Wes Anderson's movies ranked from worst to best according to fans

Fans have shared their thoughts on IMDb

Wes Anderson has made films like Fantastic Mr Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel during his illustrious career  (Searchlight Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures).
Wes Anderson has made films like Fantastic Mr Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel during his illustrious career (Searchlight Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures).

Wes Anderson's filmography is often the subject of debate amongst his fans who find it hard to choose how they should be ranked.

The auteur's style has almost become a genre in and of itself, with it inspiring fans and non-fans alike to try and recreate it on social media, and depending on a viewer's taste a ranking of Anderson's films can vary wildly to each other.

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So, to try and make a definitive ranking of the director's work ahead of the release of Asteroid City, here is how the film ranked amongst fans on IMDb.

Wes Anderson's movies ranked from best to worst according to fans

Anderson has made a total of 11 films including Asteroid City, but as the film is not yet out it is not included in this ranking and instead it focuses on the director's films from 1996's Bottle Rocket to 2021's The French Dispatch.

Here is how they all ranked amongst fans, and what rating they received.

10. Bottle Rocket

Tete brulee Bottle rocket 1996 Real  Wes Anderson Owen Wilson Luke Wilson Andrew Wilson. Collection Christophel © Columbia pictures corporation / Gracie films
Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Andrew Wilson in Bottle Rocket (Alamy)

Anderson's debut film comes in last place, the 1996 dark comedy follows three friends as they attempt to pull off a robbery only to be forced to go on the run.

The film originated as a short before being made into a feature film, with star Owen Wilson co-writing the script with Anderson. It also stars Wilson's brother Luke and Robert Musgrave.

As Anderson's first film it is not without its flaws, but the director's unique style can be seen in its early stages in the flick.

IMDb rating: 6.9

9. The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures))
The French Dispatch (Searchlight Pictures)

For fans, it seems Anderson's most recent film The French Dispatch was not as big a hit as his previous work as it only comes in at ninth place.

The film is possible one of the most Wes Anderson-y film by the director as it is more a series of vignettes which tell the story of the creation of various articles for the final edition of the newspaper The French Dispatch.

Made as a love letter to journalists, the film had an A-list cast that ranged from Anderson regulars like Bill Murray and Wilson, to big-name newcomers like Timothée Chalamet.

IMDb rating: 7.1

8. The Darjeeling Limited

Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody in The Darjeeling Limitted (Searchlight Pictures)

Often seen as one of Anderson's weaker films by critics, The Darjeeling Limited fares slightly better amongst fans as it ranked in eighth place.

The film sees Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman play brothers who embark on a journey across India to find their mother a year after the death of their father.

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Anderson's family drama sees the trio come to find themselves and each other as a result of their trip to find their matriarch, learning to bond in ways they never have before.

IMDb rating: 7.2

7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Huston with Murray in The Life Aquatic (Credit: Buena Vista)
Anjelica Huston with Bill Murray in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Buena Vista)

Anderson's 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was the next best film according to fans on IMDb, with the film ranking in seventh place.

The drama follows its titular Oceanographer (Bill Murray) as he puts together a crew to try and get revenge on a mythical shark that was responsible for the death of his partner.

IMDb rating: 7.2

6. Rushmore

RUSHMORE, Jason Schwartzman, 1998.
Jason Schwartzman in Rushmore (Alamy)

Schwartzman's star-turning performance in Rushmore sees the film come in sixth place for fans, with Anderson's sophmore film receiving a rating of 7.6 — a marked improvement from his debut.

The film follows a teen (Schwartzman) from Rushmore Academy as he falls in love with his much older teacher, but when he learns that she is having an affair with his friend he decides to take matters into his own hands.

IMDb rating: 7.6

5. The Royal Tenenbaums

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS 2001 Buena Vista Pictures film with Gwyneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson
Luke Wilson and Gwenyth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums (Buena Vista Pictures)

After Succession came to an end there were people on social media who shared memes showing what the show would look like if it had been directed by Anderson, and in response several people recommended his film The Royal Tenenbaums.

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The film comes in halfway on the IMDb ranking, and it follows a dysfunctional family that is comprised of three gifted siblings who are all vying for the love of their father Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman).

IMDb rating: 7.6

4. Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson hauled up on 'racial stereotyping' in new movie Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs (Searchlight Pictures)

Despite getting less than stellar ratings by critics and being called out for "racial stereotyping" when it was released, Isle of Dogs comes in fourth place amongst fans on IMDb.

The animation follows a young boy in Japan who goes on a journey to find his pet dog who has become lost and is also searching for his owner with a group of other pets that have gone missing.

IMDb rating: 7.8

3. Moonrise Kingdom

Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Ed Norton, and Bruce Willis in Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)
Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Ed Norton, and Bruce Willis in Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Features)

Anderson's 2012 flick Moonrise Kingdom received the same rating as Isle of Dogs, though it has been listed as having third place on IMDb.

The film follows a pair of loved-up teens who decide to run away together from their New England town and live alone, thus prompting the adults to send out a search party to find them.

IMDb rating: 7.8

2. Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox Year : 2009 Director : Wes Anderson   Animation  Based upon Roald Dahl's novel
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Alamy)

Coming in a close second is Anderson's first foray into animation: Fantastic Mr Fox, the film follows its titular character as he tries to fight back against a group of farmers who terrorise him and his friends following a series of thefts he took part in.

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The film is based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name, but it does still feature the director's unique style even as a stop-motion animation which made it a hit amongst fans.

IMDb rating: 7.9

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. (Credit: Searchlight Pictures)
'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. (Credit: Searchlight Pictures)

Coming in at the top is Anderson's 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel, which sees writer Zero tell of his days as a lobby boy at the titular establishment under the tutelage of his concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes).

The pair become embroiled in dramatic events after M. Gustave is gifted a priceless painting titled Boy With Apple by his elder lover, Madam D (Tilda Swinton), leading him to become a target for her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) and his terrifying enforcer Jopling (Willem Dafoe)

IMDb rating: 8.1

Asteroid City will be released in cinemas on Friday, 23 June.

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