind (2001)
Lee, Stan - Clara - Gwiyomi Song 2 (2014)
Levy, Eugene - Queen Latifah - Better than the Rest (2003)
Lloyd, Christopher - Huey Lewis and the News - Power of Love (1985)
McConaughey, Matthew – Jamey Johnson – Playing the Part (2010)
Mendes, Eva - Pet Shop Boys - Se a vida e (1997)
Morita, Pat - Alien Ant Farm – Movies (2001)
Murray, Bill - Buster Poindexter- Hot Hot Hot (1987)
O'Brien, Conan – The White Stripes - The Denial Twist (2005)
O’Connell, Jerry – Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker (1999)
Phillippe, Ryan - Outkast - Hey Ya (2003)
Piven, Jeremy – Common – Drivin’ Me Wild ft. Lily Allen (2007)
Posehn, Brian – Red Fang - Wires (2011)
Pressly, Jaime - Marilyn Manson - Tainted Love (2001)
Reilly, John C. - Fiona Apple - Across the Universe (1999)
Rudd, Paul – Semisonic – Secret Smile (1998)
RuPaul – B-52’s – Love Shack (1989)
Russo, Rene – Bernie Taupin - Citizen Jane (1987)
Savage, Adam - Billy Joel - You’re Only Human (Second Wind) (1985)
Sheen, Charlie - IRONTOM – The Minista (2014)
Shore, Pauly - Limp Bizkit - N 2 Gether Now (1999)
Silverman, Sarah - Steel Panther - Death to All But Metal
Snipes, Wesley – Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)
Stallone, Sylvester - Sammy Hagar - Winner Takes It All (1987)
Statham, Jason – The Shamen – Comin’ On Strong (1993)
Stormare, Peter – Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger ft. Christina Aguilera (2011)
Swayze, Patrick – Toto – Rosanna (1982)
Tatum, Channing – Ricky Martin – She Bangs (2000)
Taylor, Elizabeth - Elton John – Original Sin (2002)
Thompson, Scott - Alanis Morissette - Hands Clean (2007)
Travolta, John – Stevie Wonder – Skeletons (1987)
Weisz, Rachel – Bryan Adams - There Will Never Be Another Tonight (1992)
Williams, Robin - Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel... ft. Sabi (2011)
Wilson, Rainn - Andy Grammer - Keep Your Head Up (2010)
Wilde, Olivia – Daft Punk - Derezzed (2010)
Winkler, Henry – MGMT - Your Life Is A Lie (2013)
Zane, Billy - Marilyn Manson - The Dope Show (1999)


Multiple Cameo Roles:

Ben Stiller and Stephen Dorff - Limp Bizkit – Rollin’ (2004)
Gary Coleman and Ron Jeremy - Kid Rock – Cowboy (1998)
Udo Kier and Isabella Rossellini – Madonna – Erotica (1992)
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – Diana King - Shy Guy (1995)
Andy Warhol and Gina Gershon – The Cars – Hello Again (1984)
Hilary Swank and Tommy Chong – Fergie - L.A. Love (la la) (2014)
Jim Belushi and Bo Burnham - Watsky – Whoa Whoa Whoa (2014)
David Carradine and Danny Trejo - Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up (2008)
Mila Kunis and Eva Mendes - The Strokes - The End has No End (2003)
William S. Burroughs and Sophie Dahl - U2 - Last Night on Earth (1997)
Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, and Devon Aoki – Ludacris – Act A Fool (2003)
Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell - Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces (2006)
Rose McGowan and Matthew McGrory – Marilyn Manson - Coma White (1999)
Nicholas Worth, Lemmy, and Michael Berryman – Ramones – Substitute (1994)
Mark Hamill, Miguel Ferrer, and Joseph Campanella – Nerf Herder – Sorry (1996)
Chris Rock and Craig Robinson - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump de Bump (2007)
Michael J. Fox, Jami Gertz, and Joe Piscopo - Julian Lennon - Stick Around (1986)
Hugo Weaving, Bryan Brown, and Matt Newton - Jenny Morris – Downtime (2002)
Martin Lawrence, Tommy Davidson, and LL Cool J – Kid 'N Play – Funhouse (1990)
Mike Myers, DJ Qualls, Jason Priestley, and Taye Diggs - Britney Spears – Boys (2001)
Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier - Britney Spears - (You Drive Me) Crazy (1999)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Clark Duke – Kid Cudi - Erase Me ft. Kanye West (2010)
Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez - Lenny Kravitz - If I Could Fall in Love (2002)
Rodney Dangerfield and Cheech Marin - Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling (1985)
Angelica Huston, Christina Ricci, and Raul Julia - MC Hammer - Addams Groove (1992)
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook - Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me (1998)
Martin Sheen, John Malkovich, and Michal York - Nenad Bach - Can We Go Higher (1993)
Nick Frost, Michael Smiley, Noel Fielding, and Julian Barratt - Mint Royale - Blue Song (2003)
Erika Christensen, Leonardo Nam, and Scarlett Johansson - Fefe Dobson - Everything (2003)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, Lil Jon, and RZA - Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun (2010)
Jenifer Aniston and Edward Burns - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Walls (Circus) (1996)
Jane lynch, Juliette Lewis, Lemmy, and Verne Troyer - Diamond Baby - The Last Rockstar (2011)
Marc Summers and various Nickelodeon celebs from early 90s - The XYZ Affair — All My Friends (2007)
Ben Stiller, Shaq, Ice Cube, Dave Navarro, Pat O'Brien, and Mike Tyson - P. Diddy - Bad Boys For Life (2001)
Cory Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Rebecca Black, Hanson, and Kenny G – Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (2011)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilio Estevez, Claudia Schiffer, and Matt LeBlanc - Bon Jovi - Say It Isn’t So (2000)
Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacey, and Ryan Dunn – Weezer – Memories (2010)
Shelley Duvall, Little Richard, Pamela Anderson, Dweezil Zappa, and Harry Shearer - Cinderella - Shelter me (1990)
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, and Eddie Griffin – Snoop Dogg – Undercova Funk (Give Up the Funk) (2002)
Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King, and Taye Diggs - Shaggy - Luv Me, Luv Me ft. Janet Jackson (1998)
Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Fergie, Olivia Wilde, Kanye West, and Harold Perrineau - will.i.am - It's A New Day (2008)
Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, and John C. Reilly - Aimee Mann – Save Me (1999)
Richard Lewis, Pauly Shore, Snoop Dogg, Jonathan Davis, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Seth Green - Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff (2000)
Kevin McDonald, Paula Abdul, Lukas Haas, Fonzworth Bentley, Katt Williams, Faizon Love, and DeRay Davis – Outkast – Roses (2003)
Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Horatio Sanz, John Hodgman, Donald Glover, Todd Barry, and Jon Oliver - The New Pornographers – Moves (2010)
Anthony Bourdain, Kristen Schaal, Scott Adsit, Jon Lutz, Reggie Watts, Matt & Kim, and Andrew WK - Joey Ramone - New York City (2012)
Pam Grier, Ricky Harris, Fred Berry, Antonio Fargas, Rudy Ray Moore, Ron O'Neal, and Fred Williamson - Snoop Dog - Doggy Dog World (1994)
Will Forte, Doris Roberts, James Kyson, Jorge Garcia, Ione Skye, Gary Anthony Williams, and Fred Willard - Magnolia Memoir - Odds & Ends (2014)

Woody Harrelson, Whoopi Goldberg, Fred Savage, Milli Vanilli, Cheech Marin, John Candy, and Eric Idle - Traveling Wilburys – Wilbury Twist (1991)

Jane Fonda, Latoya Jackson, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Tommy Lasorda, Donna Summer, and Dean Martin - Frank Sinatra – L.A. Is My Lady (1984)

Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith, Babyface, Nas, James Lassiter, Magic Johnson, and Muhammad Ali – Will Smith – Just the Two of Us (1998)

Craig Ferguson, Jeff Dunham, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Craig Ferguson, Roger Clemens, Eric Church, Joe Nichols, Lance Burton, Larry Bird, and Carrot Top - Toby Keith - Red Solo Cup (2011)

Donny Osmond, Parker Stevenson, Cheech Marin, Al Kooper, Hervé Villechaize, Marilyn McCoo, Jon Butcher, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Willie Tyler & Lester, and Herb Alpert - Jeff Beck - Ambitious (1985)

Christopher Reeve, Jane Curtin, Malcolm Forbes, Iman, Sally Kirkland, Rick Moranis, Joey and Marky Ramone, Lori Singer, Doug E. Fresh, and Donald Trump - Bobby Brown - On Our Own (1989)

Whit Hertford, Kelly Osbourne, Magic Johnson, Urijah Faber, Sérgio Mendes, Jimmy Kimmel, Odd Future, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Ana Ortiz, Miranda Cosgrove, Gavin DeGraw, and JoJo - Pharrell Williams - Happy (2013)

James Franco, Kanye West, Juliette Lewis, Lindsay Lohan, Olivia Wilde, Steve Nash, Ashley Olsen, Lily Collins, Selena Gomez, Shaun White, Corey Feldman, and Alan Cumming - 30 Seconds to Mars – City of Angels (2013)

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Jenna Elfman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jane Leeves, Alex Trebek, KISS, and Jerry Springer - Bree Sharp – David Duchovny (1999)

Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Alice Eve, Jack Savoretti, Jeremy Irons, Tamara Rojo, Lily Cole, Tom Ford, Jude Law, Kate Moss, Sean Penn, James Corden, Liz Goldwyn, Chris Pine, and Tracey Ullman - Paul McCartney - Queenie Eye (2013)

Jada Pinkett Smith, Adina Howard, B-Real, Bill Bellamy, Cheryl James, Coolio, Crystal Waters, DJ Spinderella, Ice-T, Isaac Hayes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jasmine Guy, Kenya Moore, Shock G, Joe Torry, Treach, Warren G, and Yo-Yo - 2Pac – Temptations (1995)

Animotion, Afrika Bambaataa, Circle Jerks, John Doe and Exene Cervenka, The B-52's, Berlin, Fishbone, Ron Mael and Russell Mael, Ted Nugent, Spinal Tap, Weird Al Yankovic, Penn and Teller, and The Untouchables - Ramones - Something To Believe In (1986)

Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Chevy Chase, Irene Cara, John Candy, Melissa Gilbert, Nickolas Ashford, Jeffrey Tambor, George Wendt, Al Franken, Danny DeVito, Carly Simon, Peter Falk, Teri Garr and Casey Kasem - Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (1984)

Sean Bean, Thora Birch, Gary Coleman, Kato Kaelin, Verne Troyer, Corey Feldman, Todd Bridges, J.C. Chasez, Dave Navarro, Dominique Swain, Ron Jeremy, Tommy Lee, Molly Sims, Angelyne, The Toxic Avenger, Leelee Sobieski, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., and Robert Evans - Moby - We Are All Made Of Stars (2002)

Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan, Jeff Cohen, Martha Plimpton, Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albano, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Wendy Richter, The Fabulous Moolah, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Classy Freddie Blassie, and Steven Spielberg - Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (1985)

Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Steenburgen, Ted Danson, Amy Poehler, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, Orlando Bloom, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black - Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise (2011)

Ron Howard, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Morris Chestnut, Clifton Powell, Alex Thomas, DeRay Davis, Joe, Mos Def, Tatyana Ali, Jalen Rose, Bill Bellamy, Ashley Scott, Electrik Red, Dawn Richard, Keshia Knight Pulliam and LeToya - Jamie Foxx - Blame It ft. T-Pain (2009)

Jay Leno, Reba McEntire, Michael W. Smith, General Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Grant, Joan Rivers, Craig T. Nelson, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Moon, Bernie Kosar, Eddie Murphy, Patrick Swayze, Kristi Yamaguchi, Burt Bacharach, Martina Navratilova, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Julio Iglesias, Marlee Matlin, and Lily Tomlin - Garth Brooks - We Shall Be Free (1993)

Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, David Allan Coe, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, The Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Patricia Arquette, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Rick Rubin, Owen Wilson - Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down (2006)

Steven Spielberg, Beverly Johnson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Sherman Hemsley, Brigitte Nielsen, Paula Abdul, Carl Weathers, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Jackie Collins, Amy Irving, Jasmine Guy, Rosanna Arquette, Lou Diamond Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Rick Schroder, Blair Underwood, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bubbles, Suzanne Somers, Lou Ferrigno, Don King and "Son", Mayim Bialik, Virginia Madsen, David Copperfield, Billy Dee Williams, Danny Glover, Olivia Hussey, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Guttenberg, and Richard Dreyfuss - Michael Jackson - Liberian Girl (1989)




DIRECTORS

Next are the notable feature film directors. I’ve included up to three films by each person, but no more since some directors have made dozens of videos. Names are divided into four categories: Major Cult, Mainstream Hollywood, Minor Cult, and Animation. Please be forgiving, as my classifications were loosely subjective and are only meant to be mildly useful. I’ve excluded commercials and other formats that ambiguously overlap with standard music videos.



Major Cult Directors:

Paul Thomas Anderson
Boogie Nights (1997), There Will Be Blood (2007)
Michael Penn - Try (1997)
Aimee Mann – Save Me (1999)
Fiona Apple – Paper Bag (2000)
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Darren Aronofsky
Pi (1998), Black Swan (2010)
Lou Reed & Metallica - The View (2011)
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Tim Burton
Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The Killers – Bones (2006)
The Killers - Here With Me (2012)
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Sofia Coppola
The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003)
Kevin Shields - City Girl (2003)
White Stripes - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (2003)
Phoenix - Chloroform (2013)
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David Fincher
Fight Club (1999), The Social Network (2010)
George Michael - Freedom ‘90! (1990)
Madonna - Bad Girl (1993)
Nine Inch Nails – Only (2005)
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Jean-Luc Godard
Breathless (1960), Perrot Le Fou (1965)
France Gall – Plus Oh (1996)
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Michel Gondry
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Science of Sleep (2006)
The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be (1999)
The White Stripes - Fell in Love With a Girl (2002)
Kylie Minogue - Come into My World (2002)
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Jim Jarmusch
Stranger Than Paradise (1994), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Talking Heads - The Lady Don't Mind (1985)
Tom Waits - I Don't Wanna Grow Up (1992)
The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes (2006)
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The City of Lost Children (1995), Amélie (2001)
Julien Clerc – Helene (1987)
Claudia Phillips - Souvenez-vous de Nous (1988)
Lio - L'autre joue (1991)
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Spike Jonze
Being John Malkovich (1999), Her (2013)
Weezer - Buddy Holly (1994)
Beastie Boys - Sabotage (1994)
Daft Punk - Da Funk (1996)
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Harmony Korine
Gummo (1997), Spring Breakers (2012)
The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling (2012)
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David Lynch
Eraserhead (1977), Mulholland Drive (2001)
Sparks - I Predict (1982)
X Japan – Longing (1995)
Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted (2013)
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Michael Moore
Roger & Me (1989), Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Rage Against the Machine - Sleep Now in Fire (1999)
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Gaspar Noé
Irreversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009)
Placebo - Protège-Moi (2004)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We No Who U R (2013)
Animal Collective - Applesauce (2013)
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Sam Peckinpah
The Wild Bunch (1969), Straw Dogs (1971)
Julian Lennon – Too Late for Goodbyes (1984)
Julian Lennon – Valotte (1984)
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Roman Polanski
Chinatown (1974), The Pianist (2002)
Vasco Rossi - Gli Angeli (1996)
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Nicolas Winding Refn
Bronson (2008), Drive (2011)
Psycho Power - Bleeder (1999)
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Guy Ritchie
Snatch. (2000), Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Madonna – What it Feels Like For a Girl (2001)
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Robert Rodriguez
Sin City (2005), Planet Terror (2007)
ZZ Top - She’s Just Killing Me (1996)
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Ken Russell
Tommy (1975), Altered States (1980)
Elton John – Nikita (1985)
Elton John - Cry To Heaven (1986)
Pandora's Box - It's All Coming Back to Me Now (1989)
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Tarsem Singh
The Fall (2006), The Cell (2000)
En Vogue – Hold On (1990)
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion (1991)
Deep Forest — Sweet Lullaby (1993)
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Kevin Smith
Clerks. (1994), Dogma (1999)
Soul Asylum - Can't Even Tell (1994)
The Goops - Build Me Up, Buttercup (1995)
Afroman - Because I Got High (2001)
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Gus Van Sant
Good Will Hunting (1997), Milk (2008)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge (1992)
Deee-Lite – Runaway (1992)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Desecration Smile (2007)
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Lars Von Trier
Dogville (2003), Melancholia (2011)
Laid Back – Baker Man (1990)
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Andy and Lana Wachowski
The Matrix (1999), Cloud Atlas (2012)
Antony and the Johnsons - Epilepsy Is Dancing (2009)
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John Waters
Pink Flamingos (1972), Hairspray (1988)
Traci Lords – Control (1995)
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Wim Wenders
Wings of Desire (1987), Paris, Texas (1984)
U2 - Night and Day (1990)
U2 - Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (1993)
Eels - Souljacker Part I (2001)
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Kar Wai Wong
Chungking Express (1994), In the Mood for Love (2000)
DJ Shadow – Six Days (2002)
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Edgar Wright
Shaun of the Dead (2004), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
The Bluetones – After Hours (2002)
Mint Royale - Blue Song (2003)
Pharrell Williams - Gust Of Wind (2014)



Mainstream Hollywood Directors:

Michael Bay
Armageddon (1998), Transformers (2007)
Meat Loaf - Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (1993)
Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) (1993)
Meat Loaf - Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are (1994)
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Peter Berg
Battleship (2012), Lone Survivor (2013)
Enrique Iglesias – Addicted (2003)
Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better (2008)
Maroon 5 - One More Night (2012)
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Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
New Order - Touched by the Hand of God (1987)
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Neill Blomkamp
District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013)
Edwin and the Pressure - Let's Dance (2002)
LiveonRelease - Emotional Griptape (2002)
Liveonrelease - Let's Go (2003)
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James Cameron
Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009)
Martini Ranch – Reach (1988)
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Brian De Palma
Scarface (1983), Mission: Impossible (1996)
Bruce Springstein - Dancing in the Dark (1984)
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Jonathan Demme
The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993)
New Order - Perfect Kiss (1985)
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing (1990)
Bruce Springsteen - Murder Incorporated (1995)
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Richard Donner
Lethal Weapon (1997), The Goonies (1985)
Cyndi Lauper - The Goonies 'R' Good Enough (1985)
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Clint Eastwood
Unforgiven (1992), Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Diana Krall - Why Should I Care (1999)
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William Friedkin
The Exorcist (1973), The French Connection (1971)
Laura Branigan - Self Control (1984)
Wang Chung - To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Barbra Streisand – Somewhere (1985)
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F. Gary Gray
Friday (1995), The Italian Job (2003)
Ice Cube - It Was a Good Day (1992)
TLC – Waterfalls (1994)
OutKast - Ms. Jackson (2000)
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Ron Howard
Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Michael Sembello – Gravity
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John Landis
The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982)
B.B. King - In The Midnight Hour (1985)
Michael Jackson - Black or White (1991)
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Francis Lawrence
I Am Legend (2007), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Wyclef Jean - Gone Till November (1997)
Justin Timberlake - Cry Me a River (2002)
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (2009)
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Spike Lee
Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992)
Public Enemy – Fight the Power (1989)
Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us (1996)
Eminem - Headlights (2014)
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McG
Charlie’s Angles (2000), Terminator Salvation (2009)
Fly - Sugar Ray (1997)
Barenaked Ladies - One Week (1998)
The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (1998)
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Joel Schumacher
Batman & Robin (1997), Phone Booth (2002)
INXS - Devil Inside (1988)
Seal - Kiss from a Rose (1994)
Bush - Letting The Cables Sleep (1999)
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Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver (1976), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)
Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down the Crazy River (1988)
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Brett Ratner
Rush Hour (1998), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Wu-Tang Clan - Triumph ft. Cappadonna (1997)
Cannibal Corpse - Make Them Suffer (2006)
7 Things - Miley Cyrus (2008)
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Ridley Scott
Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982)
Roxy Music – Avalon (1982)
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Dominic Sena
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Kalifornia (1993)
Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies (1987)
Tina Turner - I Don't Wanna Lose You (1989)
The Sisters of Mercy – More (1990)
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Zack Snyder
300 (2006), Man of Steel (2013)
Morrissey – Tomorrow (1992)
Rod Stewart - Leave Virginia Alone (1995)
My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row (2009)
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Gore Verbinski
The Ring (2002), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Bad Religion - 21st Century (Digital Boy) (1990)
Monster Magnet – Negasonic Teenage Warhead (1995)
The Crystal Method – Born Too Slow (2004)
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Marc Webb
(500) Days of Summer (2009), The Amazing Spider-man (2012)
The Used - All That I've Got (2006)
Regina Spektor – Fidelity (2006)
My Chemical Romance - Teenagers (2007)



Minor Cult Directors:

Greg Araki
The Doom Generation (1995), Mysterious Skin (2004)
Micronauts - The Jag (1999)
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Richard Ayoade
Submarine (2010), The Double (2013)
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent (2007)
Kasabian - Vlad The Impaler (2009)
The Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made for You (2008)
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Luc Besson
Léon: The Professional (1994), The Fifth Element (1997)
Madonna - Love Profusion (2004)
Mylène Farmer - My Soul's Slashed (1993)
Isabelle Adjani - Pull Marine (1984)
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Larry Clark
Kids (1995), Ken Park (2002)
Chris Isaak - Solitary Man (1993)
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Anton Corbijn
The American (2010), A Most Wanted Man (2014)
Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box (1993)
U2 - Electrical Storm (2002)
Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)
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Alex Cox
Repo Man (1984), Sid and Nancy (1988)
The Pogues - A Pair of Brown Eyes (1985)
Joe Strummer - Love Kills (1986)
Iggy Pop & Deborah Harry - Well, Did You Evah! (1990)
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Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Ruby Sparks (2012)
The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight (1996)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (2000)
The Offspring – She’s Got Issues (1999)
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Jonathan Glazer
Birth (2004), Under the Skin (2013)
Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity (1996)
Radiohead – Karma Police (1997)
UNKLE – Rabbit in your Headlights (1998)
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Mel Gibson
Braveheart (1995), Apocalypto (2006)
Oksana Grigorieva - Beautiful Heartache (2009)
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Tobe Hooper
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Poltergeist (1982)
Billy Idol - Dancing with Myself (1983)
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Neil Jordan
The Crying Game (1992), Interview with the Vampire … (1994)
U2 - Red Hill Mining Town (1987)
The Pogues - Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things ft. Kirsty MacColl (1987)
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Tony Kaye
American History X (1998), Detachment (2011)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California (2006)
Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down (2006)
Niia - Made For You (2013)
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E. Elias Merhige
Begotten (1990), Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Marilyn Manson - Anti-Christ Superstar (1996)
Glenn Danzig – Serpentia (1997)
Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver (2007)
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Mike Mills
Beginners (2001), Thumbsucker (2005)
Air - Sexy Boy (1998)
Moby - Run On (1999)
Zoot Woman - It's Automatic (2001)
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Alex Proyas
Dark City (1998), I Robot (2004)
Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (1986)
Joe Jackson - Nineteen Forever (1989)
Sting - All This Time (1991)
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Mark Romanek
One Hour Photo (2002), Never Let Me Go (2010)
Nine Inch Nails – Closer (1994)
Madonna - Bedtime Story (1995)
Jay-Z - 99 Problems (2004)
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Rob Zombie
House of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Rob Zombie – Dragula (1998)
Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer (2002)
Black Label Society – Stillborn (2003)



Animation Directors:

Ralph Bakshi
Coonskin (1975), American Pop (1981)
The Rolling Stones - Harlem Shuffle (1986)
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Mike Judge
Beavis and Butt-Head (1993), Office Space (1999)
Zac Brown Band - The Wind (2012)
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John Kricfalusi
The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991)
Björk - I Miss You (1997)
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Todd McFarlane
Spawn (1997)
Pearl Jam – Do the Evolution (1998)
Korn – Freak on a Leash (1999)
Disturbed - Land of Confusion (2006)
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Hayao Miyazaki
My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001)
Chage & Aska – On Your Mark (1995)
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Koji Morimoto
Memories (1995), Beyond (2003)
Ken Ishii – Extra (1995)
The Bluetones – 4-Day Weekend (1998)
Glay – Survival (1999)
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Michel Ocelot
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998), Princes and Princesses (2000)
Björk - Earth Intruders (2007)
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Nick Park
Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1989)
Native and the Name – Plain Song (2011)
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Bill Plympton
I Married a Strange Person! (1997), Idiots and Angels (2008)
Peter Himmelman - 245 Days (1990)
Kanye West – Heard 'Em Say ft. Adam Levine (2005)
Parson Brown - Mexican Standoff (2008)
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Stephen and Timothy Quay
Street of Crocodiles (1986), Institute Benjamenta… (1995)
Michael Penn - Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In) (1993)
His Name is Alive - Are We Still Married (1993)
16 Horsepower – Black Soul Choir (1996)
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Makoto Shinkai
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Hiromi Iwasaki – Egao (2003)
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Jan Svankmajer
Alice (1988), Lunacy (2005)
Hugh Cornwell - Another Kind of Love (1988)
posted by dgaicun (32 comments total) 96 users marked this as a favorite
 
How did I now know that Michael Bay directed Meat Loaf's videos in the 1990s? I mean, in retrospect, it's the most obvious thing in the world, but still...

(This post is amazing.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:33 AM on February 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Whoa. I commend the amount of work you put into this post. It is awesome.

The Michael Bay/Meatloaf connection is what stood out for me too! The whole over-the-top ridiculousness of "I'd Do Anything For Love..." makes a lot more sense now.
posted by Fig at 7:52 AM on February 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


My god.. it's full of links
posted by sacrifix at 8:30 AM on February 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


Well, there goes my 2015.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:43 AM on February 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Finally! A place that can tell me who directed Ladytron's video for "Seventeen" (David Chaudoir).
posted by infinitewindow at 8:52 AM on February 1, 2015


This really merits its own blog, not an unnavigably overloaded FPP.
posted by ardgedee at 9:05 AM on February 1, 2015 [15 favorites]


I couldn't disagree more, ardgedee. This is a great post.
posted by joedan at 9:13 AM on February 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


*searches DEVO*

Four videos?!

*searches The Reisdents*

TWO VIDEOS?!

*searches legendary video director Chuck Statler*

THREE VIDEOS?!

Bah.
posted by SansPoint at 9:19 AM on February 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


*searches for women*

Bah.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:22 AM on February 1, 2015


So, wait, is this a post about the music video database or is this the music video database?
posted by wabbittwax at 9:36 AM on February 1, 2015 [9 favorites]


......whoa
posted by The Whelk at 10:14 AM on February 1, 2015


(Extensive geekery inside!) - no kidding.
Awesome post!
posted by dougzilla at 10:20 AM on February 1, 2015


I mean, sure, you could search directly on the site but isn't your ctrl+f reflex itching to have a go?
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 10:30 AM on February 1, 2015


Stars signify what, exactly? Ones you recommend in particular or.... ?
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 10:59 AM on February 1, 2015


Nvm. Just reread and saw the stars reference.

(But no Uncle P in Monkey Boots? BOOOOOOO.)
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:05 AM on February 1, 2015


This really merits its own blog database, not an unnavigably overloaded FPP.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 11:09 AM on February 1, 2015


(Former admin of antville here.) So do you guys have Alex from mvdbase on board? I do wish IMVDb the best of luck, but the MV landscape seems to have changed a bunch, and while they're seeing a rebirth via YouTube/Vevo and Vimeo, creating a community around MV connoisseurship is no mean feat.
posted by progosk at 12:27 PM on February 1, 2015


Also, you're missing Antonioni, Soderbergh, and a host of others.
posted by progosk at 12:36 PM on February 1, 2015


(Former admin of antville here.)

omg, I totally forgot about antville. Used to find the best new videos there back in the day.
posted by gwint at 1:21 PM on February 1, 2015


It's seen better days, gwint, though they still do monthly faves, and managed to hold the awards in 2014, too.
posted by progosk at 1:52 PM on February 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Nthing that this is amazing!
posted by Gin and Broadband at 2:57 PM on February 1, 2015


OK, ran a script on the post and it looks like: 651 YouTube links, total run time 48hrs, 31mins, 1sec.

A close estimate on how long it took to create the post is beyond my current abilities.
posted by gwint at 4:31 PM on February 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


Cool post and everything but what about John Carpenter's video for Big Trouble in Little China, by the Coup de Villes?

(I kid. Amazing post!)
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 4:57 PM on February 1, 2015


Whoa.
posted by homunculus at 8:01 PM on February 1, 2015


There's bound to be some gaps, yeah, but..... Stunning! Thanks for all the work, dgaicun.
posted by On the Corner at 12:20 AM on February 2, 2015


Astonishing post. I kept thinking 'you've missed out Matt Dillon in Fairytale of New York', but it's in there...

Amazing dedication to the cause!
posted by DanCall at 2:32 AM on February 2, 2015


::faints::

This is an amazing, amazing, spectacular post that will keep us all busy for days. Well done!!!!!!
posted by zarq at 10:20 AM on February 2, 2015


No browsing by genre?
posted by popaopee at 10:33 AM on February 2, 2015


A few people suggested I missed some notable directors, so I refined my search terms and did another sweep through Wikipedia and IMDb. This gave me 26 more bigshots, which brings the total to 108 directors. I left some directors out because they didn't meet my subjective notoriety criteria. Of course, I still may be missing some important names, but this is way more thorough than any previous list.



Alejandro Amenábar
Open Your Eyes (1997), The Sea Inside (2004)
Nancys Rubias - Me encanta (I love it) (2013)
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Michelangelo Antonioni
L'Avventura (1960), Red Desert (1964)
Gianna Nannini – Fotoromanza (1984)
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Steve Barron
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Coneheads (1993)
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (1983)
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (1985)
A-Ha - Take On Me (1986)
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D.J. Caruso
Taking Lives (2004), Disturbia (2007)
This World Fair - Don't Make Me Wait (2007)
Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight (2009)
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Cameron Crowe
Jerry Maguire (1996), Almost Famous (2000)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Change of Heart (1983)
Alice in Chains – Would? (1992)
Pearl Jam – The Fixer (2009)
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David Dobkin
Wedding Crashers (2005), The Judge (2014)
2Pac - Keep Ya Head Up (1993)
Coolio - 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) (1995)
Elton John - You Can Make History (Young Again) (1996)
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Mike Figgis
Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Time Code (2000)
David Gray - Babylon (Version 2) (2000)
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Antoine Fuqua
Training Day (2001), Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Prince - The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1994)
Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise ft. L.V. (1995)
3 Doors Down - Citizen/Soldier ft. The National Guard (2007)
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Taylor Hackford
Devil's Advocate (1997), Ray (2004)
Phil Collins - Against All Odds (1984)
Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me (1985)
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Lasse Hallström
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Cider House Rules (1999)
ABBA – SOS (1975)
ABBA - Dancing Queen (1976)
ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
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Curtis Hanson
L.A. Confidential (1997), 8 Mile (2002)
Bob Dylan - Things Have Changed (2000)
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Scott Hicks
Shine (1996), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
INXS - Don't Change (1982)
INXS - Spy of Love (1982)
INXS - The One Thing (1982)
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John Hillcoat
The Proposition (2005), The Road (2009)
Suede - Can't Get Enough (1999)
Einsturzende Neubauten – Sabina (2000)
Muse - Time is Running Out (2003)
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Albert and Allen Hughes
Menace II Society (1993), The Book of Eli (2010)
Korn - Here to Stay (2002)
Korn - Thoughtless (2002)
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Rian Johnson
Brick (2005), Looper (2012)
The Mountain Goats - Woke Up New (2006)
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Emir Kusturica
Underground (1995), Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
Manu Chao - Rainin in Paradize (2007)
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Marcus Nispel
Friday the 13th (2009), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003),
B-52's - Good Stuff (1992)
The Fugees - Ready or Not (1996)
Puff Daddy & The Family - Victory (1998)
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Mark Pellington
Arlington Road (1999), The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Pearl Jam – Jeremy (1992)
Anthrax – Black Lodge (1993)
Dave Matthews – Gravedigger (2004)
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Ivan Reitman
Ghostbusters (1984), Twins (1988)
Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters (1984)
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Sam Raimi
The Evil Dead (1981), Spider-Man (2002)
Iggy Pop - Cold Metal (1988)
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George A. Romero
Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The Misfits – Scream! (1999)
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Eli Roth
Cabin Fever (2002), Hostel (2005)
Snoop Lion - La La La (2013)
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John Schlesinger
Midnight Cowboy (1969), Marathon Man (1976)
Paul McCartney – Little Willow (1997)
The Why Store – Father (1996)
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Tony Scott
Top Gun (1986), True Romance (1993)
Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone (1986)
George Michael - One More Try (1987)
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John Singleton
Boyz in the Hood (1991), Higher Learning (1995)
Michael Jackson – Remember the Time (1992)
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Thomas Vinterberg
The Celebration (1998), The Hunt (2012)
Metallica - The Day That Never Comes (2008)
posted by dgaicun at 5:31 PM on February 12, 2015


One last category of likely interest is "Actor Directors": people that are primarily famous for acting who have directed music videos. This apparently became much more common after 2000, with barely any examples from the 90s. One example for each (most only have one, but some, like Braff and Ledger, directed more):


Agron, Dianna - Sam Smith - I'm Not the Only One (2014)
Barrymore, Drew - Best Coast - Our Deal (2011)
Braff, Zach - Gavin DeGraw – Chariot (2003)
Cross, David - The Black Keys - 10 A.M. Automatic (2004)
Depp, Johnny - Babybird – Unloveable (2010)
Dunham, Lena – Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better (2014)
Franco, James - R.E.M. – Blue (2012)
Hayek, Salma - Prince - Te Amo Corazon (2006)
Hutton, Timothy - The Cars – Drive (1984)
Irons, Jeremy - Carly Simon - Tired Of Being Blonde (1985)
Keaton, Diane - Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak (1988)
Ledger, Heath - Modest Mouse - King Rat (2009)
LaBeouf, Shia – Marilyn Manson – Born Villain (2011)
McConaughey, Matthew – Jamey Johnson – Playing the Part (2010)
McCulloch, Bruce - Tragically Hip - My Music at Work (2000)
Murphy, Cillian – MONEY – Hold Me Forever (2013)
Oldman, Gary – Alex Eden - Kiss Me Like The Woman You Loved (2011)
Paxton, Bill – Barnes and Barnes - Fish Heads (1980)
Penn, Sean – Shania Twain – Dance With the One that Brought You (1993)
Phoenix, Joaquin - Albert Hammond Jr. - In Transit (2006)
Rock, Chris - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump de Bump (2007)
Stamos, John - The Beach Boys - Hot Fun in the Summertime (1992)
Thorton, Billy Bob - Travis Tritt - Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde (2000)
Whitaker, Forest - Jagged Edge - Goodbye (2001)
Wood, Elijah - The Apples in Stereo – Energy (2007)
posted by dgaicun at 11:48 PM on February 12, 2015


Look out for Leos Carax' two for Carla Bruni, they deserve to figure on your list.
posted by progosk at 4:42 PM on February 14, 2015


This thread is about to close, so I'll add one last update about my actor and director list.

I've continued working on this project and moved it over to the iCheck Movies online forum where I can edit and update:

Music Videos I: Feature Film Directors
Music Videos II: Actors and Actresses

I now have video links for some 160 noteworthy film directors, which is about double the number I originally posted here. Many of the additions were European and Asian directors (including Carax, progosk!).

I also added about 200 videos to the actor list; the total video links have increased from 650 to over 1000.

In a recent update I also made a new category of famous artists that have directed music videos. I combined known examples in Google searches to try and find more and was surprised to find that very few other people online have thought about this topic before. For instance, not one other person has ever mentioned that both H.R. Giger and Andres Serrano have both directed music videos!
posted by dgaicun at 11:51 PM on February 27, 2015 [1 favorite]


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