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List of Sam Mendes Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 1917 (2020)
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2
1917
R
12
2

When on April 6th, 1917, it is observed that the Germans are waiting at the Hindenburg Line to crush the advancing British army, two British soldiers are sent to deliver the message. With telephone lines cut, they must now race against time and cross over into the enemy territory to deliver the message and save the lives of 1600 soldiers.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Mays, George MacKay, Pip Carter
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year, BAFTA Award for Best Film
2. American Beauty (1999)
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2
American Beauty
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11
2

Middle-aged magazine executive Lester Burnham abhors his job, is unhappy with his loveless marriage to ambitious real estate agent Carolyn, and is hated by his moody teenage daughter Jane. Unaware of his wife's extramarital affair, Lester suddenly falls for Jane's sexually experienced classmate Angela, which affects his life and those around him in a tragic way.

As:
Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
3. Skyfall (2012)
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2
Skyfall
PG-13
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2

James Bond is presumed dead after being caught in friendly fire while trying to retrieve a list of British agents. MI6 is compromised and identities of several agents are exposed. Bond, who reveals he is alive after M is attacked at MI6 and six agents are killed, must track down a man from M's past, seeking revenge.

As:
Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Adventure
Awards:
BAFTA Award for
4. Road to Perdition (2002)
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2
Road to Perdition
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10
2

Set in Chicago during the great depression, this crime-drama film follows a hitman working for an Irish mobster who raised him. Road to Perdition is adapted from a graphic novel of the same name.

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
5. The Kite Runner (2007)
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2
The Kite Runner
PG-13
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Marc Forster
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Shaun Toub, Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni, Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada, Zekeria Ebrahimi
6. Revolutionary Road (2008)
10
2
Revolutionary Road
R
10
2

Frank and April Wheeler appear completely happy and in love but Frank hates his job and April is frustrated with her failing ambition. They decide to move to Paris but April’s pregnancy and their affairs make things complicated. Ultimately, April dies while trying to perform a self-vaccum aspiration abortion and Frank is left a shell of a man.  

As:
Producer, Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
7. Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
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2
Things We Lost in the Fire
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10
2

After her husband passes away, a widow invites his friend to live with her and the children. She helps him get rid of his heroin addiction, while he helps them cope with their loss.

As:
Producer
Director:
Susanne Bier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Benicio Del Toro, David Duchovny, Halle Berry, Alexis Llewellyn, Micah Berry
9. Shrek the Musical (2013)
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2
Shrek the Musical
TV-G
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Michael John Warren
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Family
Star Cast:
Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia, Brian d'Arcy James, Daniel Breaker
10. Jarhead (2005)
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2
Jarhead
R
9
2

This biographical war drama tracks Anthony Swofford as he enlists as a Marine, struggles through a grueling training to become a sniper, and is deployed to the Arabian Peninsula during the Gulf War. Amidst severe heat in a foreign desert, he tries to maintain his composure and readiness for months while learning about the reality of modern warfare.

As:
Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Action, War, Biography, Drama
11. Spectre (2015)
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2
Spectre
PG-13
9
2

The 24th movie in the James Bond series, Spectre tells the story of MI6 agent James Bond’s entanglement with the global criminal organization Spectre and their leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld. 

As:
Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Adventure
13. Blood (2012)
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Blood
8
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Nick Murphy
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Paul Bettany, Adrian Edmondson, Brian Cox, Mark Strong, Ben Crompton
14. Out of the Ashes (2010)
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2
Out of the Ashes
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Tim Albone, Lucy Martens, Leslie Knott
Genres:
Sport, Documentary
Star Cast:
Hasti Gul Abid, Taj Malik Aleem, Harsha Bhogle, Geoffrey Boycott, Ian Chappell

TV Movie(s)

15. Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)
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2
Stuart: A Life Backwards
TV-MA
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2
As:
Producer
Director:
David Attwood
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicola Duffett, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Edna Doré
16. Comic Relief: Behind the Bond (2015)
11
2
Comic Relief: Behind the Bond
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Roger Moore, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Michael G. Wilson

TV Shows and Videos

Penny Dreadful (2014)
Penny Dreadful
TV-MA
As:
Producer
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Noah Jupe, Alun Armstrong
Informer (2018)
Informer
Not
As:
Producer
Director:
Jonny Campbell
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Paddy Considine, Bel Powley, Reiss Jeram, Fehinti Balogun, Nabhaan Rizwan
Britannia (2017)
Britannia
TV-MA
As:
Producer
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
Ian McDiarmid, David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Stanley Weber

Sam Mendes Awards

Academy Awards
American Beauty Best Director 2000
Golden Globe Awards
1917 Best Director - Motion Picture 2020
American Beauty Best Director - Motion Picture 2000
BAFTA Awards
1917 Best Director 2020
1917 Outstanding British Film of the Year 2020
1917 Best Film 2020