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List of David Mamet Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Verdict (1982)
34
3
The Verdict
R
34
3

In order to restore his career and self-respect, a lawyer takes up a medical malpractice case to trial, rather than settling it outside of court. However, he has to go against a powerful attorney Edward Concannon.

As:
Writer
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, James Mason, Lindsay Crouse, Jack Warden
2. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
27
2
Glengarry Glen Ross
R
27
2

Ricky Roma, Shelley Levene, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow are four real-estate salesmen who work for Premiere Properties, Chicago. When during a sales meeting it is revealed that the bottom two salesmen of the month will be fired, rivalry turns into jealousy and treachery amongst the four. 

As:
Writer
Director:
James Foley
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama
3. The Untouchables (1987)
19
4
The Untouchables
R
19
4

The Prohibition era Chicago is replete with corruption and the gangland kingpin Al Capone has the city under his control. When Federal Agent Eliot Ness is assigned to put an end to Capone’s illegal activities, he forms a team of uncorrupted men and soon finds a way to bring the gangster down.

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia
4. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
18
2
The Spanish Prisoner
PG
18
2

Joe Ross is a corporate engineer who has recently invented a potentially lucrative financial process. While vacationing in an island, he soon meets a mysterious and wealthy stranger named Jimmy Dell, who offers to help him protect his business process invention. However, everything changes when Ross finds himself falsely accused of murder.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Gazzara, Steve Martin, Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay
5. House of Games (1987)
18
3
House of Games
R
18
3

House of Games is a crime thriller film which tells the story of Margaret Ford, a psychiatrist who wants to help one of her patients who is a compulsive gambler. She starts accompanying him to his poker games, hoping she will be able to help him.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, James Thomas Patrick Walsh, Joe Mantegna, J.T. Walsh, Lilia Skala, Lindsay Crouse
6. Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
12
2
Vanya on 42nd Street
PG
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Louis Malle
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Madhur Jaffrey, Julianne Moore, Phoebe Brand, Lynn Cohen, George Gaynes, Jerry Mayer
7. Wag the Dog (1997)
20
3
Wag the Dog
R
20
3

A sex scandal that is about to expose the president at an inopportune time of pre-election period jeopardizes the president’s chances of being re-elected. Political consultant, Conrad Brean, and Hollywood producer, Stanley Motss, are appointed to contrive a war in Albania to divert the media attention away from the scandal and towards the fake war that projects the president as a hero. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
8. Ronin (1998)
15
3
Ronin
R
15
3

Irish woman Deirdre puts together a 'Ronin' team, comprised of outcast specialists working as mercenaries, to steal a large briefcase from a man before he sells it to the Russians. However, after the mission is successfully completed, one team member steals the case to sell it for his own profit, starting a wild goose chase among his teammates.

As:
Writer
Director:
John Frankenheimer
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Jean Reno, Sean Bean, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård
9. The Winslow Boy (1999)
11
2
The Winslow Boy
G
11
2

After being accused of theft, a fourteen year old boy is expelled from Naval College. His family however decides to risk their wealth as well as their domestic peace, to fight a lengthy legal battle to defend their honor and prove his innocence.   

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Nigel Hawthorne, Gemma Jones, Rebecca Pidgeon, Matthew Pidgeon, Lana Bilzerian
10. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
15
3
The Postman Always Rings Twice
R
15
3

This crime thriller film tells the story of Frank Chambers, who begins working at a rural California diner located in the hills outside Los Angeles. The diner is operated by a young, beautiful woman named Cora, and her older husband Nick, who is an immigrant from Greece. Frank and Cora soon start having an affair, and since Flora doesn’t love her husband, and wishes to own the diner, they start planning to murder him.  

As:
Writer
Director:
Bob Rafelson
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Lerner, John P. Ryan, John Colicos
11. Homicide (1991)
14
2
Homicide
R
14
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Ving Rhames, William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna, Vincent Guastaferro, J.J. Johnston
12. The Edge (1997)
16
3
The Edge
R
16
3

Intelligent billionaire, Charles Morse, fashion-photographer, Robert Green, and assistant Stephen, fly in search of location for photo-shoot of Charles’ young model wife. As their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, they struggle to survive the elements, especially a stalking Kodiak bear. When Charles discovers that Robert is having an affair with his wife, he realizes that Robert could pose the real threat.

As:
Writer
Director:
Lee Tamahori
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Elle Macpherson, Alec Baldwin, Harold Perrineau, Bart the Bear
15. Redbelt (2008)
12
2
Redbelt
R
12
2

Mike Terry is a skilled martial arts instructor who refuses to participate in tournaments. However, due to his financial condition getting worse, he eventually decides to take part in such a competition.   

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Jake Johnson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jennifer Grey, Tim Allen, Alice Braga, Emily Mortimer, Jose Pablo Cantillo
16. Hannibal (2001)
11
4
Hannibal
R
11
4

The iconic horror thriller is a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. The movie sees child molester Mason Verger, also cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal’s only surviving victim, forming an elaborate plan to seek revenge by using Clarice Starling. Hannibal has a weakness for her. He almost succeeds but is ultimately killed. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
17. Spartan (2004)
13
2
Spartan
R
13
2

Spartan is an action thriller film, which tells the story of a Secret Service Agent, who is assigned to rescue the daughter of the President, after she is kidnapped by a human trafficking ring. However, he soon finds himself in the middle of a large conspiracy.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Action, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Val Edward Kilmer, Aaron Stanford, Kristen Bell, William H. Macy, Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, Tia Texada
18. Heist (2001)
14
3
Heist
R
14
3

Joe Moore who is a professional jewel thief, gives up his lifestyle after his identity is captured by a security surveillance tape. However, a time comes when he and his partner are bankrupt, and therefore they decide to go on one last heist.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon, Delroy Lindo
19. Oleanna (1994)
10
3
Oleanna
10
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, Debra Eisenstadt, Diego Pineda, Scott Zigler
20. Hoffa (1992)
9
5
Hoffa
R
9
5

A fictionalized version of the infamous Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa’s life. He starts as a Teamster union organizer and rises to become the president of the 'International Brotherhood of Teamsters.' Forming an alliance between the union and mafia, he illegally uses Teamster funds for mob. Following frequent battles with industry management and the Attorney General, he serves prison sentence, but after his release, disappears mysteriously in 1975.

As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama
21. Black Widow (1987)
11
2
Black Widow
R
11
2

Black Widow is a crime drama thriller film which tells the story of a woman named Catherine who marries wealthy men for their money, and murders them. Meanwhile, a federal agent named Alexandra is on her trail for a long time, but she is not able to prove anything due to lack of evidence, and as the latter is a master of disguise.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Bob Rafelson
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
22. About Last Night... (1986)
11
2
About Last Night...
R
11
2

Danny and Debbie meet and find themselves attracted to each other. They begin dating but their disapproving and bitter friends cause problems in their relationship by giving terrible advice.

As:
Writer
Director:
Edward Zwick
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Megan Mullally, Jim Belushi, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins, George DiCenzo
23. Edmond (2005)
10
4
Edmond
R
10
4

Edmond is an American thriller film which tells the story of a middle-aged New York City businessman, who visits a fortune teller who tells him ‘You are not where you belong’. A little startled, he decides to make changes to his life, and he first leaves his wife. He visits a bar, hoping to fulfill his sexual desires, but things don’t go as expected.

As:
Writer
Director:
Stuart Gordon
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Denise Richards, William H. Macy, Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Rebecca Pidgeon
24. About Last Night (2014)
9
2
About Last Night
TV-14
9
2

This romantic comedy film tells the story of Danny and Debbie, who pretend to be a couple for a night. The following day, they think of testing how well their relationship works in the real world.

As:
Writer
Director:
Steve Pink
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Christopher McDonald, Joy Bryant, Michael Ealy
25. We're No Angels (1989)
9
2
We're No Angels
PG-13
9
2

Jim and Ned are two convicts who manage to escape from prison along with a killer. They decide to head north towards the Canadian border, but they are soon mistaken for priests. They play along and take up residency at a monastery, but things get complicated when Ned falls for Molly, a local girl.  

As:
Writer
Director:
Neil Jordan
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, Demi Moore, Hoyt Axton, Bruno Kirby
26. American Buffalo (1996)
9
2
American Buffalo
R
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Michael Corrente
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson
27. The Coin (2013)
11
2
The Coin
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Fabien Martorell
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Christopher Lloyd, Kathryn Morris, Will Kemp, Jesse Cruzado Burge, Adam McArthur
28. Catastrophe (2000)
9
2
Catastrophe
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
John Gielgud, Harold Pinter, Rebecca Pidgeon
30. Our Valley (2010)
7
1
Our Valley
7
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Clara Mamet
31. Two Painters (2010)
6
1
Two Painters
6
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rebecca Pidgeon, Arianna Huffington, John Pirruccello
32. The Marquee (2010)
6
1
The Marquee
6
1
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Clara Mamet

TV Movie(s)

2. A Life in the Theater (1979)
13
2
A Life in the Theater
13
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Kirk Browning, Gerald Gutierrez
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Peter Evans, Ellis Rabb
3. Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants (1996)
12
2
Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ricky Jay
5. A Life in the Theater (1993)
8
2
A Life in the Theater
8
2
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
Gregory Mosher
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
6. Lip Service (1988)
8
2
Lip Service
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
William H. Macy
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, Clark Gregg, Fran Brill, Paul Dooley, Griffin Dunne
7. Lansky (1999)
8
2
Lansky
R
8
2
As:
Producer, Writer
Director:
John McNaughton
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Eric Roberts, Richard Dreyfuss, Yosef Carmon, Mosko Alkalai, Fima Noveck

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Inside the Actor's Workshop (2010)
Inside the Actor's Workshop
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Danny DeVito, Clara Mamet, Martin Jarvis, Cormac Bluestone, Erin Anne Williams
Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (2010)
Lost Masterpieces of Pornography
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Mamet
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kristen Bell, Ed O'Neill, Ricky Jay, Bob Jennings, Meaghan Librizzi