In honor of Guy Ritchie, whose latest film, King Arthur: Legend of The Sword, opens this weekend, we’ve decided to review and reflect on all his catalogue has to offer. This mans filmography spans 22 long years and 16 directorial credits (only 9 actual narrative features including Arthur) and I have seen them all. Ritchie has been one of my favorite directors for years, ever since i first saw Snatch, which led me to Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels which led me to the rest of his efforts, which are all invariably filled with distinct Guy Ritchie flavor, as I suspect King Arthur will be. The review for his latest will be up tomorrow, but for now, we rank all of Ritchie’s bountiful heap of projects from his best to his worst.
Best: Snatch (2000)
Easily the best Guy Ritchie movie in his arsenal. Crazy jump cuts and black humor, the rapid fire narrative structure is a staple of Ritchie and this movie is a prime example of him at his best.
Almost Best: Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
If were being honest, Lock Stock and Snatch are more like 1A and 1B. Both are on par with one another and both showcase the electric pace and ingenuity Ritchie displays. Lower budget, but still amazing.
Still Awesome: RocknRolla (2008)
This is an underrated gem of a movie that has gone overlooked for far too long. In the vain of the first two entries on our list, this smooth heist film boasts an impressive cast and some classic twists.
Getting Cooler: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Great, but not amazing is still very much a compliment. This movie is a throwback to the classic Bond espionage style films of the 60’s and 70’s and it is a ton of fun. Cavil and Hammer are incredible.
Still Pretty Good: Sherlock Holmes (2009)
A different spin on a classic character, this movie is a ton of fun. RDJ is a fantastic Holmes, and while not necessarily a great character piece, like the BBC show, the action is great, and you definitely won’t be bored.
Not Bad, Not Great: Revolver (2005)
Admittedly not his best work, Revolver gets a bad rap. It’s a more cerebral film, but still has Ritchie’s distinct visual flare, which is sort of oxymoron. This film is better than its critic score, but a step down from the rest.
Leaning Cold: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Ok, not his best day at the office. The sequel to the very fun original Sherlock Holmes, this was decidedly less fun. Arguably still quite entertaining, the plus with Ritchie is that his editing panache keeps you interested.
Full Blown Pile of Garbage: Swept Away (2002)
Whoever told Madonna that she should try acting is an A-hole. This movie is giant turd and plays like a poor mans version of Overboard mixed with Romancing the Stone and oh god just make it stop! Every great director has a truly bad day at the office, and this was Ritchie’s.
There you have it folks, those are the 8 Guy Ritchie feature films ranked from best to giant turd. Where does King Arthur fit on this list? Well check out the review tomorrow and find out.