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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.

#38

Fresh Horses (1988)
0%

#38
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fresh Horses features Molly Ringwald as Jewel, a Kentucky shanty gal. Jewel finds herself romantically involved with wealthy University of... [More]
Directed By: David Anspaugh

#37
Adjusted Score: 7.977%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this strange European allegory, Young Darkly Noon is first seen stumbling blindly through the forest clutching a bible. He... [More]
Directed By: Philip Ridley

#36

Boiling Point (1993)
18%

#36
Adjusted Score: 18.026%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The boiling point is mighty low in this tepid action programmer. Wesley Snipes plays Jimmy Mercer, a Treasury agent whose... [More]
Directed By: James B. Harris

#35
Adjusted Score: 19.342%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Another sequel of the cannibal with the human-skin mask.... [More]
Directed By: Jeff Burr

#34

Daylight (1996)
25%

#34
Adjusted Score: 26.701%
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: In this disaster/adventure film, a truck containing dangerous chemicals explodes in the Holland Tunnel, trapping those New Yorkers not killed... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#33

28 Days (2000)
32%

#33
Adjusted Score: 34.493%
Critics Consensus: Even though 28 Days is tackling a difficult subject, it comes off light and superficial, and maybe even a little preachy.
Synopsis: Gwen Cummings is a successful New York writer living life in the fast lane and everyone's favorite party girl. She... [More]
Directed By: Betty Thomas

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 32.297%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become,... [More]
Directed By: Ana Piterbarg

#31

Good (2008)
32%

#31
Adjusted Score: 33.958%
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: John Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful... [More]
Directed By: Vicente Amorim

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 18.459%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Harvey Keitel plays John Harris, an American drug enforcement officer who is asked by London police to help them in... [More]

#29

Young Guns II (1990)
35%

#29
Adjusted Score: 35.426%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Only three of the original five "young guns" -- Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond... [More]
Directed By: Geoff Murphy

#28

Psycho (1998)
38%

#28
Adjusted Score: 42.056%
Critics Consensus: Van Sant's pointless remake neither improves nor illuminates Hitchcock's original.
Synopsis: Marion Crane is a Phoenix, Arizona working girl fed up with having to sneak away during lunch breaks to meet... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#27

Prison (1988)
40%

#27
Adjusted Score: 17.812%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this horror outing, prison inmates are terrified when the corpse of a recently killed prisoner rises up and begins... [More]
Directed By: Renny Harlin

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 48.794%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, indulgently heady, and pretentious, The Portrait of a Lady paints Campion's directorial shortcomings in too bright a light.
Synopsis: Jane Campion directed this expressive adaptation of the classic novel by Henry James. Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) is a young... [More]
Directed By: Jane Campion

#25

The Prophecy (1995)
43%

#25
Adjusted Score: 43.799%
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: Tommy Dagget wanted to be a priest, but lost his faith and became a cop instead. He once wrote a... [More]
Directed By: Gregory Widen

#24

Albino Alligator (1996)
50%

#24
Adjusted Score: 50.35%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dino's Last Chance Bar is a typical, sleepy New Orleans basement dive until the one early morning when three desperate... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Spacey

#23

On the Road (2012)
44%

#23
Adjusted Score: 48.974%
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: Based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel, On The Road is the story of Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#22

Hidalgo (2004)
46%

#22
Adjusted Score: 50.288%
Critics Consensus: The scenery looks great, but this overstuffed horse story contains too much cheese.
Synopsis: Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire--a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian desert--was a challenge restricted to... [More]
Directed By: Joe Johnston

#21

G.I. Jane (1997)
53%

#21
Adjusted Score: 54.325%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This surprisingly entertaining action film chronicles the adventures of a woman going through the rigorous training that would make her... [More]
Directed By: Ridley Scott

#20

A Perfect Murder (1998)
55%

#20
Adjusted Score: 57.306%
Critics Consensus: A slick little thriller that relies a bit too much on surprise events to generate suspense.
Synopsis: A Perfect Murder is based on Frederick Knott's play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Married... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Davis

#19
#19
Adjusted Score: 72.853%
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: Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon is a wonderfully realized, nostalgic (if you are as old as I am)... [More]
Directed By: Tony Goldwyn

#18

The Road (2009)
73%

#18
Adjusted Score: 79.593%
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: "The Road" is a post-apocalyptic dramatic thriller about a father and his son walking alone through burned America. Nothing moves... [More]

#17
#17
Adjusted Score: 74.688%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Indian Runner, Sean Penn's debut film as director (he also wrote the script, based on the Bruce Springsteen song... [More]
Directed By: Sean Penn

#16

Appaloosa (2008)
76%

#16
Adjusted Score: 81.792%
Critics Consensus: A traditional genre western, Appaloosa sets itself apart with smart psychology, an intriguing love triangle, and good chemistry between the leads.
Synopsis: Upon drifting into a troubled Western outpost and discovering that the helpless locals are being terrorized by a ruthless rancher... [More]
Directed By: Ed Harris

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 83.357%
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: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#14

Carlito's Way (1993)
80%

#14
Adjusted Score: 83.289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Carlito's Way is a tale of a former hood trying to escape his former life. Al Pacino is Carlito Brigante,... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 90.066%
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: Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to... [More]
Directed By: Matt Ross

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 85.18%
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: Screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in... [More]
Directed By: Hossein Amini

#11

Far from Men (2015)
84%

#11
Adjusted Score: 84.289%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil... [More]
Directed By: David Oelhoffen

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 83.007%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in a 1950s-era American heartland of sprawling wheat fields and lonely old houses, The Reflecting Skin is British director... [More]
Directed By: Philip Ridley

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 94.019%
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: Tom Stall is living a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#8

Crimson Tide (1995)
88%

#8
Adjusted Score: 90.754%
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: Two leaders with different philosophies about battle and leadership wage war with each other in this tense military thriller. Capt.... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#7

Eastern Promises (2007)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 95.507%
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: Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The... [More]
Directed By: David Cronenberg

#6

Green Book (2018)
78%

#6
Adjusted Score: 92.571%
Critics Consensus: Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fueled by Peter Farrelly's deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads.
Synopsis: When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley... [More]
Directed By: Peter Farrelly

#5

Jauja (2015)
88%

#5
Adjusted Score: 89.702%
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 remote military outpost in Patagonia, 1882, during the so-called "Conquest of the Desert", a genocidal campaign against the aboriginal... [More]
Directed By: Lisandro Alonso

#4
Adjusted Score: 98.789%
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: Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#3

Witness (1985)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 94.451%
Critics Consensus: A wonderfully entertaining thriller within an unusual setting, with Harrison Ford delivering a surprisingly emotive and sympathetic performance.
Synopsis: In Peter Weir's thriller Witness, Samuel (Lukas Haas), a young Amish boy, witnesses a murder in the restroom of a... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

#2
Adjusted Score: 101.072%
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 final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.329%
Critics Consensus: The Two Towers balances spectacular action with emotional storytelling, leaving audiences both wholly satisfied and eager for the final chapter.
Synopsis: Frodo and Samwise press on toward Mordor. Gollum insists on being the guide. Can anyone so corrupted by the ring... [More]
Directed By: Peter Jackson

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