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Ranking All Of Director Sam Mendes’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Sam Mendes 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 Sam Mendes

8 ) Company (1996)

Company (1996)

Review Website Ranks:

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

The Donmar Warehouse production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s classic musical, starring Adrian Lester and directed by Sam Mendes.

7 ) Spectre (2015)

Spectre (2015)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

6 ) Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead (2005)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford struggles with the possibility of his girlfriend cheating on him, and as his mental state deteriorates, his desire to kill increases.

5 ) Away We Go (2009)

Away We Go (2009)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Verona and Burt have moved to Colorado to be close to Burt’s parents but, with Veronica expecting their first child, Burt’s parents decide to move to Belgium, now leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. They set off on a whirlwind tour of of disparate locations where they have friends or relatives, sampling not only different cities and climates but also different families. Along the way they realize that the journey is less about discovering where they want to live and more about figuring out what type of parents they want to be.

4 ) Revolutionary Road (2008)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.

3 ) Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition (2002)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on those who wronged him.

2 ) Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Review Website Ranks:

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

When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve – following a trail to the mysterious Silva, whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

1 ) American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty (1999)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter’s attractive friend.

Sam Mendes’s Best Movies

Sam Mendes Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
American Beauty (1999) 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Skyfall (2012) 1 2 2 3 2 2 2
Road to Perdition (2002) 3 2 3 1 3 2 3
Revolutionary Road (2008) 5 5 5 4 5 4 4
Away We Go (2009) 4 4 7 7 6 5 5
Jarhead (2005) 7 6 4 5 7 5 6
Spectre (2015) 6 7 5 6 8 7 7
Company (1996) 8 8 8 8 3 8 8