Zac Efron Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

Charlie St. Cloud
PG-13

Charlie St. Cloud

(2010)
22
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie St. Cloud
Director:
Burr Steers
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Ray Liotta, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew
Plot:

Based on the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud, this film tells the story of Charlie, who loses his brother in a car crash which he survives. He receives a gift of seeing his dead brother and others whom he has lost. However, he falls in love with a girl, and when her life is at risk, he must choose between her and his brother. 

22
0
The Disaster Artist
R

The Disaster Artist

(2017)
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Janjigian
Director:
James Franco
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tommy Wiseau, James Franco, Dave Franco, Sharon Stone
Plot:

Aspiring filmmaker and actor, Tommy Wiseau, forms an unlikely friendship with actor, Greg Sestero, and the two move to Los Angeles. Eventually, as Tommy, writes and directs The Room, one of the worst movies ever made, his awful behavior alienates everyone including his friends. The Room is a flop but goes on to become a cult classic.

4
3
The Lucky One
PG-13

The Lucky One

(2012)
21
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Logan
Director:
Scott Hicks
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Blythe Danner, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Taylor Schilling
Plot:

The plot of this romance drama, based on Nicholas Sparks popular novel, follows U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault who returns after serving his duty in Iraq war. He believes that an unknown woman whose photograph he carries is his lucky charm – the reason why he survived the war. Now, he is determined to find his lady luck. He succeeds and eventually falls in love with her.

21
1

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Hairspray
PG

Hairspray

(2007)
16
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Adam Shankman
Genres:
Family, Drama, Music, Romance, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Christopher Walken, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden
Plot:

Sixteen years old plump Tracy Turnblad loves watching a teen dance TV show The Corny Collins Show. When she gets an opportunity to dance in the show, she quickly emerges as a popular performer. However, the manager of the TV station, Velma, is not happy with Tracy’s success. Meanwhile, Tracy encourages the idea of white and Negro kids dancing together on the show every day. 

16
1
17 Again
PG-13

17 Again

(2009)
16
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mike O'Donnell
Director:
Burr Steers
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Thomas Lennon, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Tyler Steelman
Plot:

Mike is 37 year old whose marriage to his high school girlfriend Scarlet is close to divorce and his two children are indifferent to him. Even his professional life is not good. He wishes he could be 17 years old again and begin his life afresh. One fine day, his wish comes true.

16
1
Me and Orson Welles
PG-13

Me and Orson Welles

(2008)
3
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Samuels
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan, Megan Maczko
3
2
Liberal Arts
PG-13

Liberal Arts

(2012)
3
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Josh Radnor
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Radnor, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney
Plot:

A college adviser in New York returns to his alma mater for a professor’s retirement party. He finds himself falling for a college student named Zibby, and eventually a powerful attraction springs up between them. 

3
1
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
R

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

(2019)
2
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Joe Berlinger
Genres:
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, Lily Collins, Haley Joel Osment
2
0
Neighbors
R

Neighbors

(2014)
9
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Nicholas Stoller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Elise Vargas
Plot:

Soon after settling down in a quiet neighborhood with their infant child, Mac and Kelly Radner find out that the Delta Psi Beta fraternity has moved in next doors. The couple endures the fraternity's noisy parties for a while in order to appear cool, but is eventually forced to call the police, initiating a bitter conflict.

9
0
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
R

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

(2016)
11
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Dave Stangle
Director:
Jake Szymanski
Genres:
Romance, Adventure, Comedy
Star Cast:
Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root
Plot:

This film revolves around two brothers Mike and Dave, who post an online advertisement in the hope that they will find dates to bring to their sister’s wedding in Hawaii.  

11
0
Dirty Grandpa
R

Dirty Grandpa

(2016)
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jason Kelly
Director:
Dan Mazer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Danny Glover, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza
Plot:

Jason Kelly is an uptight lawyer set to marry his controlling fiancée Meredith. He is tricked by his foul-mouthed grandfather Lt. Colonel Dick Kelly, to take him to Daytona Beach. In the process, Jason falls in love with his old friend, Shadia, and Dick ends up marrying Shadia’s friend Lenore.  

11
1
Parkland
PG-13

Parkland

(2013)
4
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Charles 'Jim' Carrico
Director:
Peter Landesman
Genres:
Drama, History, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Matt Barr
4
1

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Baywatch
R

Baywatch

(2017)
17
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Matt Brody
Director:
Seth Gordon
Genres:
Crime, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach
Plot:

Dedicated lifeguard, Mitch Buchannon, protects the Emerald Bay beaches with his elite team, which recently expanded to include three more new recruits, including disgraced former Olympian Matt Brody. Strict Buchannon constantly clashes with the frivolous Brody as they investigate drugs and deaths on the beach to uncover a dangerous plot involving mysterious Colombian businesswoman Victoria Leeds.

17
1
That Awkward Moment
R

That Awkward Moment

(2014)
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jason
Director:
Tom Gormican
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Addison Timlin, Zac Efron
Plot:

After their individual experiences of love-life, three close friends, Jason, Mikey and Daniel, decide to just have fun and stay single without commitment. Slowly the three perceive that their girls are perfect for them, and try to hide their beautifully growing romantic relationships from the other two. Situation turns awkward as each gets serious about relationship, but continues to pretend being single.

6
2
We Are Your Friends
R

We Are Your Friends

(2015)
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Cole
Director:
Max Joseph
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Shiloh Fernandez, Jonny Weston, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski
6
4
The Beach Bum
R

The Beach Bum

(2018)
0
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Flicker
Director:
Harmony Korine
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Snoop Dogg, Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill
0
2
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
R

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

(2016)
9
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Teddy Sanders
Director:
Nicholas Stoller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Selena Gomez, Lisa Kudrow, Dave Franco, Kelsey Grammer
Plot:

Mac and Kelly are expecting their second child and are thus looking forward to sell their house and move into a new more spacious one. They have a buyer, but they also have a problem. Their neighbourhood house is occupied by a group of noisy sorority girls who might just scare away their prospective buyers. To prevent this from happening, they now have to join hands with ex enemy – Teddy.

9
0
The Paperboy
R

The Paperboy

(2012)
6
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Jansen
Director:
Lee Daniels
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo
Plot:

Based on Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel, which in turn was inspired by a true story, the film follows a Miami reporter, who returns to his hometown in Florida to exonerate a death row inmate on the request of his girlfriend. She has fallen in love with the convict after exchanging letter with him without ever meeting him face to face.              

6
0
New Year's Eve
PG-13

New Year's Eve

(2011)
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Paul
Director:
Garry Marshall
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jon Bon Jovi, Katherine McNamara, Robert De Niro, Sarah Paulson, Zac Efron
Plot:

The film depicts several intertwined stories involving varied incidents and emotions experienced by different individuals on the night of the New Year’s Eve and highlights different human elements such as love, hope, and forgiveness, second chance and promise. Second of the three romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, it was a huge box office success.

6
1
At Any Price
R

At Any Price

(2012)
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Dean Whipple
Director:
Ramin Bahrani
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Aaron B. Oduber, Jacob R. Oduber
5
1

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High School Musical 3: Senior Year
G

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

(2008)
21
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Troy Bolton
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
Family, Music, Romance, Drama, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel
Plot:

In this final installment of ‘High School Musical’ trilogy, Troy, Gabriella and their friends at East High School are in their senior year and it’s time for them to plan their future and face the inevitable separation as they step in the real world. The Wildcats pour their feelings about school experiences and apprehensions of future in a big Spring Musical extravaganza. 

21
0
The Greatest Showman
PG

The Greatest Showman

(2017)
14
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Phillip Carlyle
Director:
Michael Gracey
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Musical
Star Cast:
Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Zendaya
Plot:

P.T. Barnum, son of a tailor, is ambitious and visionary. After the trading company he works for shuts down, he opens a museum of oddities and later puts on a musical show with unique individuals. He succeeds; however, when he seeks approval from high audience, he puts everything – his circus, family and money – at stake for opera singer Jenny. 

14
0
Hope Partlow: Sick Inside

Hope Partlow: Sick Inside

(2005)
4
0
As:
Cast
Role:
The Boyfriend
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Hope Partlow
4
0
Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising

Neighbors 3: Zombies Rising

(2016)
6
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Teddy Sanders
Director:
Ira Rosensweig
Genres:
Horror, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Seth Rogen, Mick Ignis
6
0
The Derby Stallion
PG

The Derby Stallion

(2005)
5
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Craig Clyde
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Cobbs, K.C. Clyde, Charles Black, Sarah Blackman
5
0

TV Movie(s)

Miracle Run
TV-PG

Miracle Run

(2004)
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Stephen Morgan
Director:
Gregg Champion
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Mary-Louise Parker, Jake Cherry, Bubba Lewis
3
1
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards
TV-14

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards

(2010)
2
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Director:
Hamish Hamilton, Pete Docter, Anne Fletcher, Richard A. Preuss, Henry Selick
Star Cast:
Cameron Diaz, Zoe Saldana, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pine, Zac Efron
2
2
High School Musical
TV-G

High School Musical

(2006)
21
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Troy Bolton
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
Musical, Music, Drama, Family, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel
21
1
High School Musical 2
TV-G

High School Musical 2

(2007)
20
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Troy Bolton
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Musical, Family, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel
20
1
If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now

(2006)
1
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Cody
Director:
Peter Lauer
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Katrina Law, Iris Almario, Bridget Brady, Matthew Miles Carter
1
0
Triple Play

Triple Play

(2004)
1
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Fuller
Director:
John Tracy
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Leigh-Allyn Baker, Alyssa Gainer, Kaitlyn Gainer, Lauren Gainer
1
1
The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke

The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke

(2003)
2
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Pete Laemke
Director:
Greg Mottola
Genres:
Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Bob Odenkirk, Leighton Meester, Bob Bancroft, Stephen Dunham
2
0

Animation(s)

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
TV-14

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III (2010)

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris McKay
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Animation, Comedy
Star Cast:
Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green, Abraham Benrubi, Bob Bergen, Ahmed Best
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise
TV-14

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise (2014)

As:
Cast
Role:
Superboy / Brainiac
Director:
Seth Green, Zeb Wells
Genres:
Animation, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
Giovanni Ribisi, Clancy Brown, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Hugh Davidson
Robot Chicken
TV-MA

Robot Chicken (2001)

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris McKay, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, Tom Sheppard, Matthew Senreich
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Seth MacFarlane, Joss Whedon, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Seth Green, Matthew Senreich
The Lorax
PG

The Lorax (2012)

As:
Cast
Role:
Ted
Director:
Kyle Balda, Chris Renaud
Genres:
Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Danny DeVito, Betty White, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift
Plot:

In this feel good film, based on Dr. Seuss’s book, a twelve year old boy Ted has a tough task at hand. Audrey, his crush, desires to see a real living tree but Thneedville – the town they stay in – has nothing like nature. Even air is sold. Still Ted sets out to fulfil her wish and learns the story of Once-ler who once cut down all trees for profit and Lorax, the guardian of the trees.

Scoob!
PG

Scoob! (2020)

As:
Cast
Role:
Fred Jones
Director:
Tony Cervone
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery
Star Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Will Forte, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan
The Replacements

The Replacements (2006)

As:
Cast
Director:
Heather Martinez, Robb Pratt
Genres:
Animation, Comedy, Family, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi, Crime
Star Cast:
Grey DeLisle, Daran Norris, Jeff Bennett, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie

TV Shows and Videos

Firefly
TV-14

Firefly (2002)

As:
Cast
Director:
Vern Gillum, Joss Whedon, Tim Minear
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Joss Whedon
Entourage
TV-MA

Entourage (2004)

As:
Cast
Director:
Julian Farino, Mark Mylod, Daniel Attias, David Nutter, Ken Whittingham
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Anthony Anderson, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
TV-14

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2003)

As:
Cast
Director:
Dennis Smith, Tony Wharmby, Terrence O'Hara, Thomas J. Wright, James Whitmore Jr.
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
LL Cool J, Troian Bellisario, Courtney Ford, Beth Riesgraf, Pauley Perrette
ER
TV-14

ER (1994)

As:
Cast
Director:
Christopher Chulack, Jonathan Kaplan, Richard Thorpe, Stephen Cragg, Lesli Linka Glatter
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Alexis Bledel, Dakota Fanning, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Laura Cerón
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
TV-14

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)

As:
Cast
Director:
Dave Diomedi
Genres:
Talk-Show, Music, Comedy
Star Cast:
Andrea Barber, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins, John Stamos
The Guardian

The Guardian (2001)

As:
Cast
Director:
Joan Tewkesbury, Mel Damski, Steve Gomer, Lou Antonio, Jeremy Kagan
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Corey Feldman, Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg, Raphael Sbarge, Dabney Coleman
Vanessa Hudgens: Say Ok

Vanessa Hudgens: Say Ok (2007)

As:
Cast
Role:
Love Interest
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron
High School Musical Cast: I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You

High School Musical Cast: I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (2006)

As:
Cast
Role:
Zac Efron
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel
Summerland

Summerland (2004)

As:
Cast
Director:
Harry Winer, Robert Duncan McNeill, Peter O'Fallon, Ian Toynton, Janice Cooke
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carmen Electra, Lori Loughlin, Merrin Dungey, Ryan Kwanten, Jesse McCartney
Heist
TV-14

Heist (2006)

As:
Cast
Director:
Andy Wolk, Ed Bianchi
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Dougray Scott, Ted Danson, Steve Harris, David Walton
CSI: Miami
TV-14

CSI: Miami (2002)

As:
Cast
Director:
Rob Zombie, Sam Hill, Joe Chappelle, Scott Lautanen, Karen Gaviola
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Rex Linn, Jonathan Togo
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
TV-G

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005)

As:
Cast
Director:
Rich Correll, Jim Drake, Lex Passaris, Danny Kallis, Kelly Sandefur
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Emma Stone, Brenda Song, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens
Seven Bucks Digital Studios

Seven Bucks Digital Studios (2016)

As:
Cast
Director:
Scott Brown, Mo Darwiche, Ryan Moody
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, George Clooney, Jack Black, Alexandra Daddario

Zac Efron Awards

People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor 2013
Winner Favorite Movie Star Under 25 2011
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Neighbors Best Shirtless Performance 2015
Neighbors Best Duo 2015
That Awkward Moment Best Shirtless Performance 2014
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Best Male Performance 2009
Hairspray Breakthrough Performance 2008