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All Danny Glover Movies, Ranked by Tomatometer

The journey to fame and employment for every movie star is different, but Danny Glover‘s background of working in the public sector with a side theater hobby stands unique among his peers. His work for the city drove Glover’s strong political and social activism, which translated into his major movie debut, 1984’s Places in the Sun. More critically acclaimed films he starred in the years following that ran along the same lines, including prominent Black stories, among them The Color Purple, To Sleep With Anger, Bopha!, Beloved, and Grand Canyon.

But because he broke through in the ’80s, buddy-cop action flicks were what the people demanded, and Glover delivered. His Roger Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon is the best example of the buttoned-down family man foil to a loose-cannon partner, and together Murtaugh and Riggs rode through three more sequels. In fact, Glover’s mainstream bread-and-butter was playing these sympathetic yet strong authority figures or trustworthy officers, in films like Witness, Predator 2, Shooter, Operation Dumbo Drop, and even the original Saw. And he even eventually reached the highest office in the land when he became President of the United States in disaster movie 2012.

Glover has continually worked since getting that big break in 1984, all the more impressive that he was 40 when it happened. Recently, he’s been making appearances in vital contemporary Certified Fresh movies, including Dreamgirls, Beyond the Lights, and Sorry To Bother You. In 2019 alone, he was in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, The Dead Don’t Die, and Jumanji: The Next Level. And now we’re taking those and more as we rank all Danny Glover movies by Tomatometer! Alex Vo

#65
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 2154, young men and women must navigate their way through a deadly maze as spectators wager on their fates.... [More]
Directed By: Francesco Cinquemani

#64

Gone Fishin' (1997)
4%37%

#64
Adjusted Score: 4639%
Critics Consensus: Sloppy, formulaic, and unfunny, Gone Fishin' marks a painful low point in the careers of its two talented leads.
Synopsis: Joe (Joe Pesci) and Gus (Danny Glover) are lifelong friends who seem to encounter disaster wherever they go. They're ecstatic... [More]
Directed By: Christopher Cain

#63

Pure Luck (1991)
17%61%

#63
Adjusted Score: 14280%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When Valerie Highsmith (Sheila Kelley) goes missing in Mexico, it isn't too surprising, as she is generally acknowledged as having... [More]
Directed By: Nadia Tass

#62

Age of the Dragons (2011)
9%8%

#62
Adjusted Score: 4163%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: With help from his crew, Capt. Ahab (Danny Glover) seeks vengeance against a great white dragon that killed his sister.... [More]
Directed By: Ryan Little

#61

Tokarev (2014)
12%28%

#61
Adjusted Score: 12718%
Critics Consensus: Depressingly dull and all-around poorly made, Rage is the rare Nicolas Cage action thriller lacking enough energy to reach "so bad it's good" territory.
Synopsis: Following the kidnapping and murder of his daughter (Aubrey Peeples), a reformed criminal (Nicolas Cage) returns to his old ways... [More]
Directed By: Paco Cabezas

#60

Alpha and Omega (2010)
19%41%

#60
Adjusted Score: 20388%
Critics Consensus: With bland visuals and a dull, predictable plot, Alpha and Omega is a runt in 2010's animated litter.
Synopsis: After park rangers capture and ship them halfway across the country, omega wolf Humphrey (Justin Long) and alpha wolf Kate... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck

#59

Diablo (2015)
19%28%

#59
Adjusted Score: 19277%
Critics Consensus: Diablo has neither the intelligence nor the originality to compete with the revisionist latter-day Westerns it owes obvious debts to.
Synopsis: A young Civil War veteran (Scott Eastwood) embarks on a quest to save his kidnapped wife (Camilla Belle) from a... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Roeck

#58

Legendary (2010)
20%59%

#58
Adjusted Score: 20853%
Critics Consensus: Maudlin, predictable, and clichéd, Legendary pins its talented cast under a heavy layer of formulaic schmaltz.
Synopsis: Hoping that his estranged brother (John Cena) will train him, a scrawny teenager (Devon Graye) joins his high-school wrestling team.... [More]
Directed By: Mel Damski

#57
Adjusted Score: 25182%
Critics Consensus: Unimaginative and unfunny, this tale of barnyard mischief borders on 'udder' creepiness and adds little to this summer's repertoire of animated films.
Synopsis: Like the other animals in the barn, Otis the bull (Kevin James) likes to sing and play while the farmer... [More]
Directed By: Steve Oedekerk

#56

Donovan's Echo (2011)
33%46%

#56
Adjusted Score: 12490%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After he discovers events from his past are repeating, Donovan (Danny Glover) is convinced his young neighbor and her mother... [More]
Directed By: Jim Cliffe

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 12725%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton (Brad Johnson) and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole (Willem Dafoe), are two... [More]
Directed By: John Milius

#54

Proud Mary (2018)
25%45%

#54
Adjusted Score: 27856%
Critics Consensus: Proud Mary proves Taraji P. Henson has more than enough attitude and charisma to carry an action movie -- just not, unfortunately, one this indifferently assembled.
Synopsis: Mary is a professional assassin who works for Benny, a ruthless gangster who heads an organized crime family in Boston.... [More]
Directed By: Babak Najafi

#53

Supremacy (2014)
33%84%

#53
Adjusted Score: 15221%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After a fugitive white supremacist (Joe Anderson) takes him and his family hostage, a black man (Danny Glover) uses their... [More]
Directed By: Deon Taylor

#52

Predator 2 (1990)
31%44%

#52
Adjusted Score: 31390%
Critics Consensus: The thrill of the hunt is gone in this hackneyed sequel.
Synopsis: Los Angeles is enduring a heat wave and a crime wave, so the pressure on police officer Michael Harrigan (Danny... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins

#51

Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
28%29%

#51
Adjusted Score: 28066%
Critics Consensus: The Vietnam War would seem an unlikely backdrop for a family-friendly comedy involving an airlifted elephant, and Operation Dumbo Drop lands with a thud.
Synopsis: Soon-to-retire Captain Sam Cahill (Danny Glover) and his unit labor to build a secret relationship with a local Vietnamese village... [More]
Directed By: Simon Wincer

#50

Switchback (1997)
31%46%

#50
Adjusted Score: 31578%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by its heavy load of digressive plots turns and uneven performances, Switchback never gains any sense of narrative momentum.
Synopsis: After his son is kidnapped by a notorious serial killer, FBI agent Frank LaCrosse (Dennis Quaid) travels to Amarillo, Texas,... [More]
Directed By: Jeb Stuart

#49

Gospel Hill (2008)
33%36%

#49
Adjusted Score: 8591%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Jack Herrod (Tom Bower), the racist former sheriff of a South Carolina town, is dying of cancer. Decades ago, when... [More]
Directed By: Giancarlo Esposito

#48
#48
Adjusted Score: 32081%
Critics Consensus: A queasy mishmash of poignant drama and slapstick fantasy, Angels in the Outfield strikes out as worthy family entertainment.
Synopsis: Foster kid Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) loves the Anaheim Angels, even though they're the worst team in the major leagues. His... [More]
Directed By: William Dear

#47

Luv (2012)
34%61%

#47
Adjusted Score: 34647%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Accompanied by his young nephew (Michael Rainey Jr.), an ex-convict (Common) tries to raise money through a drug deal.... [More]
Directed By: Sheldon Candis


#45

2012 (2009)
39%47%

#45
Adjusted Score: 48674%
Critics Consensus: Roland Emmerich's 2012 provides plenty of visual thrills, but lacks a strong enough script to support its massive scope and inflated length.
Synopsis: Earth's billions of inhabitants are unaware that the planet has an expiration date. With the warnings of an American scientist... [More]
Directed By: Roland Emmerich

#44

The Good Catholic (2017)
43%80%

#44
Adjusted Score: 43013%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Daniel is an idealistic and dedicated priest who loves his work more than anything else, until a chance meeting with... [More]
Directed By: Paul Shoulberg

#43

Death at a Funeral (2010)
43%45%

#43
Adjusted Score: 47682%
Critics Consensus: It's amusing and it assembles a talented cast, but Neil LaBute's surprisingly faithful remake of the 2007 Frank Oz dramedy ultimately falls short of the original.
Synopsis: Preparing for a funeral is never pleasant, but for Aaron, it is shaping up to be the worst day of... [More]
Directed By: Neil LaBute

#42

Blindness (2008)
44%47%

#42
Adjusted Score: 49787%
Critics Consensus: This allegorical disaster film about society's reaction to mass blindness is mottled and self-satisfied; provocative but not as interesting as its premise implies.
Synopsis: When an epidemic of a disease known as the "white sickness" appears in her city, the wife (Julianne Moore) of... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Meirelles

#41

Shooter (2007)
48%80%

#41
Adjusted Score: 53828%
Critics Consensus: With an implausible story and numerous plot holes, Shooter fails to distinguish itself from other mindless action-thrillers.
Synopsis: A top Marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg), leaves the military after a mission goes horribly awry and disappears... [More]
Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

#40

Almost Christmas (2016)
49%64%

#40
Adjusted Score: 52196%
Critics Consensus: While far from the worst holiday dramedy audiences could hope for, Almost Christmas isn't distinctive enough to prompt a visit to the theater -- or annual yuletide viewings.
Synopsis: Walter Meyer (Danny Glover) is a retired mechanic who lost the love of his life one year earlier. Now that... [More]
Directed By: David E. Talbert

#39

Battle for Terra (2007)
48%41%

#39
Adjusted Score: 51209%
Critics Consensus: Despite its earnest aspirations to be a thought-provoking sci-fi alternative, Battle for Terra lacks both a cohesive story and polished visuals, and fails to resonate.
Synopsis: When strange objects appear in the sky above the peaceful world of Terra, some of the inhabitants believe the gods... [More]
Directed By: Aristomenis Tsirbas

#38

Saw (2004)
49%84%

#38
Adjusted Score: 56103%
Critics Consensus: Saw ensnares audiences with a deceptively clever plot and a myriad of memorable, nasty set pieces, but its lofty ambitions are undercut by a nihilistic streak that feels more mean than profound.
Synopsis: Photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) regain consciousness while chained to pipes at either end... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#37

Boesman & Lena (2000)
50%55%

#37
Adjusted Score: 27078%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Carrying bottles, pots, wire, twigs around their shoulders and a few pieces of clothing, Boesman and Lena are forced to... [More]
Directed By: John Berry

#36

Manderlay (2005)
50%75%

#36
Adjusted Score: 53531%
Critics Consensus: Manderlay may work better as a political statement than as a film, making its points at the expense of telling a compelling story.
Synopsis: In 1933 a young woman, named Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), and her father discover an Alabama plantation whose inhabitants live... [More]
Directed By: Lars von Trier

#35

Complete Unknown (2016)
51%25%

#35
Adjusted Score: 54621%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A married man (Michael Shannon) is convinced that an unexpected guest (Rachel Weisz) at his birthday party is a former... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Marston

#34

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
52%64%

#34
Adjusted Score: 54677%
Critics Consensus: Jet Li's arrival breathes fresh life into a tired franchise formula -- but not enough to put Lethal Weapon 4 on equal footing with its predecessors.
Synopsis: Detective Riggs (Mel Gibson) tries to settle down with his pregnant girlfriend, Lorna (Rene Russo), while his partner, Murtaugh (Danny... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#33

The Dead Don't Die (2019)
55%33%

#33
Adjusted Score: 71645%
Critics Consensus: The Dead Don't Die dabbles with tones and themes to varying degrees of success, but sharp wit and a strong cast make this a zom-com with enough brains to consume.
Synopsis: In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#32

About Scout (2015)
60%40%

#32
Adjusted Score: 18242%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Scout (India Ennenga), a 15 year-old Goth girl, embarks on a road trip across Texas with a suicidal man (James... [More]
Directed By: Laurie Weltz

#31

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
58%61%

#31
Adjusted Score: 60438%
Critics Consensus: Murtaugh and Riggs remain an appealing partnership, but Lethal Weapon 3 struggles to give them a worthy new adventure as it cranks up the camp along with the mean-spiritedness.
Synopsis: Veteran police detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is only days away from retiring when he and his tough partner, Martin... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#30

Mr. Pig (2016)
57%32%

#30
Adjusted Score: 57013%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An American sees the beauty of Mexico during a road trip.... [More]
Directed By: Diego Luna

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 28236%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Terror strikes when three college students encounter a ghost on the most haunted road in America.... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Currie Holmes

#28

A Rage in Harlem (1991)
65%51%

#28
Adjusted Score: 65313%
Critics Consensus: If it can't quite live up to its source material, A Rage in Harlem still proves a stylishly effective period thriller.
Synopsis: After her gangster boyfriend, Slim (Badja Djola), has a shootout with the police, Imabelle (Robin Givens) flees Natchez, Miss., with... [More]
Directed By: Bill Duke

#27

Be Kind Rewind (2008)
65%56%

#27
Adjusted Score: 69557%
Critics Consensus: Slighter and less disciplined than Gondry's previous mind-benders.
Synopsis: After a man (Jack Black) accidentally creates a magnetic field that erases a store's videotapes, he hatches a daring scheme... [More]
Directed By: Michel Gondry

#26

Come Sunday (2018)
69%57%

#26
Adjusted Score: 69776%
Critics Consensus: Come Sunday benefits greatly from Chiwetel Ejiofor's central performance, which is often enough to lift an otherwise uneven drama.
Synopsis: Internationally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson risks his church, family and future when he questions church doctrine and finds himself branded a... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Marston

#25

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#25

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 83894%
Critics Consensus: Like many classic games, Jumanji: The Next Level retains core components of what came before while adding enough fresh bits to keep things playable.
Synopsis: When Spencer goes back into the fantastical world of Jumanji, pals Martha, Fridge and Bethany re-enter the game to bring... [More]
Directed By: Jake Kasdan

#23

Silverado (1985)
77%80%

#23
Adjusted Score: 78811%
Critics Consensus: Boasting rich detail and well-told story, Silverado is a rare example of an '80s Hollywood Western done right.
Synopsis: Rambling man Emmett (Scott Glenn) assembles a group of misfit cowboys (Kevin Costner), (Kevin Kline, Danny Glover). After helping a... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#22

Grand Canyon (1991)
78%70%

#22
Adjusted Score: 79520%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A diverse group of characters are thrown together through chance encounters while coping with urban chaos in L.A. The main... [More]
Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

#21

Mooz-lum (2010)
80%78%

#21
Adjusted Score: 32331%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man from a strict Muslim background begins college. Due to the 9/11 attacks, he is pushed to confront... [More]
Directed By: Qasim Basir

#20

Beloved (1998)
71%71%

#20
Adjusted Score: 76913%
Critics Consensus: A powerful, emotional and successful film adaptation of the original novel.
Synopsis: In 1873 Ohio, Sethe (Oprah Winfrey) is a mother of three haunted by her horrific slavery past and her desperate... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Demme

#19

Dreamgirls (2006)
79%71%

#19
Adjusted Score: 87062%
Critics Consensus: Dreamgirls' simple characters and plot hardly detract from the movie's real feats: the electrifying performances and the dazzling musical numbers.
Synopsis: Deena (Beyoncé Knowles),Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) form a music trio called the Dreamettes. When ambitious manager... [More]
Directed By: Bill Condon

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 56783%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In New York City, Jerry (Danny Glover), a homeless, street-smart Vietnam veteran, befriends Matthew (Matt Dillon), a mentally ill young... [More]
Directed By: Tim Hunter

#17

Lethal Weapon (1987)
80%86%

#17
Adjusted Score: 83199%
Critics Consensus: The most successful installment in a phenomenally successful series, Lethal Weapon helped redefine action movies for the 1980s and 1990s.
Synopsis: Following the death of his wife, Los Angeles police detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) becomes reckless and suicidal. When he... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#16

The Prince of Egypt (1998)
79%89%

#16
Adjusted Score: 83048%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
Synopsis: In this animated retelling of the Book of Exodus, Egyptian Prince Moses (Val Kilmer), upon discovering his roots as a... [More]

#15

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
81%89%

#15
Adjusted Score: 88938%
Critics Consensus: The Royal Tenenbaums is a delightful adult comedy with many quirks and a sense of poignancy. Many critics especially praised Hackman's performance.
Synopsis: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#14

Bat 21 (1988)
81%57%

#14
Adjusted Score: 81136%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman) is shot down behind enemy lines during the waning days of the Vietnam War.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Markle

#13

The Color Purple (1985)
76%94%

#13
Adjusted Score: 77730%
Critics Consensus: It might have been better served by a filmmaker with a deeper connection to the source material, but The Color Purple remains a worthy, well-acted adaptation of Alice Walker's classic novel.
Synopsis: An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), an African-American woman living in the South... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#12

Bopha! (1993)
82%63%

#12
Adjusted Score: 39407%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Micah Mangena (Danny Glover) is a black police officer in a small township in apartheid-era South Africa. Mangena is overseen... [More]
Directed By: Morgan Freeman

#11

Poor Boy's Game (2007)
83%66%

#11
Adjusted Score: 21109%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boxer Donnie (Rossif Sutherland), jailed for nine years after causing brain damage to a boy he assaulted, is finally released.... [More]
Directed By: Clément Virgo

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 85214%
Critics Consensus: Invigorated by its talented cast and Francis Ford Coppola's strong direction, The Rainmaker is a satisfying legal drama -- and arguably the best of Hollywood's many John Grisham adaptations.
Synopsis: Struggling new attorney Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon) resorts to working for a shady lawyer (Mickey Rourke), where he meets paralegal... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#9

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
82%77%

#9
Adjusted Score: 84516%
Critics Consensus: Lethal Weapon 2 may sport a thin plot typical of action fare, but its combination of humor and adrenaline, along with the chemistry between its leads, make this a playful, entertaining sequel.
Synopsis: South African smugglers find themselves being hounded and harassed by Riggs and Murtaugh, two mismatched Los Angeles police officers. However,... [More]
Directed By: Richard Donner

#8

Beyond the Lights (2014)
83%75%

#8
Adjusted Score: 85804%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to smart direction and a powerhouse performance from Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights transcends its formulaic storyline to deliver thoroughly entertaining drama.
Synopsis: Though she's been groomed for stardom all her life by an overbearing mother (Minnie Driver), singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is... [More]
Directed By: Gina Prince-Bythewood

#7

To Sleep With Anger (1990)
88%79%

#7
Adjusted Score: 89200%
Critics Consensus: To Sleep with Anger examines cultural tensions with a deft hand and a potent blend of comedy and drama, stirred skillfully to life by a strong cast led by Danny Glover.
Synopsis: Vagabond Harry (Danny Glover) pays an unexpected visit to his old chum Gideon (Paul Butler), who accepts the aimless man... [More]
Directed By: Charles Burnett

#6

Places in the Heart (1984)
89%83%

#6
Adjusted Score: 90665%
Critics Consensus: Places in the Heart is a quiet character piece with grand ambitions that it more than fulfills, thanks to absorbing work from writer-director Robert Benton and a tremendous cast.
Synopsis: In 1935 rural Texas, recently widowed Edna Spaulding (Sally Field) struggles to survive with two small children, a farm to... [More]
Directed By: Robert Benton

#5

Antz (1998)
92%52%

#5
Adjusted Score: 96048%
Critics Consensus: Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.
Synopsis: Z the worker ant (Woody Allen) strives to reconcile his own individuality with the communal work-ethic of the ant colony.... [More]
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson

#4

Witness (1985)
93%80%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95373%
Critics Consensus: A wonderfully entertaining thriller within an unusual setting, with Harrison Ford delivering a surprisingly emotive and sympathetic performance.
Synopsis: After witnessing a brutal murder, young Amish boy Samuel (Lukas Haas) and his mother Rachel (Kelly McGillis) seek protection from... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

#3
Adjusted Score: 102819%
Critics Consensus: An affecting story powerfully told, The Last Black Man in San Francisco immediately establishes director Joe Talbot as a filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis: Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie's grandfather, launching them on a poignant... [More]
Directed By: Joe Talbot

#2

The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
93%62%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105800%
Critics Consensus: A well-told story brought to life by a beautifully matched cast, The Old Man & the Gun is pure, easygoing entertainment for film fans - and a fitting farewell to a legend.
Synopsis: At the age of 70, Forrest Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists... [More]
Directed By: David Lowery

#1

Sorry to Bother You (2018)
93%71%

#1
Adjusted Score: 107830%
Critics Consensus: Fearlessly ambitious, scathingly funny, and thoroughly original, Sorry to Bother You loudly heralds the arrival of a fresh filmmaking talent in writer-director Boots Riley.
Synopsis: In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers... [More]
Directed By: Boots Riley