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List of Edward James Olmos Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Blade Runner (1982)
13
4
Blade Runner
R
13
4

Drawing from the 1968 novel - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - by Philip K. Dick, the film sees Tyrell Corporation building synthetic humans known as replicants  to work in space colonies. However, when four rogue replicants led by Roy Batty escape and head back to Earth, a former blade runner, Rick Deckard, is forced to resume his duties and terminate them.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gaff
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, M. Emmet Walsh
2. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
12
3
Blade Runner 2049
R
12
3

Thirty years after the events of the original film, a young blade runner, LAPD officer K, uncovers a secret that can lead to a war between humans and replicants. His investigation points him towards a previous blade runner, Rick Deckard, the protagonist of the first story, who is missing for the last three decades.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Drama
3. Alambrista! (1977)
12
2
Alambrista!
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Linda Gillen, Ned Beatty, Jerry Hardin, Domingo Ambriz
4. Stand and Deliver (1988)
15
2
Stand and Deliver
PG
15
2

Jaime is a teacher at a high school in Los Angeles, who is being hassled by some of his students and also pressured by some of his bosses, who want to take control of his classroom. Problems arise when although his students ace the calculus test, their scores are questioned and they are asked to retake the exam.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jaime Escalante
Director:
Ramón Menéndez
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lou Diamond Phillips, Estelle Harris, Mark Phelan, Virginia Paris
5. The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
11
2
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
PG
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Gregorio Cortez
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Bruce McGill, Brion James, James Gammon, Tom Bower
6. Zoot Suit (1981)
12
2
Zoot Suit
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
El Pachuco
Director:
Luis Valdez
Genres:
Musical, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Aidman, John Anderson, Tyne Daly, Daniel Valdez
7. American Me (1992)
13
2
American Me
R
13
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Edward James Olmos
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Joe Aubel, Sal Lopez, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Vira Montes
9. Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
10
2
Triumph of the Spirit
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gypsy
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
History, Drama, Biography, Sport, War
Star Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Robert Loggia, Wendy Gazelle, Kelly Wolf
11. Wolfen (1981)
11
2
Wolfen
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Holt
Director:
John D. Hancock, Rupert Hitzig, Michael Wadleigh
Genres:
Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Albert Finney, Tom Waits, Tom Noonan, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines
12. Caught (1996)
11
2
Caught
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Maria Conchita Alonso, Arie Verveen, Bitty Schram, Steven Schub
13. 2 Guns (2013)
10
2
2 Guns
R
10
2

DEA agent Bobby Trench, hoping to implicate his target, decides to stay undercover to help Michael Stigman in a bank robbery, but unbeknownst to Trench, Stigman is an undercover naval intelligence officer with instructions to kill him. After both are disavowed by their respective organizations, they must work together against a ruthless Mexican drug lord while avoiding arrest.

As:
Cast
Role:
Papi Greco
Director:
Baltasar Kormákur
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
14. Selena (1997)
12
3
Selena
PG
12
3

This biographical drama film tells the story of Selena Perez, who gains a lot of popularity at an early age, and soon becomes a music star. However, she dies a tragic death at the early age of 23, after being shot by one of her fans.

As:
Cast
Director:
Gregory Nava
Genres:
Drama, Music, Biography
Star Cast:
Jennifer Lopez, Jackie Guerra, Constance Marie, Alex Meneses, Jon Seda
15. Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975)
10
2
Aloha, Bobby and Rose
PG
10
2

A young mechanic, Bobby, and a car-wash worker, Rose, fall in love, but on their first date, they accidentally cause the death of a store clerk. Therefore, they decide to flee to Mexico together. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Floyd Mutrux
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Carradine, Leigh French, Tim McIntire, Dianne Hull, Paul Le Mat
17. The Predator (2018)
9
2
The Predator
R
9
2

When The Predator, the universe’s most lethal extraterrestrial being, return to Earth, and attempt to eliminate the human race, Quinn McKenna, an army sniper teams up with few fugitives and a scientist to save humanity. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Shane Black
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Star Cast:
18. Gossip (2000)
9
2
Gossip
R
9
2

Gossip is a psychological thriller film which revolves around Derrick, Cathy, and Travis, who are three students who decide to do a class project on gossip along with some fellow roommates. However, things soon spiral out of control.

As:
Cast
Director:
Davis Guggenheim
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
19. The Green Hornet (2011)
8
2
The Green Hornet
PG-13
8
2

The vigilante-action comedy follows playboy billionaire Britt Reid who teams up with Kato, a mechanic adept at martial arts to become the vigilante The Green Hornet. Using Kato’s skills, the highly weaponized car Black Beauty, and his own publication the Daily Sentinel, they try to bring down the Russian mobster Benjamin Chudnofsky. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Michel Gondry
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
20. Bogard (1974)
8
2
Bogard
X
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Timothy Galfas, Richard Kaye
Genres:
Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Robert Burr, Dabney Coleman, Philip Michael Thomas, Richard Lawson
21. Splinter (2006)
7
1
Splinter
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Garcia
Director:
Michael D. Olmos
Genres:
Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Tom Sizemore, Ivonne Coll, Enrique Almeida, Resmine Atis
23. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
7
1
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
PG
7
1

Chloe is a Chihuahua from Beverley Hills, who gets lost in Mexico, during a vacation with her owner. However, she is able to make few new friends including a lonesome German shepherd who try to assist her in getting home safe.

As:
Cast
Director:
Raja Gosnell
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Drama, Adventure, Romance
24. A Class Apart (2009)
13
3
A Class Apart
TV-PG
13
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Carlos Sandoval, Peter Miller
Star Cast:
Gloria Villa Cadena, Norma Cantú, Ramiro Casso, James DeAnda
25. Monday Nights at Seven (2016)
13
3
Monday Nights at Seven
13
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Charlie
Director:
Marty Sader
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Family
Star Cast:
Lorraine Bracco, Marty Sader, Vanessa Lyon, Anderson Silva
26. La cerca (2005)
12
2
La cerca
TV-PG
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator / Old Niño
Director:
Summer-Joy Main
Genres:
Western, Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Ehécatl Chávez, Hector A. Garcia, Roger E. Fanter, Eloy Méndez
27. Americanos: Latino Life in the United States (2000)
12
2
Americanos: Latino Life in the United States
12
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Susan Todd, Andrew Young
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Dennis Chavez, Jennifer Broncamontes, Crissy Guerrero, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Robert 'El Vez' López
28. The Art of Human Salvage (2015)
11
2
The Art of Human Salvage
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Dempsey Tillman
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Short, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
DeMorge Brown, Matthew Boylan, Josh Fadem, Heather Grey
29. Exile Nation: The Plastic People (2014)
11
2
Exile Nation: The Plastic People
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Narrator (voice)
Director:
Charles Shaw
Genres:
News, Documentary, Biography
30. Jack and Marilyn (2002)
11
2
Jack and Marilyn
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Role:
Pasquel
Director:
Edward James Olmos
31. House of the Righteous (2014)
10
2
House of the Righteous
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Lucy
Director:
Thomas Torrey
Genres:
Western, Short
Star Cast:
Grant Goodeve, Charley Koontz, Isaiah Stratton, Pat Dortch
32. Saving Grace (1986)
10
2
Saving Grace
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Conti, Fernando Rey, Erland Josephson, Giancarlo Giannini
33. América (2011)
10
3
América
10
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Sonia Fritz
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Rachel Ticotin, Yancey Arias, Lymari Nadal, Miguel Reyes
34. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998)
10
2
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Vamanos
Director:
Stuart Gordon
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sid Caesar, Joe Mantegna, Gregory Sierra, Esai Morales
35. Roosters (1993)
10
2
Roosters
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gallo Morales
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Maria Conchita Alonso, Sônia Braga, Sarah Lassez, Danny Nucci
36. Death in Granada (1996)
9
2
Death in Granada
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Marcos Zurinaga
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Miguel Ferrer, Giancarlo Giannini, Esai Morales, Andy Garcia
37. Go for Sisters (2013)
9
2
Go for Sisters
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Freddy Suarez
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Mahershala Ali, LisaGay Hamilton, Martha Higareda, Yolonda Ross
38. Disturbing the Peace (1996)
9
2
Disturbing the Peace
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Thomas Patrick Smith
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Chip Albers, Abner Delgado, Orlando Estrada, Andrea Faustino
39. Water & Power (2013)
9
2
Water & Power
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Richard Montoya
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Clancy Brown, Lupe Ontiveros, Roger Guenveur Smith, Nicholas Gonzalez, Emilio Rivera
40. Talent for the Game (1991)
10
2
Talent for the Game
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil Sweet
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Lorraine Bracco, Jamey Sheridan, John E. Coleman, Jeff Corbett
41. Filly Brown (2012)
8
2
Filly Brown
R
8
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Khool-Aid Rios, Jenni Rivera, Lala Romero
42. The Unfinished Journey (1999)
8
2
The Unfinished Journey
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Narration (voice)
Director:
Steven Spielberg
Genres:
Documentary, Short, History
Star Cast:
Ossie Davis, Sam Waterston, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou
43. A Million to Juan (1994)
8
2
A Million to Juan
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Rodriguez
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Paul Rodriguez, Tony Plana, Polly Draper, Bert Rosario
44. Mirage (1995)
7
1
Mirage
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Matteo Juarez
Director:
Paul Williams
Genres:
Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sean Young, Paul Williams, James Andronica, Cuauhtemoc Rivas

TV Movie(s)

1. 300 Miles for Stephanie (1981)
12
2
300 Miles for Stephanie
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Art Vela
Director:
Clyde Ware
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Graves, Julie Carmen, Tony Orlando, Pepe Serna
3. Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007)
12
2
Battlestar Galactica: Razor
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Admiral William Adama
Director:
Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, Mary McDonnell, Michelle Forbes
5. Walkout (2006)
10
2
Walkout
10
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director
Director:
Edward James Olmos
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alexa Vega, Alexa PenaVega, Michael Peña, Yancey Arias, Laura Harring, Efren Ramirez
6. In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)
10
2
In the Time of the Butterflies
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Trujillo
Director:
Mariano Barroso
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Salma Hayek, Marc Anthony, Mía Maestro, Demián Bichir
7. Urban Cowboy (2016)
12
2
Urban Cowboy
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Al Robles
Director:
Craig Brewer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jim Belushi, Nathalie Kelley, Eva LaRue, Riley Smith
8. Lives in Hazard (1994)
11
2
Lives in Hazard
11
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Susan Todd, Andrew Young
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Domingo Ambriz, Danny De La Paz, M.C. Boulevard, Greg Boyle, Robert Chavez
9. Slave of Dreams (1995)
11
2
Slave of Dreams
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Potiphar
Director:
Robert M. Young
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Adrian Pasdar, Sherilyn Fenn, Philip Newman, Nadia Sawalha
10. The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994)
11
2
The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Frankenheimer
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Carmen Argenziano, Raul Julia, Kamala Lopez, Sônia Braga
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
11. Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999)
10
2
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Michel Poulette
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Martin Landau, Costas Mandylor, Bruce Ramsay, Guido Grasso Jr.
12. The Wall (1998)
9
2
The Wall
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Col. Holst
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Dean McDermott, Richard Chevolleau, Clive Cholerton, Billy Parrott
13. Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994)
9
2
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jose Menendez
Director:
Larry Elikann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Beverly D'Angelo, Debrah Farentino, Damian Chapa, Travis Fine
15. The Judge (2001)
9
2
The Judge
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Judge Armando Acosta
Director:
Mick Garris
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, David Cronenberg, John Terry, Lolita Davidovich
16. The Limbic Region (1996)
8
2
The Limbic Region
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jon Lucca
Director:
Michael Pattinson
Genres:
Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
George Dzundza, Don S. Davis, William B. Davis, Gwynyth Walsh
17. The Princess & the Barrio Boy (2000)
8
2
The Princess & the Barrio Boy
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nestor Garcia
Director:
Tony Plana
Genres:
Romance
Star Cast:
Pauly Shore, Maria Conchita Alonso, Nicholas Gonzalez, Marisol Nichols
18. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)
8
2
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Det. Anthony Piscotti
Director:
Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Donnie Wahlberg, Lorraine Bracco, Vincent D'Onofrio, Richard Schiff
19. Hollywood Confidential (1997)
8
2
Hollywood Confidential
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Stan Navarro, Sr.
Director:
Reynaldo Villalobos
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Charlize Theron, Thomas Jane, Rick Aiello, Angela Alvarado

Animation(s)

Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)
Kaze no tani no Naushika
PG
Plot:

Kaze no tani no Naushika is a Japanese anime fantasy film that centres around Princess Nausicaä of Valley of the Wind kingdom who must save humanity from the destruction being planned by the Tolmekian kingdom whilst keeping her lands safe from the toxic jungle of the post-apocalyptic earth. Full of drama and adventure, this film was adapted from an eponymous manga comic.

As:
Cast
Director:
Hayao Miyazaki
Genres:
Animation, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Sumi Shimamoto, Ichirô Nagai
Coco (2017)
Coco
PG
Plot:

Young Miguel just loves music and wants to be as famous and loved like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. However, a hatred for music runs in his family, since generations. Despite protests from his family, Miguel enters a Day of the Dead talent show and soon finds himself in the Land of Dead. Along with Hector, he explores the colourful land and discovers his real family history.

As:
Cast
Director:
Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Music, Animation, Mystery, Family
Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017)
Blade Runner: Black Out 2022
As:
Cast
Role:
Gaff (voice)
Director:
Shinichirô Watanabe
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Animation, Short
Star Cast:
Luci Christian, Jovan Jackson, Bryson Baugus, Adam Gibbs
The Road to El Dorado (2000)
The Road to El Dorado
PG
Plot:

In 1519, con-artists Miguel and Tulio win a map to the secret City of Gold, El Dorado. Afterwards, they escape on a ship led by conquistador Cortés to the New World. After the two accidentally discover El Dorado they are portrayed as Gods by a local priest who has his own motives. The two must save the city. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Chief (voice)
Director:
Bibo Bergeron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Paul
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Animation, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:

TV Shows and Videos

Selena Remembered (1997)
Selena Remembered
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Cecilia Miniucchi
Star Cast:
Selena
Miami Vice (1984)
Miami Vice
TV-14
As:
Cast, Director
Director:
John Nicolella, Richard Compton, Leon Ichaso, Vern Gillum, Don Johnson
Genres:
Drama, Action, Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The Fortunate Pilgrim (1988)
The Fortunate Pilgrim
As:
Cast
Director:
Stuart Cooper
Star Cast:
Sophia Loren, Hal Holbrook, Annabella Sciorra, Harold Pruett, Ron Marquette
Greetings from Tucson (2002)
Greetings from Tucson
As:
Cast
Director:
Joe Regalbuto, Mark Cendrowski, Dana Piazza De Vally, Michael Lessac, Jonathan Schmock
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Carmen Electra, Teri Garr, Rebecca Creskoff, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Jacob Vargas, Pablo Santos
Mayans MC (2018)
Mayans MC
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Director:
Norberto Barba, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Hanelle M. Culpepper
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Katey Sagal, John Ortiz, Jacqueline Obradors, Michael Irby
The Fitzpatricks (1977)
The Fitzpatricks
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Mariclare Costello, Bert Kramer
The Blue Knight (1975)
The Blue Knight
As:
Cast
Director:
Leo Penn, Paul Krasny, Irving J. Moore, Harvey S. Laidman, Charles S. Dubin
Genres:
Action, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Delvecchio (1976)
Delvecchio
As:
Cast
Director:
Jerry London, Arnold Laven, Richard Michaels, Walter Doniger, Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Danny DeVito, Erik Estrada, Carl Weathers, Mark Harmon, Charles Haid, Maureen McCormick, Judd Hirsch
Rafferty (1977)
Rafferty
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Patrick McGoohan, Michael C. Gwynne, John Getz, Millie Slavin
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Commander William Adama
Director:
Edward James Olmos
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Tricia Helfer, Dean Stockwell, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Trucco

Edward James Olmos Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Burning Season Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1995
Miami Vice Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1986
Primetime Emmy Awards
Miami Vice Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 1985