Director Filmography Rankings, Movie Ranking

Ranking All Of Director Brian De Palma’s Movies

Brian De Palma Filmography Movie Rankings

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

We took all of the movies directed by Brian De Palma and looked at their Rotten Tomato Critic, Rotten Tomato 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 Brian DePalma 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 Brian De Palma



36 ) Domino

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 36
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

A fast-paced thriller about Christian, a Copenhagen police officer seeking justice for his partner’s murder by a mysterious man called Imran. In a world wracked by terror and suspicion, Christian and Alex, a fellow cop and his late partner’s mistress, embark on a mission to hunt Imran down, but are unwittingly caught in a cat and mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent who is using Imran as a pawn to trap ISIS members. Soon Christian and Alex are racing against the clock – from the frosty cities of Scandinavia to the sun-drenched landscapes of Spain – not only seeking revenge, but to save their own lives.

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35 ) Jennifer

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 35
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

A short directed by Brian de Palma.

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33 ) The Wedding Party

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 28
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

See Robert DeNiro in his first starring role in Brian DePalma’s wildly comic first feature The Wedding Party!

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33 ) Bridge That Gap

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

A short directed by Brian de Palma.

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32 ) The Bonfire of the Vanities

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 24
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 26
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

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31 ) Woton’s Wake

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 30
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Woton Wretchichevsky has a disfigured face, dresses in cloak and mask and stalks couples to burn them with a blowtorch. He is also a sculptor of steel and garbage installations. One day one of his creations comes alive in the form of a young woman. She flees him when he tries to express his love by pointing the blowtorch at her. She hides in a house where some kind of orgy or happening is going on. Also war breaks out. —flixster

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29 ) Dionysus in ’69

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Filmed stageplay based on the ancient greek play The Bacchae written by Euripides. This play is performed by members of The Performance Group, an NYC experimental theater group who has made their own personal adaptation of this ancient text. Filmed by Brian De Palma.

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29 ) Passion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 26

The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.

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28 ) 660124: The Story of an IBM Card

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

A short directed by Brian de Palma.

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27 ) Home Movies

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 33
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

A cult guru urges a shy disciple to make life a movie and be its star.

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25 ) The Black Dahlia

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 21
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue the killer.

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25 ) Icarus

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 32

A short directed by Brian de Palma.

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24 ) Mission to Mars

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 23
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.

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23 ) Murder à la Mod

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 25
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Naive young lady Karen wants to help her struggling amateur filmmaker boyfriend Christopher raise enough money so he can divorce his wife. Meanwhile, jolly psycho prankster Otto stalks the building where Christopher is shooting a low-grade adult movie in order to keep himself afloat.

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22 ) Get to Know Your Rabbit

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 25

A young businessman goes to a magic expert to learn hardness and skill with his cynical and greedy collaborators. He becomes a very good tap dancer, but will he be able to get free of his old boss?

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21 ) Wise Guys

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.

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20 ) The Responsive Eye

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 25
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Before Brian De Palma became a narrative film maker he made documentaries. Among them is The Responsive Eye, which chronicles the Museum Of Modern Art’s 1965 exhibition of op-art. Curated by William Seitz, this was the first significant exhibit of optical art synchronous with and in some cases arising out of the early days of psychedelic culture. It’s amusing to watch the stuffed shirts within the art world attempt to describe what they are looking at in conventional terms or resorting to psychological mumbo jumbo without ever mentioning mescaline or LSD.

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19 ) Snake Eyes

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It’s up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly shocking discoveries that even he can’t turn a blind eye to.

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18 ) Redacted

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Redacted is a film written and directed by Brian De Palma that is a fictional drama loosely based on the Mahmudiyah killings in Iraq.

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17 ) Raising Cain

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

When neighborhood kids begin vanishing, Jenny suspects her child psychologist husband, Carter, may be resuming the deranged experiments his father performed on Carter when he was young. Now, it falls to Jenny to unravel the mystery. And as more children disappear, she fears for her own child’s safety.

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16 ) Greetings

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, and amateur film-making.

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15 ) Femme Fatale

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.

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13 ) Hi, Mom!

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Vietnam vet John Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwhich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, ‘Peeping Tom’ style, the people in the apartment across the street. His obsession with making films leads him to fall in with a radical ‘Black Power’ group, which in turn leads him to carry out a bizarre act of urban terrorism.

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13 ) The Fury

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

A government agent is determined to come to his son’s rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.

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12 ) Obsession

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife.

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11 ) Body Double

Review Website Ranks:

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

After losing an acting role and his girlfriend, Jake Scully finally catches a break: he gets offered a gig house-sitting in the Hollywood Hills. While peering through the beautiful home’s telescope one night, he spies a gorgeous blonde dancing in her window. But when he witnesses the girl’s murder, it leads Scully through the netherworld of the adult entertainment industry on a search for answers — with porn actress Holly Body as his guide.

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10 ) Mission: Impossible

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he’s surprised to learn that he’s the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

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9 ) Sisters

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is forced to take matters into her own hands. Her first move is to recruit private investigator Joseph Larch, who helps her to uncover a secret about Danielle’s past that has them both seeing double.

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8 ) Casualties of War

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.

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7 ) Dressed to Kill

Review Website Ranks:

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

A mysterious, tall, blonde woman, wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist’s patients, and now she’s after the prostitute who witnessed it.

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6 ) The Untouchables

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it’s not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

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5 ) Carlito’s Way

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.

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4 ) Carrie

Review Website Ranks:

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

Carrie may be ostracized, but the shy teen has the ability to move objects with her mind. So when the high school “in crowd” torments her with a sick joke at the prom, she lashes out with devastating — and deadly — power.

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3 ) Blow Out

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.

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2 ) Phantom of the Paradise

Review Website Ranks:

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

Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The Phantom. Leach signs contract with Swan to complete rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. Double crossed by Swan who hires heavy metal singer Beef, Leach exacts his vengeance.

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1 ) Scarface

Review Website Ranks:

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

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

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Brian De Palma’s Best Movies



Brian De Palma Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Scarface 7 1 1 2 1
Phantom of the Paradise 2 4 4 2 2
Blow Out 3 5 5 1 3
Carrie 1 6 5 4 4
Carlito’s Way 10 2 2 4 5
The Untouchables 8 3 2 6 6
Dressed to Kill 5 8 7 7 7
Casualties of War 5 7 7 9 8
Sisters 8 9 10 9 9
Mission: Impossible 15 10 7 9 10
Body Double 12 11 12 7 11
Obsession 13 12 12 13 12
Hi, Mom! 14 13 17 9 13
The Fury 10 14 14 15 13
Femme Fatale 17 14 16 14 15
Greetings 4 18 22 18 16
Raising Cain 16 20 19 15 17
Redacted 18 16 18 21 18
Snake Eyes 19 22 19 18 19
The Responsive Eye 25 30 19 15 20
Wise Guys 22 18 23 27 21
Get to Know Your Rabbit 25 16 27 25 22
Murder à la Mod 25 25 23 21 23
Mission to Mars 23 23 23 27 24
The Black Dahlia 21 24 23 30 25
Icarus 25 30 11 32 25
Home Movies 25 21 33 21 27
660124: The Story of an IBM Card 25 30 14 32 28
Dionysus in ’69 25 30 31 18 29
Passion 20 27 31 26 29
Woton’s Wake 25 29 30 21 31
The Bonfire of the Vanities 24 26 27 30 32
The Wedding Party 25 28 34 27 33
Bridge That Gap 25 30 27 32 33
Jennifer 25 30 35 32 35
Domino 25 30 36 32 36

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