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List of Michael Bay Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Rock (1996)
13
5
The Rock
R
13
5

Disillusioned war hero General Hummel takes over the impregnable prison island Alcatraz and threatens a chemical attack on San Francisco unless the government pays benefits to families of deceased war veterans. To foil the plot, FBI chemical weapons specialist Stanley Goodspeed must join forces with former British spy John Patrick Mason who spent three decades in Alcatraz.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Jim Caviezel, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse
Directed By:
Michael Bay
2. 13 Hours (2016)
10
4
13 Hours
R
10
4

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the heroic story of six members of the Annex Security Team who fought with their lives to defend the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, from waves of attacks by Islamic militants. 

Starring:
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, Max Martini, David Denman
Directed By:
Michael Bay
3. Transformers (2007)
17
7
Transformers
PG-13
17
7

Two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, reach earth in search of Allspark, a mystical talisman with unlimited power for its possessor. The former wants it to end war and reconstruct their planet while the latter intends to create an army. Caught in between this interstellar battle is Sam Witwicky, a teenager, who is strangely connected to Allspark.

Directed By:
Michael Bay
4. The Island (2005)
11
5
The Island
PG-13
11
5

Lincoln Six Echo lives with thousands of others in a strictly monitored compound and is hoping to be selected in the weekly lottery to go to The Island, the last safe haven. However, when his friend Jordan Two Delta is selected in the lottery, he uncovers a secret, revealing the truth about the island and the nature of the facility.

Directed By:
Michael Bay
5. Bad Boys (1995)
11
5
Bad Boys
R
11
5

When a huge supply of confiscated heroin is stolen from the police vault, two Miami cops, Marcus and Mike, are tasked to get it back. Matters complicate when a murder takes place and the sole witness, Julie, insists on speaking only to Mike who she has never met. Marcus and Mike now have to switch places, keep Julie safe, catch the real culprit and recover the drugs.

Starring:
Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Kim Coates, Tchéky Karyo, Michael Taliferro, Lisa Boyle
Directed By:
Michael Bay
7. Bad Boys II (2003)
10
6
Bad Boys II
R
10
6

Miami narcotics detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery are assigned to investigate the high flow of illegal drug Ecstasy into the city. The trail takes them to Johnny Tapia, the dangerous Cuban drug-lord all out to take over Miami’s drug business. Mike is dating Marcus’ sister Syd, who is working undercover with DEA. Together, they fight to bring Tapia to justice. 

Directed By:
Michael Bay
8. Pain & Gain (2013)
9
5
Pain & Gain
R
9
5

Sun Gym trainer Danny Lugo decides to kidnap wealthy member Victor Kershaw with the help of his steroid-using bodybuilder friends Adrian Doorball and Paul Doyle, to become rich and wealthy. What follows is a tale of kidnapping, extortion, torture, murder, and drug use until they are caught and sentenced by the law. 

Directed By:
Michael Bay
9. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
11
7
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
PG-13
11
7

Based on the Transformers toy line, the movie follows the last days of war between the rival groups Autobots and Decepticons. The third installment in the live-action Transformers film series, the movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide and was praised for the special effects, action scenes, scores, and 3D work. 

Directed By:
Michael Bay
10. Pearl Harbor (2001)
10
6
Pearl Harbor
PG-13
10
6

Rafe and Danny, two boyhood friends, join WWII as first lieutenants and Rafe falls in love with Evelyn, a nurse. Rafe, who volunteers to fight with the British, is shot down and is presumed dead, while Evelyn finds solace in the company of Danny. However, Rafe comes back on the eve of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor.

Directed By:
Michael Bay
11. 6 Underground (2019)
8
5
6 Underground
R
8
5

An American billionaire fakes his own death to form an elite team of six individuals or ‘ghosts’, consisting of a spy, a hitman, a parkour runner, a doctor, and an ex-army sniper. Their plan is to erase their past and bring down the genocidal regime of Turgistan dictator Rovach Alimov.  

Starring:
Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Directed By:
Michael Bay
12. Ambulance (2022)
7
4
Ambulance
UA
7
4

Ambulance is an action crime thriller film which tells the story of a man who is in need of a significant sum of money to pay for his wife’s medical bills. Therefore, he teams up with his adoptive brother to steal $32 million from a bank in Los Angeles. However, their heist doesn’t go as expected, and they are forced to hijack an ambulance to escape. With the law enforcement forces after them, they now also need to ensure that their hostages stay alive.

Starring:
Eiza González, Jake Gyllenhaal
13. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
10
7
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
PG-13
10
7

As Sam Witwicky prepares to leave for college, he begins having visions of Cybertronian symbols. The Decepticons realise that the symbols can lead to a new Energon source and consequently hunt for him on the orders of The Fallen who has returned to destroy both the sun and the earth. 

Starring:
Isabel Lucas, Michael York, Rainn Wilson, Deep Roy, Megan Fox, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel
Directed By:
Michael Bay
14. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
8
7
Transformers: Age of Extinction
PG-13
8
7

The invasion of Chicago has left human beings overly suspicious of all transformers and an elite CIA unit Cemetery Wind, headed by Harold Attinger is eliminating them. However, Optimus Prime is helped by Cade Yeager and his family. Together with other autobots, they must figure out a solution to what is happening and save humanity.

Starring:
Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg
Directed By:
Michael Bay
15. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
6
5
Transformers: The Last Knight
PG-13
6
5

Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron and becomes Nemesis Prime after being brainwashed by his creator Quintessa. Earth is revealed to be the ancient alien Unicron and Quintessa wants Earth’s energy to restore Cybertron. Bumblebee must team up with unlikely human allies to stop the destruction of Earth. 

Starring:
Anthony Hopkins, Omar Sy, Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci
Directed By:
Michael Bay
16. Vanilla Ice: I Love You (1990)
3
4
Vanilla Ice: I Love You
3
4
Starring:
Vanilla Ice
Directed By:
Michael Bay

Movies (Actor)

1. Bad Boys II (2003)
17
9
Bad Boys II
R
17
9

Miami narcotics detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery are assigned to investigate the high flow of illegal drug Ecstasy into the city. The trail takes them to Johnny Tapia, the dangerous Cuban drug-lord all out to take over Miami’s drug business. Mike is dating Marcus’ sister Syd, who is working undercover with DEA. Together, they fight to bring Tapia to justice. 

Starring:
Peter Stormare, Henry Rollins, Michael Shannon, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Megan Fox, Joe Pantoliano
Directed By:
Michael Bay
2. Bad Boys for Life (2020)
13
8
Bad Boys for Life
R
13
8

Bad Boys for Life is a 2020 action comedy film, which tells the story of Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, of the Miami Police Department, as they work together to bring down a mother-and-son pair of drug lords who wreak havoc on the city.  

Role:
Wedding MC
Starring:
Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate del Castillo, Joe Pantoliano, Alexander Ludwig
Directed By:
Bilall Fallah , Adil El Arbi
3. Mystery Men (1999)
8
5
Mystery Men
PG-13
8
5

This superhero satire features a group of aspiring superheroes of Champion City who often fail due to their incompetence. But when super-villain Casanova Frankenstein captures the city’s real superhero Captain Amazing, the amateur superheroes have to join their forces, and pull together their peculiar powers such as shoveling, flying bowling balls, fork-hurling and such expertise, to save the city and its superhero.

Starring:
Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Corbin Bleu, Kel Mitchell, Greg Kinnear, Hank Azaria, Eddie Izzard
Directed By:
Kinka Usher
4. Coyote Ugly (2000)
9
7
Coyote Ugly
PG-13
9
7

Violet Sanford moves to New York to achieve her goal of becoming a songwriter. She gets a job as barmaid in the hot-spot nightclub ‘Coyote Ugly’, where a bunch of vivacious women wildly entice the customers with their antics. As she earns notoriety at the bar, her aspirations are sidelined; however, a friend helps her render her songs in her own voice.

Starring:
Piper Perabo, Maria Bello, Bridget Moynahan, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Garcia, Alex Borstein, Tyra Banks
Directed By:
David McNally
5. Zigs (2001)
4
4
Zigs
R
4
4
Starring:
Jason Priestley, David Proval, Dinah Manoff, Richard Portnow, Peter Dobson
Directed By:
Mars Callahan
6. Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo (1986)
3
4
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo
3
4
Starring:
Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, Brad Davis, Roxanne Hart
Directed By:
Marc Daniels

TV Shows

Black Sails
47
10
Black Sails
TV-MA
47
10
Starring:
Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Toby Schmitz, Hannah New, Jessica Parker Kennedy
Directed By:
Alik Sakharov, Clark Johnson, T.J. Scott, Steve Boyum, Lukas Ettlin
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
49
12
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
TV-MA
49
12
Starring:
Peter Fonda, Abbie Cornish, John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, John Hoogenakker
Directed By:
Daniel Sackheim, Dennie Gordon, Patricia Riggen
Meat Loaf: Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are (1994)
9
3
Meat Loaf: Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
9
3
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Will Estes, Robert Patrick, Joshua Diaz, Greg Trock
Directed By:
Michael Bay
Miami Vice
17
6
Miami Vice
TV-14
17
6
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Jimmy Smits, Brian Dennehy, Gary Cole, Isaac Hayes
The Last Ship
27
10
The Last Ship
TV-14
27
10
Starring:
Hiroyuki Sanada, Adam Baldwin, Eric Dane, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling
Directed By:
Jack Bender, Peter Weller, Michael Katleman, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Paul Holahan
Meat Loaf: I'd Do Anything for Love - But I Won't Do That (1993)
8
3
Meat Loaf: I'd Do Anything for Love - But I Won't Do That
8
3
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Dana Patrick, Patti Russo
Directed By:
Michael Bay
Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II - Picture Show (1994)
7
3
Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II - Picture Show
7
3
Role:
Himself - Director
Starring:
Angelina Jolie, Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Mark Alexander
Directed By:
Michael Bay, Mark Haefeli, Merlyn Rosenberg, Michael Simon
The Neighbors
9
4
The Neighbors
TV-PG
9
4
Starring:
Wendy Williams, Rhea Perlman, Judd Nelson, Candace Cameron Bure, Meredith Baxter, George Takei, Bill Nye
Directed By:
John Fortenberry, Chris Koch, Lev L. Spiro, Bryan Gordon, Luke Greenfield
Playboy: Kerri Kendall - September 1990 Video Centerfold (1990)
6
3
Playboy: Kerri Kendall - September 1990 Video Centerfold
6
3
Starring:
Kerri Kendall, Ron Arragon, Chris Whalley, Rolf Wiegmann, Steven Daboub
Directed By:
Michael Bay
Meat Loaf: Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (1994)
6
3
Meat Loaf: Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through
6
3
Starring:
Meat Loaf, Angelina Jolie
Directed By:
Michael Bay
The Purge (2018)
11
6
The Purge
TV-MA
11
6
Starring:
Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Hannah Emily Anderson, Amanda Warren, Jessica Garza
Directed By:
Clark Johnson, Anthony Hemingway, Nina Lopez-Corrado
Divinyls: I Touch Myself (1991)
6
3
Divinyls: I Touch Myself
6
3
Starring:
Divinyls, Christina Amphlett, Mark McEntee
Directed By:
Michael Bay
Pain & Gain: The A Game - Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' (2013)
6
3
Pain & Gain: The A Game - Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'
6
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Rob Corddry, Jeffrey Beecroft, Pete Collins, Donald De Line
Our World (2007)
6
3
Our World
6
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Brian Goldner
Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon (2012)
6
3
Above and Beyond: Exploring Dark of the Moon
6
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Josh Duhamel, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Allegra Clegg, Ian Bryce
Directed By:
Charles de Lauzirika
Their War (2007)
5
4
Their War
5
4
Starring:
Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Brian Goldner, Aaron Archer
Aerosmith: Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) (1997)
5
4
Aerosmith: Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)
5
4
Starring:
Angie Everhart, Steven Tyler, Aerosmith, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer
Directed By:
Michael Bay
From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack (2007)
5
4
From Script to Sand: The Skorponok Desert Attack
5
4
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Josh Duhamel, Kenny Bates, Scott Farrar, Michael J. Burmeister
Uncharted Territory: NASA's Future Then and Now (2012)
4
4
Uncharted Territory: NASA's Future Then and Now
4
4
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Robert Jacobs, Jack King, Lisa Malone, Bert Ulrich
Directed By:
Charles de Lauzirika
Billion Dollar Wreck
3
4
Billion Dollar Wreck
3
4
Starring:
Grant Bayerle, Martin Bayerle, Tim Ferris
Play That Funky Music (1990)
2
4
Play That Funky Music
2
4
Starring:
Vanilla Ice, Earthquake, Dope DeeShay, Dope Shay, Everett Fitzgerald
Directed By:
Michael Bay, Greg Synodis
Great White: My... My... My... the Video Collection (1991)
2
3
Great White: My... My... My... the Video Collection
2
3
Starring:
Bobbie Brown, Audie Desbrow, Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie, Tony Montana
Directed By:
Michael Bay, Wayne Isham, Nigel Dick
The Lionel Richie Collection (2003)
2
3
The Lionel Richie Collection
2
3
Starring:
Rodney Dangerfield, Lionel Richie, Laura Carrington, Michael DeLorenzo, Danuta Tangalos
Directed By:
Michael Bay, Bob Giraldi, Bob Rafelson, Stanley Donen, Taylor Hackford
Shadows and Light: From a Different View (1992)
2
3
Shadows and Light: From a Different View
2
3
Role:
Himself
Starring:
Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson
Directed By:
Michael Bay

Narrator/Dubbing

6 Underground (2019)
9
6
6 Underground
R
9
6

An American billionaire fakes his own death to form an elite team of six individuals or ‘ghosts’, consisting of a spy, a hitman, a parkour runner, a doctor, and an ex-army sniper. Their plan is to erase their past and bring down the genocidal regime of Turgistan dictator Rovach Alimov.  

Role:
Reporter #4 (voice) (uncredited)
Starring:
Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Directed By:
Michael Bay

Special Appearance/Cameo

Transformers (2007)
13
5
Transformers
PG-13
13
5

Two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, reach earth in search of Allspark, a mystical talisman with unlimited power for its possessor. The former wants it to end war and reconstruct their planet while the latter intends to create an army. Caught in between this interstellar battle is Sam Witwicky, a teenager, who is strangely connected to Allspark.

Role:
Guy Flicked by Megatron (uncredited)
Starring:
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Bernie Mac, Anthony Anderson, Hugo Weaving
Directed By:
Michael Bay
Armageddon (1998)
10
5
Armageddon
PG-13
10
5

Following a group of deep-core drillers sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth, Armageddon explores the challenges faced by the team as they struggle to accomplish their mission. 

Role:
NASA Scientist (uncredited)
Starring:
Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Keith David, Billy Bob Thornton, Charlton Heston, Michael Clarke Duncan
Directed By:
Michael Bay
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
7
5
Transformers: Age of Extinction
PG-13
7
5

The invasion of Chicago has left human beings overly suspicious of all transformers and an elite CIA unit Cemetery Wind, headed by Harold Attinger is eliminating them. However, Optimus Prime is helped by Cade Yeager and his family. Together with other autobots, they must figure out a solution to what is happening and save humanity.

Role:
Truck Passenger (uncredited)
Starring:
Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman, Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg
Directed By:
Michael Bay