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List of Viggo Mortensen Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
78
9
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
PG-13
78
9

The fight for control of the future of Middle-earth intensifies as Aragorn, aided by Gandalf, Legolas, and Gimli, rallies his army at Minas Tirith to fight against the evil forces of Sauron. However, it is only a distraction to give Frodo and Sam more time to destroy the One Ring at the fires of Mount Doom.

Directed By:
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
78
10
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
PG-13
78
10

After inheriting a mysterious ring forged millennia ago by Dark Lord Sauron to conquer Middle-earth, Frodo Baggins volunteers to carry it to be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. In this epic quest, he is accompanied by The Fellowship consisting of Wizard Gandalf, Elf Legolas, Dwarf Gimli, Boromir of Gondor, Isildur's heir Aragorn, and fellow Hobbits Sam, Merry, Pippin.

Directed By:
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
71
9
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
PG-13
71
9

The second installment of The Lord of the Rings saga continues Frodo and Sam's epic quest to destroy the One Ring and sees them enlisting the guidance of the mysterious Gollum to traverse through the treacherous Dead Marshes, while their friends from the Fellowship, including resurrected Gandalf, help free King Theoden of Rohan from Saruman's deadly spell.

Directed By:
4. Green Book (2018)
31
6
Green Book
PG-13
31
6

A globally illustrious African-American pianist, Dr. Don Shirley is in need of protection and a driver when he embarks on a concert tour in 1962 that is to take place in Deep South. An Italian-American tough-talking bouncer, Tony Lip, is recruited for the task. Both the men soon develop an unanticipated bond irrespective of their differences in an era of segregation of danger and racism.

Starring:
5. Carlito's Way (1993)
15
6
Carlito's Way
R
15
6

After drug dealer Carlito Brigante is released early from prison thanks to an exploitation by his sleazy lawyer friend Dave Kleinfeld, he pledges to mend his ways and rekindles his romance with former girlfriend Gail. However, despite repeated attempts to avoid temptations, he is eventually dragged into his former violent lifestyle while assisting Kleinfeld against an Italian Mafia boss.

Starring:
Directed By:
6. Captain Fantastic (2016)
17
5
Captain Fantastic
R
17
5

Ben and Leslie Cash, former anarchists disillusioned with capitalism, live in the Washington wilderness with their six children, whom they have taught to be self-reliant, co-existing with nature. After Leslie dies from suicide in a hospital, he is forced to lead his children to the outside world and face his father-in-law, who wants custody of the children.

Role:
Ben
Starring:
Missi Pyle, Frank Langella, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, George MacKay
Directed By:
Matt Ross
7. Thirteen Lives (2022)
17
5
Thirteen Lives
UA 16+
17
5

Based on real events, Thirteen Lives is a survival film which revolves around a group of young boys and their coach, who get trapped in underground caves in Northern Thailand, that are being flooded. Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Navy SEALs are assigned to search for them, but the search seems to be too difficult. Eventually, they are forced to take help from the British Cave Rescue Council.

Role:
Rick Stanton
8. Eastern Promises (2007)
17
5
Eastern Promises
R
17
5

Anna Khitrova, a British midwife of Russian origin, comes across the diary of Russian teenager Tatiana who died during childbirth, and learns that she was raped, drugged and forced into prostitution by Russian crime-lord Semyon. In her quest to deliver the baby to Tatiana's family, she finds an unlikely ally in Nikolai, Semyon's driver and family "cleaner".

Starring:
Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Tatiana Maslany, Mina E. Mina
Directed By:
9. A History of Violence (2005)
20
5
A History of Violence
R
20
5

A diner owner's small-town life is turned around overnight when he kills two men attempting to rob his restaurant. After short-lived fame, relationships and trust are tested when a gangster turns up alleging that the diner owner is, in fact, a professional hitman.

Role:
Tom Stall
Starring:
Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Ashton Holmes
Directed By:
10. Witness (1985)
13
4
Witness
R
13
4

 Amish child Samuel witnesses a murder and later identifies the killer from a newspaper clipping. It turns out to be award winning narcotic officer McFee. Suspecting that McFee is involved in drug dealings, Detective Book confides in his partner. But when Book is ambushed by McFee, he realizes that his partner is also an accomplice and that both Samuel and his widowed mother need protection. 

Starring:
Harrison Ford, Danny Glover, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes
Directed By:
Peter Weir
11. Crimson Tide (1995)
12
5
Crimson Tide
R
12
5

The film revolves around an incident that takes place on a ballistic missile submarine assigned to launch its missile on a Russian nuclear installation. But when the time comes only a part of the order can be decoded, resulting in a conflict between its Commanding Officer, a war veteran and his Executive Officer, a military tactic expert.  

Role:
Weps
Starring:
Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, James Gandolfini, Jason Robards, Matt Craven
Directed By:
12. The Road (2009)
18
5
The Road
R
18
5

The Road is a thriller-drama revolving around a man and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world by going on a journey along the coast to the south. Viggo Mortensen stars as the father, who scavenges for food and protects himself and his son, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, from cannibals, with only two bullets left in his gun.

Role:
Man
Starring:
Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael K. Williams, Robert Duvall, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Directed By:
John Hillcoat
13. Far from Men (2014)
8
3
Far from Men
PG-13
8
3

During the war between the Algerian rebels and the French colonial forces, Daru, a soldier and former teacher, agrees to escort Mohamed, a villager who has been accused of murder.

Role:
Daru
Starring:
Reda Kateb, Djemel Barek, Vincent Martin, Nicolas Giraud
Directed By:
David Oelhoffen
14. The Indian Runner (1991)
8
3
The Indian Runner
R
8
3

The Indian Runner is a drama film which revolves around two brothers Frank and Joe, who have conflicting personalities. While Joe manages to become a deputy sheriff, Frank turns to crime. Joe wants to help his brother change, but Frank’s inner turmoil impacts him.

Role:
Frank Roberts
Starring:
Charles Bronson, Dennis Hopper, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Valeria Golino, David Morse, Valeria Golino
Directed By:
15. Hidalgo (2004)
15
4
Hidalgo
PG-13
15
4

Frank T. Hopkins and his American mustang, Hidalgo are famed as the world’s greatest endurance horse and rider as part of Buffalo Bill’s ‘Wild West’ show. When wealthy Sheikh Riyadh challenges Hopkins and Hidalgo to take part in the ‘Ocean of Fire’ race, they must prove themselves against the thoroughbred horses, deadly environment and sabotaging opponents.  

Role:
Frank Hopkins
Starring:
Omar Sharif, Malcolm McDowell, Louise Lombard, Zuleikha Robinson
Directed By:
Joe Johnston
16. Appaloosa (2008)
12
5
Appaloosa
R
12
5

Based on an eponymous novel, the film is set in the small town of Appaloosa, which is being terrorized by a local rancher. Eventually the townspeople hire Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch to regain the control of the town and agree to follow their rules. As they start working, Allison French arrives in town, complicating their job and their relationship.  

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Renee Zellweger, Ariadna Gil, Renée Zellweger, Robert Jauregui, Timothy V. Murphy, Luce Rains
Directed By:
Ed Harris
17. The Reflecting Skin (1990)
9
3
The Reflecting Skin
R
9
3
Role:
Cameron Dove
Starring:
Lindsay Duncan, Duncan Fraser, Jeremy Cooper, Sheila Moore
Directed By:
Philip Ridley
18. A Perfect Murder (1998)
12
4
A Perfect Murder
R
12
4

Steven, a multimillionaire industrialist approaches David, an artist, and offers him a huge sum of money to kill his wife, after finding out that she was having an affair with the latter. 

Role:
David Shaw
Starring:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury
Directed By:
Andrew Davis
19. A Walk on the Moon (1999)
9
4
A Walk on the Moon
R
9
4

A Walk on the Moon is a romantic drama film which tells the story of Pearl, who lives with her husband Marty and their daughter, in New York City. Since Marty is able to see his family only on weekends, Pearl begins to feel lonely and isolated. Things take a turn when she begins to fall for a good-looking and free-spirited man named Walker, who is a traveling salesman.

Starring:
Diane Lane, Julie Kavner, Liev Schreiber, Anna Paquin, Tovah Feldshuh, Bobby Boriello
Directed By:
20. Young Guns II (1990)
8
5
Young Guns II
PG-13
8
5

An elderly man approaches Charles Phalen, an attorney, and claims that he is the famous outlaw named Billy the Kid. He also explains why and how a bounty was put on his head.

Starring:
Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jon Bon Jovi, Christian Slater, Alan Ruck, James Coburn
Directed By:
Geoff Murphy
21. Falling (2021)
7
3
Falling
R
7
3
Role:
John Peterson
Starring:
David Cronenberg, Laura Linney
22. A Dangerous Method (2011)
9
5
A Dangerous Method
R
9
5

A young Russian woman named Sabina Spielrein seeking treatment for hysteria is successfully treated by Carl Jung and later becomes a respected professional in psychoanalysis. Later they meet Freud in person and the married Jung begins an affair with Sabina. Unfortunately, a rift develops between Freud and Jung and Sabina wants more from Jung. 

Role:
Sigmund Freud
Starring:
Sarah Gadon, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel
Directed By:
23. The Prophecy (1995)
8
5
The Prophecy
TV-MA
8
5

Gabriel, an angel, is collecting souls from earth to end a war in Heaven. However, a little girl and a priest try to prevent him from doing so.

Role:
Lucifer
Starring:
Christopher Walken, Amanda Plummer, Adam Goldberg, Eric Stoltz, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz
Directed By:
Gregory Widen
24. Jauja (2014)
8
3
Jauja
8
3
Role:
Gunnar Dinesen
Starring:
Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger, Esteban Bigliardi, Diego Roman
Directed By:
Lisandro Alonso
25. The Two Faces of January (2014)
8
4
The Two Faces of January
PG-13
8
4

The Two Faces of January is a romantic thriller film which tells the story of a con artist and his wife who land in deep trouble in Greece, after the former kills a detective.  Eventually, they have no choice but to seek help from a stranger who seems to be quite untrustworthy.

Role:
Chester
Starring:
Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Daisy Bevan, Babis Chatzidakis
Directed By:
Hossein Amini
26. The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
7
5
The Portrait of a Lady
PG-13
7
5

Based on a 1881 novel of the same name, The Portrait of a Lady is a drama film which tells the story of Isabel Archer, a woman who is known for being extremely beautiful. After her uncle passes away, Isabel receives a huge fortune. In order to explore herself, she decides to travel to Europe, where she gets entangled in several misfortunate events.

Starring:
Shelley Winters, John Malkovich, John Gielgud, Mary-Louise Parker, Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Barbara Hershey
Directed By:
Jane Campion
27. Good (2008)
7
3
Good
R
7
3
Role:
Halder
Starring:
Steven Mackintosh, Jason Isaacs, Mark Strong, Jodie Whittaker
Directed By:
Vicente Amorim
28. Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)
7
4
Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer
7
4

The life of Alatriste, a brave don, gets quite complicated when a dying soldier asks him to take care of his son. Alatriste returns to Spain, but he finds that the land is now filled with corruption and poverty.

Role:
Diego Alatriste
Starring:
Elena Anaya, Ariadna Gil, Eduardo Noriega, Eduard Fernández, Unax Ugalde
Directed By:
Agustín Díaz Yanes
29. Albino Alligator (1996)
5
3
Albino Alligator
R
5
3

When a robbery attempt ends up in disaster, three criminals are forced to flee. They eventually find themselves surrounded by police at a bar, but soon it seems that the police are actually there for a suspected illegal arms dealer.

Role:
Guy Foucard
Starring:
Faye Dunaway, Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, William Fichtner, Faye Dunaway
Directed By:
30. G.I. Jane (1997)
12
5
G.I. Jane
R
12
5

This 1997 action drama film revolves around a woman, who with the help of a female US Senator, succeeds in getting enrolled for training in the US Navy Special Warfare Group. However, due to being physically more feminine compared to the other candidates, everyone expects her to fail. 

Role:
Master Chief John James Urgayle
Starring:
Demi Moore, Jim Caviezel, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe, Daniel von Bargen
Directed By:
31. 28 Days (2000)
7
4
28 Days
PG-13
7
4

Gwen Cummings, who is a columnist for a big newspaper, ruins her sister’s wedding and crashes a stolen limousine, after which she is sent to a rehab center. During this time, she reevaluates her life and works towards becoming a better person and improving her life. 

Role:
Eddie Boone
Starring:
Sandra Bullock, Diane Ladd, Steve Buscemi, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins
Directed By:
Betty Thomas
32. On the Road (2012)
6
4
On the Road
R
6
4

Based on the popular novel of the same name, On the Road is an American adventure drama film, which tells the story of a young writer, whose life changes after he meets Dean Moriarty and Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter several people who make an impact on the journey. 

Starring:
Terrence Howard, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss, Amy Adams, Kristen Stewart, Steve Buscemi
Directed By:
Walter Salles
33. Daylight (1996)
9
5
Daylight
PG-13
9
5

As a getaway car of robbers hits truck carrying explosives, the resulting blast in the underground New Jersey tunnel blocks both the exits. The disgraced ex-chief of Emergency Medical Services, Kit Latura, the only one with skill and experience required for such rescue, enters the tunnel in an attempt to bring the survivors out. Can he achieve it before the weakened tunnel collapses?

Role:
Roy Nord
Starring:
Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Sage Stallone, Dan Hedaya, Jay O. Sanders
Directed By:
Rob Cohen
34. Crimes of the Future (2022)
7
4
Crimes of the Future
R
7
4
Role:
Saul Tenser
Starring:
Kristen Stewart
35. Floundering (1994)
5
3
Floundering
R
5
3
Starring:
John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan Hawke, Steve Buscemi
Directed By:
Peter McCarthy
36. Prison (1987)
5
4
Prison
R
5
4
Role:
Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
Starring:
Lincoln Kilpatrick, Lane Smith, Tom Everett, Chelsea Field
Directed By:
Renny Harlin
37. The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)
5
4
The Passion of Darkly Noon
5
4
Role:
Clay
Starring:
Brendan Fraser, Grace Zabriskie, Loren Dean, Ashley Judd
Directed By:
Philip Ridley
38. The Young Americans (1993)
5
4
The Young Americans
R
5
4
Starring:
Harvey Keitel, Thandie Newton, John Wood, Keith Allen
Directed By:
Danny Cannon
39. Vanishing Point (1997)
7
4
Vanishing Point
PG-13
7
4
Role:
Jimmy Kowalski
Starring:
Keith David, Jason Priestley, Steve Railsback, Rodney A. Grant
Directed By:
Charles Robert Carner
40. American Yakuza (1993)
7
4
American Yakuza
R
7
4
Role:
Nick Davis / David Brandt
Starring:
Franklyn Ajaye, Michael Nouri, Yuji Okumoto, Ryo Ishibashi
Directed By:
Frank A. Cappello
41. Everybody Has a Plan (2012)
7
4
Everybody Has a Plan
R
7
4
Role:
Agustín / Pedro
Starring:
Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofía Gala
Directed By:
Ana Piterbarg
42. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
4
4
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
R
4
4
Role:
Tex
Starring:
Ken Foree, Kate Hodge, R.A. Mihailoff, William Butler
Directed By:
Jeff Burr
43. Boiling Point (1993)
4
4
Boiling Point
R
4
4

Boiling Point is a crime drama film which tells the story of Red, a con artist, who is released from prison, along with a young naive hoodlum named Ronnie. They come up with a new scheme together, but things turn ugly when it leads to the death of a US Secret Service Agent. The man’s partner swears revenge, but unfortunately, he has only one week to catch the killers before he is transferred.

Role:
Ronnie
Starring:
Wesley Snipes, Jonathan Banks, Dennis Hopper, Seymour Cassel, Lolita Davidovich
Directed By:
James B. Harris
44. Ruby Cairo (1992)
5
4
Ruby Cairo
PG-13
5
4
Role:
Johnny Faro
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Andie MacDowell, Jack Thompson, Paul Spencer
Directed By:
Graeme Clifford
45. Fresh Horses (1988)
4
4
Fresh Horses
PG-13
4
4
Starring:
Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Ben Stiller, Patti D'Arbanville, Leon Russom
Directed By:
David Anspaugh
46. Psycho (1998)
5
5
Psycho
R
5
5

A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, Psycho is a mystery horror film which tells the story of Marion, who arrives at the Bates Motel, after stealing money from her employer. She meets and gets friendly with Norman Bates, who is the owner of the motel. However, unknown to her, Norman has terrible secrets of his own. 

Role:
Sam Loomis
Starring:
Vince Vaughn, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Anne Heche
Directed By:
Gus Van Sant
47. Black Velvet Pantsuit (1995)
7
3
Black Velvet Pantsuit
7
3
Role:
Worthless Junkie
Starring:
Leslie Jordan, Ingrid Berg, Penny Hamilton, Mark Nassar
Directed By:
William Butler
48. Gospel According to Harry (1994)
6
3
Gospel According to Harry
6
3
Starring:
Andy Rivera, Alhassane Barry, David Baty, Renata Berger
Directed By:
Lech Majewski
49. Gimlet (1995)
4
3
Gimlet
4
3
Role:
Hombre (Man)
Starring:
Ángela Molina, Abel Folk, Pep Cruz, Lluís Marco
Directed By:
José Luis Acosta
50. La pistola de mi hermano (1997)
4
4
La pistola de mi hermano
4
4
Starring:
Anna Galiena, Karra Elejalde, Daniel González, Nico Bidasolo
Directed By:
Ray Loriga
51. Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today? (1987)
4
4
Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today?
R
4
4
Role:
Jerome Stample
Starring:
Stephen McHattie, Dominique Davalos, Exene Cervenka, Rockets Redglare
Directed By:
Beth B
52. Tripwire (1989)
4
4
Tripwire
R
4
4
Starring:
Tommy Chong, David Warner, Terence Knox, Charlotte Lewis
Directed By:
James Lemmo
53. The Crew (1994)
2
3
The Crew
R
2
3
Role:
Phillip
Starring:
Donal Logue, Jeremy Sisto, Laura del Sol, Pamela Gidley
Directed By:
Carl Colpaert

TV Shows

George Washington
8
2
George Washington
8
2
Starring:
Hal Holbrook, Kelsey Grammer, Lloyd Bridges, Trevor Howard, James Mason, Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke
Directed By:
Buzz Kulik
Miami Vice
24
8
Miami Vice
TV-14
24
8
Starring:
Gary Cole, Julia Roberts, Isaac Hayes, Glenn Frey, Annette Bening, Rita Moreno, Chris Rock
Search for Tomorrow
7
2
Search for Tomorrow
7
2
Starring:
Larry Hagman, Hal Linden, Susan Sarandon, Audra Lindley, Kevin Kline, Wayne Rogers, Jill Clayburgh
Directed By:
Nick Havinga, Michael Gliona, Andrew D. Weyman, Diana Wenman, Robert Schwartz
ABC Afterschool Specials
7
3
ABC Afterschool Specials
7
3
Starring:
Melissa Sue Anderson, Kerry Washington, Drake Bell, Sam Rockwell, Kirk Cameron, Will Smith, Eve Plumb