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All Vin Diesel Movies Ranked

Who knows what the movie industry would look like today if Vin Diesel hadn’t broken into a local theater in New York with his twin brother at age seven, intending to vandalize it? The theater director who caught them offered them parts in a play instead of calling the police, and Diesel’s career in the arts began.

Diesel initially had a tough go in the industry as a young, aspiring actor, until he poured his frustrations into a short film that he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, called Multi-Facial. It was good enough to get the attention of none other than Steven Spielberg, who brought him on board his multiple Academy Award-winning Saving Private Ryan. After Diesel then provided the voice for Brad Bird’s sentimental winner The Iron Giant, he embarked on what would be a career-defining journey as one of contemporary cinema’s most recognizable action franchise stars.

It began with 2000’s Pitch Black, which kicked off the Chronicles of Riddick franchise, and continued with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and 2002’s xXx, one of which, of course, has become one of the most successful film series ever and is still going strong, with new entries on the way. (Hint: it’s not xXx.) If all of that weren’t enough, it was also Diesel’s presence as the voice of a living tree that only utters one phrase in a goofy superheroes-in-space movie that helped make Groot — and subequently Baby Groot — one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

After all of this, Diesel is still looking for more franchises to sink his teeth into, and the upcoming release of Bloodshot, an adaptation of the Valiant Comics series of the same name, could be the one. But before we see him take his revenge as a super-soldier infused with nanotechnology, we’re taking a look back at all Vin Diesel movies ranked by Tomatometer!

#25

Babylon A.D. (2008)
6%

#25
Adjusted Score: 9.385%
Critics Consensus: A poorly constructed, derivative sci-fi stinker with a weak script and poor action sequences.
Synopsis: It is the not-too-distant future. Thousands of satellites scan, observe and monitor our every move. Much of the planet is... [More]
Directed By: Mathieu Kassovitz

#24

A Man Apart (2003)
11%

#24
Adjusted Score: 14.425%
Critics Consensus: Action and drama elements don't mix well in this clichéd actioner.
Synopsis: A cop teams up with the former head of a drug cartel to avenge the death of the woman he... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 22.707%
Critics Consensus: Grim, plodding, and an overall ill fit for Vin Diesel's particular charms, The Last Witch Hunter will bore and/or confuse all but the least demanding action-fantasy fans.
Synopsis: The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us;... [More]
Directed By: Breck Eisner

#22

Knockaround Guys (2002)
21%

#22
Adjusted Score: 23.356%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, but it's too derivative.
Synopsis: A big score goes wrong in a big way for a bunch of aspiring gangsters in this crime comedy. Matty... [More]

#21

The Pacifier (2005)
21%

#21
Adjusted Score: 25.029%
Critics Consensus: Vin Diesel parodies his tough guy image for the family audience, but the result is only moderately amusing.
Synopsis: As an elite member of the world's fiercest and most highly trained fighting force, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe thought he... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 33.416%
Critics Consensus: As an action movie, Riddick offers some thrills, but as a sequel to Pitch Black, it's a disappointment.
Synopsis: Vin Diesel returns as the nocturnally gifted antihero Riddick in this sequel to the 2000 cult item Pitch Black. Riddick,... [More]
Directed By: David Twohy

#19

Fast & Furious (2009)
29%

#19
Adjusted Score: 34.357%
Critics Consensus: While Fast and Furious features the requisite action and stunts, the filmmakers have failed to provide a competent story or compelling characters.
Synopsis: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return to the film franchise that helped to launch each of their respective careers as... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#18
Adjusted Score: 49.731%
Critics Consensus: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them -- and its visual innovations are often merely distracting.
Synopsis: The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#17
Adjusted Score: 50.674%
Critics Consensus: xXx: Return of Xander Cage should satisfy fans of the first two installments, but its preponderance of set pieces can't quite make up for a tired storyline that fails to take the franchise -- or action fans -- anywhere new.
Synopsis: The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander... [More]
Directed By: D.J. Caruso

#16

XXX (2002)
48%

#16
Adjusted Score: 52.981%
Critics Consensus: It has an endearing lack of seriousness, and Vin Diesel has more than enough muscle for the starring role, but ultimately, XXX is a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the spy thriller genre.
Synopsis: Xander "XXX" Cage is a notorious underground thrill seeker who, until now, has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 57.774%
Critics Consensus: Sleek and shiny on the surface, The Fast and the Furious recalls those cheesy teenage exploitation flicks of the 1950s.
Synopsis: A magazine article about real-life car racing gangs for Vibe becomes this fast-paced automotive thriller from director Rob Cohen. Paul... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#14

Riddick (2013)
57%

#14
Adjusted Score: 63.205%
Critics Consensus: It may not win the franchise many new converts, but this back-to-basics outing brings Riddick fans more of the brooding sci-fi action they've come to expect.
Synopsis: Riddick, the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The... [More]
Directed By: David Twohy

#13

Pitch Black (2000)
59%

#13
Adjusted Score: 62.602%
Critics Consensus: Despite an interesting premise (and a starmaking turn from Vin Diesel), Pitch Black is too derivative and formulaic to fully recommend to sci-fi or action fans.
Synopsis: In this science fiction thriller, a spaceship is transporting a disparate group of people to a far-away galactic outpost called... [More]
Directed By: David Twohy

#12

Find Me Guilty (2006)
62%

#12
Adjusted Score: 65.126%
Critics Consensus: Find Me Guilty's excessive length and heavy-handed narrative keep it from reaching its full potential, but Vin Diesel's performance is well worth watching.
Synopsis: A wise guy turns his own trial upside down by serving as his own lawyer in this comedy drama based... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#11

Boiler Room (2000)
66%

#11
Adjusted Score: 69.226%
Critics Consensus: Its ending is disappointingly tidy, but Boiler Room boasts just enough sharp writing and brisk pacing to make getting there worthwhile.
Synopsis: In this drama that explores greed and corruption in American business, Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth Davis, an intelligent and ambitious... [More]
Directed By: Ben Younger

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 79.989%
Critics Consensus: The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest... [More]
Directed By: F. Gary Gray

#9

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
70%

#9
Adjusted Score: 77.783%
Critics Consensus: With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success.
Synopsis: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#8

Fast Five (2011)
77%

#8
Adjusted Score: 83.026%
Critics Consensus: Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.
Synopsis: Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law.... [More]
Directed By: Justin Lin

#7

Furious 7 (2015)
82%

#7
Adjusted Score: 92.373%
Critics Consensus: Serving up a fresh round of over-the-top thrills while adding unexpected dramatic heft, Furious 7 keeps the franchise moving in more ways than one.
Synopsis: Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#6
Adjusted Score: 102.697%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, and irreverent humor add up to a sequel that's almost as fun -- if not quite as thrillingly fresh -- as its predecessor.
Synopsis: Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 105.845%
Critics Consensus: Avengers: Infinity War ably juggles a dizzying array of MCU heroes in the fight against their gravest threat yet, and the result is a thrilling, emotionally resonant blockbuster that (mostly) realizes its gargantuan ambitions.
Synopsis: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 104.197%
Critics Consensus: Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect -- as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendor.
Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers,... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn (II)

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 101.034%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Synopsis: Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 117.99%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel's epic Infinity Saga.
Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Russo

#1

The Iron Giant (1999)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.302%
Critics Consensus: The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.
Synopsis: "Iron Giant" is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron Man,' by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The film is about... [More]
Directed By: Brad Bird

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