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Ranking All Of Director Errol Morris’s Movies

Errol Morris Filmography Movie Ranking Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Errol Morris 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.

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The Top Film’s Of Errol Morris



25 ) Holland, Michigan

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

A teacher starts an affair with her coworker and discovers her husband’s dark secret life.

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24 ) They Were There (2011)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

What does it mean to be an IBMer? Every employee experiences the company in different ways, but the global impact IBM has made on business and society over the last 100 years gives us all a common framework. “They Were There” is told by first-hand witnesses—current and retired employees and clients—who were there when IBM helped to change the way world works.

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23 ) The Dark Wind (1991)

 The Dark Wind (1991) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 20

An Indian police officer is mixed up in murder and drug smuggling on the reservation.

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21 ) The Heist (2015)

 The Heist (2015) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

Michael Jordan’s retired North Carolina jersey is stolen.

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21 ) Most Valuable Whatever (2015)

 Most Valuable Whatever (2015) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

How much would you pay for Ty Cobb’s dentures in an auction? Errol Morris’s final short for ESPN Films takes a look at the stranger side of sports memorabilia collecting with perspective from three very, very dedicated fans.

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20 ) El Wingador (2012)

 El Wingador (2012) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

The filmmaker Errol Morris explores the excessive eating habits of a five-time champion of the Philadelphia Wing Bowl.

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19 ) Demon in the Freezer (2016)

 Demon in the Freezer (2016) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Smallpox has inflicted untold suffering and death. So why are we keeping it around?

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18 ) Being Mr. Met (2015)

 Being Mr. Met (2015) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

In Errol Morris’s fourth of six shorts for ESPN Films, we learn, through a former Mr. Met, what it’s like to be a mascot — to be beloved, but voiceless — and what happens to one’s identity when the time comes to take the suit off.

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17 ) Survivors (2008)

 Survivors (2008) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Errol Morris gives voice to cancer survivors who beat the disease, and the loved ones of those who did not.

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16 ) The Streaker (2015)

 The Streaker (2015) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Errol Morris introduces us to the world’s most prolific streaker.

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14 ) The Subterranean Stadium (2015)

 The Subterranean Stadium (2015) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

Errol Morris takes us to a long-running basement electric football league.

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14 ) Leymah Gbowee: The Dream (2014)

 Leymah Gbowee: The Dream (2014) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Through her activism to topple Liberia’s dictator, Leymah Gbowee was able to restore her own faith in humanity. Part 1 of “Three Short Films About Peace.”

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13 ) The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (2017)

 The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

A look at the life and work of legendary photographer Elsa Dorfman, whose subjects have included such friends as Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Jonathan Richman.

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11 ) The Unknown Known (2013)

 The Unknown Known (2013) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003

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11 ) The Umbrella Man (2011)

 The Umbrella Man (2011) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

On the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Errol Morris explores the story behind the one man seen standing under an open black umbrella at the site.

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10 ) Tabloid (2010)

 Tabloid (2010) Review Website Ranks:

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

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

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9 ) Wormwood (2017)

 Wormwood (2017) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Morris, Wormwood, a Netflix original story told in 6 chapters, explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth. A twisting, evolving story of one man’s 60-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, Wormwood examines the case, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets.

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8 ) Standard Operating Procedure (2008)

 Standard Operating Procedure (2008) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Errol Morris examines the incidents of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison.

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7 ) Vernon, Florida (1981)

 Vernon, Florida (1981) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Early Errol Morris documentary intersplices random chatter he captured on film of the genuinely eccentric residents of Vernon, Florida. A few examples? The preacher giving a sermon on the definition of the word “Therefore,” and the obsessive turkey hunter who speaks reverentially of the “gobblers” he likes to track down and kill.

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6 ) Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)

 Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) Review Website Ranks:

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

Hilarious, sad, absurd, eerie and beautiful, “FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL” is a film like no other. Starting as a darkly funny contemplation of the Sisyphus-like nature of human striving, it ultimately becomes a profoundly moving meditation on the very nature of existence.

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5 ) A Brief History of Time (1991)

 A Brief History of Time (1991) Review Website Ranks:

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

A documentary film based on the life of scientist Steven Hawking. The film explores the intimate life of Steven Hawking through him, his friends and his family, as he goes through school, is diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and discovers revolutionary theories about time, black holes, and the origin of the universe. A visually interesting and at times funny film about a extraordinary life.

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4 ) Gates of Heaven (1978)

 Gates of Heaven (1978) Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

A documentary about the men who run a pet cemetery, and the men and women who bury their pets.

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3 ) Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

 Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) Review Website Ranks:

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

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. is a 1999 documentary film by Errol Morris about execution technician Fred A. Leuchter.

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2 ) The Fog of War (2003)

 The Fog of War (2003) Review Website Ranks:

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

Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the eighty-five-year-old Robert McNamara, ‘The Fog of War’ depicts his life, from working as a WWII Whiz Kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company’s president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

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1 ) The Thin Blue Line (1988)

 The Thin Blue Line (1988) Review Website Ranks:

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

Errol Morris’s unique documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer’s murder in Dallas.

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Errol Morris’s Best Movies



Errol Morris Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
The Thin Blue Line (1988) 1231 1
The Fog of War (2003) 4112 2
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999) 1343 3
Gates of Heaven (1978) 10643 4
A Brief History of Time (1991) 6587 5
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997) 84106 6
Vernon, Florida (1981) 17119 7
Standard Operating Procedure (2008) 12847 8
Wormwood (2017) 812133 9
Tabloid (2010) 79139 10
The Unknown Known (2013) 1110139 11
The Umbrella Man (2011) 1314412 11
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (2017) 5111912 13
The Subterranean Stadium (2015) 13141112 14
Leymah Gbowee: The Dream (2014) 1314221 14
The Streaker (2015) 1314817 16
Survivors (2008) 13141712 17
Being Mr. Met (2015) 13141617 18
Demon in the Freezer (2016) 13142412 19
El Wingador (2012) 13141821 20
The Heist (2015) 13142119 21
Most Valuable Whatever (2015) 13141921 21
The Dark Wind (1991) 13132320 23
They Were There (2011) 13142221 24
Holland, Michigan 13142421 25

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