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List of David Lynch Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Elephant Man (1980)
18
5
The Elephant Man
PG
18
5

The Elephant Man is based on the true-life story of Joseph Merrick, who is referred to as John Merrick in the movie. Dr. Frederick Treves discovers John, born with severe physical deformities, earning his living as the Elephant Man. The movie depicts John’s rise in high London society, his refined soul, and his tragic death.  

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Biography, Drama
2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
24
2
Mulholland Drive
R
24
2

A woman who identifies herself as Rita survives a murder attempt and a car crash on Mulholland Drive, but is left with amnesia. Aspiring actress Betty Elms finds Rita in her aunt's apartment and decides to help her regain her identity, but as they proceed with the investigation, the boundary between real and illusion gets blurred.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Lee Grant, Jeanne Bates, Dan Birnbaum, Laura Harring
3. The Straight Story (1999)
14
2
The Straight Story
G
14
2

After finding out that his estranged brother is critically ill, Alvin Straight, a 73 year old man decides to visit him riding a lawn mower, as he is unable to drive. 

As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Richard Farnsworth
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
17
2
Blue Velvet
R
17
2

Named after Bobby Vinton’s song, Blue Velvet, is a neo-noir thriller by American filmmaker David Keith Lynch. It starts when a college student, who is in town visiting his ailing father, finds a human ear severed and thrown in a field. What follows, is his journey to try and uncover the mystery and getting involved with an enticing lounge singer.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
5. Eraserhead (1977)
15
3
Eraserhead
15
3

Henry Spencer, a factory employee, lives alone in his apartment in an industrial town when he unexpectedly learns that he has become a father. His girlfriend Mary and their baby – a strange looking creature – shift into his flat. But the baby is always crying and Mary, unable to take it, just quits. Henry, now all alone, is going insane and begins having hallucinations.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Jeanne Bates, Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Judith Roberts
7. The Grandmother (1970)
13
2
The Grandmother
13
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Horror
Star Cast:
Richard White, Dorothy McGinnis, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick
8. Lost Highway (1997)
15
2
Lost Highway
R
15
2

Fred Madison, a Jazz musician, who is suspicious of his wife Renee’s loyalty, receives video tapes of their house, and one showing Renee’s murder. Accused of her murder, he is sentenced to death. In the prison, he mysteriously transforms into mechanic Peter Dayton, who is then released. Peter meets a gangster’s girlfriend, Alice, who is Renee’s mirror-image, which deepens the mystery further. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller
9. Lucky (2017)
11
2
Lucky
11
2

Lucky is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Lucky, a 90 year old atheist, who lives alone in an isolated house in the small desert town of Piru, California. Upon coming to terms with his own mortality, he decides to search for ever-elusive enlightenment.

 

As:
Cast
Role:
Howard
Director:
John Carroll Lynch
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
10. Wild at Heart (1990)
14
2
Wild at Heart
R
14
2

Sailor Ripley, released from prison after killing in self-defense, breaks his parole to set out for California with girlfriend, Lula Fortune. Lula’s mother, Marietta, sends a private detective and a contract-killer after them to eliminate Sailor. While on the run in a bid to keep one step ahead of Marietta’s plotting, they encounter offensives, and fight through challenges that test their love.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Comedy
11. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
13
3
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
R
13
3

FBI agent, Chet Desmond, disappears mysteriously while investigating the murder of Teresa Banks of Deerfield. One year later, in the neighboring town of Twin Peaks, Laura Palmer who leads a troubled life as a drug addict, is brutally murdered. Can the events of the last seven days of her life preceding her murder throw any light on the identity of the killer? 

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
12. Dune (1984)
13
3
Dune
PG-13
13
3

In a distant future, the Emperor gives noble Duke Leto Atreides control of desert planet Arrakis, the only source of extremely valuable spice melange required for interstellar travel. However, realizing that the hidden agenda was to destroy his house in a clash with their archenemies—the Harkonnens—Leto's son, Paul, organizes an uprising with the native Fremens.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
14. My Beautiful Broken Brain (2016)
12
2
My Beautiful Broken Brain
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Self
Genres:
Documentary, Biography
15. Rabbits (2002)
13
2
Rabbits
13
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Short, Mystery, Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Scott Coffey, Laura Harring, Rebekah Del Rio
16. Lumière et compagnie (1995)
11
2
Lumière et compagnie
11
2
As:
Director
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Romane Bohringer, Youssef Chahine, Merzak Allouache, Jeffe Alperi, Theodoros Angelopoulos
18. Heart Beat (1980)
10
2
Heart Beat
R
10
2

Based on the autobiography by American writer Carolyn Cassady, film explores her relationship with her husband, Neal Cassady, a major figure in 1950s’ Beat Generation and novelist Jack Kerouac. 

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
John Byrum
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, Ray Sharkey, John Heard, Ann Dusenberry
19. Surveillance (2008)
10
2
Surveillance
R
10
2

This mystery crime thriller film tells the story of two FBI agents who come to a rural town in Nebraska after a series of violent deaths takes place and a young woman disappears.  They interview three survivors, but their stories don’t match, which makes the job even more complicated.

As:
Producer
Director:
Jennifer Lynch
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Bill Pullman, Michael Ironside, Julia Ormond, Caroline Aaron, Hugh Dillon
20. My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
11
2
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
R
11
2

Detective Havenhurst and his partner Detective Vargas receive a call, and they drive to the scene of a murder. They find the body of Mrs McCullam, who was stabbed with an antique sword. They soon realize that the murderer is her son Brad, when he takes two hostages in the house across the street. It soon seems that Brad is delusional and has lost touch with reality.

As:
Producer
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Michael Peña, Chloë Sevigny
21. Lady Blue Shanghai (2010)
11
2
Lady Blue Shanghai
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Short, Mystery
Star Cast:
Marion Cotillard, Gong Tao, Emily Stofle, Cheng Hong, Lu Yong
22. Absurd Encounter with Fear (1967)
9
2
Absurd Encounter with Fear
9
2

This is a short black and white film created by legendary filmmaker David Lynch, at that time a student at Pennsylvania Academy. This two-minute film is about a frenzied blue skinned man approaching a woman cowering with her knees to her chest in a field. Taking out a handful of wildflowers from his zip he stares at the camera before falling on the ground. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Horror, Fantasy, Short
Star Cast:
Peggy Lynch, Jack Fisk
23. The Amputee (1974)
9
2
The Amputee
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Nurse
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Catherine E. Coulson
24. Nadja (1994)
9
2
Nadja
R
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Michael Almereyda
Genres:
Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Jared Harris, Peter Fonda, Suzy Amis, Martin Donovan
25. Fictitious Anacin Commercial (1967)
9
2
Fictitious Anacin Commercial
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jack Fisk
26. Darkened Room (2002)
9
2
Darkened Room
9
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jordan Ladd, Cerina Vincent, Etsuko Shikata
27. Sailing with Bushnell Keeler (1967)
8
2
Sailing with Bushnell Keeler
8
2
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Bushnell Keeler, Dave Keeler
28. Girlfriend's Day (2017)
8
3
Girlfriend's Day
TV-MA
8
3
As:
Cast, Narrator
Director:
Michael Paul Stephenson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bob Odenkirk, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Amber Tamblyn, Stacy Keach, Alex Karpovsky
29. David Lynch Cooks Quinoa (2007)
13
3
David Lynch Cooks Quinoa
13
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Documentary
30. Meditation, Creativity, Peace (2012)
11
2
Meditation, Creativity, Peace
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Documentary
31. Premonition Following an Evil Deed (1995)
10
2
Premonition Following an Evil Deed
10
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Horror
Star Cast:
Michele Carlyle, Jeff Alperi, Stan Lothridge, Russ Pearlman, Pam Pierrocish
32. The 3 Rs (2011)
10
2
The 3 Rs
10
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Mindy Ramaker
33. Absurda (2007)
12
2
Absurda
12
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
34. 42 One Dream Rush (2010)
9
2
42 One Dream Rush
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
James Franco, Kenneth Anger, Asia Argento, Tadanobu Asano, Sergei Bodrov
Genres:
Fantasy, Short
Star Cast:
Rinko Kikuchi, Kenneth Anger, Tadanobu Asano, Brian Butler, Helena Christensen, Paz de la Huerta
35. The Black Ghiandola (2017)
9
2
The Black Ghiandola
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Man In Black
Director:
Sam Raimi, Theodore Melfi, Catherine Hardwicke
Genres:
Horror, Short
Star Cast:
36. Zelly and Me (1988)
9
2
Zelly and Me
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Willie
Director:
Tina Rathborne
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Isabella Rossellini, Glynis Johns, Alexandra Johnes, Kaiulani Lee
37. The King of Ads (1991)
9
2
The King of Ads
9
2
As:
Director
Director:
Patrice Leconte, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, Bob Giraldi
Genres:
Documentary
38. Lamp (2003)
9
2
Lamp
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Documentary
39. Peixe Vermelho (2009)
9
2
Peixe Vermelho
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andreia Vigo
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Short
Star Cast:
Carina Dias, Rafael Sieg, Sandra Dani, Jairo Klein
40. Bug Crawls (2008)
8
2
Bug Crawls
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Horror
41. Industrial Soundscape (2008)
8
2
Industrial Soundscape
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
42. The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)
8
2
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Peter Sellars
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Werner Klemperer, Joan Cusack, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Gallagher, Ron Vawter
43. The Disc of Sorrow Is Installed (2002)
8
2
The Disc of Sorrow Is Installed
8
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Comedy, Short
44. Ballerina (2007)
8
2
Ballerina
8
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Music
45. Coyote (2002)
7
1
Coyote
7
1
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Documentary
46. Dead Mouse with Ants (2002)
7
1
Dead Mouse with Ants
7
1
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Documentary, Short
47. Pierre and Sonny Jim (2001)
7
1
Pierre and Sonny Jim
7
1
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Comedy

TV Movie(s)

1. Mulholland Dr. (1999)
13
3
Mulholland Dr.
13
3
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Lee Grant, Ann Miller, Robert Forster, Justin Theroux
2. Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
11
2
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted
11
2
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Julee Cruise, Lisa Giobbi, Félix Blaska
3. Un matin partout dans le monde (2000)
7
1
Un matin partout dans le monde
7
1
As:
Director
Director:
Spike Lee
Genres:
Short

Animation(s)

The Short Films of David Lynch (2002)
The Short Films of David Lynch
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Animation, Horror, Documentary
Star Cast:
Robert Chadwick, Frederic Golchan, Catherine E. Coulson, Jeffe Alperi, Eddy Dixon
The Alphabet (1968)
The Alphabet
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Animation, Horror
Star Cast:
Peggy Lynch
Does That Hurt You? (2002)
Does That Hurt You?
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Agnieszka Jurek
Genres:
Short, Documentary, Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Agnieszka Jurek, Cora Jurek
DumbLand (2002)
DumbLand
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, Voiceover
Role:
All Voices (unknown episodes)
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Animation, Comedy
Six Men Getting Sick (1966)
Six Men Getting Sick
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Animation, Horror
Moby: Shot in the Back of the Head (2009)
Moby: Shot in the Back of the Head
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Animation, Short
Interpol: I Touch a Red Button (2011)
Interpol: I Touch a Red Button
As:
Producer, Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Animation
Factory Mask (2002)
Factory Mask
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Animation, Short
Head with Hammer (2001)
Head with Hammer
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Animation
The Pig Walks (2002)
The Pig Walks
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Animation, Short

TV Shows and Videos

Interview Project (2009)
Interview Project
As:
Producer
Genres:
Documentary
On the Air (1992)
On the Air
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Miguel Ferrer, Nancye Ferguson, Ian Buchanan, Gary Grossman, Mel Johnson Jr.
More Things That Happened (2007)
More Things That Happened
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Nastassja Kinski, Laura Dern, Peter J. Lucas, Karolina Gruszka, William Maier
Eraserhead Stories (2001)
Eraserhead Stories
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Jack Nance, Catherine E. Coulson
Nine Inch Nails: Came Back Haunted (2013)
Nine Inch Nails: Came Back Haunted
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Trent Reznor
David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time (2012)
David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Chris Pounders, Emily Elicia Low, Pandie Suicide
Duran Duran: Unstaged (2014)
Duran Duran: Unstaged
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Gerard Way
Dynamic:01: The Best of DavidLynch.com (2007)
Dynamic:01: The Best of DavidLynch.com
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Thriller, Documentary, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Horror
Star Cast:
Jordan Ladd, Cerina Vincent, Etsuko Shikata, Emily Stofle
David Lynch's Comic-Con Message (2017)
David Lynch's Comic-Con Message
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Les Français vus par (1988)
Les Français vus par
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch, Luigi Comencini, Werner Herzog, Jean-Luc Godard, Andrzej Wajda
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, Tracey Walter, Frederic Golchan, Michael Horse
Boat (2007)
Boat
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Horror, Mystery, Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Emily Stofle
Chris Isaak: Wicked Game, Wild at Heart Version (1990)
Chris Isaak: Wicked Game, Wild at Heart Version
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Intervalometer Experiments (2004)
Intervalometer Experiments
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
Blue Green (2007)
Blue Green
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short
Idem Paris (2013)
Idem Paris
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Documentary, Short
Out Yonder (2007)
Out Yonder
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Austin Jack Lynch
Thought Gang: A Real Indication (1992)
Thought Gang: A Real Indication
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Angelo Badalamenti
Ariana Delawari: Lion of Panjshir (2010)
Ariana Delawari: Lion of Panjshir
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Voiceover
Role:
Himself (uncredited) (voice)
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Ariana Delawari
BlueBob: Thank You, Judge (1999)
BlueBob: Thank You, Judge
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Billy Groper
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Eli Roth, Naomi Watts, John Neff
X Japan: Longing - Togireta Melody (1995)
X Japan: Longing - Togireta Melody
As:
Director
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Toshimitsu Deyama, Hideto Matsumoto, Hiroshi Morie, Pata, X Japan
Working with Marilyn Manson (2007)
Working with Marilyn Manson
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Himself
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Documentary, Short