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Ranking All Of Director John Schlesinger’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by John Schlesinger 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 John Schlesinger



23 ) The Next Best Thing (2000)

The Next Best Thing (2000)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 17
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 19
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 20

A comedy-drama about best friends – one a straight woman, Abbie, the other a gay man, Robert – who decide to have a child together. Five years later, Abbie falls in love with a straight man and wants to move away with her and Robert’s little boy Sam, and a nasty custody battle ensues.



22 ) The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998)

The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 18
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

The fictional tale of the murderous 19th century barber (Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (Selina Boyack) and the dashing inspector (Campbell Scott) who tries to solve the murders are also thrown into the mix.



21 ) The Innocent (1993)

The Innocent (1993)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 16
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 20
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man’s best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman who will take him on the dark side of evil.



20 ) Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • IMDB User Review Score: 22
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The people of Ticlaw, leaded by it’s Mayor, will do anything in order to convince the governor to alter the project.



19 ) Eye for an Eye (1996)

Eye for an Eye (1996)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 19

It’s fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob, the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter.



18 ) The Believers (1987)

The Believers (1987)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 17
  • IMDB User Review Score: 20
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

Mourning the accidental death of his wife and having just moved to New York with his young son, laconic police psychologist Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) is reluctantly drawn into a series of grisly, ritualistic murders involving the immolation of two youths.



17 ) Separate Tables (1983)

Separate Tables (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Two one-act plays explore love and loneliness. In “Table by the Window” an aging fashion model contrives a reunion with her ex-husband, a politician ruined by scandal, and their passion is rekindled. In “Table Number Seven” a meek woman harbors a secret love for a man accused of fraud and sex offenses, forcing her to take a stand for the first time in her life.



16 ) A Question of Attribution (1991)

A Question of Attribution (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 1
  • Letterboxd User Score: 21

Sir Anthony Blunt, who was a Soviet agent for 25 years, is routinely questioned and gives no answers, but is knighted and works as Director of the Courtauld Institute, and presents his interrogator with a puzzle in the shape of a doubtful Titian painting. He also does art restoration work in Buckingham Palace, where he gets into an interesting conversation with HMQ.



15 ) Pacific Heights (1990)

Pacific Heights (1990)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 15

A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.



14 ) Yanks (1979)

Yanks (1979)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don’t much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls. One relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times.



13 ) An Englishman Abroad (1983)

An Englishman Abroad (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 19
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 21
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he’s the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.



12 ) Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Madame Sousatzka (1988)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

In London, eccentric piano instructor Madame Sousatzka takes on a new prize protégé, Manek, a teenage Bengali immigrant who displays incredible talent. Manek forms a close bond with his teacher, but soon discovers that she expects her pupils to become disciplined in all areas of life, and not just behind the piano



11 ) Visions of Eight (1973)

Visions of Eight (1973)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Eight acclaimed filmmakers bring their unique and differing perspectives to the 1972 Summer Olympic Games held in Munich. The segments include Lelouch’s take on Olympic losers and their struggle to remain dignified even in the face of bitter disappointment and defeat; Zetterling’s dramatic exploration of the world of weightlifting; and Pfleghar’s piece on young Russian gymnast Ludmilla Tourischev’s majestic performance on the uneven bars.



10 ) The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.



9 ) Darling (1965)

Darling (1965)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 11
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

Beautiful but easily bored Diana Scott becomes a popular model and actress in London in the 1960s while toying with the affections of two older men, married television newsman Robert Gold and public relations mastermind Miles Brand. Although Diana is the toast of swinging London, the dark side of fame and fortune begins to take its toll, but it proves harder to escape the mod scene than she expects.



8 ) The Day of the Locust (1975)

The Day of the Locust (1975)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.



7 ) Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 5

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three widely divergent men.



6 ) Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

In this adaptation of the satirical British novel, Flora Poste, a plucky London society girl orphaned at age 19, finds a new home with some rough relatives, the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm. With a take-charge attitude and some encouragement from her mischievous friend, Mary, Flora changes the Starkadders’ lives forever when she settles into their rustic estate, bringing the backward clan up to date and finding inspiration for her novel in the process.



5 ) Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Recently divorced career woman Alex Greville begins a romantic relationship with glamorous mod artist Bob Elkin, fully aware that he’s also intimately involved with middle-aged doctor Daniel Hirsh. For both Alex and Daniel, the younger man represents a break with their repressive pasts, and though both know that Bob is seeing both of them, neither is willing to let go of the youth and vitality he brings to their otherwise stable lives.



4 ) Marathon Man (1976)

Marathon Man (1976)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.



3 ) A Kind of Loving (1962)

A Kind of Loving (1962)

Review Website Ranks:

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

After his girlfriend’s pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.



2 ) Billy Liar (1963)

Billy Liar (1963)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker’s assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave it all behind.



1 ) Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.



John Schlesinger’s Best Movies



John Schlesinger Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Midnight Cowboy (1969) 4 1 1 1 1
Billy Liar (1963) 1 3 6 2 2
A Kind of Loving (1962) 1 1 6 5 3
Marathon Man (1976) 6 4 5 2 4
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) 3 8 9 4 5
Cold Comfort Farm (1995) 5 4 8 10 6
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) 9 6 9 5 7
The Day of the Locust (1975) 12 7 12 5 8
Darling (1965) 11 8 9 10 9
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) 7 10 14 12 10
Visions of Eight (1973) 14 13 13 5 11
Madame Sousatzka (1988) 8 11 15 13 12
An Englishman Abroad (1983) 19 21 3 5 13
Yanks (1979) 10 12 16 14 14
Pacific Heights (1990) 13 16 16 15 15
A Question of Attribution (1991) 19 21 1 21 16
Separate Tables (1983) 19 21 3 21 17
The Believers (1987) 15 17 20 15 18
Eye for an Eye (1996) 18 14 19 19 19
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) 19 15 22 15 20
The Innocent (1993) 16 20 21 15 21
The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998) 19 18 18 21 22
The Next Best Thing (2000) 17 19 23 20 23

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