Joaquin Phoenix Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Joker
R

Joker

(2019)
22
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Fleck
Director:
Todd Phillips
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Jolie Chan
22
1
Gladiator
R

Gladiator

(2000)
15
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Commodus
Director:
Ridley Scott
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Harris, Russell Crowe, Oliver Reed, Connie Nielsen
Plot:

After aging Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius names his favorite general Maximus to be his successor, his son Commodus seizes the throne by murdering him and the family of Maximus, who is imprisoned and sold into slavery in Africa. But, Maximus returns to Rome as a popular gladiator and hatches a plot to overthrow the dictator.

15
0
Walk the Line
PG-13

Walk the Line

(2005)
23
1
As:
Cast
Role:
John R. Cash
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Drama, Music, Romance, Biography
Star Cast:
Ginnifer Goodwin, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts
Plot:

Based on two autobiographies by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, the film Walk the Line follows Cash's early life, his enduring romance with June Carter, and his rise to fame in the country music scene. The film received positive reviews and was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards. 

23
1

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Her
R

Her

(2013)
8
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Theodore
Director:
Spike Jonze
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kristen Wiig, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson
Plot:

Theodore Twombly is a highly sensitive loner whose professional qualification is writing soulful personal letters for others. Depressed over his impending divorce, he decides to install the latest artificially intelligent operating system Samantha, which has a bright voice and a consciousness. He begins to doubt himself as he gradually develops a romantic relationship with his AI assistant.

8
0
Hotel Rwanda
PG-13

Hotel Rwanda

(2004)
4
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, History, War, Biography
Star Cast:
Don Cheadle, Tony Kgoroge, Xolani Mali, Desmond Dube
Plot:

At the time of Rwandan genocide in 1994, Paul Rusesabagina worked as a manager at the Hôtel des Mille Collines. When the political situation grew bad, he not only struggled to keep his family safe, but also gave shelter to thousands of Tutsi refugees in the hotel thereby saving their lives.

4
0
Quills
R

Quills

(2000)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Coulmier
Director:
Philip Kaufman
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Billie Whitelaw
3
0
Parenthood
PG-13

Parenthood

(1989)
8
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Ron Howard
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dianne Wiest, Mary Steenburgen, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Joaquin Phoenix
8
0
Two Lovers
R

Two Lovers

(2008)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Leonard Kraditor
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Joyce, Elliot Villar, Craig Walker
3
0
The Master
R

The Master

(2012)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Freddie Quell
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Price Carson, Mike Howard
Plot:

Having witnessed the horrors of WWII, Freddie Quell struggles to return to normal life and drifts from one job to another due to his alcoholism and violent nature. He is easily influenced by Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of the philosophical movement, The Cause, but his rise within the cult makes the other members worried.

2
0
We Own the Night
R

We Own the Night

(2007)
6
0
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Bobby Green
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes, Danny Hoch
Plot:

Bobby Green is the manager of nightclub, El Caribe, which is frequented by drug lord Vadim Nezhinski. Bobby has distanced himself from his brother, NYPD Captain Joseph, and father, Deputy Chief Burt. But after an assassination attempt on his brother and his father being fatally shot, Bobby joins the NYPD to bring Vadim down.

6
0
Signs
PG-13

Signs

(2002)
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Merrill Hess
Director:
M. Night Shyamalan
Genres:
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Abigail Breslin, Mel Gibson, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin
Plot:

Six months after losing his wife in an accident and leaving the church consequently, Graham Hess finds crop circles in his corn field. As crop circles begin appearing around the world, Graham and his family – brother and two children – try to understand the meaning of the Signs and eventually believe that there are aliens around.

8
1
To Die For
R

To Die For

(1995)
5
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jimmy Emmett
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Matt Dillon, Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas
5
0

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Return to Paradise
R

Return to Paradise

(1998)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lewis McBride
Director:
Joseph Ruben
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jada Pinkett Smith, Vince Vaughn, Vera Farmiga, Anne Heche
3
0
Buffalo Soldiers
R

Buffalo Soldiers

(2001)
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ray Elwood
Director:
Gregor Jordan
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, War, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Scott Glenn, Elizabeth McGovern, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris, Joaquin Phoenix
3
1
Inherent Vice
R

Inherent Vice

(2014)
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Larry "Doc" Sportello
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Comedy
Star Cast:
Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Joaquin Phoenix
Plot:

Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello is a good-hearted but inept stoner who works as a private investigator. His former lover, Shasta suddenly shows up and asks him to prevent her rich lover, Wolfmann, from being committed to insane asylum by Wolfmann’s wife. Doc soon finds himself tangled in the psychedelic world of drugs and corrupt LAPD. 

4
0
The Village
PG-13

The Village

(2004)
7
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Lucius Hunt
Director:
M. Night Shyamalan
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
Plot:

Covington in the 19th-century rural Pennsylvania has a small population that lives peacefully within the boundaries of the village. Beyond the boundaries, there are fearful creatures inhabiting the wood that do not forgive any intrusion. When a determined man, Lucius Hunt decides to step out into the woods, the creatures are upset. But then, someone else must also step out into the woods.

7
0
U Turn
R

U Turn

(1997)
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Oliver Stone
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Sean Penn, Billy Bob Thornton, Abraham Benrubi, Richard Rutowski, Jon Voight
2
1
Reservation Road
R

Reservation Road

(2007)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Ethan Learner
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Elle Fanning, John Slattery, Jennifer Connelly, Mark Ruffalo, Joaquin Phoenix
3
0
The Immigrant
R

The Immigrant

(2013)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Bruno Weiss
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jicky Schnee
2
0
Ladder 49
PG-13

Ladder 49

(2004)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Morrison
Director:
Jay Russell
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
John Travolta, Robert Patrick, Jacinda Barrett, Morris Chestnut
3
0

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Irrational Man
R

Irrational Man

(2015)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Abe Lucas
Director:
Woody Allen
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Emma Stone, Joe Stapleton, Nancy Carroll, Allison Gallerani
1
0
Clay Pigeons
R

Clay Pigeons

(1998)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Clay Bidwell
Director:
David Dobkin
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Gregory Sporleder, Georgina Cates, Vince Vieluf
1
0
8MM
R

8MM

(1999)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Max California
Director:
Joel Schumacher
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Nicolas Cage, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald
Plot:

Private investigator, Tom Welles, gets hired to determine the authenticity of an 8MM snuff film showing a murder, which a tycoon’s widow, Mrs. Christian, found in her late husband’s safe. The investigation takes him to Hollywood where a porno store employee, Max California, helps him infiltrate Hollywood’s dangerous underworld of illegal porno movies, which may well prove hazardous for Welles. 

2
0
The Yards

The Yards

(2000)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Willie Gutierrez
Director:
James Gray
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn
2
0
Inventing the Abbotts
R

Inventing the Abbotts

(1997)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Doug Holt
Director:
Pat O'Connor
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Billy Crudup, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Baker, Joaquin Phoenix
1
0
I'm Still Here
R

I'm Still Here

(2010)
2
1
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Joaquin Phoenix
Director:
Casey Affleck
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Stiller, Antony Langdon, Carey Perloff, Larry McHale
2
1
Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

(2018)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jesus
Director:
Garth Davis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rooney Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ariane Labed, Tahar Rahim
1
0
SpaceCamp
PG

SpaceCamp

(1986)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Max
Director:
Harry Winer
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston, Kate Capshaw, Larry B. Scott
1
0
Russkies
PG

Russkies

(1987)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny
Director:
Rick Rosenthal
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Whip Hubley, Peter Billingsley, Susan Walters, Stefan DeSalle
1
0
It's All About Love
R

It's All About Love

(2003)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
John
Director:
Thomas Vinterberg
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Sean Penn, Claire Danes, Douglas Henshall, Alun Armstrong
1
0

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You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

(2017)
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe
Director:
Lynne Ramsay
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Alessandro Nivola, John Doman, Alex Manette, Ekaterina Samsonov
5
1
Across My Land

Across My Land

(2017)
1
0
As:
Producer
Director:
Fiona Godivier
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Preston Bailey, Timothy V. Murphy, Gaia Peddy, Summer Phoenix
1
0
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
R

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

(2018)
7
0
As:
Cast
Role:
John Callahan
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jack Black, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, Udo Kier
7
0
Walking the Dog

Walking the Dog

(1991)
3
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Bonnie Palef
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Swoosie Kurtz, Victor Garber, Veronica Cartwright, Nora Dunn
3
0

TV Movie(s)

Six Pack

Six Pack

(1983)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Rod Amateau
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Markie Post, Don Johnson, Jennifer Runyon, Billy Warlock
2
0
Kids Don't Tell

Kids Don't Tell

(1985)
1
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Sam O'Steen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Leo Rossi, Michael Ontkean, Ari Meyers, JoBeth Williams
1
0
Anything for Love

Anything for Love

(1985)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Timmy Bailey
Director:
Jim Drake
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Lauren Tewes, Vicki Lawrence, Marsha Warfield, Christa Denton
0
0
Secret Witness

Secret Witness

(1988)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Drew Blackburn
Director:
Eric Laneuville
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Barry Corbin, Kellie Martin, Betty A. Bridges, Paddi Edwards
0
0

Animation(s)

Brother Bear
G

Brother Bear (2003)

As:
Cast
Role:
Kenai
Director:
Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
Pauley Perrette, Rick Moranis, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize
Plot:

When an encounter with a Kodiak bear results in the death of his brother Sitka, young Native American Kenai kills the bear in revenge. But he is transformed into a bear himself. Hunted in his bear form by his other brother Denahi, Kenai’s only hope is to reclaim his human form with the help of an orphan bear cub, Koda.  

TV Shows and Videos

Hill Street Blues
TV-14

Hill Street Blues (1981)

As:
Cast
Director:
Gregory Hoblit, Christian I. Nyby II, David Anspaugh, Rick Wallace, Thomas Carter
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Frances McDormand, Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren
Back Beyond

Back Beyond (2013)

As:
Cast
Role:
Freddie Quell
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rami Malek
Mr. Smith

Mr. Smith (1983)

As:
Cast
Director:
Stan Daniels, Ed. Weinberger, Gerald Hirschfeld
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
Star Cast:
Stuart Margolin, Leonard Frey, Ed. Weinberger, Tim Dunigan
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)

As:
Cast
Director:
Timothy Bond, Roger Young, Bill Corcoran, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Crowe
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jean Simmons, Kathleen Quinlan, John Huston, Melanie Griffith
The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy (1981)

As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Haller, Hollingsworth Morse, Bruce Bilson, Michael O'Herlihy, Russ Mayberry
Genres:
Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Jack Black, Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Markie Post
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)

As:
Cast
Director:
Vincent McEveety, Bernard L. Kowalski, Harvey S. Laidman, Barry Crane, James Sheldon
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
Richard Dean Anderson, Peter Horton, Roger Wilson, Drake Hogestyn
ABC Afterschool Specials

ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)

As:
Cast
Director:
Larry Elikann, Arthur Allan Seidelman, Richard C. Bennett, Robert Fuest, Robert C. Thompson
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler, Ben Affleck, James Earl Jones, Lance Kerwin, Samaria Graham
Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

As:
Cast
Director:
Anthony Pullen Shaw, Walter Grauman, Vincent McEveety, Seymour Robbie, Jerry Jameson
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Abe Vigoda, Adam West, Bill Maher, Angela Lansbury, George Clooney
Still the Beaver

Still the Beaver (1983)

As:
Cast
Director:
Brian Levant, Roger Duchowny, Bob Claver, Nick Abdo, Frank Saperstein
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Corey Feldman, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Kipp Marcus
Superboy

Superboy (1988)

As:
Cast
Director:
David Nutter, David Grossman, Richard J. Lewis, John Huneck, Peter Kiwitt
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Abe Vigoda, Stacy Haiduk, Gerard Christopher, Peter Jay Fernandez, Zevi Wolmark
4Real

4Real (2007)

As:
Producer
Director:
Shoshana Guy, Josh Thome
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Sol Guy
Morningstar/Eveningstar

Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986)

As:
Cast
Director:
Linda Day, Nick Havinga, Nicholas Sgarro, Jenny Jameson
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Jeff Corey, Fred Savage, Elizabeth Wilson, Kate Reid

Joaquin Phoenix Awards

Academy Awards
Joker Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2020
Golden Globe Awards
Walk the Line Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 2006
Joker Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2020
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Leading Man 2008
BAFTA Awards
Joker Best Leading Actor 2020
Grammy Awards
Walk the Line Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media 2007