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All Tilda Swinton Movies Ranked

Few actors are as comfortable starring in both experimental indie films and thrilling blockbusters as Tilda Swinton. The chameleonic actress floats from one genre to the next as effortlessly as the Sorcerer Supreme bends time and space, registering indelible performances in dramas (We Need to Talk About Kevin, I Am Love), fantasies (the Chronicles of Narnia franchise), action films (Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange), and even comedies (Trainwreck), notching a Best Supporting Actress Oscar along the way for her turn in Michael Clayton. It’s no wonder a number of acclaimed directors have harnessed her talents on multiple occasions, includng Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading). She’s made a career of picking interesting projects that frequently realize her full potential, and she’s rightfully racked up a number of accolades for her work. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up all Tilda Swinton movies and ranked them by Tomatometer, so read on to see where your favorite performances land on the list.

#42

The Beach (2000)
20%

#42
Adjusted Score: 23.865%
Critics Consensus: Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though.
Synopsis: For his first major project after the overwhelming success of Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio took a risky path in this... [More]
Directed By: Danny Boyle

#41

The Statement (2003)
24%

#41
Adjusted Score: 26.521%
Critics Consensus: The movie bores despite a splendid performance by Michael Caine.
Synopsis: Set in modern day France, the story of Pierre Brossard who, as a young man, was a Nazi executioner under... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison

#40

Teknolust (2002)
30%

#40
Adjusted Score: 30.09%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this offbeat sci-fi-drama, Rosetta Stone (Tilda Swinton) is a scientist specializing in biogenetics who has made a major breakthrough... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Hershman-Leeson

#39

Vanilla Sky (2001)
42%

#39
Adjusted Score: 47.533%
Critics Consensus: An ambitious mix of genres, Vanilla Sky collapses into an incoherent jumble. Cruise's performance lacks depth, and it's hard to feel sympathy for his narcissistic character.
Synopsis: A remake of the Spanish film Open Your Eyes (1997), this thriller from director Cameron Crowe bears one of several... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 46.459%
Critics Consensus: A minimalist exercise in not much of anything, The Limits of Control is a tedious viewing experience with little reward.
Synopsis: The story follows a mysterious loner, a stranger to all, whose activities and workings remain meticulously outside the law. He... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#37

Constantine (2005)
46%

#37
Adjusted Score: 53.439%
Critics Consensus: Despite solid production values and an intriguing premise, Constantine lacks the focus of another spiritual shoot-em-up, The Matrix.
Synopsis: An ordinary man with an extraordinary gift must save the planet from evil in this action-packed fantasy. Unknown to most... [More]
Directed By: Francis Lawrence

#36
Adjusted Score: 53.517%
Critics Consensus: Its leisurely, businesslike pace won't win the franchise many new fans, but Voyage of the Dawn Treader restores some of the Narnia franchise's lost luster with strong performances and impressive special effects.
Synopsis: Upon returning to Narnia to join Prince Caspian for a voyage on the majestic royal vessel known as The Dawn... [More]
Directed By: Michael Apted

#35

The Zero Theorem (2014)
51%

#35
Adjusted Score: 55.243%
Critics Consensus: Fans of director Terry Gilliam's trademark visual aesthetic will find everything they've bargained for, but for the unconverted, The Zero Theorem may prove too muddled to enjoy.
Synopsis: Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)'s madcap science fiction epic The Zero Theorem stars two-... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#34

Possible Worlds (2000)
60%

#34
Adjusted Score: 12.475%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man moves across space and time to do the right thing for the woman he loves in this sci-fi-tinged... [More]
Directed By: Robert Lepage

#33

Young Adam (2004)
63%

#33
Adjusted Score: 65.943%
Critics Consensus: A grim mood piece with good performances from the leads.
Synopsis: The corpse of a young woman is found floating in a canal by a drifter working on a barge traveling... [More]
Directed By: David Mackenzie

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 70.673%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This fascinating, fragmented and complex drama eschews traditional narrative structure to present an intellectually challenging, feminist-oriented adaptation of Lousie J.... [More]
Directed By: Susan Streitfeld

#31
Adjusted Score: 73.755%
Critics Consensus: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an entertaining family adventure worthy of the standard set by its predecessor.
Synopsis: The adventure continues as producer/director Andrew Adamson teams with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to tell the tale of... [More]

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 68.234%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Penetrating portrait of the controversial English painter Francis Bacon and his masochistic relationship with his self-destructive younger lover.... [More]
Directed By: John Maybury

#29
Adjusted Score: 69.185%
Critics Consensus: This dark, demanding film from art-house favorite Bela Tarr is by no means a typical crime procedural, but patient viewers will find much to admire.
Synopsis: A man whose lonely life at the edge of the sea has become as predictable as the tide witnesses a... [More]
Directed By: Bela Tarr

#28

Thumbsucker (2005)
71%

#28
Adjusted Score: 74.333%
Critics Consensus: Though quirky coming-of-age themes are common in indie films, this one boasts a smart script and a great cast.
Synopsis: Dubbed "the King Kong of oral obsessives" by his hippie dentist, Justin Cobb is a 16-year-old desperate to find a... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mills

#27
Adjusted Score: 80.094%
Critics Consensus: Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic fantasy tale with rich storytelling backed by fantastic performances.
Synopsis: David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story, re-teams the director with Brad... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#26

Julia (2009)
74%

#26
Adjusted Score: 75.017%
Critics Consensus: Tilda Swinton delivers a powerful performance in Julia, a tense thriller and a dark character study.
Synopsis: Julia, 40, is an alcoholic. She is a manipulative, unreliable, compulsive liar, all strung out beneath her still flamboyant exterior.... [More]
Directed By: Erick Zonca

#25
Adjusted Score: 83.003%
Critics Consensus: We Need to Talk About Kevin is a masterful blend of drama and horror, with fantastic performances across the board (Tilda Swinton especially, delivering one of her very best).
Synopsis: A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a... [More]
Directed By: Lynne Ramsay

#24
Adjusted Score: 83.063%
Critics Consensus: With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.
Synopsis: C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the exploits of the... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Adamson

#23

Caravaggio (1986)
78%

#23
Adjusted Score: 76.661%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Derek Jarman

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 86.766%
Critics Consensus: With Burn After Reading, the Coen Brothers have crafted another clever comedy/thriller with an outlandish plot and memorable characters.
Synopsis: At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Va., analyst Osborne Cox arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#21

I Am Love (2010)
82%

#21
Adjusted Score: 85.339%
Critics Consensus: It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton.
Synopsis: This lavish, sprawling drama from filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has drawn numerous comparisons to the films of Luchino Visconti for the... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#20

Conceiving Ada (1999)
82%

#20
Adjusted Score: 46.504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Lynn Hershman Leeson's Sci-Fi adventure is an imaginary biography of the real-life Lady Ada Lovelace , daughter of Lord Byron,... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Hershman-Leeson

#19

The Deep End (2001)
82%

#19
Adjusted Score: 85.497%
Critics Consensus: A well-acted film noir with arresting visuals.
Synopsis: A mother is drawn into a sinister web of blackmail while trying to protect her son in this drama. Margaret... [More]

#18

Wittgenstein (1993)
83%

#18
Adjusted Score: 46.073%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Derek Jarman directed this witty, stylish biography of the life of the eccentric 20th-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (Karl Johnson). Wittgenstein... [More]
Directed By: Derek Jarman

#17

The War Zone (1999)
84%

#17
Adjusted Score: 84.598%
Critics Consensus: With the well-acted The War Zone, debuting director Tim Roth finds moments of beauty in a tale of stark horror -- and marks himself as a talent to watch behind the camera.
Synopsis: The molten emotional power that flows from Tim Roth's directorial debut carries multiple messages that sear one's soul. Yet it... [More]
Directed By: Tim Roth

#16

Orlando (1993)
84%

#16
Adjusted Score: 88.181%
Critics Consensus: Orlando can't match its visual delights with equally hefty narrative -- but it's so much fun to watch that it doesn't need to.
Synopsis: Independent filmmaker Sally Potter's gender-bending epic, which views four centuries of sexual politics through the eyes of a sex-switching main... [More]
Directed By: Sally Potter

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 91.123%
Critics Consensus: Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.
Synopsis: Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#14

Trainwreck (2015)
85%

#14
Adjusted Score: 95.077%
Critics Consensus: Trainwreck drags commitment out of all but the most rom-com-phobic filmgoers with sharp humor, relatable characters, and hilarious work from Amy Schumer.
Synopsis: Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

#13

Hail, Caesar! (2016)
86%

#13
Adjusted Score: 99.446%
Critics Consensus: Packed with period detail and perfectly cast, Hail, Caesar! finds the Coen brothers delivering an agreeably lightweight love letter to post-war Hollywood.
Synopsis: Four-time Oscar (R)-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail,... [More]
Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

#12

Okja (2017)
86%

#12
Adjusted Score: 94.744%
Critics Consensus: Okja sees Bong Joon-ho continuing to create defiantly eclectic entertainment -- and still hitting more than enough of his narrative targets in the midst of a tricky tonal juggling act.
Synopsis: For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja--a massive animal and... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

#11

Broken Flowers (2005)
87%

#11
Adjusted Score: 93.271%
Critics Consensus: Bill Murray's subtle and understated style complements director Jim Jarmusch's minimalist storytelling in this quirky, but deadpan comedy.
Synopsis: The resolutely single Don has just been dumped by his latest lover, Sherry. Don yet again resigns himself to being... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#10

Isle of Dogs (2018)
90%

#10
Adjusted Score: 104.5%
Critics Consensus: The beautifully stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director's most winsomely charming stories.
Synopsis: In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#9

Doctor Strange (2016)
89%

#9
Adjusted Score: 102.658%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Strange artfully balances its outré source material against the blockbuster constraints of the MCU, delivering a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain.
Synopsis: A disgraced former surgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes a powerful sorcerer under the tutelage of a mystic known... [More]
Directed By: Scott Derrickson

#8

Stephanie Daley (2006)
90%

#8
Adjusted Score: 90.893%
Critics Consensus: The premise has all the trappings of melodrama, but the excellent performances give the characters complexity and empathy.
Synopsis: A teen (Amber Tamblyn) accused of hiding her pregnancy and then killing her baby is investigated by a forensic psychologist... [More]
Directed By: Hilary Brougher

#7

A Bigger Splash (2016)
90%

#7
Adjusted Score: 96.434%
Critics Consensus: Absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted by an immensely talented cast, A Bigger Splash offers sumptuously soapy delights for fans of psychological adult drama.
Synopsis: In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#6

Michael Clayton (2007)
90%

#6
Adjusted Score: 96.332%
Critics Consensus: Michael Clayton is one of the most sharply scripted films of 2007, with an engrossing premise and faultless acting. Director Tony Gilroy succeeds not only in capturing the audience's attention, but holding it until the credits roll.
Synopsis: Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal... [More]
Directed By: Tony Gilroy

#5

Adaptation (2002)
91%

#5
Adjusted Score: 96.835%
Critics Consensus: Dizzyingly original, the loopy, multi-layered Adaptation is both funny and thought-provoking.
Synopsis: Despite the success of his first produced script, "Being John Malkovich," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 102.463%
Critics Consensus: Typically stylish but deceptively thoughtful, The Grand Budapest Hotel finds Wes Anderson once again using ornate visual environments to explore deeply emotional ideas.
Synopsis: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#3

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 101.884%
Critics Consensus: Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.
Synopsis: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story... [More]
Directed By: Wes Anderson

#2

Snowpiercer (2014)
95%

#2
Adjusted Score: 104.185%
Critics Consensus: Snowpiercer offers an audaciously ambitious action spectacular for filmgoers numb to effects-driven blockbusters.
Synopsis: In this sci-fi epic from director Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Mother), a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

#1

Edward II (1992)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 89.2%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Considered a fine example of gay and lesbian cinema, Derek Jarman's take on Christopher Marlowe's late 16th-century play The Troublesome... [More]
Directed By: Derek Jarman

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