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List of Zac Efron Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Greatest Showman (2017)
26
8
The Greatest Showman
PG
26
8

P.T. Barnum, son of a tailor, is ambitious and visionary. After the trading company he works for shuts down, he opens a museum of oddities and later puts on a musical show with unique individuals. He succeeds; however, when he seeks approval from high audience, he puts everything – his circus, family and money – at stake for opera singer Jenny. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Phillip Carlyle
Director:
Michael Gracey
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Musical
Star Cast:
Rebecca Ferguson, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya
2. Miracle Run (2004)
8
3
Miracle Run
TV-PG
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Stephen Morgan
Director:
Gregg Champion
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mary-Louise Parker, Aidan Quinn, Jake Cherry, Bubba Lewis
3. The Disaster Artist (2017)
16
6
The Disaster Artist
R
16
6

Aspiring filmmaker and actor, Tommy Wiseau, forms an unlikely friendship with actor, Greg Sestero, and the two move to Los Angeles. Eventually, as Tommy, writes and directs The Room, one of the worst movies ever made, his awful behavior alienates everyone including his friends. The Room is a flop but goes on to become a cult classic.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Janjigian
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Comedy
4. Hairspray (2007)
15
6
Hairspray
PG
15
6

Sixteen years old plump Tracy Turnblad loves watching a teen dance TV show The Corny Collins Show. When she gets an opportunity to dance in the show, she quickly emerges as a popular performer. However, the manager of the TV station, Velma, is not happy with Tracy’s success. Meanwhile, Tracy encourages the idea of white and Negro kids dancing together on the show every day. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Adam Shankman
Genres:
Family, Drama, Music, Romance, Comedy, Musical
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Breakthrough Performance
5. Liberal Arts (2012)
9
4
Liberal Arts
PG-13
9
4

A college adviser in New York returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party. He finds himself falling for a college student named Zibby, and eventually a powerful attraction springs up between them. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Josh Radnor
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Olsen, Elizabeth Reaser, Allison Janney, Josh Radnor, Richard Jenkins
6. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
12
6
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
R
12
6

A young law student meets a young divorced single mother named Liz, and the two begin dating. Ted helps Liz raise her young daughter. Eventually, news reports surface about a serial killer killing multiple women. Ted is arrested for the killings but Liz refuses to believe that he is guilty.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joe Berlinger
Genres:
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
7. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
7
3
Me and Orson Welles
PG-13
7
3

Me and Orson Welles is a drama film which tells the story of Richard Samuels, a young teen who is quite fond of theater. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime, when Orson Welles, a famed director, gives him a small role in his production of Julius Caesar.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Samuels
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Claire Danes, Imogen Poots, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan, Megan Maczko
8. 17 Again (2009)
18
9
17 Again
PG-13
18
9

Mike is 37 year old whose marriage to his high school girlfriend Scarlet is close to divorce and his two children are indifferent to him. Even his professional life is not good. He wishes he could be 17 years old again and begin his life afresh. One fine day, his wish comes true.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mike O'Donnell
Director:
Burr Steers
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
9. The Lucky One (2012)
12
6
The Lucky One
PG-13
12
6

The plot of this romance drama, based on Nicholas Sparks popular novel, follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault who returns after serving his duty in Iraq war. He believes that an unknown woman whose photograph he carries is his lucky charm – the reason why he survived the war. Now, he is determined to find his lady luck. He succeeds and eventually falls in love with her.

As:
Cast
Role:
Logan
Director:
Scott Hicks
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart
10. Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
11
5
Charlie St. Cloud
PG-13
11
5

Based on the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud, this film tells the story of Charlie, who loses his brother in a car crash which he survives. He receives a gift of seeing his dead brother and others whom he has lost. However, he falls in love with a girl, and when her life is at risk, he must choose between her and his brother. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie St. Cloud
Director:
Burr Steers
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ray Liotta, Donal Logue, Dave Franco, Kim Basinger, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew
11. Parkland (2013)
7
4
Parkland
PG-13
7
4

Parkland is a historical drama film which recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital, after US President John F Kennedy is assassinated on 22nd November 1963.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico
Director:
Peter Landesman
Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
12. Neighbors (2014)
22
12
Neighbors
R
22
12

Soon after settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their infant child, Mac and Kelly Radner find out that the Delta Psi Beta fraternity has moved in next doors. The couple endures the fraternity's noisy parties for a while in order to appear cool, but is eventually forced to call the police, initiating a bitter conflict.

As:
Cast
Director:
Nicholas Stoller
Genres:
Comedy
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Shirtless Performance, MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Duo
13. That Awkward Moment (2014)
11
7
That Awkward Moment
R
11
7

After their individual experiences of love-life, three close friends, Jason, Mikey and Daniel, decide to just have fun and stay single without commitment. Slowly the three perceive that their girls are perfect for them, and try to hide their beautifully growing romantic relationships from the other two. Situation turns awkward as each gets serious about relationship, but continues to pretend being single.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jason
Director:
Tom Gormican
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Shirtless Performance
14. We Are Your Friends (2015)
7
5
We Are Your Friends
R
7
5

We Are Your Friends is a musical romantic drama film, which tells the story of Cole Carter, who is caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends. Meanwhile, he attempts to find the road to success.

As:
Cast
Role:
Cole
Director:
Max Joseph
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Jon Bernthal, Emily Ratajkowski, Shiloh Fernandez, Jonny Weston, Wes Bentley
15. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
9
6
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
R
9
6

This film revolves around two brothers Mike and Dave, who post an online advertisement in the hope that they will find dates to bring to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Dave Stangle
Director:
Jake Szymanski
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
16. Dirty Grandpa (2016)
11
8
Dirty Grandpa
R
11
8

Jason Kelly is an uptight lawyer set to marry his controlling fiancée Meredith. He is tricked by his foul-mouthed grandfather Lt. Colonel Dick Kelly, to take him to Daytona Beach. In the process, Jason falls in love with his old friend, Shadia, and Dick ends up marrying Shadia’s friend Lenore.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Jason Kelly
Director:
Dan Mazer
Genres:
Comedy
17. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)
11
8
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
R
11
8

Mac and Kelly are expecting their second child and are thus looking forward to sell their house and move into a new more spacious one. They have a buyer, but they also have a problem. Their neighbourhood house is occupied by a group of noisy sorority girls who might just scare away their prospective buyers. To prevent this from happening, they now have to join hands with ex enemy – Teddy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Teddy Sanders
Director:
Nicholas Stoller
Genres:
Comedy
18. The Paperboy (2012)
7
5
The Paperboy
R
7
5

Based on Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel, which in turn was inspired by a true story, the film follows a Miami reporter, who returns to his hometown in Florida to exonerate a death row inmate on the request of his girlfriend. She has fallen in love with the convict after exchanging letter with him without ever meeting him face to face.              

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Jansen
Director:
Lee Daniels
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
19. New Year's Eve (2011)
8
7
New Year's Eve
PG-13
8
7

The film depicts several intertwined stories involving varied incidents and emotions experienced by different individuals on the night of the New Year’s Eve and highlights different human elements such as love, hope, and forgiveness, second chance and promise. Second of the three romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, it was a huge box office success.

As:
Cast
Role:
Paul
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
20. At Any Price (2012)
5
4
At Any Price
R
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Dean Whipple
Director:
Ramin Bahrani
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Kim Dickens, Dennis Quaid, Aaron B. Oduber, Jacob R. Oduber
21. Baywatch (2017)
14
10
Baywatch
R
14
10

Dedicated lifeguard, Mitch Buchannon, protects the Emerald Bay beaches with his elite team, which recently expanded to include three more new recruits, including disgraced former Olympian Matt Brody. Strict Buchannon constantly clashes with the frivolous Brody as they investigate drugs and deaths on the beach to uncover a dangerous plot involving mysterious Colombian businesswoman Victoria Leeds.

As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Brody
Director:
Seth Gordon
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy
23. High School Musical (2006)
9
7
High School Musical
TV-G
9
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Troy Bolton
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
Musical, Music, Drama, Family, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
24. High School Musical 2 (2007)
7
6
High School Musical 2
TV-G
7
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Troy Bolton
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Musical, Family, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
25. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
7
6
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
G
7
6

In this final installment of ‘High School Musical’ trilogy, Troy, Gabriella and their friends at East High School are in their senior year and it’s time for them to plan their future and face the inevitable separation as they step in the real world. The Wildcats pour their feelings about school experiences and apprehensions of future in a big Spring Musical extravaganza. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Troy Bolton
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
Family, Music, Romance, Drama, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Male Performance
26. Triple Play (2004)
7
3
Triple Play
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Fuller
Director:
John Tracy
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Leigh-Allyn Baker, Alyssa Gainer, Kaitlyn Gainer, Lauren Gainer
27. If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now (2006)
7
3
If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Cody
Director:
Peter Lauer
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Katrina Law, Jennifer Coolidge, Boris Kodjoe, Iris Almario, Bridget Brady, Matthew Miles Carter
28. The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke (2003)
7
3
The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Pete Laemke
Director:
Greg Mottola
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Leighton Meester, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Bancroft, Stephen Dunham
29. Hope Partlow: Sick Inside (2005)
6
3
Hope Partlow: Sick Inside
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
The Boyfriend
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Hope Partlow
30. Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising (2016)
6
3
Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Teddy Sanders
Director:
Ira Rosensweig
Genres:
Horror, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Seth Rogen, Mick Ignis
31. The Derby Stallion (2005)
4
4
The Derby Stallion
PG
4
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Craig Clyde
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Cobbs, K.C. Clyde, Charles Black, Sarah Blackman

Animation Movies

The Lorax (2012)
19
11
The Lorax
PG
19
11

In this feel good film, based on Dr. Seuss’s book, a twelve year old boy Ted has a tough task at hand. Audrey, his crush, desires to see a real living tree but Thneedville – the town they stay in – has nothing like nature. Even air is sold. Still Ted sets out to fulfil her wish and learns the story of Once-ler who once cut down all trees for profit and Lorax, the guardian of the trees.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Ted (voice)
Director:
Kyle Balda, Chris Renaud
Genres:
Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:

TV Shows

Heist
7
3
Heist
TV-14
7
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Andy Wolk, Ed Bianchi
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Ted Danson, Danny Trejo, Dougray Scott, Steve Harris, David Walton
Vanessa Hudgens: Say Ok (2007)
5
3
Vanessa Hudgens: Say Ok
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Love Interest
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens
High School Musical Cast: I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (2006)
6
3
High School Musical Cast: I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Zac Efron
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:

Zac Efron Awards

People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor 2013
Winner Favorite Movie Star Under 25 2011
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Neighbors Best Shirtless Performance 2015
Neighbors Best Duo 2015
That Awkward Moment Best Shirtless Performance 2014
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Best Male Performance 2009
Hairspray Breakthrough Performance 2008