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List of Sam Mendes Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 1917 (2020)
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1917
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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, Daniel Mays, George MacKay, Benedict Cumberbatch, 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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American Beauty
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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:
Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
3. Skyfall (2012)
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Skyfall
PG-13
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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
Star Cast:
Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem
Awards:
BAFTA Award for
4. Road to Perdition (2002)
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Road to Perdition
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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
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey
5. The Kite Runner (2007)
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The Kite Runner
PG-13
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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)
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Revolutionary Road
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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
Star Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kristen Connolly, Kathy Bates, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald
7. Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
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Things We Lost in the Fire
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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:
David Duchovny, Benicio Del Toro, Halle Berry, Alexis Llewellyn, Micah Berry
8. Away We Go (2009)
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Away We Go
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Away we Go is a comedy-drama film which tells the story of a couple expecting their first child, who travel around the entire US, to find a perfect place to start a family. 

As:
Director
Director:
Sam Mendes
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Carmen Ejogo, Catherine O'Hara
9. Shrek the Musical (2013)
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Shrek the Musical
TV-G
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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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Jarhead
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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
Star Cast:
Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott MacDonald, Peter Sarsgaard, Ming Lo
11. Spectre (2015)
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Spectre
PG-13
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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
Star Cast:
Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
12. Starter for 10 (2006)
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Starter for 10
PG-13
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As:
Producer
Director:
Tom Vaughan
Genres:
Sport, Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Joseph Friend, James Gaddas, Catherine Tate, Mark Gatiss, Robert Cawsey
13. Blood (2012)
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Blood
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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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Out of the Ashes
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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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Stuart: A Life Backwards
TV-MA
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As:
Producer
Director:
David Attwood
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Nicola Duffett, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Edna Doré
16. Comic Relief: Behind the Bond (2015)
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Comic Relief: Behind the Bond
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As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, Naomie Harris, Michael G. Wilson

TV Shows and Videos

The Hollow Crown (2012)
The Hollow Crown
As:
Producer
Director:
Dominic Cooke, Richard Eyre, Rupert Goold, Thea Sharrock
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
John Hurt, Anton Lesser, Jimi James, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston
Penny Dreadful (2014)
Penny Dreadful
TV-MA
As:
Producer
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Noah Jupe, Alun Armstrong
Informer (2018)
Informer
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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