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Ranking All Of Director Jim Jarmusch’s Movies

Jim Jarmusch Filmography Movie Ranking

“What are Jim Jarmusch’s Best Movies?” We looked at all of Jarmusch’s directed filmography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the movies directed by Jim Jarmusch and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato User, Metacritic, Metacritic User, IMDB, and Letterboxd scores, ranking them against one another to see which movies came out on top. The movies are ranked in our list below based on which movies have the highest overall score between all 6 review sites in comparison with all of the other movies by the same director. The process is all very scientific with no flaws at all.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page. We will update the article if/when a new movie by Jim Jarmusch is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

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The Top Film’s Of Jim Jarmusch



14 ) The Limits of Control (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

A mysterious stranger works outside the law and keeps his objectives hidden, trusting no one. While his demeanor is paradoxically focused and dreamlike all at once, he embarks on a journey that not only takes him across Spain, but also through his own consciousness.

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13 ) Permanent Vacation (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.

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12 ) Year of the Horse (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 13
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Indie director Jim Jarmusch lenses a low-tech tribute to protean rocker Neil Young and his long-standing band, Crazy Horse. Stitched together from archival material shot in 1976 and 1986 along with candid scenes of Young and the band kicking back between shows, this rockumentary is as ragged as it is direct. Concert performances include renditions of hits such as “Sedan Delivery” and “Like a Hurricane.”

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11 ) Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

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10 ) Broken Flowers (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.

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9 ) Gimme Danger (2016)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

No other band in rock’n’roll history has rivaled The Stooges’ combination of heavy primal throb, spiked psychedelia, blues-a-billy grind, complete with succinct angst-ridden lyrics, and a snarling, preening leopard of a frontman who somehow embodies Nijinsky, Bruce Lee, Harpo Marx, and Arthur Rimbaud all rolled into one. There is no precedent for The Stooges, while those inspired by them are now legion. The film will present the context of their emergence musically, culturally, politically, historically, and relate their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.

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8 ) Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

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7 ) Dead Man (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

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6 ) Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

After being around for centuries and now living in the modern age, vampire Adam is a rockstar that cannot grow accustomed to the new modern world with all of its new technology. While he lives in Detroit, his wife Eve lives in Tangier, flourishing in the new world. But when she senses Adam’s depression with society, she gets on a plane and goes to see him. Shortly after Eve gets there, her little sister, Ava, shows up after 87 years and disrupts the couple’s idyll reunion.

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5 ) Night on Earth (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

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4 ) Mystery Train (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.

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3 ) Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

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2 ) Paterson (2016)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Set in the present in Paterson, New Jersey, this is a tale about a bus driver and poet.

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1 ) Down by Law (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.

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Jim Jarmusch’s Best Movies



Jim Jarmusch Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User MC Critic MC User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Down by Law 4 1 6 9 1 1 1
Paterson 1 10 1 2 7 2 2
Stranger Than Paradise 2 3 2 9 4 4 3
Mystery Train 5 5 3 9 4 2 4
Night on Earth 9 2 9 9 1 4 5
Only Lovers Left Alive 7 9 4 4 8 4 6
Dead Man 10 4 12 5 3 4 7
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 8 6 10 2 4 8 8
Gimme Danger 2 12 7 1 9 11 9
Broken Flowers 6 11 4 8 9 9 10
Coffee and Cigarettes 11 7 11 6 11 9 11
Year of the Horse 12 7 13 9 12 12 12
Permanent Vacation 14 13 8 9 13 14 13
The Limits of Control 13 14 14 7 14 12 14

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