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List of Joaquin Phoenix Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Joker (2019)
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10
Joker
R
63
10

Based on the famous DC comics supervillain, this Oscar-winning psychological thriller crime drama film revolves around Arthur Fleck, who works as a party clown, but aspires to be a stand-up comedian. Although he is going through mental trauma, and living an impoverished life with his mother, he is mistreated by society. Eventually, he decides to accept a life of crime and chaos, and takes on a new persona.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Fleck
Director:
Todd Phillips
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Jolie Chan
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor
2. Gladiator (2000)
44
3
Gladiator
R
44
3

After aging Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius names his favorite general Maximus to be his successor, his son Commodus seizes the throne by murdering him and the family of Maximus, who is imprisoned and sold into slavery in Africa. But, Maximus returns to Rome as a popular gladiator and hatches a plot to overthrow the dictator.

As:
Cast
Role:
Commodus
Director:
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Drama
3. Walk the Line (2005)
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4
Walk the Line
PG-13
52
4

Based on two autobiographies by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, the film Walk the Line follows Cash's early life, his enduring romance with June Carter, and his rise to fame in the country music scene. The film received positive reviews and was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John R. Cash
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Drama, Music, Romance, Biography
Star Cast:
Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
4. Her (2013)
23
2
Her
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23
2

Theodore Twombly is a highly sensitive loner whose professional qualification is writing soulful personal letters for others. Depressed over his impending divorce, he decides to install the latest artificially intelligent operating system Samantha, which has a bright voice and a consciousness. He begins to doubt himself as he gradually develops a romantic relationship with his AI assistant.

As:
Cast
Role:
Theodore
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama
5. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
17
2
Hotel Rwanda
PG-13
17
2

At the time of Rwandan genocide in 1994, Paul Rusesabagina worked as a manager at the Hôtel des Mille Collines. When the political situation grew bad, he not only struggled to keep his family safe, but also gave shelter to thousands of Tutsi refugees in the hotel thereby saving their lives.

As:
Cast
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, History, War, Biography
Star Cast:
Jean Reno, Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Tony Kgoroge, Xolani Mali, Desmond Dube
6. Six Pack (1983)
9
1
Six Pack
9
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Rod Amateau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Don Johnson, Markie Post, Jennifer Runyon, Billy Warlock
7. The Master (2012)
18
1
The Master
R
18
1

Having witnessed the horrors of WWII, Freddie Quell struggles to return to normal life and drifts from one job to another due to his alcoholism and violent nature. He is easily influenced by Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of the philosophical movement, The Cause, but his rise within the cult makes the other members worried.

As:
Cast
Role:
Freddie Quell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
8. Quills (2000)
13
2
Quills
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13
2

The period drama fictionalizes the last years of 18th century’s infamous French writer Marquis de Sade who was imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for titillating writing. Banished from writing, he takes help of laundress Madeline who smuggles his stories to printer. As his sexually explicit books continue getting published, a severely conformist doctor, known for tormenting punishments, is appointed to treat Marquis. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Coulmier
Director:
Philip Kaufman
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Kate Winslet, Stephen Moyer, Michael Caine, Geoffrey Rush, Billie Whitelaw
10. We Own the Night (2007)
19
1
We Own the Night
R
19
1

Bobby Green is the manager of nightclub, El Caribe, which is frequented by drug lord Vadim Nezhinski. Bobby has distanced himself from his brother, NYPD Captain Joseph, and father, Deputy Chief Burt. But after an assassination attempt on his brother and his father being fatally shot, Bobby joins the NYPD to bring Vadim down.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Bobby Green
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
11. Two Lovers (2008)
13
1
Two Lovers
R
13
1

After a broken engagement, Leonard moves in with his parents. He soon becomes involved with an honest and a sensible young woman named Sandra, whom his parents set up for him. Although the two seem to be a perfect match, Leonard soon finds himself being attracted to another manipulative woman Michelle, who is also a drug-addict. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Leonard Kraditor
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Anne Joyce, Elliot Villar, Craig Walker
12. Signs (2002)
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2
Signs
PG-13
21
2

Six months after losing his wife in an accident and leaving the church consequently, Graham Hess finds crop circles in his corn field. As crop circles begin appearing around the world, Graham and his family – brother and two children – try to understand the meaning of the Signs and eventually believe that there are aliens around.

As:
Cast
Role:
Merrill Hess
Genres:
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Mel Gibson, Abigail Breslin, M. Night Shyamalan, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin
13. To Die For (1995)
17
1
To Die For
R
17
1

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.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Jimmy Emmett
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Drama
14. Return to Paradise (1998)
12
1
Return to Paradise
R
12
1

Lewis, Sheriff and Tony are three close friends who are on a vacation in Malaysia. Sheriff and Tony eventually decide to leave for New York, to pursue new careers, but Lewis decides to stay to work with orangutans. Two years later, Sheriff and Tony learn that Lewis has been arrested for drug possession, as a result of their past actions, and is now scheduled for execution.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Lewis McBride
Director:
Joseph Ruben
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
15. The Village (2004)
18
1
The Village
PG-13
18
1

Covington in the 19th-century rural Pennsylvania has a small population that lives peacefully within the boundaries of the village. Beyond the boundaries, there are fearful creatures inhabiting the wood that do not forgive any intrusion. When a determined man, Lucius Hunt decides to step out into the woods, the creatures are upset. But then, someone else must also step out into the woods.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lucius Hunt
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
16. Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
10
2
Buffalo Soldiers
R
10
2

This black comedy war film takes us to the time of the Second World War. It revolves around the lives of few US soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. A criminal subculture operates among the men as they steal, fight, drink as well as sell drugs.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ray Elwood
Director:
Gregor Jordan
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, War, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Elizabeth McGovern, Idris Elba, Anna Paquin, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris
17. Inherent Vice (2014)
12
1
Inherent Vice
R
12
1

Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a good-hearted but inept stoner who works as a private investigator. His former lover, Shasta suddenly shows up and asks him to prevent her rich lover, Wolfmann, from being committed to insane asylum by Wolfmann’s wife. Doc soon finds himself tangled in the psychedelic world of drugs and corrupt LAPD. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Larry "Doc" Sportello
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
18. Reservation Road (2007)
14
3
Reservation Road
R
14
3

After losing his son in an accident on Reservation Road, Ethan Learner hires a lawyer named Dwight Arno, to find out who is responsible for the death of his son. However, he is unaware of the fact that Dwight himself  is the man who accidentally killed his son.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ethan Learner
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
19. Clay Pigeons (1998)
13
1
Clay Pigeons
R
13
1

Clay is a young man who is having an affair with the wife of his friend Earl. However, when Earl kills himself due to this, Clay finds himself guilty of his death. Although Amanda, Earl’s wife wants to continue the affair as if nothing has happened, Clay tries to resist. Problems arise when a serial killer kills her, and the FBI considers Clay as a suspect.

As:
Cast
Role:
Clay Bidwell
Director:
David Dobkin
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Gregory Sporleder, Georgina Cates, Vince Vieluf
20. Ladder 49 (2004)
14
1
Ladder 49
PG-13
14
1

A firefighter, working for the Baltimore Fire Station, gets injured and trapped inside a burning building. As he drifts in and out of consciousness, he has flashbacks of his life. Meanwhile, fellow firefighters who are led by the Chief make their attempts to rescue him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Morrison
Director:
Jay Russell
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett, Robert Patrick, Morris Chestnut
22. Irrational Man (2015)
9
1
Irrational Man
R
9
1

A philosophy professor, who suffers from existential crisis, finds a purpose in his life when one day he overhears a woman complaining that she may lose her children because of a corrupt judge and decides to murder him, reasoning that he will never be caught because he is not connected to the case. But justice has its own way of catching up. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Abe Lucas
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Emma Stone, Parker Posey, Joe Stapleton, Nancy Carroll, Allison Gallerani
23. The Immigrant (2013)
9
1
The Immigrant
R
9
1

The Immigrant is a romantic drama film which tells the story of an innocent immigrant woman who is tricked into a life of prostitution until a magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being quarantined at Ellis Island.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Bruno Weiss
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jicky Schnee
24. 8MM (1999)
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2
8MM
R
9
2

Private investigator, Tom Welles, gets hired to determine the authenticity of an 8MM snuff film showing a murder, which a tycoon’s widow, Mrs. Christian, found in her late husband’s safe. The investigation takes him to Hollywood where a porno store employee, Max California, helps him infiltrate Hollywood’s dangerous underworld of illegal porno movies, which may well prove hazardous for Welles. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Max California
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
25. The Yards (2000)
8
1
The Yards
8
1

Leo is finally out of prison after serving a sentence for car theft. He plans to leave his life of crime behind, but things don’t go as planned, because of his corrupt uncle, who leads him down a dangerous path.

As:
Cast
Role:
Willie Gutierrez
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Charlize Theron, Faye Dunaway, Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn
26. Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
7
1
Inventing the Abbotts
R
7
1

Two brothers, Doug Holt and Jacey, who come from a humble background, vie for the love of beautiful and wealthy Abbott sisters. But it is not as easy as it seems.

As:
Cast
Role:
Doug Holt
Director:
Pat O'Connor
Genres:
Romance, Drama
28. Mary Magdalene (2018)
6
2
Mary Magdalene
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jesus
Director:
Garth Davis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rooney Mara, Ariane Labed, Tahar Rahim
29. SpaceCamp (1986)
6
1
SpaceCamp
PG
6
1

Andie Bergstrom is an astronaut who is eagerly awaiting her first trip to outer space. She decides to run a summer camp for teenagers with her husband who is employed with NASA. Things get complicated when few of the kids are accidentally shot into space, during an engine test.

As:
Cast
Role:
Max
Director:
Harry Winer
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Kelly Preston, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson, Kate Capshaw, Larry B. Scott
30. Russkies (1987)
7
1
Russkies
PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny
Director:
Rick Rosenthal
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Whip Hubley, Peter Billingsley, Susan Walters, Stefan DeSalle
31. It's All About Love (2003)
6
2
It's All About Love
R
6
2

This romantic drama science fiction film takes us to a dystopian future where Earth has cooled down to such an extent that it is snowing in the middle of summer. Meanwhile, the worldwide economy is on the edge of collapse. In the middle of this, John and his wife are getting a divorce. However, before signing the divorce papers, they realize that their love is worth fighting for, despite everything happening around them.

As:
Cast
Role:
John
Director:
Thomas Vinterberg
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
32. You Were Never Really Here (2017)
14
3
You Were Never Really Here
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe
Director:
Lynne Ramsay
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Alessandro Nivola, John Doman, Alex Manette, Ekaterina Samsonov
33. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
14
2
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
R
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Callahan
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Comedy
34. Kids Don't Tell (1985)
8
1
Kids Don't Tell
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Sam O'Steen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Leo Rossi, Michael Ontkean, Ari Meyers, JoBeth Williams
36. Anything for Love (1985)
6
1
Anything for Love
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Timmy Bailey
Director:
Jim Drake
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Lauren Tewes, Vicki Lawrence, Marsha Warfield, Christa Denton
37. Secret Witness (1988)
6
1
Secret Witness
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Drew Blackburn
Director:
Eric Laneuville
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Barry Corbin, Kellie Martin, Betty A. Bridges, Paddi Edwards

Animation Movies

Brother Bear (2003)
Brother Bear
G

When an encounter with a Kodiak bear results in the death of his brother Sitka, young Native American Kenai kills the bear in revenge. But he is transformed into a bear himself. Hunted in his bear form by his other brother Denahi, Kenai’s only hope is to reclaim his human form with the help of an orphan bear cub, Koda.  

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Kenai
Director:
Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
Pauley Perrette, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rick Moranis, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize

TV Shows

Mr. Smith
Mr. Smith
As:
Cast
Director:
Stan Daniels, Ed. Weinberger, Gerald Hirschfeld
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Stuart Margolin, Leonard Frey, Ed. Weinberger, Tim Dunigan
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
As:
Cast
Director:
Vincent McEveety, Bernard L. Kowalski, Harvey S. Laidman, Barry Crane, James Sheldon
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
River Phoenix, Levon Helm, Alan Autry, Eric Stoltz, Richard Dean Anderson, Peter Horton, Roger Wilson
4Real
4Real
As:
Producer
Director:
Shoshana Guy, Josh Thome
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Casey Affleck, Sol Guy
Morningstar/Eveningstar
Morningstar/Eveningstar
As:
Cast
Director:
Linda Day, Nick Havinga, Nicholas Sgarro, Jenny Jameson
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Fred Savage, Teresa Wright, Scatman Crothers, Jeff Corey, Elizabeth Wilson, Kate Reid

Joaquin Phoenix Awards

Academy Awards
Joker Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2020
Golden Globe Awards
Walk the Line Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 2006
Joker Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2020
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Leading Man 2008
BAFTA Awards
Joker Best Leading Actor 2020
Grammy Awards
Walk the Line Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media 2007