Director Filmography Rankings, Movie Ranking

Ranking All Of Director Ang Lee’s Movies

Ang Lee Filmography Ranking Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Ang Lee and looked at his 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 Ang Lee 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 Ang Lee



13 ) Ride with the Devil

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man’s land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an immigrant’s son, a freed slave, and a young widow form an unlikely friendship as they learn how to survive in an uncertain time. In a place without rules and redefine the meaning of bravery and honor.

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13 ) The Hire: Chosen

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

The Driver is carrying an Asian child who has been chosen for a strange ritual. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk’s house, while eluding several American cars out to get the child.

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12 ) Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad – contrasting the realities of war with America’s perceptions.

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11 ) Taking Woodstock

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

The story of Elliot Tiber and his family, who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that it was. When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for his parents’ run-down motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor’s farm in White Lake, New York, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life–and American culture–forever.

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10 ) Hulk

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers massive radiation exposure in his laboratory that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

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9 ) Pushing Hands

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

The story is about an elderly Chinese tai chi chuan teacher and grandfather who emigrates from Beijing to live with his son, American daughter-in-law, and grandson in a New York City suburb. The grandfather is increasingly distanced from the family as a “fish out of water” in Western culture.

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8 ) The Ice Storm

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

In the weekend after thanksgiving 1973 the Hoods are skidding out of control. Benjamin Hood reels from drink to drink, trying not to think about his trouble at the office. His wife, Elena, is reading self help books and losing patience with her husband’s lies. Their son, Paul, home for the holidays, escapes to the city to pursue an alluring rich girl from his prep school. Young, budding nymphomaniac, Wendy Hood roams the neighborhood, innocently exploring liquor cabinets and lingerie drawers of her friends’ parents, looking for something new. Then an ice storm hits, the worst in a century.

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7 ) The Wedding Banquet

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A Taiwanese-American man is happily settled in New York with his American boyfriend. He plans a marriage of convenience to a Chinese woman in order to keep his parents off his back and to get the woman a green card. Chaos follows when his parents arrive in New York for the wedding.

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6 ) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Review Website Ranks:

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

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

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5 ) Brokeback Mountain

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.

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4 ) Lust, Caution

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.

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3 ) Life of Pi

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

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1 ) Eat Drink Man Woman

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

The film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef Chu (Si Hung Lung) and his family living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. As the film progresses, each of the daughters encounters new men in their lives. When these new relationships blossom, the stereotypes are broken and the living situation within the family changes.. The film features several scenes displaying the techniques and artistry of gourmet Chinese cooking. Since the family members have difficulty expressing their love for each other, the intricate preparation of banquet quality dishes for their Sunday dinners is the surrogate for their familial feelings.

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1 ) Sense and Sensibility

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

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Ang Lee’s Best Movies



Ang Lee Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User MC Critic MC User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Eat Drink Man Woman 4 1 11 11 3 2 1
Sense and Sensibility 1 2 3 2 4 2 1
Life of Pi 5 5 4 5 1 6 3
Lust, Caution 8 5 7 7 7 6 4
Brokeback Mountain 5 7 2 3 4 1 5
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 4 1 4 1 2 6
The Wedding Banquet 3 3 11 11 4 6 7
The Ice Storm 7 7 5 1 8 2 8
Pushing Hands 13 7 11 11 9 9 9
Hulk 10 13 9 10 14 14 10
Taking Woodstock 11 11 8 7 12 12 11
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk 12 12 10 9 13 13 12
Ride with the Devil 9 10 6 6 11 10 13
The Hire: Chosen 13 14 11 11 10 11 13

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