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Ranking All Of Director David Cronenberg’s Movies

David Cronenberg Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by David Cronenberg 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.

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The Top Film’s Of David Cronenberg



27 ) Transfer

 Transfer Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 26
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

A psychiatrist and his needy patient discuss their relationship in a snow-covered field.

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27 ) From the Drain

 From the Drain Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

The film is centered on two men in a bathtub; it is implied that they are veterans of some past conflict. The first man is paranoid about the drain of the tub, the second indifferent to it. As the conversation between the two men progresses, a vine-like tendril emerges from the drain…

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26 ) Secret Weapons

 Secret Weapons Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

It is six years into a future American civil war. A man has created a drug that enhances fighting skills. But will he give it to the theocratic government, or the rebels? A Cronenberg-directed television curio from the early seventies.

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25 ) Crimes of the Future

 Crimes of the Future Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 26

Crimes of the Future is set in a future where sexually mature women appear to have been obliterated by a plague produced by the use of cosmetics. It details the wanderings of Adrian Tripod director of the dermatological clinic the House of Skin. Tripod seems at a loss following the disappearance of his mentor Antoine Rouge.

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24 ) The Nest

 The Nest Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

A doctor must remove a parasite infestation from within a patient’s breast.

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23 ) Stereo

 Stereo Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

Disguised as an educational film. Stereo purports to be a report on the “Canadian Academy of Erotic Inquiry’s” experiments to induce telepathy in eight experimental subjects. It follows the effects of the experiment using the theoretical framework of the parapsychologist Luther Stringfellow. The film is virtually silent except for commentary by the experimenters.

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22 ) The Lie Chair

 The Lie Chair Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

After their car breaks down on a stormy night, young couple Neil and Carol Croft arrive at the door of elderly Mrs. Rogers and her maid Mildred. They are initially mistaken by Mrs. Rogers for her grandchildren, Robert and Sylvia, who were expected for dinner; when they protest their true identities, each of the women suggests that they are merely putting on an act to comfort the other and ask for the couple’s co-operation in this. As the evening progresses, Neil and Carol realise something is very wrong above and beyond the behaviour of their hosts.

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21 ) The Italian Machine

 The Italian Machine Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 20

This TV play, written and directed David Cronenberg, explores one of his enduring themes: obsessive relationships with technology. A group of bike fanatics determine to get their hands on a Ducati 900 Desmo SuperSport owned by a rich guy, by any means necessary.

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20 ) Cosmopolis

 Cosmopolis Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 13
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo during a riot in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s life begins to crumble.

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19 ) Fast Company

 Fast Company Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

An early departure from director David Cronenberg’s canon of visceral horror, 1979’s Fast Company profiles one of his personal passions, racecars, in a gritty melodrama that also features exciting racetrack footage. Veteran toughguy William Smith is top-billed as a champion drag racer who clashes with the unscrupulous oil-company executive (John Saxon) who sponsors his team.

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18 ) Camera

 Camera Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

While a veteran actor laments the state of film and film acting, a group of young children sneak a Panavision camera into the apartment where the actor resides and decide to make a film with it.

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17 ) Rabid

 Rabid Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

After undergoing radical surgery for injuries from a motorcycle accident, a young woman develops a strange phallic growth on her body and a thirst for human blood — the only nourishment that will now sustain her.

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16 ) Maps to the Stars

 Maps to the Stars Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.

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14 ) Crash

 Crash Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 20
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

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14 ) M. Butterfly

 M. Butterfly Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 21
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 15
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling – but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

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13 ) Shivers

 Shivers Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

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12 ) A Dangerous Method

 A Dangerous Method Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.

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11 ) The Brood

 The Brood Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 16
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband’s investigation.

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10 ) eXistenZ

 eXistenZ Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 8
  • Metacritic User Score: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

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9 ) Scanners

 Scanners Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn’t, and converts him to their cause – to destroy the underground movement.

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8 ) Naked Lunch

 Naked Lunch Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally murders his wife and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in an Islamic port town in Africa.

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7 ) Spider

 Spider Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.

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6 ) Videodrome

 Videodrome Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.

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4 ) Dead Ringers

 Dead Ringers Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire, but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.

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4 ) The Dead Zone

 The Dead Zone Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee’s home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.

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3 ) A History of Violence

 A History of Violence Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

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2 ) Eastern Promises

 Eastern Promises Review Website Ranks:

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

A Russian teenager, living in London, dies during childbirth but leaves clues to a midwife in her journal, that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

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1 ) The Fly

 The Fly Review Website Ranks:

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

When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.

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David Cronenberg’s Best Movies


David Cronenberg Review Website Filmography Rankings

Film RT Critic RT User MC Critic MC User IMDB Letterboxd Overal Rank
The Fly 1 1 5 3 2 1 1
Eastern Promises 3 1 3 6 1 3 2
A History of Violence 5 6 4 4 2 5 3
Dead Ringers 8 3 1 11 4 3 4
The Dead Zone 2 6 7 1 6 8 4
Videodrome 10 4 11 12 4 1 6
Spider 7 9 2 5 10 13 7
Naked Lunch 14 5 9 7 7 6 8
Scanners 9 12 11 2 10 10 9
eXistenZ 13 8 8 13 10 10 10
The Brood 10 9 16 15 9 6 11
A Dangerous Method 12 15 6 8 15 18 12
Shivers 5 14 16 15 14 13 13
Crash 20 13 14 14 16 8 14
M. Butterfly 21 9 15 15 10 15 14
Maps to the Stars 17 17 9 9 19 15 16
Rabid 15 16 16 15 16 15 17
Camera 22 23 16 15 8 10 18
Fast Company 4 18 16 15 22 24 19
Cosmopolis 16 18 13 10 24 21 20
The Italian Machine 22 23 16 15 16 20 21
The Lie Chair 22 23 16 15 19 18 22
Stereo 18 18 16 15 23 24 23
The Nest 22 23 16 15 21 21 24
Crimes of the Future 18 21 16 15 24 26 25
Secret Weapons 22 23 16 15 28 21 26
Transfer 22 23 16 15 26 27 27
From the Drain 22 22 16 15 27 27 27

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