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List of John Waters Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Female Trouble (1974)
23
2
Female Trouble
X
23
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Edith Massey
2. This Filthy World (2006)
12
2
This Filthy World
12
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jeff Garlin
Genres:
Documentary, Comedy
3. Desperate Living (1977)
12
2
Desperate Living
X
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Crime, Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
Star Cast:
Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Liz Renay, Susan Lowe
4. Eat Your Makeup (1968)
11
2
Eat Your Makeup
11
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Divine, Lizzy Temple Black, Berenica Cipcus, George Figgs, Howard Gruber
5. Polyester (1981)
12
2
Polyester
R
12
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jay Leno, Tab Hunter, Divine, Edith Massey, David Samson
6. Multiple Maniacs (1970)
13
2
Multiple Maniacs
13
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Crime
Star Cast:
Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller
7. Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head (1968)
11
2
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Pat Moran, George Figgs, Maelcum Soul
8. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
11
2
Sweet and Lowdown
PG-13
11
2

Emmett Ray is a famed jazz guitarist, who believes that love is a hindrance to his musical career. His views start to change after he develops affection for a shy and mute woman. However, shortly after he gains fame, he gets married to a wealthy socialite on a whim. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
9. Roman Candles (1966)
11
2
Roman Candles
11
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Mona Montgomery, Divine, Mark Isherwood, David Lochary, Pat Moran
10. Hairspray (1988)
11
2
Hairspray
PG
11
2

This musical comedy drama film revolves around the story of an overweight teen who manages to win a spot on a popular teen dance show, after an audition.  

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Music, Romance, Musical, Comedy, Drama, Family
Star Cast:
11. Something Wild (1986)
10
2
Something Wild
R
10
2

Charles Driggs is a businessman living in New York City, who is “kidnapped” by a free-spirited woman named Lulu. She takes him on an adventurous ride but the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when Lulu’s former husband who is an ex-convict shows up, and the two of them have no other option but to face trouble.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
12. Mondo Trasho (1969)
11
2
Mondo Trasho
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole
13. The Diane Linkletter Story (1970)
10
2
The Diane Linkletter Story
10
2

The improvised short is based on true-life suicide of TV personality Art LInkletter’s daughter. Diane Linkletter has taken to drugs and also started dating Jim, a low-life boy who belongs to hippie culture. Her parents, worried about this change in her behavior, question her and as they realize she is high on LSD, express their disapproval. But it results in tragedy. 

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary
14. Serial Mom (1994)
13
2
Serial Mom
R
13
2

The satirical black comedy features a dedicated homemaker Beverly Sutphin, who leads a happy life with two teenaged children. But she insists on retaliating against any slight. The parking place-snatcher neighbor starts receiving obscene calls; the math teacher gets run over for criticizing her son. As homicides increase, police get wise on the killer and Beverly becomes media sensation as ‘Serial Mom.’ 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Comedy
15. Inside Deep Throat (2005)
10
2
Inside Deep Throat
NC-17
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Filmmaker
Director:
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Genres:
History, Documentary, Biography
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Erica Jong, Gerard Damiano, Larry Flynt
16. Hairspray (2007)
10
2
Hairspray
PG
10
2

Sixteen years old plump Tracy Turnblad loves watching a teen dance TV show The Corny Collins Show. When she gets an opportunity to dance in the show, she quickly emerges as a popular performer. However, the manager of the TV station, Velma, is not happy with Tracy’s success. Meanwhile, Tracy encourages the idea of white and Negro kids dancing together on the show every day. 

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Adam Shankman
Genres:
Family, Drama, Music, Romance, Comedy, Musical
17. Pink Flamingos (1972)
13
2
Pink Flamingos
NC-17
13
2

Pink Flamingos is a crime comedy film which revolves around an overweight woman, who along with her family, compete against a Baltimore couple for the title of ‘The filthiest people alive’.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole
18. Cry-Baby (1990)
12
2
Cry-Baby
PG-13
12
2

Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is a delinquent; but with a golden heart. Also the leader of the 1950s’ Baltimore subculture called the ‘drapes’, he is very popular with the girls for his ability to shed a single tear. Then he fall in love with a squire girl called Allison, causing heartburns, and jealous people around them conspire to keep them apart. 

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Traci Lords, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen
19. Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964)
10
2
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket
10
2
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Mona Montgomery, Mary Vivian Pearce, Tricia Waters
20. Pecker (1998)
11
2
Pecker
R
11
2

Pecker is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a talented young boy, who enjoys taking photographs of things around him. His life takes a turn and he starts to find fame, after he is dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong, Edward Furlong, Mary Kay Place
22. Excision (2012)
9
2
Excision
9
2

Excision is a horror drama film telling the story of a lonely, disturbed, and delusional teenager who aspires to become a doctor as well as earn the approval of her dominating mother.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Bates Jr
Genres:
Horror, Drama
23. Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
9
2
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Herschell Gordon Lewis
Genres:
Horror, Comedy
Star Cast:
Trey Bosworth, Lavelle Higgins, Mark McLachlan, J.P. Delahoussaye
24. Suburban Gothic (2014)
8
2
Suburban Gothic
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Bates Jr
Genres:
Comedy, Horror
Star Cast:
Matthew Gray Gubler, Ray Wise, Kat Dennings, Barbara Niven, Muse Watson
25. Homer and Eddie (1989)
9
2
Homer and Eddie
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robber #1
Director:
Andrey Konchalovskiy
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Belushi, James Belushi, Robert Glaudini, Jim Mapp
27. Seed of Chucky (2004)
7
1
Seed of Chucky
R
7
1

Glen visits Hollywood after learning that a film is being made on the life of his dead parents, Chuck and Tiff. He feels that resurrecting them is the only way to know them better.

As:
Cast
Director:
Don Mancini
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Redman, Hannah Spearritt
28. Kiddie Flamingos (2015)
11
2
Kiddie Flamingos
11
2
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
John Waters
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Madelyn Beckett, Taylor Howard-Goergens, Dexter Shaffer, Alexandra Wald, Katherine Grace Yeaton
29. Each Time I Kill (2007)
9
2
Each Time I Kill
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Doris Wishman
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Tiffany Paralta, Rob Vidal, Lisa Ferber, Jacqui Holland
30. In the Land of Merry Misfits (2007)
10
2
In the Land of Merry Misfits
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Keven Undergaro
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Berry, Bob Backlund, Brendon Blincoe, John Comerford
32. Anarchy TV (1998)
7
1
Anarchy TV
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jonathan Blank
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Alan Thicke, Ahmet Zappa, George Wendt, Apollonia Kotero
33. Mangus! (2011)
7
1
Mangus!
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ash Christian
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jennifer Coolidge, Leslie Jordan, Deborah Theaker, Ryan Boggus

TV Movie(s)

Animation(s)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
PG
Plot:

Alvin, Simon and Theodore believes that their friend Dave is going to propose to his girlfriend Samantha in Miami. Fearing that they will lose their friend for good, they think of a way to stop him.

As:
Cast
Director:
Walt Becker
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, Music

TV Shows and Videos

Groundbreakers (2015)
Groundbreakers
As:
Cast
Role:
(18 episodes, 2015-2017)
Dead Like Me (2003)
Dead Like Me
TV-14
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Mandy Patinkin, Kevin Durand, Shelley Berman, Jasmine Guy
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia (2011)
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia
As:
Cast
Role:
J.W. (1 episode, 2012)
Genres:
Reality-TV
Star Cast:
Monique Dupree, Justin Fornal, Ben Daughtrey
The Lonely Island: The Creep (2011)
The Lonely Island: The Creep
As:
Cast
Role:
John Waters
Director:
Akiva Schaffer
Genres:
Comedy, Short, Music
Star Cast:
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Nicki Minaj, Island The Lonely
Love You to Death (2006)
Love You to Death
As:
Cast
Role:
The Groom Reaper (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Genres:
Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Lake, Karen Cliche, Joe Bostick, Paula Boudreau
John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You (2006)
John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Himself (13 episodes)
Family Album (1994)
Family Album
As:
Cast
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Ontkean, Jaclyn Smith, Kristin Minter, Joe Flanigan