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Ranking All Of Director Frederick Wiseman’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Frederick Wiseman 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 4 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 Frederick Wiseman



44 ) Sinai Field Mission (1978)

 Sinai Field Mission (1978)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 43
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

SINAI FIELD MISSION shows the routine activities of the diplomats and electronics technicians who operate the U.S. Sinai Field Mission, the early warning system established in 1976 to help facilitate the disengagement between Egypt and Israel after the 1973 war. The major purpose of the Mission is to monitor the approaches to strategic passes and to verify the operations of the Egyptian and Israeli surveillance stations in the Sinai Buffer Zone.



43 ) Seraphita’s Diary (1982)

 Seraphita's Diary (1982)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 42
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

The story of a famous fashion model who, unable to cope with the fantasies and pressures her beauty induces in others, disappears. The film is a profile of her emotional life and contrasts the fantasies she creates in other people’s minds with the strains of her real emotional life as revealed in her diaries.



42 ) Racetrack (1986)

 Racetrack (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 40
  • Letterboxd User Score: 36

RACETRACK is about the Belmont Race Track, one of the world’s leading race tracks for thoroughbred racing. The film highlights the training, maintaining and racing of thoroughbred horses. Everyday occurrences are shown: in the backstretch — the grooming, feeding, shoeing, and caring for horses and the preparation for races; at the practice track the various aspects of training, exercising, and timing the horses; at the paddock — the pre-race presentation of the horses; and in the grandstand — betting and watching the races. The film also has sequences showing the variety of work done by trainers, jockeys, jockey agents, grooms, hot walkers, stable hands, and veterinarians.



41 ) Crazy Horse (2011)

 Crazy Horse (2011)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 44
  • Letterboxd User Score: 34

A cinéma vérité look inside Paris’ Crazy Horse, a club that boasts the greatest and most chic nude dancing in the world.



40 ) La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué (1996)

 La Comédie-Française ou L'amour joué (1996)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

La Comédie-Française is the oldest continuous repertory company in the world, founded in Paris in the late 17th century. This is the first time a documentary film-maker has been allowed to look at all the aspects of the work of this great theatrical company. Sequences in the film include sections of plays, casting, set and costume design, administrative meetings and rehearsals and performances of four classic French plays, Don Juan by Molière, La Thebaide by Racine, La Double Inconstance by Marivaux and Occupe-toi d’Amelie by Feydeau. (Zipporah Films)



39 ) The Last Letter (2002)

 The Last Letter (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 34

Locked away in the Jewish ghetto of an occupied Ukrainian town in 1941, a mother revisits her life in a last letter to her son.



38 ) Manoeuvre (1980)

 Manoeuvre (1980)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

MANOEUVRE follows a U.S. infantry tank company through NATO’s annual fall manoeuvres in Western Europe. One purpose of these war games is to test how quickly and effectively U.S. reinforcements can come to the aid of NATO forces stationed in Europe. The various stages of the training exercise, including defensive and offensive tactics, and hypothetical wins and losses are seen from the point of view of a company fighting a simulated, conventional, non-nuclear ground and air war.



37 ) Aspen (1991)

 Aspen (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 40
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

ASPEN is a film about a town famous in the 19th century for silver mining and now known for its scenic splendor, mountains, skiing, hiking, music, intellectual activity and fashionable people. The film documents the daily life and activities of the people who live, work, visit and play in Aspen in the winter.



35 ) Multi-Handicapped (1986)

 Multi-Handicapped (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

This film shows the day to day activities of multi-handicapped and sensory impaired students and their teachers, dormitory parents, and counselors at the Helen Keller School. The primary mission of the school is to meet the total and living needs of deaf and/or blind children, some of whom also have other disabilities. The film presents situations involving personal hygiene, mobility training, concepts of time and money, self help and independent living, dormitory life, recreation, sports, vocational training, and psychological counseling.



35 ) Essene (1972)

 Essene (1972)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Essene is about daily life in a Benedictine monastery and the resolution of conflict between personal needs and the institutional and organizational priorities of the community. In the Order, where the focus of life is the relationship of individual work and worship to the community as a whole, the brethren must cope with the same issues that arise in any community: rules, work, worship, values, love, and play.



34 ) Adjustment & Work (1986)

 Adjustment & Work (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

Wiseman enumerates the sights and sounds of Talladega, Alabama – the railroad tracks, quiet streets and homes, a few shops downtown – almost as if to list those things most of us might take for granted. Of the four films in this series, Adjustment & Work is the only one that focuses entirely on adults—specifically adults who have recently lost their sight (and hence are adjusting to this change) and those without sight or hearing who are learning skills in order to enter the workforce.



33 ) Missile (1988)

 Missile (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

MISSILE follows the 4315th Training Squadron of the Strategic Air Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where Air Force officers are trained to man the Launch Control Centers for the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Sequences include discussion of the moral and military issues of nuclear war; the arming, targeting and launching of the missile; codes; communications; protection against terrorist attack; emergency procedures; staff meetings and tutorial sessions.



31 ) Domestic Violence 2 (2002)

 Domestic Violence 2 (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

The opening scene in this film is of an arrest in Hillsborough County Florida where a woman has scratched her husband while he was trying to restrain her from getting back in her car and leaving after an argument. The officers explain that she has committed a battery and thereby earned herself an inescapable arrest and overnight stay in jail because by law they have no discretion. This sets the stage for two hours of court proceedings before three different judges, each trying to apply the Florida domestic violence laws. Though it gets repetitive, it also is fascinating to try to figure out what to do with such issues as restraining orders, parental visits, child support and punishment as each witness testifies, and to see how the judges react.



31 ) Deaf (1986)

 Deaf (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

The School for the Deaf at the Alabama Institute is organized around a theory of total communication i.e. the use of signs and finger spelling in conjunction with speech, hearing aids, lip reading, gestures and the written word. The film shows sequences dealing with various aspects of this comprehensive training such as teaching students and parents to sign; speech therapy; psychological counseling; regular academic courses; vocational training; disciplinary problems; parents visits; sports and recreational activity; training in living and working independently; and developing skills in home and money management.



30 ) Meat (1976)

 Meat (1976)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

MEAT traces the process through which cattle and sheep become consumer goods. It depicts the processing and transportation of meat products by a highly automated packing plant, illustrating important points and problems in the area of production, transportation, logistics, equipment design, time-motion study, and labor management.



28 ) The Store (1984)

 The Store (1984)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

THE STORE is a film about the main Neiman-Marcus store and corporate headquarters in Dallas. The sequences in the film include the selection, presentation, marketing, pricing, advertising and selling of a vast array of consumer products including designer clothes and furs, jewelry, perfumes, shoes, electronic products, sportswear, china and porcelain and many other goods. The internal management and organizational aspects of a large corporation are shown, i.e., sales meetings, development of marketing and advertising strategies, training, personnel practices and sales techniques.



28 ) Canal Zone (1977)

 Canal Zone (1977)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

CANAL ZONE is about the people who live and work in the Panama Canal Zone and shows both the operation of the Canal and the various governmental agencies — business, military, and civilian — related to the functioning of the Canal and the lives of the Americans in the zone. The film includes sequences of ships in transit, the work of special canal pilots, aspects of the civil government, work of the military, and the social, religious and recreational life of the Zonians.



27 ) Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

 Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 37
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Monrovia, Indiana explores a small town in rural, mid-America and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived along with conflicting stereotypes. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a way of life whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries.



25 ) Model (1981)

 Model (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

MODEL shows male and female models at work on TV commercials, fashion shows, magazine covers, and advertising for a variety of products, including designer collections, fur coats, sports clothes and automobiles. The models are seen at work with photographers whose techniques illustrate different styles of fashion and product photography. The business aspect of running an agency is also shown: interviewing prospective models, career counseling, arranging portfolios, talking with clients, and planning trips. The film presents a view of the intersections of fashion, business, advertising, photography, television and fantasy.



25 ) Boxing Gym (2010)

 Boxing Gym (2010)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 34
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best.



23 ) State Legislature (2007)

 State Legislature (2007)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

STATE LEGISLATURE shows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature during an entire session. Lobbyists, lawmakers and their constituents are seen debating and discussing the concerns of the electorate, on issues that range from violence in schools, mad cow disease and video voyeurism to illegal immigration, secondhand smoke and the deregulation of telephone rates. The film is an example of the achievements, values, constraints and limitations of the democratic process.



23 ) High School II (1994)

 High School II (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

HIGH SCHOOL II is a film about Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS), a successful alternative high school in New York’s Spanish Harlem, 85-95% of whose graduates go on to four year colleges. The film illustrates the school’s emphasis on the “Habits of Mind” program (weighing evidence; awareness of multiple points of view; seeing connections and relationships; speculating on possibilities; and assessing values.) Sequences illustrating the school’s approach to learning include: classroom activities in the humanities and sciences; family conferences; discussions of race, class, and gender; faculty meetings; disciplinary problems; sex education; conflict resolution by students; and student council meetings.



22 ) The Garden (2005)

 The Garden (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 37

A documentary on Madison Square Garden. Filmed in 1997 and prevented from public screening by the operators of Madison Square Garden.



21 ) Zoo (1994)

 Zoo (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 31

ZOO is a film about the zoo in Miami, Florida, the care and maintenance of the animals by the keepers, the work of the veterinarians and their staff, and the visits to the zoo by people from all over the world. The film presents the wide diversity of interests and activities at the zoo and the interrelatedness of the animal, human, ethical, financial, technical, organizational and research aspects of operating the zoo.



19 ) Ballet (1995)

 Ballet (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Ballet is a 1995 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. It portrays rehearsals, choreography, performances, business transactions, and other day-to-day life of the American Ballet Theatre. Much of the footage dates from the 1992 season. It also includes scenes from the company’s European tour, namely in Greece and Copenhagen. (Wikipedia)



19 ) Basic Training (1971)

 Basic Training (1971)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Shot during the summer of 1970 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Frederick Wiseman’s film Basic Training focuses on a group of men going through infantry training, showing how they are turned from civilians into soldiers. As well as being a unique portrait of the US army at work, the film is also a fascinating snapshot of a time and place at a defining moment in American history.



18 ) La danse (2009)

 La danse (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

A film by Frederick Wiseman following the ins and outs of 7 ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet.



17 ) National Gallery (2014)

 National Gallery (2014)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A portrait of the day-to-day operations of the National Gallery of London, that reveals the role of the employees and the experiences of the Gallery’s visitors. The film portrays the role of the curators and conservators; the education, scientific, and conservation departments; and the audience of all kinds of people who come to experience it.



16 ) Law and Order (1969)

 Law and Order (1969)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

LAW & ORDER surveys the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat of violence, and discretion affect police behavior.



15 ) Blind (1987)

 Blind (1987)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

BLIND shows the educational programs and daily life of students in kindergarten through the 12th grade at the Alabama School for the Blind. The School is organized around the effort to educate blind and visually impaired students to be in charge of their own lives. Sequences in the film include mobility training, braille instruction and orientation as well as traditional classroom subjects such as English, history, science and music. Other sequences show psychological counseling sessions; vocational training; staff dealing with student disciplinary problems; and the wide variety of recreational and athletic programs.



13 ) At Berkeley (2013)

 At Berkeley (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 28
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Direct cinema pioneer Frederick Wiseman takes an in-depth look at the preeminent American university during a fall semester that saw a vigorous debate taking place over tuition hikes, budget cuts, and the future of higher education in the United States.



13 ) Central Park (1990)

 Central Park (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

CENTRAL PARK is a film about the famous New York City landmark and the variety of ways in which people make use of it: running, boating, walking, skating, music, theatre, sports, picnics, parades and concerts. The film also illustrates the complex problems the New York City Parks Department deals with in order to maintain and preserve the park and keep it open and accessible to the public.



12 ) In Jackson Heights (2015)

 In Jackson Heights (2015)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 31
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (At Berkeley, National Gallery) explores the culture, politics and daily life of the Queens, NYC district of Jackson Heights, which lays claim to being the most diverse neighbourhood in the world.



11 ) Primate (1974)

 Primate (1974)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Primate sees realist documentarian Frederick Wiseman hone his lens on the inmates of the Yerkes Primate Research Centre. A representative scientist explains the aims and outcomes of the organisation, describing the mating habits and relationships of the animals.



10 ) Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017)

 Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

A documentary about how a dominant cultural and demographic institution both sustains their traditional activities and adapts to the digital revolution.



9 ) High School (1968)

 High School (1968)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside Northeast High School as a fly on the wall to observe the teachers and how they interact with the students.



8 ) Hospital (1970)

 Hospital (1970)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Daily activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations and the nature of communication among the staff and patients affect the delivery of health care.



7 ) Juvenile Court (1973)

 Juvenile Court (1973)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

JUVENILE COURT shows the complex variety of cases before the Memphis Juvenile Court: foster home placement, drug abuse, armed robbery, child abuse, and sexual offenses. The sequences illustrate such issues as community protection vs. the desire for rehabilitation, the range and the limits of the choices available to the court, the psychology of the offender, and the constitutional and procedural questions involved in administering a juvenile court.



6 ) Near Death (1989)

 Near Death (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

NEAR DEATH is a film about the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. The film is concerned with how people face death. More specifically the film presents the complex interrelationships among patients, families, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and religious advisors as they confront the personal, ethical, medical, psychological, religious and legal issues involved in making decisions about whether or not to give life-sustaining treatment to dying patients.



5 ) Public Housing (1997)

 Public Housing (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

Public Housing is Wiseman’s unflinching portrayal of life at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago, a raw exposition of the daily conflicts between residents and the bureaucratic machinery to which they are continually subjected. With intimate detail and an abiding dedication to his subject, Wiseman unearths the hidden facets of institutions to find humanity and sites of unexpected beauty.



4 ) Belfast, Maine (1999)

 Belfast, Maine (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

BELFAST, MAINE is a film about ordinary experience in a beautiful old New England port city. It is a portrait of daily life with particular emphasis on the work and the cultural life of the community. Among the activities shown in the film are the work of lobstermen, tug-boat operators, factory workers, shop owners, city counselors, doctors, judges, policemen, teachers, social workers, nurses and ministers. Cultural activities include choir rehearsal, dance class, music lessons and theatre production.



3 ) Domestic Violence (2001)

 Domestic Violence (2001)

Review Website Ranks:

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

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE shows the Tampa, Florida police responding to domestic violence calls and the work of The Spring, the principal shelter in Tampa for women and children. Sequences with the police include police response, intervention, and attempted resolution of domestic violence calls. Sequences at the shelter include intake interviews, individual counseling sessions, anger management training, group therapy, staff meetings, conversations among clients and between clients and staff, and school activities, therapy and counseling for children at the shelter.



2 ) Titicut Follies (1967)

 Titicut Follies (1967)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

The film is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. TITICUT FOLLIES documents the various ways the inmates are treated by the guards, social workers and psychiatrists.



1 ) Welfare (1975)

 Welfare (1975)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

WELFARE shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the staggering diversity of problems that constitute welfare: housing, unemployment, divorce, medical and psychiatric problems, abandoned and abused children, and the elderly. These issues are presented in a context where welfare workers as well as clients struggle to cope with and interpret the laws and regulations that govern their work and life.



Frederick Wiseman’s Best Movies



Frederick Wiseman Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Welfare (1975) 11 4 4 1 1
Titicut Follies (1967) 1 3 11 7 2
Domestic Violence (2001) 6 2 8 7 3
Belfast, Maine (1999) 11 6 5 3 4
Public Housing (1997) 11 6 7 3 5
Near Death (1989) 11 18 2 2 6
Juvenile Court (1973) 11 18 2 3 7
Hospital (1970) 11 18 6 3 8
High School (1968) 11 5 16 7 9
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017) 2 16 18 7 10
Primate (1974) 11 1 18 16 11
In Jackson Heights (2015) 3 10 31 7 12
At Berkeley (2013) 7 10 28 7 13
Central Park (1990) 11 18 16 7 13
Blind (1987) 11 18 8 16 15
Law and Order (1969) 11 18 11 14 16
National Gallery (2014) 4 15 28 14 17
La danse (2009) 7 14 25 16 18
Ballet (1995) 11 18 13 21 19
Basic Training (1971) 11 18 18 16 19
Zoo (1994) 11 6 18 31 21
The Garden (2005) 11 18 1 37 22
State Legislature (2007) 11 18 8 31 23
High School II (1994) 11 18 18 21 23
Model (1981) 11 6 31 21 25
Boxing Gym (2010) 4 10 34 21 25
Monrovia, Indiana (2018) 10 10 37 16 27
The Store (1984) 11 18 25 21 28
Canal Zone (1977) 11 18 25 21 28
Meat (1976) 11 18 18 31 30
Domestic Violence 2 (2002) 11 18 13 37 31
Deaf (1986) 11 18 13 37 31
Missile (1988) 11 18 31 21 33
Adjustment & Work (1986) 11 18 18 37 34
Multi-Handicapped (1986) 11 18 37 21 35
Essene (1972) 11 18 37 21 35
Aspen (1991) 11 18 40 21 37
Manoeuvre (1980) 11 18 28 37 38
The Last Letter (2002) 11 18 34 34 39
La Comédie-Française ou L’amour joué (1996) 11 18 34 37 40
Crazy Horse (2011) 9 17 44 34 41
Racetrack (1986) 11 18 40 36 42
Seraphita’s Diary (1982) 11 18 42 37 43
Sinai Field Mission (1978) 11 18 43 37 44

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