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Ranking All Of Director Wolfgang Petersen’s Movies

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

We took all of the movies directed by Wolfgang Petersen 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 Wolfgang Petersen



15 ) Ich werde dich töten, Wolf (1971)

	Ich werde dich töten, Wolf (1971)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 13
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

Early film by Wolfgang Petersen.



14 ) Four Against the Bank (2016)

Four Against the Bank (2016)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 14
  • Letterboxd User Score: 11

Four men, betrayed by the bank, unite to take revenge.



13 ) Poseidon (2006)

Poseidon (2006)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 10
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 15
  • Letterboxd User Score: 12

A packed cruise ship traveling the Atlantic is hit and overturned by a massive wave, compelling the passengers to begin a dramatic fight for their lives.



12 ) Smog (1973)

Smog (1973)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 7
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

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10 ) One or the Other of Us (1974)

One or the Other of Us (1974)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 6
  • Letterboxd User Score: 13

One or the Other of Us (German: Einer von uns beiden) is a 1974 West German film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It was Petersen’s first theatrical feature film, and was based on the novel of the same name by Horst Bosetzky, published anonymously under his pseudonym -ky. The film is a psychological thriller and focuses on the intense conflict between a university professor and a blackmailer. The film features Klaus Schwarzkopf and Jürgen Prochnow as the two main characters and won two Bundesfilmpreise.



10 ) Shattered (1991)

Shattered (1991)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 11
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 9

Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can’t remember. He meets pet shop owner and part time private detective Gus Klein who is supposedly done some work for him prior to the accident. Klein helps Merrick to find out more…



9 ) The Perfect Storm (2000)

The Perfect Storm (2000)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 7
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 7
  • IMDB User Review Score: 12
  • Letterboxd User Score: 10

In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute details of the fishing boats, their gear and the weather are juxtaposed with the sea adventure.



7 ) The Consequence (1977)

The Consequence (1977)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 9
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 7
  • Metacritic User Score: 9
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 2

Thomas is the son of a prison warden. He falls for and seduces Martin, who is older and one of the prison inmates. After Martin is released, They try to build a relationship and a life together but, no one will leave them alone.



7 ) Outbreak (1995)

Outbreak (1995)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 8
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 5
  • Metacritic User Score: 6
  • IMDB User Review Score: 9
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

A deadly airborne virus finds its way into the USA and starts killing off people at an epidemic rate. Col Sam Daniels’ job is to stop the virus spreading from a small town, which must be quarantined, and to prevent an over reaction by the White House.



6 ) Enemy Mine (1985)

Enemy Mine (1985)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way.



5 ) Air Force One (1997)

Air Force One (1997)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 6
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 6
  • Metacritic User Score: 4
  • IMDB User Review Score: 10
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles – and the integrity of the nation.



4 ) Troy (2004)

Troy (2004)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Rotten Tomatoes Critic: 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Users: 4
  • Metacritc Critic Score: 1
  • Metacritic User Score: 1
  • IMDB User Review Score: 3
  • Letterboxd User Score: 6

In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans.



2 ) The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Review Website Ranks:

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

While hiding from bullies in his school’s attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck dragon named Falkor, must save Fantasia from the destruction of The Nothing.



2 ) In the Line of Fire (1993)

In the Line of Fire (1993)

Review Website Ranks:

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

Veteran Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan is a man haunted by his failure to save President Kennedy while serving protection detail in Dallas. Thirty years later, a man calling himself “Booth” threatens the life of the current President, forcing Horrigan to come back to protection detail to confront the ghosts from his past.



1 ) Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

Review Website Ranks:

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

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.



Wolfgang Petersen’s Best Movies



Wolfgang Petersen Review Website Filmography Rankings

FilmRT CriticRT UserMC CriticMC UserIMDBLetterboxdOveral Rank
Das Boot (1981) 1 1 2 5 1 1 1
The NeverEnding Story (1984) 3 2 4 3 2 2 2
In the Line of Fire (1993) 2 3 3 1 3 4 2
Troy (2004) 7 4 1 1 3 6 4
Air Force One (1997) 4 6 6 4 10 6 5
Enemy Mine (1985) 5 5 7 9 7 5 6
The Consequence (1977) 10 9 7 9 3 2 7
Outbreak (1995) 6 8 5 6 9 6 7
The Perfect Storm (2000) 8 7 7 7 12 10 9
One or the Other of Us (1974) 10 11 7 9 6 13 10
Shattered (1991) 10 11 7 9 10 9 10
Smog (1973) 10 11 7 9 7 13 12
Poseidon (2006) 9 10 7 7 15 12 13
Four Against the Bank (2016) 10 11 7 9 14 11 14
Ich werde dich töten, Wolf (1971) 10 11 7 9 13 13 15

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