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Ranking All Of Director David Lynch’s Movies

David Lynch Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by David Lynch 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 Lynch



37 ) Pierre and Sonny Jim (2001)

 Pierre and Sonny Jim (2001) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 34
  • IMDB User Review Score: 38
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Pierre and Sonny Jim

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37 ) Industrial Soundscape (2008)

 Industrial Soundscape (2008) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 30
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 38

Music is produced by different objects in an industrial and desolate landscape.

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36 ) I Touch a Red Button (2011)

 I Touch a Red Button (2011) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 28
  • IMDB User Review Score: 36
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

A short animated film that accompanies Interpol’s song “Lights”.

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35 ) The Amputee (1974)

 The Amputee (1974) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 37
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

A double leg amputated woman sits and writes a long meandering letter while her ineffective nurse attempts to attend to her stumps.

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34 ) Idem Paris (2013)

 Idem Paris (2013) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 29
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Filmed at the fine art printing studio in Paris, France, and “virtually wordless”, it documents the lithographic process.

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32 ) Fictitious Anacin Commercial (1967)

 Fictitious Anacin Commercial (1967) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 27
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

A fictitious advertisement for a real product by David Lynch.

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32 ) Absurd Encounter with Fear (1967)

 Absurd Encounter with Fear (1967) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • IMDB User Review Score: 32
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

One of David Lynch’s first short films.

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31 ) Blue Green (2007)

 Blue Green (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 25
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 33

Blue Green is a surreal, ambient short “film” capturing the mood and the lone tone of a giant industrial setting. True to the Lynchian form, psychological feel takes precedence over coherence and logic of the plot, if any, and interpretation is completely open to the individual’s perception.

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30 ) The 3 Rs (2011)

 The 3 Rs (2011) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 36
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

One-minute short film, used as a trailer for the Vienna International Film Festival.

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29 ) Darkened Room (2002)

 Darkened Room (2002) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 30

Two young women find themselves in a dark room where there is a distinctly strange feeling.

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26 ) Lady Blue Shanghai (2010)

 Lady Blue Shanghai (2010) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 31
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

A nameless woman (Marion Cotillard) enters her Shanghai hotel room to find a vintage record playing and a blue Dior purse that seems to come from nowhere. The security guards that search her room find nothing and ask if the bag belongs to an acquaintance. The question reveals to the woman a vision of her traveling to the Pearl Tower and old Shanghai in search of a lost lover who cant stay with her…

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26 ) Boat (2007)

 Boat (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 26
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

A journey into night.

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26 ) Six Men Getting Sick (1967)

 Six Men Getting Sick (1967) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 29
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

Lynch’s first film project consists of a loop of six people vomiting projected on to a special sculptured screen featuring twisted three-dimensional faces.

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25 ) The French as Seen by… (1988)

 The French as Seen by… (1988) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 38
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

In 1988, the Figaro magazine asked to a few famous directors a series of short movies, to celebrate the 10 years of the revue. The thematic : The French seen by – The movies have been released for the French revolution bicentenary.

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24 ) 42 One Dream Rush (2010)

 42 One Dream Rush (2010) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • IMDB User Review Score: 26
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.

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23 ) Lamp (2003)

 Lamp (2003) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 32
  • IMDB User Review Score: 27
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Short documentary of David Lynch building a lamp.

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22 ) Absurda (2007)

 Absurda (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 24
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 22

A group of people are sitting in a theatre watching a movie when one realises that the woman on the screen is her. (IMDb)

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21 ) Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995)

 Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 35
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

A short film about the events following a murder.

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19 ) The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988)

 The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 22

A grizzled, hard-of-hearing cowboy, Slim, and his two friends, Dusty and Pete, capture a mysterious, well-dressed Frenchman.

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19 ) Dune (1984)

 Dune (1984) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 27

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune – the only place where the time-travel substance ‘Spice’ can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it’s only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.

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18 ) DumbLand (2002)

 DumbLand (2002) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

DumbLand is a series of eight crudely animated shorts written, directed, and voiced by director David Lynch in 2002. The shorts were originally released on the Internet through Lynch’s website, and were released as a DVD in 2005. The total running time of all eight shorts combined is approximately a half hour.

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17 ) More Things That Happened (2007)

 More Things That Happened (2007) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 33
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

A collection of deleted scenes from David Lynch’s 2006 surrealist horror ‘Inland Empire’ .

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16 ) Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014)

 Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Duran Duran: Unstaged is a multimedia event that takes the audience on a cinematic journey with one of the most successful acts in the world during their performance at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles.

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15 ) Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)

 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love.

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14 ) Eraserhead Stories (2001)

 Eraserhead Stories (2001) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

David Lynch discusses the making of the film Eraserhead.

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13 ) The Alphabet (1968)

 The Alphabet (1968) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

A woman’s dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

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12 ) Rabbits (2002)

 Rabbits (2002) Review Website Ranks:

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

A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the rabbits also make contact with their “leader”.

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11 ) The Grandmother (1970)

 The Grandmother (1970) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

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10 ) Lumière and Company (1995)

 Lumière and Company (1995) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and (3) no more than three takes. The results run the gamut from Zhang Yimou’s convention-thwarting joke to David Lynch’s bizarre miniature epic.

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9 ) Inland Empire (2006)

 Inland Empire (2006) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

An actress’s perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.

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8 ) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Standalone version of the series pilot with an alternate, closed ending, produced for the European VHS market.

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7 ) Wild at Heart (1990)

 Wild at Heart (1990) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula’s mom has hired to kill Sailor.

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6 ) Lost Highway (1997)

 Lost Highway (1997) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.

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5 ) Eraserhead (1977)

 Eraserhead (1977) Review Website Ranks:

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

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

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3 ) Mulholland Drive (2001)

 Mulholland Drive (2001) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

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3 ) Blue Velvet (1986)

 Blue Velvet (1986) Review Website Ranks:

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

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

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2 ) The Straight Story (1999)

 The Straight Story (1999) Review Website Ranks:

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

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

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1 ) The Elephant Man (1980)

 The Elephant Man (1980) Review Website Ranks:

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

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his “owner” as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

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David Lynch’s Best Movies



David Lynch Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
The Elephant Man (1980) 5112 1
The Straight Story (1999) 2224 2
Mulholland Drive (2001) 6321 3
Blue Velvet (1986) 3342 3
Eraserhead (1977) 4665 5
Lost Highway (1997) 10555 6
Wild at Heart (1990) 87108 7
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) 98107 8
Inland Empire (2006) 711138 9
Lumière and Company (1995) 191317 10
The Grandmother (1970) 1211810 11
Rabbits (2002) 12131310 12
The Alphabet (1968) 1291612 13
Eraserhead Stories (2001) 1218812 14
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990) 12161015 15
Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014) 12191719 16
More Things That Happened (2007) 1233617 17
DumbLand (2002) 12172119 18
The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988) 12152222 19
Dune (1984) 11141927 19
Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (1995) 12351712 21
Absurda (2007) 12242222 22
Lamp (2003) 12322715 23
42 One Dream Rush (2010) 12222627 24
The French as Seen by… (1988) 12381919 25
Lady Blue Shanghai (2010) 12312224 26
Boat (2007) 12262724 26
Six Men Getting Sick (1967) 12212927 26
Darkened Room (2002) 12202930 29
The 3 Rs (2011) 12362224 30
Blue Green (2007) 12252933 31
Fictitious Anacin Commercial (1967) 12273430 32
Absurd Encounter with Fear (1967) 12233236 32
Idem Paris (2013) 12293433 34
The Amputee (1974) 12373230 35
I Touch a Red Button (2011) 12283636 36
Pierre and Sonny Jim (2001) 12343833 37
Industrial Soundscape (2008) 12303738 37

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