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Ranking All Of Director Joel Schumacher’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Joel Schumacher 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 Joel Schumacher



23 ) Virginia Hill (1974)

	Virginia Hill (1974)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 23
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 24

The story of Virginia Hill, a former prostitute who was the girlfriend of ’40s killer and gangster Bugsy Siegel.



23 ) Batman & Robin (1997)

	Batman & Robin (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 22
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 23

Along with crime-fighting partner Robin and new recruit Batgirl, Batman battles the dual threat of frosty genius Mr. Freeze and homicidal horticulturalist Poison Ivy. Freeze plans to put Gotham City on ice, while Ivy tries to drive a wedge between the dynamic duo.



22 ) Trespass (2011)

	Trespass (2011)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 13
  • Metacritic User Score: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 22

Kyle (Nicolas Cage) and Sarah Miller (Nicole Kidman) have it all: a huge gated house on the water, fancy cars, and the potential for romance in their relationship. He’s just back from a business trip (he brokers diamonds) and their teen daughter Avery (Liana Liberato) is sneaking out to a party, when four thugs in security uniforms and ski masks stage a home invasion. They want what’s in the safe: cash and diamonds. As Kyle stalls them, trying to negotiate for Sarah’s freedom, the fault lines in Kyle and Sarah’s marriage and the pasts of the four robbers come into play. Is there room here for heroism?



21 ) Twelve (2010)

	Twelve (2010)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 23
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 23
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 17
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A young drug dealer watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.



20 ) Blood Creek (2009)

	Blood Creek (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

A man and his brother on a mission of revenge become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment dating back to the Third Reich.



19 ) The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

	The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone.



18 ) D.C. Cab (1983)

	D.C. Cab (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

The tale of a hapless group of cabbies and a rundown cab company owned by Harold. Albert comes to town with a dream of starting his own cab company but needs to motivate Harold’s employees to want to make something out of themselves. It is only when Albert is kidnapped that the cabbies must decide whether or not they are loyal to Albert and his cause.



17 ) Batman Forever (1995)

	Batman Forever (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 18

The Dark Knight of Gotham City confronts a dastardly duo: Two-Face and the Riddler. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side. And Edward Nygma, computer-genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne, is out to get the philanthropist; as The Riddler. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, his family killed by Two-Face, becomes Wayne’s ward and Batman’s new partner Robin.



16 ) Bad Company (2002)

	Bad Company (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is killed during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother.



14 ) 8MM (1999)

	8MM (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife, family and simple life as a small-town PI.



14 ) The Number 23 (2007)

	The Number 23 (2007)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 22
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Walter Sparrow is an animal control officer that becomes obsessed with a mysterious book that seems to be based on his own life. As soon as he opens the book, he notices strange parallels between what he reads and what he’s experienced. But now he’s worried that a fictional murder might materialize.



13 ) Dying Young (1991)

	Dying Young (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O’Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know their love cannot last because he is destined to die.



12 ) Flawless (1999)

	Flawless (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons – with the drag queen next door.



11 ) Cousins (1989)

	Cousins (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Two couples go to a mutual friends wedding, and end up swapping partners.



10 ) St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

	St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 14
  • Metacritic User Score: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 11
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Seven friends – Alec, Billy, Jules, Kevin, Kirby, Leslie and Wendy – are trying to navigate through life and their friendships following college graduation. Alec, who aspires to political life, has just shown his true colors by changing his allegiance from Democrat to Republican, which freaks out girlfriend Leslie, who he wants to marry. Budding architect Leslie, on the other hand, has an independent streak. She believes she has to make a name for herself to find out who she is before she can truly commit to another person in marriage. But Leslie and Alec have decided to live together. Because Leslie refuses to marry Alec, he believes that justifies certain behavior. Kirby, who wants to become a lawyer and who pays for his schooling by working as a waiter at their local hangout called St. Elmo’s Bar, and struggling writer Kevin are currently roommates. They are on opposite extremes of the romance spectrum.



9 ) Flatliners (1990)

	Flatliners (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 4
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life. A science fiction thriller from the early 1990’s with a star studded cast.



8 ) Veronica Guerin (2003)

	Veronica Guerin (2003)

Review Website Ranks:

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

In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch with John Traynor, a paranoid informant. Not without some prodding, Traynor leads her to John Gilligan, the ruthless head of the operation, who does not take kindly to Guerin’s nosing.



7 ) The Client (1994)

	The Client (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A street-wise kid, Mark Sway, sees the suicide of Jerome Clifford, a prominent Louisiana lawyer, whose current client is Barry ‘The Blade’ Muldano, a Mafia hit-man. Before Jerome shoots himself, he tells Mark where the body of a Senator is buried. Clifford shoots himself and Mark is found at the scene, and both the FBI and the Mafia quickly realize that Mark probably knows more than he says.



6 ) Tigerland (2000)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana’s infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971



4 ) The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

	The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love



4 ) Phone Booth (2002)

	Phone Booth (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he’ll be killed… and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn’t kidding.



3 ) Falling Down (1993)

	Falling Down (1993)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 3
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

On the day of his daughter’s birthday, William “D-Fens” Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call, but the Korean owner does not oblige, tipping Foster over the edge. The unstable Foster, so frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.



2 ) The Lost Boys (1987)

	The Lost Boys (1987)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 2
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 1

A mother and her two teenage sons move to a seemingly nice and quiet small coastal California town yet soon find out that it’s overrun by bike gangs and vampires. A couple of teenage friends take it upon themselves to hunt down the vampires that they suspect of a few mysterious murders and restore peace and calm to their town.



1 ) A Time to Kill (1996)

	A Time to Kill (1996)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 3

A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK.



Joel Schumacher’s Best Movies



Joel Schumacher Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
A Time to Kill (1996) 6 1 3 4 2 3 1
The Lost Boys (1987) 3 1 11 2 3 1 2
Falling Down (1993) 4 3 7 9 1 1 3
The Phantom of the Opera (2004) 14 3 2 2 3 5 4
Phone Booth (2002) 5 11 1 1 5 6 4
Tigerland (2000) 2 5 7 9 6 4 6
The Client (1994) 1 6 9 7 8 6 7
Veronica Guerin (2003) 7 6 6 8 7 6 8
Flatliners (1990) 9 12 4 5 9 9 9
St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) 10 8 14 17 11 9 10
Cousins (1989) 8 8 14 17 14 9 11
Flawless (1999) 11 14 14 17 11 9 12
Dying Young (1991) 15 10 14 17 15 14 13
8MM (1999) 16 17 14 16 10 13 14
The Number 23 (2007) 22 13 11 12 11 17 14
Bad Company (2002) 19 18 5 6 18 21 16
Batman Forever (1995) 13 19 9 11 21 18 17
D.C. Cab (1983) 17 14 14 17 19 14 18
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) 18 16 14 17 19 14 19
Blood Creek (2009) 12 20 14 17 21 18 20
Twelve (2010) 23 23 14 14 17 18 21
Trespass (2011) 19 21 13 13 23 22 22
Virginia Hill (1974) 23 23 14 17 16 24 23
Batman & Robin (1997) 19 22 14 15 24 23 23

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