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Ranking George Clooney's films from worst to first

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    Ranking George Clooney's films from worst to first

    Hepburn. Bogart. Streep. There are only a handful of actors who have been successful enough in Hollywood that they need only a last name to conjure up diehard fan reactions and a wide array of cinematic performances to please even the harshest critics.

    When it comes to Clooney — that is, George Clooney — the actor-turned director-producer-philanthropist-activist, that love is so very real.

    But it’s true what they say: movie stars are just like us. Even Clooney has made a few missteps when it comes to choosing projects that either flopped at the box office or failed to please critics despite his talent and passion for the craft. Still, he’s secured his spot in Hollywood history, having already won two Academy Awards — both as an actor and as a producer — and as the only person to ever have been nominated in six different categories, aside from Walt Disney.

    So what were some of the hits and misses from his nearly four decades in show business thus far? We’ve ranked movies featuring Clooney from the start of his career as a young heartthrob in “Unbecoming Age” and “One Fine Day,” up through the politically-minded “Money Monster” in 2016. To create our exclusive list, we used our Stacker Score, which combines IMDb ratings, Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, and Metascores. Any ties were broken by the number of IMDb votes, and brief cameos and documentaries were excluded (as were his television and TV movie stints — sorry, “ER” and “Facts of Life” fans).

  • Warner Bros.
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    #42. Batman & Robin

    Stacker Score: 25.00

    IMDb rating: 3.7

    Metascore: 28

    Tomatometer: 10%

    Release year: 1997

    Although his performance as Bruce Wayne is serviceable, Clooney surely wishes he could remove this dud from his filmography. Almost universally reviled, Batman & Robin was a total misfire, eschewing the darkness of prior entries for corny humor and cartoony setpieces. Director Joel Schumacher (whose most infamous contribution to the franchise was his addition of nipples to the batsuit) faced a lot of backlash at the time of the film's release, and has since publicly apologized to Batman fans for his mishandling of the movie.

  • Harlequin Pictures
    3/ Harlequin Pictures

    #41. Grizzly II: The Concert

    Stacker Score: 37.00

    IMDb rating: 3.7

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: n/a

    Release year: 1983

    This obscure b-movie sequel had a surprising talent pedigree amongst its cast. Laura Dern, Charlie Sheen, and Clooney make brief early-career appearances in a campout scene in which a group of teenage victims is terrorized by a mutated killer bear. The strange part, however, is that the footage of the bear itself was never completed due to problems with the special effects. As such, the movie was never released.

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    #40. Unbecoming Age

    Stacker Score: 42.00

    IMDb rating: 4.2

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: n/a

    Release year: 1992

    This low-budget, high-concept indie rom-com tells the story of a woman entering her forties who, through her discovery of a bottle of enchanted soap bubbles, dials back her mental age to her younger, more carefree days. This was an early feature role for Clooney, who at that time was best known for his TV work (including a turn on a short-lived hospital sitcom titled E/R not to be confused with ER, the hit drama he'd co-star in a decade later). Critics and audiences derided the half-baked premise and the movie came and went without much fanfare.

  • New World Pictures
    5/ New World Pictures

    #39. Return to Horror High

    Stacker Score: 42.00

    IMDb rating: 4.2

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: n/a

    Release year: 1987

    This 80s slasher parody follows the making of a low-budget horror movie set at an abandoned high school that was once the site of a series of murders. Things take a turn for the meta when the production itself devolved into a grisly massacre. Clooney, in a small role, plays the killers first victim. The movie never found a wide audience, grossing only $1.2 million at the domestic box office, though it has its admirers among diehard fans of the genre.

  • Dreamworks Pictures
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    #38. The Peacemaker

    Stacker Score: 47.00

    IMDb rating: 5.9

    Metascore: 43

    Tomatometer: 39%

    Release year: 1997

    A U.S. Army Colonel, played by Clooney, must team up with a civilian weapons expert (Nicole Kidman) to stop a terrorist from nuking Manhattan in this 1997 flick. It was the first feature for director Mimi Leder, who had previously directed Clooney on several ER episodes. Critics were lukewarm on the films too-familiar premise, and it failed to earn back its reported $50 million production budget at the box office, grossing only $41 million domestically.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #37. The Good German

    Stacker Score: 47.33

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Metascore: 49

    Tomatometer: 32%

    Release year: 2006

    Director Steven Soderbergh, who'd previously worked with Clooney on "Ocean's Eleven" and "Ocean's Twelve," directed this adaptation of the novel by the same name. Clooney stars as an American military journalist who gets caught up in a murder mystery in postwar Berlin. Some critics admired the black-and-white cinematography, but beyond its noirish visuals, the film didn't have much to offer in the way of a compelling story or fleshed-out characters. It was an expensive flop, grossing only a small fraction of its budget at the box office.

  • Columbia Pictures
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    #36. The Monuments Men

    Stacker Score: 47.67

    IMDb rating: 6.1

    Metascore: 52

    Tomatometer: 30%

    Release year: 2014

    Clooney directed and produced this WWII caper about a group of art experts tasked with saving museum-worthy pieces from Nazi Germany prior to the fall of the Reich. The concept (based loosely on real events) was intriguing, and the ensemble cast (which included Clooney himself, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett) was top-notch, but the film struggled to balance its comedic and dramatic elements. In spite of poor reviews, audiences were drawn by the picture's star power, and it ultimately took in a $78 million domestic box-office haul that narrowly exceeded its huge $70 million production budget.

  • Dimension Films
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    #35. Spy Kids 3: Game Over

    Stacker Score: 48.00

    IMDb rating: 4.2

    Metascore: 57

    Tomatometer: 45%

    Release year: 2003

    Clooney reprises his role of Diego Devlin from the first "Spy Kids" movie in this third installment, though this time his character has been promoted from a spy agency director to the president of the United States. At this point in its run, Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" franchise was offering up severely diminishing returns, and this movie was poorly reviewed compared to its predecessors. Audiences apparently didn't heed critics' warnings though the movie made a pile of money and paved the way for a fourth (even worse) entry in the series.

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    #34. The Harvest

    Stacker Score: 51.00

    IMDb rating: 5.1

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: n/a

    Release year: 1993

    Based on the urban legend, the 1993 movie "The Harvest" tells the story of a screenwriter on a trip to Mexico who wakes up with one of his kidneys missing, and then sets out to track down the criminal ring responsible. The star of the movie is Miguel Ferrer, Clooney's cousin. Clooney, still a couple of years away from his "ER" breakout, plays a small role that's credited as Lip Syncing Transvestite.

  • Four Square Productions
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    #33. Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

    Stacker Score: 52.00

    IMDb rating: 5.2

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: 0%

    Release year: 1988

    This sequel to the cult horror comedy "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!" was one of Clooney's first film roles. He plays Matt, a suave ladies man who's part of the pizzeria-based crew opposing Dr. Gangrene and his tomato invasion. Despite sitting at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie maintains a cult following among fans of cheap horror.

  • Frank von Zerneck Films
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    #32. Combat Academy

    Stacker Score: 53.00

    IMDb rating: 5.3

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: n/a

    Release year: 1986

    Directed by one of the writers of "Police Academy," with a poster that mimicked the art style and typography of that movie, Clooney's feature debut was an inauspicious one. It was a commercial and critical flop, and its release was limited to TV and video. Despite Clooney's relatively minor role as Major Biff Woods, his name was featured front-and-center on the cover of the eventual DVD release.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #31. Leatherheads

    Stacker Score: 56.00

    IMDb rating: 6.0

    Metascore: 56

    Tomatometer: 52%

    Release year: 2008

    Clooney's had some bad luck directing and starring in movies with historical settings. This rom-com set during the early days of professional American football failed to connect with audiences, despite its strong cast (with John Krasinski and Renée Zellweger supporting Clooney's lead performance) and a solid premise, grossing only $31 million domestically on a reported $58 million production budget. Critics' consensus was that the screwball comedy misfired and that the romantic elements were too dull to carry the picture.

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    #30. The Men Who Stare at Goats

    Stacker Score: 56.00

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    Metascore: 54

    Tomatometer: 52%

    Release year: 2009

    This 2009 film was directed by Grant Heslov, a frequent writing and producing collaborator of Clooney's (with whom he co-founded production company Smoke House Pictures in 2006). Supposedly based on a true story, it follows a group of warrior monks determined to revolutionize modern warfare with psychic weaponry. Clooney stars as the monk in search of his group's vanished leader (Jeff Bridges) while a journalist (Ewan McGregor) tags along. Critics and audiences were split, with some finding the film too comedically tame to live up to its bizarre premise.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #29. The Perfect Storm

    Stacker Score: 56.67

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    Metascore: 59

    Tomatometer: 47%

    Release year: 2000

    Directed by Wolfgang Petersen (whose breakout was the 1981 German submarine movie "Das Boot") this small-scale disaster movie sees Clooney captaining a fishing boat through a historically destructive storm. Critics and audiences were wowed by the 100-foot CGI waves, but found the character development comparatively shallow.

  • Walt Disney Pictures
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    #28. Tomorrowland

    Stacker Score: 58.33

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Metascore: 60

    Tomatometer: 50%

    Release year: 2015

    This 2015 big-budget, retro-futuristic adventure from director Brad Bird sees Clooney playing an inventor who mentors a teenager on how to access an alternate dimension dubbed Tomorrowland. While the film garnered praise for its visuals, score, and acting, critics found the screenplay uneven. Audiences were disappointed with the relatively short amount of screentime set in a sci-fi reality, and the movie ended up as an expensive commercial flop for Disney.

  • Fox 2000 Pictures
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    #27. One Fine Day

    Stacker Score: 59.00

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Metascore: n/a

    Tomatometer: 47%

    Release year: 1996

    An architect and a journalist, both divorcees with their kids in town, fall for each other on a hectic day in New York City. Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer's charming performances elevate this otherwise paint-by-numbers rom-com, firmly securing Clooney's role as a bankable heartthrob on the silver screen.

  • TriStar Pictures
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    #26. Money Monster

    Stacker Score: 59.00

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Metascore: 55

    Tomatometer: 57%

    Release year: 2016

    In this Jodie Foster-directed thriller, Clooney plays the host of a popular finance TV show whose cast and crew are taken hostage by an irate viewer whose investments have tanked. Although critics found the script weighed down by a mixed message and muddy themes, many reviewers singled out Clooney's charismatic performance as a highlight.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #25. Ocean's Twelve

    Stacker Score: 59.33

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Metascore: 58

    Tomatometer: 55%

    Release year: 2004

    Soderbergh returned to direct this sequel to "Ocean's Eleven," his wildly successful remake of the 1960 Rat Pack heist movie of the same name. Clooney, as Danny Ocean, leads the same crew from the first movie, but while everyone on the cast seems to be enjoying the reunion, their second caper lacks the ingenuity of their first.

  • Gaylord Films
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    #24. Welcome to Collinwood

    Stacker Score: 60.00

    IMDb rating: 6.4

    Metascore: 61

    Tomatometer: 55%

    Release year: 2002

    Clooney (who produced alongside Soderbergh) plays a wheelchair-bound safecracker serving on a somewhat inept heist crew. The film marked the feature directorial debut of Joe and Anthony Russo, who later went on to direct multiple big-budget Marvel movies. Some critics enjoyed the lighthearted comedy, but with only a limited release, it was unable to make back more than a small fraction of its budget.

  • Dimension Films
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    #23. From Dusk Till Dawn

    Stacker Score: 61.67

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Metascore: 48

    Tomatometer: 64%

    Release year: 1996

    This pulpy 1996 Robert Rodriguez movie starts out as a crime drama about two bank-robbing brothers, played by Clooney and Quentin Tarantino (who co-wrote the screenplay). The story takes a hard left turn when the brothers, on the run from the law, take refuge at a trucker bar full of vampires. It's a campy gorefest, but Clooney's straight-faced performance helps to keep things somewhat grounded. The film was too trashy for some critics, but a warm reception from horror fans gave it a long and lucrative life on video.

  • Focus Features
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    #22. The American

    Stacker Score: 63.00

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    Metascore: 61

    Tomatometer: 65%

    Release year: 2010

    Clooney plays an assassin and gunsmith whose attempts to retreat to a quiet mountain town in Italy turns bloody when his past catches up with him. Critics were somewhat split on the film's lethargic pace and its star's subdued performance, but overall the movie was a critical and commercial success.

  • Twentieth Century Fox
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    #21. Solaris

    Stacker Score: 64.33

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    Metascore: 65

    Tomatometer: 66%

    Release year: 2002

    In a role that director Steven Soderbergh had originally intended for Daniel Day-Lewis, Clooney plays a psychologist sent to evaluate the crew of a distant space station. Despite being sold to audiences as a space thriller, the film itself is cerebral, and at times quite ponderous. Both Clooney and Soderbergh would go on to publically lament the disconnect between the marketing materials and the actual movie, which did not perform well with confused moviegoers.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #20. Ocean's Thirteen

    Stacker Score: 67.00

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Metascore: 62

    Tomatometer: 70%

    Release year: 2007

    The third film in Soderbergh's "Ocean's" trilogy improved upon the second. The addition of Al Pacino to the already all-star cast provided a worthy nemesis for Clooney, and although the script plays it safe by reverting to the formula of the original, Ocean planning a revenge heist against a casino owner, critics and audiences were game for more heist hijinks. The film grossed more than $117 million at the domestic box office.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #19. Intolerable Cruelty

    Stacker Score: 69.67

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    Metascore: 71

    Tomatometer: 75%

    Release year: 2003

    Clooney plays a sought-after divorce attorney, Miles Massey, inventor of the ironclad "Massey prenup," in this acerbic rom-com from the Coen Brothers (with whom he's collaborated several times in his career). The twisty storyline, full of reversals of fortune and affection, kept audiences guessing, and Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones played off each other with crackling chemistry. Nevertheless, some critics saw the film as disappointingly "mainstream" for the Coens, while mainstream audiences ironically weren't prepared for its quirkiness.

  • Focus Features
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    #18. Burn After Reading

    Stacker Score: 70.67

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Metascore: 63

    Tomatometer: 79%

    Release year: 2008

    Another Coen-directed picture, this cloak-and-dagger 2008 comedy assigned Clooney top billing in a cast of heavy hitters that included Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, and Brad Pitt (in one of his goofiest, most hilarious roles ever). Coming on the heels of the Coens' "No Country for Old Men" hurt the reception of the film, rather than judge it on its own merits, audiences and critics tended to weigh it against the previous year's Best Picture winner and found it somewhat frivolous by comparison.

  • Miramax
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    #17. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

    Stacker Score: 72.00

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Metascore: 67

    Tomatometer: 78%

    Release year: 2002

    Clooney directed this 2002 movie based on a script by Charlie Kaufman. It's a loose adaptation of a controversial memoir by Chuck Barris, host of "The Gong Show" and creator of "The Dating Game," that assumes the far-fetched premise that Barris, in addition to his showbiz exploits, was an undercover CIA operative. Clooney plays the agent who recruits Barris (Sam Rockwell) and starts him down the path of his new double life. Critics mostly praised the film, but it underperformed commercially.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #16. Syriana

    Stacker Score: 72.33

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Metascore: 76

    Tomatometer: 72%

    Release year: 2005

    A true geopolitical thriller that spans countries in America, Europe, and the Middle East, "Syriana" reunited Clooney with "Ocean's Eleven" costar and friend Matt Damon. Critics cautioned that the film was too complex for most audiences, an assessment that seemed to play out in the break-even box office receipts. Even so, Clooney's performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor win at the next year's Oscars.

  • Dimension Films
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    #15. Spy Kids

    Stacker Score: 73.00

    IMDb rating: 5.5

    Metascore: 71

    Tomatometer: 93%

    Release year: 2001

    The first entry in the "Spy Kids" franchise is the most highly-rated by critics, who praised its inventiveness and fun factor. Carmen and Juni, the daughter and son of retired spies, find themselves caught up in their parents' world of intrigue and espionage when they're kidnapped by the evil Fegan Floop. Clooney plays the head of the OSS (Organization of Super Spies) who makes a brief appearance to offer the kids a new mission in the final scene. It was a smashing success at the box office, earning $112 domestically on a $35 million production budget and spawning a hit franchise.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #14. Hail, Caesar!

    Stacker Score: 73.33

    IMDb rating: 6.3

    Metascore: 72

    Tomatometer: 85%

    Release year: 2016

    The most recent entry in Clooney's long line of collaborations with the Coen Brothers, "Hail, Caesar!" is a love-letter to Hollywood's Golden Age. Clooney plays a movie star who imbibes a drugged goblet of wine during the filming of a Biblical epic and wakes up to find himself in the custody of a group of Communist screenwriters. Clooney's ageless charm is a perfect fit for the time period, and critics praised his performance. Audiences, as is often the case with movies whose subject is Hollywood itself, were more divided.

  • Columbia Pictures
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    #13. The Ides of March

    Stacker Score: 74.00

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Metascore: 67

    Tomatometer: 84%

    Release year: 2011

    Clooney wrote, directed, and co-starred alongside Ryan Gosling in this 2011 political thriller, where he plays a Pennsylvania governor who finds his presidential run complicated by the possibility of a sex scandal. Reviews were mostly positive, with critics praising Clooney for his triple-duty involvement.

  • Touchstone Pictures
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    #12. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    Stacker Score: 74.67

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    Metascore: 69

    Tomatometer: 77%

    Release year: 2000

    Clooney's first collaboration with the Coens was his best-received performance in one of their films. As the arrogant Everett Ulysses McGill, he heads up a trio of escaped convicts (still shackled together) on an adventure based on Homer's epic The Odyssey. Along the way, they form a band, The Soggy Bottom Boys, whose onscreen performances are mostly lip-synched renditions of old folk and bluegrass tunes. The soundtrack was so popular it had a lasting effect on raising modern audiences' appreciation for traditional American music.

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    #11. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    Stacker Score: 77.33

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    Metascore: 73

    Tomatometer: 81%

    Release year: 1999

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 1999 big-screen adaptation of their long-running Comedy Central show set a new standard for crass, foul-mouthed humor at the time of its release. Clooney provides the voice for the town's doctor, Dr. Gouache, who unsuccessfully attempts to save the life of the Kenny character by replacing his heart with a baked potato.

  • Fox 2000 Pictures
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    #10. The Thin Red Line

    Stacker Score: 77.67

    IMDb rating: 7.6

    Metascore: 78

    Tomatometer: 79%

    Release year: 1998

    Terrence Malick's war epic follows a company of soldiers through Guadalcanal during WWII, providing a philosophical but unflinching look at the ravages of war. Clooney makes a brief appearance at the end of the film as the new commander of the surviving members of the company. The film was too dark for most audiences, and did only a fraction of the business of "Saving Private Ryan," released the same year.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #9. Ocean's Eleven

    Stacker Score: 78.00

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    Metascore: 74

    Tomatometer: 82%

    Release year: 2001

    The first film of the "Ocean's" franchise established a winning formula with a star-studded lineup and plenty of visual panache. Clooney plays Danny Ocean, a suave ex-con who, upon release from prison, immediately sets about putting together a star-studded heist team. His target is not one but four casinos, all owned by the guy who's dating his ex-wife (Julia Roberts). Slick, funny, and satisfying, the film was a hit with critics and audiences alike, grossing more than $183 million at the domestic box office.

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    #8. Michael Clayton

    Stacker Score: 81.67

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Metascore: 82

    Tomatometer: 90%

    Release year: 2007

    Clooney plays a fixer who handles the dirty work for a New York City law firm. When he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy surrounding toxic agrochemicals, he finds himself in over his head. Critics praised the tense plotting of this throwback corporate thriller.

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures
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    #7. The Descendants

    Stacker Score: 82.00

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Metascore: 84

    Tomatometer: 89%

    Release year: 2011

    Alexander Payne's 2011 follow-up to the surprise hit "Sideways" sees Clooney playing a father and husband facing the difficult decision of whether to sell his family's Hawaiian land after his wife falls into a coma following a boating accident. Clooney's attempts to reconnect with his two daughters in the aftermath of his wife's injury makes for poignant emotional stakes, and the film was lauded by critics for its nuance and humaneness.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #6. Three Kings

    Stacker Score: 82.33

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Metascore: 82

    Tomatometer: 94%

    Release year: 1999

    This black comedy sees Clooney heading up a team of four U.S. soldiers attempting a gold heist in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War. Critics cheered its indictment of American foreign policy, but many audiences either snubbed the film's liberal messaging or missed the satire entirely.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #5. Out of Sight

    Stacker Score: 82.67

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Metascore: 85

    Tomatometer: 93%

    Release year: 1998

    This iconic Soderbergh adaptation of an Elmore Leonard crime caper (which predated "Ocean's Eleven" by a few years) stars Clooney in a role that helped propel him to movie star status. The cat-and-mouse plot revolves around an escaped bank robber and a U.S. Marshall with whom he shares a mutual attraction. Clooney and co-star Jennifer Lopez nailed the onscreen romance, establishing palpable chemistry in an early scene that takes place entirely in the trunk of a Ford that never lets up until the movie's finale.

  • Warner Independent Pictures
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    #4. Good Night, and Good Luck.

    Stacker Score: 82.67

    IMDb rating: 7.5

    Metascore: 80

    Tomatometer: 93%

    Release year: 2005

    Clooney wrote, directed, and acted in this low-budget 2005 biopic about legendary CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow taking on McCarthy and his blacklist. Murrow was played by David Strathairn, with Clooney taking on the role of his producer. The film, shot in black and white, was critically well-received for its timely (though historical) subject matter, and earned Clooney Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

  • Paramount Pictures
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    #3. Up in the Air

    Stacker Score: 82.67

    IMDb rating: 7.4

    Metascore: 83

    Tomatometer: 91%

    Release year: 2009

    Jason Reitman followed up his hit dramedy "Juno" with this edgy rom-com about a traveling hatchet man (Clooney) who falls for a fellow traveler (Vera Farmiga) at an inopportune time in his life. Critics praised the smart, sophisticated script and the chemistry of the leads, and audiences took note.

     

  • Twentieth Century Fox
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    #2. Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Stacker Score: 84.67

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    Metascore: 83

    Tomatometer: 93%

    Release year: 2009

    Clooney provided the voice of the titular character in Wes Anderson's stop-motion adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl children's classic. The animated format was a good fit for Anderson's meticulous filmmaking approach, and critics praised the film's lovingly handcrafted visuals. To round out the package, Clooney was joined by a terrific cast of voice actors (including Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray) who imbued their animal counterparts with warmth and humor. Nevertheless, audiences, perhaps wary of the film's old-fashioned visual style, failed to line up at the box office.

  • Warner Bros.
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    #1. Gravity

    Stacker Score: 90.00

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    Metascore: 96

    Tomatometer: 96%

    Release year: 2013

    This 2013 big-budget science fiction thriller, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, was a career highlight for star Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut whose first shuttle mission goes horribly awry when her space station is wrecked by debris. Bullock spends most of her screen time alone, but in the early scenes (and in one hallucination brought on by oxygen deprivation) she's joined by Clooney playing a veteran astronaut who supplies warmth, charm, and hard-earned expertise to help her navigate some very dire straits. Critics praised the performances and incredible (though sometimes nauseating) realism of the special effects, and the film was a huge box office success, grossing more than $274 million domestically.

     

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