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Ranking All Of Director Claire Denis’s Movies

Claire Denis Filmography Movie Ranking

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

We took all of the movies directed by Claire Denis and looked at her 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 Claire Denis 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 Claire Denis



11 ) Trouble Every Day (2001)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Scientist Shane Brown neglects his new bride, instead spending their honeymoon searching for an old colleague who disappeared after a research paper he had written was discredited by the medical community. It turns out that Dr. Semeneau is living in obscurity in order to protect his wife, whom he keeps prisoner in a room with boards nailed across the doorway. The narrative unfolds the dark secret that drives each party.

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11 ) Les Salauds (Bastards) (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law’s suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy – though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.

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10 ) No Fear, No Die (S’en fout la mort) (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Dah and Jocelyn come from Benin, Africa, to coach their rooster, “S’en fout la mort”, for an illicit cock-fight in the basement of a restaurant.

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9 ) Let the Sunshine In (2017)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love, at last.

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8 ) I Can’t Sleep (J’ai pas sommeil) (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Ninon is a spirited hotel-manager who teaches self-defense classes to her terrified elderly neighbors. Daiga, an aspiring Lithuanian actress newly arrived to Paris, comes to live at the hotel and becomes fascinated with the life of a mysteriously beautiful drag performer, Camille. Camille occasionally seeks refuge at the home of his brother, Theo, a quiet Antillean musician and carpenter who longs to return with his child to his native land against the wishes of his estranged wife, Mona.

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7 ) Chocolate (Chocolat) (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family’s houseboy, Protee – a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty – and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society.

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6 ) Friday Night (Vendredi soir) (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Paris, 1995. Laure (Valérie Lemercier) is about to meet friends for dinner to celebrate her moving in with her boyfriend. But on her way out, she discovers that the entire city is stalled by a massive transit strike. When a handsome stranger (Vincent Lindon) offers her a ride, Laure takes a highly charged, impossibly erotic detour.

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5 ) Nenette and Boni (Nénette et Boni) (1996)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents’ divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger sister, having run away from boarding school, suddenly turns up. There’s a problem that they must confront.

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4 ) White Material (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Maria is a White farmer who runs a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks on emblems of colonialism. Maria’s workers leave, but she refuses to abandon the plantation, and searches for men to finish harvesting of the coffee.

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3 ) The Intruder (L’intrus) (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems, seeks a transplant, and then goes in search of a son sired years before in Tahiti. Told elliptically, with few words, we see Louis as possibly heartless, ignoring a son who lives nearby who is himself an attentive father to two young children, one named for Louis. He leaves his bed one night – and his lover – to kill an intruder; he dreams, usually of violence. Will his body accept his heart? Will his son accept his offer?

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2 ) 35 Shots of Rum (35 rhums) (2008)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A widowed metro conductor, approaching retirement, lives with his beautiful grown daughter – the object of a neighbor’s romantic interest. The man’s former girlfriend also lives in their building and plays a role in their closely-knit lives. 35 Shots of Rum considers the mysterious complexities that surround evolving relationships, whether romantic or parental.

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1 ) Good Work (Beau travail) (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in Galoup’s mind. He feels compelled to stop him from coming to the attention of the commandant who he admires, but who ignores him. Ultimately, his jealousy leads to the destruction of both Sentain and himself.

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Claire Denis’s Best Movies



Claire Denis Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User MC Critic MC User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
Good Work (Beau travail) 6 1 2 1 1 1 1
35 Shots of Rum (35 rhums) 1 7 1 5 3 2 2
The Intruder (L’intrus) 4 5 3 7 4 3 3
White Material 3 7 4 4 4 6 4
Nenette and Boni (Nénette et Boni) 5 1 6 8 4 6 5
Friday Night (Vendredi soir) 6 9 7 2 8 3 6
Chocolate (Chocolat) 9 6 10 8 1 3 7
I Can’t Sleep (J’ai pas sommeil) 8 4 10 8 4 6 8
Let the Sunshine In 2 12 5 8 10 12 9
No Fear, No Die (S’en fout la mort) 12 3 10 8 8 9 10
Trouble Every Day 11 10 9 3 12 10 11
Les Salauds (Bastards) 10 11 7 6 11 10 11

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