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All Viggo Mortensen Movies Ranked

Viggo: Renaissance man. He’s a poet. He’s a photographer. He’s a horse whisperer. He’s a book publisher. He’s an ethnographer. And did you know he’s also a movie star? Let’s hope so because we’re about to rank all his films by Tomatometer!

Mortensen will forever be associated with his role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As Aragorn, the man who would be king, he brought steely empathy as a noble human among orcs, elves, talking trees and a variety of creatures in the biggest movie fantasy epic ever. Before Rings, his chiseled good looks made him notable in roles that were anything but: Building a house in Witness, getting crushed by debris in Daylight, or playing a reincarnated inmate in Prison. And after Rings, Mortensen has challenged himself with deep, dynamic roles – since all his other hobbies keep him plenty busy. Check him out as literally The Man in The Road, nude brawler in Eastern Promises, or a survivalist dad in Captain Fantastic. And now with all his movies with a Tomatometer in one place, it’s easier than ever to Viggo the distance. Alex Vo

#38

Fresh Horses (1988)
0%

#38
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An Ohio engineering student (Andrew McCarthy) falls in love with a country girl (Molly Ringwald) rumored to be 16 and... [More]
Directed By: David Anspaugh

#37
Adjusted Score: 33035%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Desire torments a former cultist (Brendan Fraser) taking refuge at the home of a scantily clad woman (Ashley Judd) whose... [More]
Directed By: Philip Ridley

#36

Boiling Point (1993)
17%

#36
Adjusted Score: 17277%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Treasury agent (Wesley Snipes) and a mobster (Dennis Hopper) hunt each other according to their separate-but-equal deadlines for success.... [More]
Directed By: James B. Harris

#35
Adjusted Score: 13409%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Driving through Texas, young yuppie couple Michelle (Kate Hodge) and Ryan (William Butler) stop at the Last Chance Gas Station,... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Burr

#34

Daylight (1996)
26%

#34
Adjusted Score: 28324%
Critics Consensus: The opening's got a great fiery explosion and Stallone puts in another earnest, sympathetic performance, but all else in Daylight feels designed to annoy the audience into submission.
Synopsis: A group of armed robbers fleeing the police head for the New Jersey Tunnel and run right into trucks transporting... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#33

28 Days (2000)
33%

#33
Adjusted Score: 35876%
Critics Consensus: Even though 28 Days is tackling a difficult subject, it comes off light and superficial, and maybe even a little preachy.
Synopsis: The story of Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock), a successful New York writer living in the fast lane and everyone's favorite... [More]
Directed By: Betty Thomas

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 34630%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Desperate to begin a new life, a man (Viggo Mortensen) assumes his late twin's identity. He gets more than he... [More]
Directed By: Ana Piterbarg

#31

Good (2008)
34%

#31
Adjusted Score: 36165%
Critics Consensus: Though ambitious, Good stumbles in the transition from stage to screen, and Mortensen's performance isn't enough to cover its flaws.
Synopsis: A novel about a mercy killing brings a German professor (Viggo Mortensen) to the attention of the Nazi Party, which... [More]
Directed By: Vicente Amorim

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 21071%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: New York City drug enforcement officer John Harris (Harvey Keitel) travels to London to help ineffective local policemen battle a... [More]
Directed By: Danny Cannon

#29

Young Guns II (1990)
31%

#29
Adjusted Score: 32433%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: En route to Mexico from the United States, Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez) and his associates are pursued by federal... [More]
Directed By: Geoff Murphy

#28

Psycho (1998)
41%

#28
Adjusted Score: 45450%
Critics Consensus: Van Sant's pointless remake neither improves nor illuminates Hitchcock's original.
Synopsis: Hoping for a fresh start with her broke boyfriend, Marion (Anne Heche) steals a huge sum from her boss and... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#27

Prison (1987)
40%

#27
Adjusted Score: 20763%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An innocent convict returns from the grave and seeks vengeance against the warden responsible for his death 25 years ago.... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 50698%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, indulgently heady, and pretentious, The Portrait of a Lady paints Campion's directorial shortcomings in too bright a light.
Synopsis: Ms. Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) isn't afraid to challenge societal norms. Impressed by her free spirit, her kindhearted cousin writes... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#25

The Prophecy (1995)
46%

#25
Adjusted Score: 47002%
Critics Consensus: The Prophecy has its moments, but any fantasy thriller starring Christopher Walken as a murderous angel should be a good deal more engaging than this.
Synopsis: Evil angel Gabriel (Christopher Walken) has come to earth to strengthen his powers by claiming the wicked spirit of a... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Widen

#24

Albino Alligator (1996)
50%

#24
Adjusted Score: 50574%
Critics Consensus: Matt Dillon's intense performance is the best aspect of Albino Alligator, a mannered thriller that pantomimes the tropes of film noir to phony effect.
Synopsis: When a robbery in New Orleans ends in disaster, the mercurial burglar Dova (Matt Dillon) escapes with his cohorts to... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Spacey

#23

On the Road (2012)
46%

#23
Adjusted Score: 52856%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful to look at but a bit too respectfully crafted, On the Road doesn't capture the energy and inspiration of Jack Kerouac's novel.
Synopsis: An aspiring writer (Sam Riley), his new friend (Garrett Hedlund) and his friend's seductive wife (Kristen Stewart) heed the call... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#22

Hidalgo (2004)
46%

#22
Adjusted Score: 51178%
Critics Consensus: The scenery looks great, but this overstuffed horse story contains too much cheese.
Synopsis: Rugged cowboy Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) is an expert horseman who performs in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. When affluent... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#21

G.I. Jane (1997)
53%

#21
Adjusted Score: 54928%
Critics Consensus: Demi Moore admirably does her duty, but G.I. Jane's well-intentioned message is obscured by stylistic bombast and an overload of jingoism.
Synopsis: In response to political pressure from Senator Lillian DeHaven (Anne Bancroft), the U.S. Navy begins a program that would allow... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#20

A Perfect Murder (1998)
55%

#20
Adjusted Score: 57794%
Critics Consensus: A slick little thriller that relies a bit too much on surprise events to generate suspense.
Synopsis: Wall Street baron Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) discovers that his pretty young wife, Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow), is cheating on him.... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 74087%
Critics Consensus: An impressive showcase for Diane Lane and an assured debut from director Tony Goldwyn, A Walk on the Moon finds absorbing period drama within a family at a crossroads.
Synopsis: Unfulfilled housewife Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) suffers in quiet misery as the tumultuous events of the summer of 1969 unfold... [More]
Directed By: Tony Goldwyn

#18

The Road (2009)
74%

#18
Adjusted Score: 82569%
Critics Consensus: The Road's commitment to Cormac McCarthy's dark vision may prove too unyielding for some, but the film benefits from hauntingly powerful performances from Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee.
Synopsis: America is a grim, gray shadow of itself after a catastrophe. A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi... [More]
Directed By: John Hillcoat

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 74869%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After getting into trouble with the law, violence-prone Frank Roberts (Viggo Mortensen) seeks help from his brother Joe (David Morse),... [More]
Directed By: Sean Penn

#16

Appaloosa (2008)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 82367%
Critics Consensus: A traditional genre western, Appaloosa sets itself apart with smart psychology, an intriguing love triangle, and good chemistry between the leads.
Synopsis: Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his longtime friend and partner Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) travel the 1880s Southwest, bringing justice... [More]
Directed By: Ed Harris

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 86416%
Critics Consensus: A provocative historical fiction about the early days of psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method is buoyed by terrific performances by Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen.
Synopsis: In 1904 a Russian woman named Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) arrives at Carl Jung's (Michael Fassbender) clinic, seeking treatment for... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#14

Carlito's Way (1993)
84%

#14
Adjusted Score: 88321%
Critics Consensus: Carlito's Way reunites De Palma and Pacino for a more wistful take on the crime epic, delivering a stylish thriller with a beating heart beneath its pyrotechnic performances and set pieces.
Synopsis: A free man after years in prison, Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino) intends to give up his criminal ways, but it's... [More]
Directed By: Brian De Palma

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 93687%
Critics Consensus: Captain Fantastic's thought-provoking themes -- and an absorbing starring turn from Viggo Mortensen -- add up to an above-average family drama with unexpected twists.
Synopsis: Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated... [More]
Directed By: Matt Ross

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 85413%
Critics Consensus: With striking visuals, complex characters, and Hitchcockian plot twists, The Two Faces of January offers a pleasantly pungent treat for fans of romantic thrillers.
Synopsis: After he kills a detective, a con artist (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) must trust a potentially dangerous... [More]
Directed By: Hossein Amini

#11

Far From Men (2014)
84%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84642%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 1950s Algeria, a schoolteacher (Viggo Mortensen) agrees to deliver an admitted murderer (Reda Kateb) to a French court for... [More]
Directed By: David Oelhoffen

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 82591%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Growing up in the 1950s in small-town Idaho, 8-year-old Seth (Jeremy Cooper) and his friends play a prank on the... [More]
Directed By: Philip Ridley

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 96030%
Critics Consensus: A History of Violence raises compelling and thoughtful questions about the nature of violence, while representing a return to form for director David Cronenberg in one of his more uncharacteristic pieces.
Synopsis: When a pair of petty criminals attempt to rob his small-town diner, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) quickly and easily kills... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#8

Crimson Tide (1995)
89%

#8
Adjusted Score: 92599%
Critics Consensus: Boasting taut, high energy thrills and some cracking dialogue courtesy of an uncredited Quentin Tarantino, Crimson Tide finds director Tony Scott near the top of his action game.
Synopsis: After the Cold War, a breakaway Russian republic with nuclear warheads becomes a possible worldwide threat. U.S. submarine Capt. Frank... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#7

Eastern Promises (2007)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 96913%
Critics Consensus: David Cronenberg triumphs again, showcasing the Viggo Mortensen's onscreen prowess in a daring performance. Bearing the trademarks of psychological drama and gritty violence, Eastern Promises is a very compelling crime story.
Synopsis: Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), who is both ruthless and mysterious, has ties to one of the most dangerous crime families in... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#6

Green Book (2018)
77%

#6
Adjusted Score: 97327%
Critics Consensus: Green Book takes audiences on an excessively smooth ride through bumpy subject matter, although Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen's performances add necessary depth.
Synopsis: Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who's about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South... [More]
Directed By: Peter Farrelly

#5

Jauja (2014)
88%

#5
Adjusted Score: 90540%
Critics Consensus: Jauja will prove haunting for those lured in by its deliberate pace and lovely visuals, though it may test some viewers' patience.
Synopsis: A father and daughter travel from Denmark to a desert.... [More]
Directed By: Lisandro Alonso

#4
Adjusted Score: 99647%
Critics Consensus: Full of eye-popping special effects, and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring brings J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to vivid life.
Synopsis: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#3

Witness (1985)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 96924%
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

#2
Adjusted Score: 103945%
Critics Consensus: Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
Synopsis: The culmination of nearly 10 years' work and conclusion to Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the timeless J.R.R. Tolkien... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#1
Adjusted Score: 104030%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: The sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated and AFI Award-winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson