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Ranking All Of Director Michael Haneke’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Michael Haneke 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 Michael Haneke



25 ) After Liverpool (1974)

After Liverpool (1974)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 25
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

An encounter exploring how people can fail to communicate even when they are talking by either not saying anything, not listening or simply evading.



24 ) Sperrmüll (1976)

	Sperrmüll (1976)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 24
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

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23 ) Obituary for a Murderer (1991)

	Obituary for a Murderer (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Autumn 1990. A young Austrian goes to a party held by some of his friends and provokes a hideous bloodbath. As a reflection of daily reality and its crass representation in the horror of one extreme crime, Michael Haneke has mounted material taken from one whole day of ORF (Austrian TV) broadcasting, using it in proportion to the time allocated to it in the programme schedule.



22 ) Three Paths to the Lake (1976)

Three Paths to the Lake (1976)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 18
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Michael Haneke’s second television film



21 ) The Castle (1997)

The Castle (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 15
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 16

Michael Haneke’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel Das Schloss. K arrives in a remote village a stranger. In attempting to establish himself there, he enters the nightmarish world of the castle bureaucracy.



20 ) Lemmings, Part 2 – Injuries (1979)

Lemmings, Part 2 – Injuries (1979)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

This two-part drama examines the fate of Haneke’s own generation which came of age after World War II. The first part depicts the generational gap between 1950s teenagers and their parents while the second shows this same group of characters twenty years later as they have grown up to be dysfunctional and suicidal adults. Regarded as the most significant of Haneke’s early works, Lemmings contains incipient treatments of many of the themes he would later elaborate on in his theatrical features.



18 ) Fraulein – Ein deutsches Melodram (1986)

Fraulein - Ein deutsches Melodram (1986)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Described as an answer to Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun, Fraulein tells the story of a German woman and a former French prisoner of war living in 1950s Germany. Instead of playing a role in rebuilding her country, Haneke’s heroine remains preoccupied with her personal affairs.



18 ) Variation – oder Daß es Utopien gibt, weiß ich selber! (1983)

Variation - oder Daß es Utopien gibt, weiß ich selber! (1983)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

The emotional story of an adulterous relationship between a journalist and a teacher.



17 ) Cosi Fan Tutte (2013)

Cosi Fan Tutte (2013)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

Who loves whom in Così fan tutte, Mozart’s and Da Ponte’s cruelly comic reflection on desire, fidelity and betrayal? Or have the confusions to which the main characters subject one another ensured that in spite of the heartfelt love duets and superficially fleetfooted comedy nothing will work any longer and that a sense of emotional erosion has replaced true feelings? Così fan tutte is a timeless work full of questions that affect us all. The Academy Award-winning director Michael Haneke once said that he was merely being precise and did not want to distort reality. In only his second opera production after Don Giovanni in 2006, he presents what ARTE described as a “disillusioned vision of love in an ice-cold, realistic interpretation”.



16 ) Who Was Edgar Allan? (1984)

Who Was Edgar Allan? (1984)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 5
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 23
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A nihilistic art student meets the mysterious Edgar Allen at a coffee shop in Venice. The fascination for the older man soon turns into paranoia.



15 ) The Rebellion (1993)

The Rebellion (1993)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 17

The disabled ex-soldier Andreas Pum lost a leg for emperor and father land. After leaving the army he receives a license and a drehorgel. One day he gets into a controversy with a welldressed gentleman, disturbs the public order, and hits a policeman. Andreas Pum goes to jail, loses his license and becomes toilet guard in the Cafe Halali after his release. Only at the moment of death he recognizes that he was always too decent and too obedient.



14 ) Funny Games (2007)

Funny Games (2007)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 14
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 5
  • IMDB User Review Score: 21
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

When the Farbers arrive at their holiday home they are visited by a pair of polite and seemingly pleasant boyfriends. Armed with deceptively sweet smiles and a golf club, they proceed to terrorize and torture the tight-knit caucasian clan, giving them until the next day to survive.



13 ) Lemmings, Part 1 – Arcades (1979)

Lemmings, Part 1 – Arcades (1979)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 14
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 16
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

This two-part drama examines the fate of Haneke’s own generation which came of age after World War II. The first part depicts the generational gap between 1950s teenagers and their parents while the second shows this same group of characters twenty years later as they have grown up to be dysfunctional and suicidal adults. Regarded as the most significant of Haneke’s early works, Lemmings contains incipient treatments of many of the themes he would later elaborate on in his theatrical features.



12 ) Time of the Wolf (2003)

Time of the Wolf (2003)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 12
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 10
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 19
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.



11 ) Happy End (2017)

Happy End (2017)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 13
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 16
  • Letterboxd User Score: 14

A middle-class family living in Calais deal with a series of setbacks while paying little attention to the grim conditions in the refugee camps within a few miles of their home.



10 ) Benny’s Video (1993)

Benny's Video (1993)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.



8 ) 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 12
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 9
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 8

71 scenes revolving around multiple Viennese residents who are by chance involved with a senseless gun slaughter on Christmas Eve.



8 ) Lumière and Company (1995)

Lumière and Company (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 12
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

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.



7 ) Funny Games (1997)

Funny Games (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 2
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 11
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 4
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic “games” with one another for their own amusement.



6 ) Code Unknown (2000)

Code Unknown (2000)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 7

A series of events unfold like a chain reaction, all stemming from a minor event that brings the film’s five characters together. Set in Paris, France, Anne is an actress whose boyfriend Georges photographs the war in Kosovo. Georges’ brother, Jean, is looking for the entry code to Georges’ apartment. These characters lives interconnect with a Romanian immigrant and a deaf teacher.



5 ) Caché (2005)

Caché (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 3
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 8
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.



4 ) The Seventh Continent (1989)

The Seventh Continent (1989)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 1
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 2
  • Metacritic User Score: 10
  • IMDB User Review Score: 2
  • Letterboxd User Score: 4

Chronicles three years of a middle class family seemingly caught up in their daily routines, only troubled by minor incidents. Behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence however, they are actually planning something sinister.



3 ) The Piano Teacher (2001)

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 5
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.



2 ) The White Ribbon (2009)

The White Ribbon (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.



1 ) Amour (2012)

Amour (2012)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.



Michael Haneke’s Best Movies



Michael Haneke Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Amour (2012) 2 3 1 2 1 1 1
The White Ribbon (2009) 4 7 4 2 2 2 2
The Piano Teacher (2001) 6 4 5 1 5 2 3
The Seventh Continent (1989) 8 1 2 10 2 4 4
Caché (2005) 3 7 3 7 8 4 5
Code Unknown (2000) 5 6 6 6 10 7 6
Funny Games (1997) 9 2 11 9 4 6 7
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994) 12 10 9 10 8 8 8
Lumière and Company (1995) 1 9 12 10 13 12 8
Benny’s Video (1993) 10 10 12 10 10 9 10
Happy End (2017) 7 13 7 7 16 14 11
Time of the Wolf (2003) 10 12 10 4 19 12 12
Lemmings, Part 1 – Arcades (1979) 14 16 12 10 7 9 13
Funny Games (2007) 13 14 7 5 21 9 14
The Rebellion (1993) 14 16 12 10 5 17 15
Who Was Edgar Allan? (1984) 14 5 12 10 23 14 16
Cosi Fan Tutte (2013) 14 16 12 10 12 17 17
Fraulein – Ein deutsches Melodram (1986) 14 16 12 10 14 17 18
Variation – oder Daß es Utopien gibt, weiß ich selber! (1983) 14 16 12 10 14 17 18
Lemmings, Part 2 – Injuries (1979) 14 16 12 10 16 17 20
The Castle (1997) 14 15 12 10 19 16 21
Three Paths to the Lake (1976) 14 16 12 10 18 17 22
Obituary for a Murderer (1991) 14 16 12 10 21 17 23
Sperrmüll (1976) 14 16 12 10 24 17 24
After Liverpool (1974) 14 16 12 10 25 17 25

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