River Phoenix Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
E

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

(1989)
15
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Spielberg
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies
Plot:

After his father goes missing while searching for the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones embarks on a journey to find his father and teams up with Austrian archaeologist Elsa Schneider, who has questionable loyalty. Once he rescues his father from the clutches of the Nazis, they must retrieve the Grail before the Nazis get to it.

15
4
Stand by Me
R

Stand by Me

(1986)
18
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Chris Chambers
Director:
Rob Reiner
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland
Plot:

Stand by Me is a coming-of-age movie centering on the lives of four friends, Gordon ‘Gordie’ Lachance, Christopher ‘Chris’ Chambers, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Duchamp, and Vernon ‘Vern’ Tessio. On their quest to find a dead body, the four boys battle personal demons and a gang led by John ‘Ace’ Merill, only to return home permanently changed by their experience. 

18
4
Running on Empty
PG-13

Running on Empty

(1988)
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Danny Pope
Director:
Sidney Lumet
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Music, Crime
Star Cast:
Judd Hirsch, Christine Lahti, Martha Plimpton, Jonas Abry
17
2
Dogfight
R

Dogfight

(1991)
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie Birdlace
Director:
Nancy Savoca
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Brendan Fraser, Richard Panebianco, Lili Taylor, Anthony Clark
9
1
My Own Private Idaho
R

My Own Private Idaho

(1991)
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Waters
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Rodney Harvey, James Russo, William Richert
Plot:

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, this film tells the story of two best friends who work as street hustlers, as they embark on a journey of self discovery. 

10
2
Sneakers
PG-13

Sneakers

(1992)
4
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Phil Alden Robinson
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Redford, David Strathairn, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones
Plot:

Martin Bishop, who runs a company that tests security systems, is blackmailed by government agents into getting a black box from its inventor. Bishop’s ex-girlfriend and his team of experts, who retrieve the device, discover that it can decode any encryption code. As Bishop realizes that those men were criminals and not government officers, they incriminate him in the murder of the inventor.

4
1
The Mosquito Coast
PG

The Mosquito Coast

(1986)
4
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie
Director:
Peter Weir
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Jadrien Steele, Hilary Gordon
Plot:

An idealist inventor moves his family to a remote island in the Caribbean, in order to protect them from the consumerism which he believes to be destroying America. He also tries to use his genius skills to make gadgets for the natives and tries to enhance their primitive lifestyle.

4
1
Explorers
PG

Explorers

(1985)
5
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Wolfgang Müller
Director:
Joe Dante
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Ethan Hawke, Bradley Gregg, Jason Presson, Georg Olden
5
5
I Love You to Death
R

I Love You to Death

(1990)
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Devo
Director:
Lawrence Kasdan
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix
4
2
The Thing Called Love
PG-13

The Thing Called Love

(1993)
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James Wright
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Sandra Bullock, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, K.T. Oslin
4
2
Little Nikita
PG

Little Nikita

(1988)
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeff Grant
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Bradford, Richard Jenkins, Sidney Poitier, Liver Phoenix, Caroline Kava
6
1
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon
R

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

(1988)
3
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jimmy Reardon
Director:
William Richert
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Johnny Galecki, Ione Skye, Matthew Perry, Ann Magnuson, Meredith Salenger
3
0
Dark Blood

Dark Blood

(2012)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Boy
Director:
George Sluizer
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black, Judy Davis, T. Dan Hopkins
2
0
Silent Tongue
PG-13

Silent Tongue

(1993)
0
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Talbot Roe
Director:
Sam Shepard
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Western
Star Cast:
Richard Harris, Alan Bates, Dermot Mulroney, Sheila Tousey
0
2
Surviving

Surviving

(1985)
0
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Waris Hussein
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Ellen Burstyn, Molly Ringwald, Marsha Mason, Zach Galligan
0
0
Circle of Violence: A Family Drama

Circle of Violence: A Family Drama

(1986)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Chris Benfield
Director:
David Greene
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tuesday Weld, Peter Bonerz, Philip Sterling
0
1

TV Shows and Videos

It's Your Move

It's Your Move (1984)

As:
Cast
Director:
John Pasquin, Tony Singletary, Jim Drake, Arlando Smith
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Tricia Cast, Ernie Sabella, Caren Kaye, David Garrison
Robert Kennedy and His Times

Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985)

As:
Cast
Director:
Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Mimi Kennedy, Charles Bateman, John Ericson, Jordan Charney
Ben E. King: Stand by Me

Ben E. King: Stand by Me (1986)

As:
Cast
Role:
River Phoenix
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Wil Wheaton, Ben E. King
Family Ties
TV-G

Family Ties (1982)

As:
Cast
Director:
Sam Weisman, Will Mackenzie, Andrew McCullough, Matthew Diamond, John Pasquin
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Corey Feldman, Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman
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, Joaquin Phoenix, 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
Hotel

Hotel (1983)

As:
Cast
Director:
Bruce Bilson, Jerome Courtland, Nancy Malone, James Brolin, Vincent McEveety
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Andy Griffith, Bette Davis, James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Nathan Cook
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Breaking the Girl

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Breaking the Girl (1992)

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephane Sednaoui
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arik Marshall