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List of David Cronenberg Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Videodrome (1983)
17
3
Videodrome
R
17
3

Max Renn, the president of a TV station, comes to find out about 'Videodrome', a TV show that depicts torture and murder of nameless victims. Unknown to him the show can start controlling the minds of people. As Max starts uncovering the source of the show, he starts losing his mind and his sense of reality. 

Starring:
Debbie Harry, James Woods, Peter Dvorsky, Sonja Smits, Leslie Carlson
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
2. Eastern Promises (2007)
16
2
Eastern Promises
R
16
2

Anna Khitrova, a British midwife of Russian origin, comes across the diary of Russian teenager Tatiana who died during childbirth, and learns that she was raped, drugged and forced into prostitution by Russian crime-lord Semyon. In her quest to deliver the baby to Tatiana's family, she finds an unlikely ally in Nikolai, Semyon's driver and family "cleaner".

Starring:
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
3. The Dead Zone (1983)
16
3
The Dead Zone
R
16
3

A car accident puts schoolteacher Johnny Smith into coma for five years. When he wakes up, he is disturbed to find that he has psychic powers to see anyone’s past and future by touching the person. After shaking hands with an upcoming politician, Johnny realizes that once this man gets in power he will cause upheaval, so Johnny feels compelled to take action. 

Starring:
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
4. The Fly (1986)
18
2
The Fly
R
18
2

Scientist Seth Brundle is able to transport living matter from one pod to another using his 'telepods'. Unfortunately, during one experiment he accidentally transports a fly along with himself, fusing them on a genetic level. From then on the movie follows the horrific disintegration of Seth’s psyche and his physical transformation into a massive fly. 

Starring:
Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
5. Scanners (1981)
17
2
Scanners
R
17
2

Scanners is a horror thriller film, which revolves around a group of people having incredible psychic abilities who are known as Scanners. The story revolves around a powerful scanner named Vale, who attempts to stop another scanner named Darryl Revok. Revok wants to dominate the world, along with few others of his own kind.  

Starring:
Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill, Lawrence Dane, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
6. Dead Ringers (1988)
18
3
Dead Ringers
R
18
3

Two twin gynecologists take advantage of the fact that no one can tell them apart. However, when one of them falls in love with a woman, their relationship begins into deteriorate. 

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon, Shirley Douglas
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
7. The Brood (1979)
15
2
The Brood
TV-MA
15
2

The Brood is a horror film which revolves around a mad doctor Hal Raglan, who tries psychoplasmic therapy on a woman.  

Starring:
Oliver Reed, Henry Beckman, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Nuala Fitzgerald
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
8. A History of Violence (2005)
13
4
A History of Violence
R
13
4

A diner owner's small-town life is turned around overnight when he kills two men attempting to rob his restaurant. After short-lived fame, relationships and trust are tested when a gangster turns up alleging that the diner owner is, in fact, a professional hitman.

Starring:
Maria Bello, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Ashton Holmes
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
9. Naked Lunch (1991)
15
2
Naked Lunch
R
15
2

Naked Lunch is a 1991 drama film revolving around a pest exterminator, who kills his wife accidentally, after he develops an addiction to the substances he uses to kill insects. He eventually gets involved in a secret government plot.    

Starring:
Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Judy Davis, Peter Weller, Julian Sands
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
10. Barney's Version (2010)
12
3
Barney's Version
R
12
3

This comedy drama film revolves around the life of the politically incorrect, impulsive and fearless Barney Panofsky, his relationships and marriages with multiple women, and how he raises his children.

Starring:
Directed By:
Richard J. Lewis
11. Last Night (1998)
12
4
Last Night
R
12
4

The world seems to be nearing its end due to unknown reasons. As citizens are anxiously waiting for the apocalypse, there are also several people who are not able to cope with this.

Starring:
Sandra Oh, Robin Gammell, Roberta Maxwell, Sarah Polley
Directed By:
Don McKellar
12. Shivers (1975)
12
4
Shivers
R
12
4

Shivers is a horror science fiction film which revolves around a parasite which has been turning people into murderous maniacs.

Starring:
Joe Silver, Paul Hampton, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
13. Camera (2000)
11
2
Camera
11
2
Starring:
Leslie Carlson, Marc Donato, Harrison Kane, Stephanie Sams, Kyle Kass
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
14. eXistenZ (1999)
13
2
eXistenZ
R
13
2

In a futuristic world of biotechnological virtual reality games, game designer Allegra Geller is attacked by a Realist, when presenting her new game eXistenZ. She is rescued by Ted Pikul and plants the damaged game pod into Ted’s body. What happens from then on dissolves the lines between illusion and reality. 

Starring:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Don McKellar
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
15. Rabid (1977)
11
2
Rabid
R
11
2

Rose and her boyfriend Hart get into an accident when Hart’s bike hits a van parked in the middle of the road. They both suffer significant injuries, and are soon transported to a nearby clinic for plastic surgery. The head doctor Dan decides to perform a radical new procedure on Rose, but it turns her into a zombie-like creature that thirsts for human blood.

Starring:
Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Patricia Gage
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
16. To Die For (1995)
12
2
To Die For
R
12
2

To Die For is a black comedy crime film, which tells the story of Suzanne, a beautiful but naive girl, who is willing to do anything to achieve her career dreams of becoming a television newscaster. She is even willing to destroy anything or anyone that stands in her way, regardless of the cost or means.   

Starring:
Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Casey Affleck, Wayne Knight, Illeana Douglas
Directed By:
Gus Van Sant
17. Spider (2002)
11
2
Spider
R
11
2

Spider is a psychological drama mystery film, which tells the story of a disturbed man suffering from schizophrenia. His memory slips back into his childhood where he believes that his father has killed his mother brutally and has replaced her with a prostitute. 

Starring:
Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, John Neville
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
18. M. Butterfly (1993)
12
2
M. Butterfly
R
12
2

Loosely based on true events, this romantic drama film tells the story of Rene Gallimard, a diplomat from France who is sent to Beijing. His life takes a turn when he gets infatuated with an opera performer, Song Liling. They soon begin a relationship. However, he is unaware of the fact that she is spying on him for the Chinese government.

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa, Ian Richardson, Annabel Leventon
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
20. Crimes of the Future (2022)
11
2
Crimes of the Future
R
11
2
Starring:
Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen
21. Nightbreed (1990)
11
2
Nightbreed
TV-14
11
2
Role:
Dr. Philip K. Decker
Starring:
Neil Gaiman, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie, Craig Sheffer
Directed By:
Clive Barker
22. A Dangerous Method (2011)
10
2
A Dangerous Method
R
10
2

A young Russian woman named Sabina Spielrein seeking treatment for hysteria is successfully treated by Carl Jung and later becomes a respected professional in psychoanalysis. Later they meet Freud in person and the married Jung begins an affair with Sabina. Unfortunately, a rift develops between Freud and Jung and Sabina wants more from Jung. 

Starring:
Sarah Gadon, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
23. Into the Night (1985)
10
2
Into the Night
R
10
2

After discovering that his wife has been cheating on him, an insomniac aerospace engineer named Ed Okin drives to an airport on the suggestion of his friend. However, his life takes a turn when a beautiful jewel smuggler named Diana jumps into his car and asks him to drive her to various locations.

Starring:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonathan Demme, Dan Aykroyd, Roger Vadim, Irene Papas, Jeff Goldblum, Carmen Argenziano
Directed By:
John Landis
24. Crash (1996)
12
3
Crash
NC-17
12
3

Crash is a 1996 psychological thriller film which tells the story of a TV director who gets into a serious car accident. He then discovers an underground sub-culture of car-crash victims, for whom a car collision is a sexual turn-on, and it gives them a jotting life force which they come to crave. 

Starring:
James Spader, Holly Hunter, Rosanna Arquette, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
25. Falling (2021)
11
2
Falling
R
11
2
Role:
Dr. Klausner
Starring:
Laura Linney, Viggo Mortensen
26. Resurrection (1999)
10
2
Resurrection
R
10
2

John Prudhome and Andrew Hollingsworth are two homicide detectives in Chicago, who are assigned to investigate a murder. They soon come across a series of murders committed by a maniac who has been using the limbs of his victims to recreate the body of Jesus Christ. Although John is trying to recover from the tragic death of his son, he tries his best to find the psychopath before he can reach his next victim.

Role:
Father Rousell
Starring:
Rick Fox, Christopher Lambert, Mike Anscombe, Jayne Eastwood
Directed By:
Russell Mulcahy
27. Maps to the Stars (2014)
10
3
Maps to the Stars
R
10
3

A multi-millionnaire child star is trying to bag a comeback after his return from rehab when his estranged sister turns up with dark family secrets. Meanwhile, an ageing actress is trying to return to the big screen with a remake of her deceased film star mother's movie.

Starring:
Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Carrie Fisher, Julianne Moore, Sarah Gadon
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
28. Extreme Measures (1996)
10
2
Extreme Measures
R
10
2

Based on the novel of the same name, Extreme Measures is a crime thriller film which tells the story of a young doctor who confronts one of his colleagues after he comes across unethical medical sacrifices being conducted in his hospital.  

Starring:
Gene Hackman, Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Bill Nunn
Directed By:
29. Fast Company (1979)
10
2
Fast Company
R
10
2
Starring:
John Saxon, William Smith, Don Francks, Claudia Jennings, Nicholas Campbell
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
30. Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) (1969)
9
2
Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic)
9
2
Starring:
Ronald Mlodzik, Jack Messinger, Paul Mulholland, Iain Ewing, Arlene Mlodzik
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
31. Crimes of the Future (1970)
9
2
Crimes of the Future
R
9
2
Starring:
Ronald Mlodzik, Jack Messinger, Paul Mulholland, Jon Lidolt, Tania Zolty
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
32. Trial by Jury (1994)
9
2
Trial by Jury
R
9
2
Starring:
Armand Assante, Gabriel Byrne, Stuart Whitman, Kathleen Quinlan
Directed By:
Heywood Gould
33. Transfer (1966)
8
2
Transfer
8
2

A psychiatrist is living alone in a snowy field. Soon a former patient of his appears whose name is Ralph. Ralph has been following him obsessively as the relationship with the psychiatrist is the only meaningful relationship he has had.

Starring:
Rafe Macpherson, Mort Ritts
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
34. From the Drain (1967)
8
2
From the Drain
8
2

The movie revolves around two veterans who engage in an interesting conversation while sitting in a bath. 

Starring:
Mort Ritts, Stefan Nosko
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
35. Scanners II: The New Order (1991)
9
2
Scanners II: The New Order
R
9
2
Starring:
Deborah Raffin, Isabelle Mejias, Tom Butler, David Hewlett, Yvan Ponton
Directed By:
Christian Duguay
36. Cosmopolis (2012)
9
2
Cosmopolis
R
9
2

The film tells the story of a 28-year old billionaire asset manager, whose day devolves into his destruction, as he faces marital woes, health problems as well as financial crisis.   

Starring:
Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Jay Baruchel, Mathieu Amalric, Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
37. Jason X (2001)
8
1
Jason X
R
8
1
Role:
Dr. Wimmer
Starring:
Lexa Doig, Kane Hodder, Jeff Geddis, Markus Parilo
Directed By:
James Isaac
38. The Stupids (1996)
7
1
The Stupids
PG
7
1

A dim-witted family, who are convinced that they are victims of a conspiracy, comes to know about an illegal arms deal while they are hunting for their ‘stolen’ garbage. Colonel Neidermever, the man behind the operation, tries to get rid of them, but he fails.    

Starring:
Tom Arnold, Jenny McCarthy, Christopher Lee, Jessica Lundy, Bug Hall, Alex McKenna
Directed By:
John Landis
39. The Grace of God (1998)
12
2
The Grace of God
12
2
Role:
Psychiatrist
Starring:
Michael Riley, Steve Cumyn, Robbie Pennant, Alanna Cavanagh
Directed By:
Gérald L'Ecuyer
40. Henry & Verlin (1996)
10
2
Henry & Verlin
10
2
Starring:
Margot Kidder, Robert Joy, Nancy Beatty, Keegan MacIntosh
Directed By:
Gary Ledbetter
41. Blue (1992)
10
2
Blue
10
2
Starring:
Brad Armstrong, Tracy Wright, Elizabeth Zorn
Directed By:
Don McKellar
42. Blood & Donuts (1995)
9
2
Blood & Donuts
R
9
2
Starring:
Fiona Reid, Frank Moore, Louis Ferreira, Gordon Currie
Directed By:
Holly Dale
43. The Nest (2013)
9
2
The Nest
9
2
Role:
Dr. Molnar (voice)
Starring:
Evelyne Brochu
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
44. Ape Sodom (2016)
9
2
Ape Sodom
9
2
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Starring:
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Mihály Szabados, Perrie Voss
Directed By:
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
45. I'm Losing You (1998)
8
2
I'm Losing You
R
8
2
Starring:
Andrew McCarthy, Frank Langella, Ed Begley Jr., Norman Reedus, Laraine Newman
Directed By:
Bruce Wagner
46. Tomorrow's Shadows (2017)
8
2
Tomorrow's Shadows
8
2
Role:
G.O.D.
Starring:
Dawn Greenhalgh, Wendy Crewson, Karine Vanasse, Steve Lund
Directed By:
Geordie Sabbagh
47. Boozecan (1994)
8
2
Boozecan
8
2
Starring:
Russell Peters, Leslie Hope, Louis Ferreira, Tony Nappo
Directed By:
Nicholas Campbell

TV Movie(s)

1. Tourettes (1971)
11
2
Tourettes
11
2
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
2. Letter from Michelangelo (1971)
10
2
Letter from Michelangelo
10
2
Starring:
Paul Mulholland
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
3. Jim Ritchie Sculptor (1971)
10
2
Jim Ritchie Sculptor
10
2
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
4. Rewind (2013)
10
2
Rewind
TV-14
10
2
Starring:
Jeff Fahey, Shane McRae, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jennifer Ferrin
Directed By:
Jack Bender
5. The Judge (2001)
9
2
The Judge
9
2
Starring:
Charles Durning, Edward James Olmos, John Terry, Lolita Davidovich
Directed By:
Mick Garris
6. Moonshine Highway (1996)
9
2
Moonshine Highway
R
9
2
Starring:
Kyle MacLachlan, Randy Quaid, Gary Farmer, Maria del Mar, Alex Carter
Directed By:
Andy Armstrong

Animation(s)

Short6 (2001)
Short6
Starring:
Josh Hartnett, Kenneth Branagh, Leslie Carlson, Johannes Björk, Magnus Börjeson
Directed By:
David Cronenberg, David Brooks, Syd Garon
Pig Goat Banana Cricket (2015)
Pig Goat Banana Cricket
TV-PG
Starring:
Thomas F. Wilson, Danny Trejo, David Cross, Tom Kenny, Jeff Bennett, John DiMaggio, Paul Rugg
Directed By:
Ben Jones, Joe Horne, Ian Graham, Kim Roberson, Carl Faruolo

TV Shows and Videos

The Newsroom (1996)
The Newsroom
Starring:
Ken Finkleman, Tanya Allen, Mark Farrell, Peter Keleghan
Alias (2001)
Alias
TV-14
Starring:
Roger Moore, Bradley Cooper, Corey Stoll, Ethan Hawke, Victor Garber, Sarah Shahi, Ahmed Best
Directed By:
Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Jack Bender, Daniel Attias, J.J. Abrams
Friday's Curse (1987)
Friday's Curse
Starring:
Tia Carrere, Carrie Snodgress, Ray Walston, R.G. Armstrong, Chris Wiggins
Directed By:
David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan
Teleplay (1976)
Teleplay
Starring:
Chuck Shamata, Frank Moore, Gary McKeehan, Hardee T. Lineham, Louis Negin
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
Peep Show (1975)
Peep Show
Starring:
Martin Short, Donald Pleasence, Robert Joy, Andy Jones, Cathy Jones
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
Happy Town (2010)
Happy Town
Starring:
Lauren German, Sam Neill, Sarah Gadon, Dee Wallace
Scales of Justice (1990)
Scales of Justice
Starring:
Kim Coates, Leslie Carlson, Louis Ferreira, Edward Greenspan, Todd Schroeder
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
Consumed (2014)
Consumed
Role:
Interviewer (voice)
Starring:
Evelyne Brochu
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
Scanner Cop (1994)
Scanner Cop
R
Starring:
Richard Lynch, Darlanne Fluegel, Mark Rolston, Daniel Quinn, Richard Grove
Directed By:
Pierre David
Programme X (1970)
Programme X
Starring:
Mel Tuck, Susan Petrie, Art Hindle, Charles Oberdorf, Lister Sinclair
Directed By:
David Cronenberg
Scanner Cop II (1995)
Scanner Cop II
R
Starring:
Robert Forster, Khrystyne Haje, Stephen Mendel, Patrick Kilpatrick, Daniel Quinn
Directed By:
Steve Barnett
Scanners III: The Takeover (1991)
Scanners III: The Takeover
R
Starring:
Daniel Pilon, Steve Parrish, Liliana Komorowska, Valérie Valois, Colin Fox
Directed By:
Christian Duguay