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List of Michael Mann Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

3. The Insider (1999)
25
3
The Insider
R
25
3

Based on a 60 minutes segment, the movie focuses on Jeffrey Wigand and CBS producer Lowell Bergman. Former Brown & Williamson employee, Wigand survives death threats and corruption in corporate America to reveal the truth about his former company while Bergman struggles against CBS to reveal the entire truth to the public.  

Starring:
Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Al Pacino, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora
Directed By:
Michael Mann
4. Thief (1981)
21
2
Thief
TV-14
21
2

Frank is a highly skilled jewel thief who wants to leave his dangerous profession and start a new life with his girlfriend. However, he decides to perform one last heist for a powerful gangster named Leo. However, Leo is unwilling to let Frank leave his life of crime, and instead wants to keep him in his employ.

Starring:
Jim Belushi, Willie Nelson, Tuesday Weld, James Caan, Robert Prosky
Directed By:
Michael Mann
5. Collateral (2004)
28
2
Collateral
R
28
2

Collateral is an action-thriller that revolves around a cab driver who picks up an assassin out to eliminate five targets in one night. Tom Cruise plays the part of the hitman hired by drug traffickers to eliminate key people involved in their trial, and Jamie Foxx is the cabbie who tries to save Cruise's final target, a lawyer, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Directed By:
Michael Mann
6. Insurrection (1968)
13
3
Insurrection
13
3
Starring:
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Alain Geismar, Alain Krivine
Directed By:
Michael Mann
7. Straight Time (1978)
12
3
Straight Time
R
12
3

After being paroled, a burglar attempts to get a regular job legally. But he soon finds himself back in prison, due to an immoral parole officer. After his release again, he decides to take revenge on the officer.

Starring:
Directed By:
8. Manhunter (1986)
23
2
Manhunter
R
23
2

Retired FBI profiler Will Graham is asked by his former FBI superior Jack Crawford, to assist in a case involving a new serial killer dubbed the ‘Tooth Fairy’. This leads him to visit the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecktor who was the reason for Graham’s retirement. But Hannibal soon turns this into a deadly game of survival. 

Starring:
Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Kim Greist, William Petersen, Dennis Farina
Directed By:
Michael Mann
9. The Aviator (2004)
15
3
The Aviator
PG-13
15
3

The movie follows the life of Howard Hughes from 1927-1947. During this time, Hughes achieved massive success in Hollywood and also devoted quality time and money in the aviation industry. He romanced beautiful women like Katharine Hepburn and made powerful enemies like Juan Trippe and Senator Ralph Owen Brewster. All this while, his OCD worsened.

Directed By:
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Film
10. How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
12
5
How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass
R
12
5

In this documentary film, Mario Van Peebles pays homage to his father Melvin Van Peeble’s 1971 film "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song."

Starring:
Adam West, Rainn Wilson, Ossie Davis, Mario Van Peebles, Joy Bryant, T.K. Carter, Terry Crews
Directed By:
Mario Van Peebles
11. Public Enemies (2009)
15
5
Public Enemies
R
15
5

The biographical crime-drama is based on the real-life story of bank robbers John Dillinger, Homer Van Meter, and Baby Face Nelson as they are pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis. The movie shows how Dillinger was revered by the American downtrodden public and FBI’s attempts to bring the criminals to justice. 

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Channing Tatum, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Christian Bale, Carey Mulligan
Directed By:
Michael Mann
12. The Kingdom (2007)
12
4
The Kingdom
R
12
4

Following a terrorist attack on an American housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury blackmails the Saudi ambassador to secure permission to conduct an investigation within days. He reaches Riyadh with an elite team, but faces obstruction at every step until they are assisted by a like-minded Saudi police captain, Colonel Faris Al-Ghazi.

Starring:
Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Kyle Chandler, Tim McGraw, Minka Kelly, Jeremy Piven, Chris Cooper
Directed By:
Peter Berg
13. The Intern (2015)
9
4
The Intern
PG-13
9
4

70 years old Ben Whittaker becomes an intern in the fast-growing fashion company. While initially skeptical about him, the company’s young CEO Jules Ostin is won over by his charm and dedication along with her co-workers. Ben not only becomes her friend but his wisdom helps her deal with her personal issues. 

Starring:
Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Linda Lavin, Robert De Niro, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner
Directed By:
Nancy Meyers
14. 17 Days Down the Line (1972)
9
4
17 Days Down the Line
9
4
Starring:
Marvin Kupfer
Directed By:
Michael Mann
15. Ali (2001)
14
6
Ali
R
14
6

The movie, a biopic, presents a crucial decade – 1964 to 1974 – of the life of Muhammad Ali. It begins as Cassius Clay, a young boxer, emerges victorious in world heavyweight championship and continues as he converts to Islam, refuses to fight in the Vietnam War, is barred from boxing and finally fights against George Foreman to reclaim the Heavyweight Championship.

Starring:
Will Smith, Jon Voight, LeVar Burton, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver
Directed By:
Michael Mann
16. Hancock (2008)
15
6
Hancock
PG-13
15
6

John Hancock is a drunk, clumsy superhero who, even though well-intentioned, does more harm than good, causing havoc by recklessly using his powers. After he saves PR executive Ray, the latter helps him improve his public image and gain popularity, but for some reason, Ray's wife is not happy that her husband brought Hancock home.

Starring:
Charlize Theron, Mike Epps, Johnny Galecki, Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Jae Head, Eddie Marsan
Directed By:
Peter Berg
17. The Keep (1983)
10
2
The Keep
R
10
2

Nazis are entrusted to guard a Romanian castle, but unwittingly they release a devil that was confined within the walls. Soon, a number of soldiers lose their life in gruesome and mysterious way.

Starring:
Gabriel Byrne, Ian McKellen, Scott Glenn, Jürgen Prochnow, Robert Prosky
Directed By:
Michael Mann
18. Miami Vice (2006)
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7
Miami Vice
R
19
7

When an operation involving an FBI informant goes awry, detective, Ricardo Tubbs and Sonny Crockett, decide to go undercover to find out who the real culprit is. Their mission brings them in contact with the drug lord Arcángel de Jesús Montoya whose right hand woman, Isabella becomes romantically involved with Sonny. Meanwhile Tubbs’s girlfriend and co-worker gets kidnapped.

Starring:
Colin Farrell, Naomie Harris, Jamie Foxx, Ciarán Hinds, Li Gong
Directed By:
Michael Mann
19. Band of the Hand (1986)
9
3
Band of the Hand
R
9
3
Starring:
Laurence Fishburne, Lauren Holly, Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, John Cameron Mitchell
Directed By:
Paul Michael Glaser
20. Jaunpuri (1971)
8
3
Jaunpuri
8
3
Directed By:
Michael Mann
21. Texas Killing Fields (2011)
10
2
Texas Killing Fields
R
10
2

Texas Killing Fields is an American crime film which revolves around a small Texas town which is home to a sadistic serial killer, who dumps the bodies of the victim in a marsh. Meanwhile, two detective attempts to hunt down the killer.

Starring:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Annabeth Gish
Directed By:
Ami Canaan Mann
22. Blackhat (2015)
9
4
Blackhat
R
9
4

Blackhat is an American action thriller film, which tells the story of a hacker Nick, who is released from prison, after a code he created, is linked to a terrorist attack. While trying to help the police, he is dragged into the conflicts between two countries. 

Starring:
Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Leehom Wang, Wei Tang, Holt McCallany
Directed By:
Michael Mann

TV Movie(s)

1. The Jericho Mile (1979)
11
3
The Jericho Mile
11
3
Starring:
Brian Dennehy, Peter Strauss, Roger E. Mosley, Richard Lawson, Geoffrey Lewis
Directed By:
Michael Mann
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special
2. Swan Song (1980)
10
3
Swan Song
10
3
Starring:
Slim Pickens, Murray Hamilton, David Soul, Leonard Mann, Bo Brundin
Directed By:
Jerry London
3. L.A. Takedown (1989)
10
2
L.A. Takedown
10
2
Starring:
Daniel Baldwin, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ely Pouget, Scott Plank, Vincent Guastaferro, Michael Rooker
Directed By:
Michael Mann
4. Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel (1992)
10
3
Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel
10
3
Starring:
Assumpta Serna, Michele Placido, Julie Carmen, Dennis Farina, Alex McArthur
Directed By:
Paul Krasny

TV Shows and Videos

Crime Story (1986)
Crime Story
Starring:
Ving Rhames, Stanley Tucci, Pam Grier, David Caruso, Christian Slater, Fred Savage, George Dzundza
Directed By:
Leon Ichaso, Aaron Lipstadt, Colin Bucksey, Francis Delia, Mario DiLeo
Police Story (1973)
Police Story
Starring:
James Cromwell, Joyce Bulifant, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Ferrer, Della Reese, Sal Mineo, Tina Louise
Directed By:
Virgil W. Vogel, Barry Crane, Richard Benedict, Alexander Singer, Michael O'Herlihy
Miami Vice (1984)
Miami Vice
TV-14
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Miguel Ferrer, Edward James Olmos, Ben Stiller, Don Johnson, Veronica Cartwright, Barbra Streisand
Directed By:
John Nicolella, Richard Compton, Leon Ichaso, Vern Gillum, Don Johnson
Robbery Homicide Division (2002)
Robbery Homicide Division
Starring:
Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Offerman, Tom Sizemore, Barry Shabaka Henley, Michael Paul Chan, David Cubitt
Directed By:
D.J. Caruso, Paul Michael Glaser, Rod Hardy
Bronk (1975)
Bronk
Starring:
Carl Weathers, Gloria Stuart, Jack Palance, Eric Braeden, Fernando Lamas, Edward James Olmos, Ann Wedgeworth
Luck (2011)
Luck
Starring:
Patrick J. Adams, Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, Jill Hennessy, Dennis Farina, Richard Kind, John Ortiz
Directed By:
Allen Coulter, Mimi Leder, Brian Kirk
Starsky and Hutch (1975)
Starsky and Hutch
Starring:
Danny DeVito, Scatman Crothers, Ed Begley Jr., John Ritter, Lynda Carter, Ray Walston, Maud Adams
Directed By:
Michael Schultz, Leo Penn, Reza Badiyi, Don Weis, Earl Bellamy
Vega$ (1978)
Vega$
Starring:
Abe Vigoda, Leslie Nielsen, Tony Curtis, Kim Cattrall, Melanie Griffith, Tanya Roberts, Eleanor Parker
Directed By:
Don Chaffey, Cliff Bole, Lawrence Dobkin, Lawrence Doheny, Ray Austin
Police Woman (1974)
Police Woman
Starring:
Rory Calhoun, Robert Englund, Ian McShane, William Shatner, Erik Estrada, Sandra Dee, Joan Collins
Directed By:
Alvin Ganzer, John Newland, Barry Shear, David Moessinger, Corey Allen
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (1990)
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
PG-13
Starring:
Benicio Del Toro, Craig T. Nelson, Danny Trejo, Miguel Ferrer, Steven Bauer, Guy Boyd
Directed By:
Brian Gibson
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries
Gibbsville (1976)
Gibbsville
Starring:
Dick Van Patten, Alan Young, Bob Crane, Jane Wyatt, Joan Collins, Bert Remsen, Gig Young
Directed By:
Alexander Singer, Gene Levitt, Harry Harris, Alf Kjellin, Don McDougall

Michael Mann Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story Outstanding Miniseries 1990
The Jericho Mile Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special 1979
BAFTA Awards
The Aviator Best Film 2005