John Leguizamo - Best to Worst

by Seth_Rogue_One | created - 22 Nov 2014 | updated - 19 Feb 2016 | Public

John Leguizamo is one of my favorite actors so here's a list of all the movies I've seen ranked from best to worst

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1. Zig Zag (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama

58 Metascore

An autistic 15-year-old boy steals money from his boss to provide rent for his abusive father, who uses the money to repay a loan shark.

Director: David S. Goyer | Stars: John Leguizamo, Natasha Lyonne, Wesley Snipes, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,293 | Gross: $0.00M

One of my favorite movies, practically unheard of but just a outstanding movie

2. Carlito's Way (1993)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo

Votes: 188,217 | Gross: $36.95M

One of the greatest gangster-movies, possibly the best. John Leguizamo as one of the most memorable bad guys of the 90's: Benny Blanco from the Bronx.

3. The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

Votes: 198,963 | Gross: $58.01M

One of the best thrillers in recent years, John Leguizamo doesn't have a major role in it but the rest of the cast delivers

4. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 34,457 | Gross: $19.28M

One of Spike Lee's best movies

5. Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

R | 160 min | Action, Drama, War

37 Metascore

Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 17,275 | Gross: $7.92M

Underrated war-movie IMO, another Spike Lee favorite. John Leguizamo is only in it for like 2 scenes tho.

6. Empire (2002)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

A successful South Bronx drug dealer turns his back on his roots and gives money to a Wall Street broker to invest for him.

Director: Franc. Reyes | Stars: John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Vincent Laresca

Votes: 7,065 | Gross: $17.50M

Carlito's Way meets Boiler Room, has some flaws but overall very enjoyable

7. The Happening (2008)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

34 Metascore

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Votes: 188,278 | Gross: $64.51M

One of the most mocked movies in recent years, but I can't help to love it. Yes ocassionally it's really bizarre, but I don't mind bizarre movies and it shows a different take on Apocalyptic movies.

8. Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne, Maria Bello

Votes: 71,322 | Gross: $19.98M

Stellar action-thriller with the always great Ethan Hawke. Leguizamo's part is limited.

9. The Pest (1997)

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy

A Miami con man agrees to be the human target for a Neo-Nazi manhunter, in order to collect $50,000 if he survives.

Director: Paul Miller | Stars: John Leguizamo, Jeffrey Jones, Freddy Rodríguez, Pat Skipper

Votes: 7,589 | Gross: $3.60M

Haven't seen it in many years, perhaps it will be too juvenile for me in my adult years but that remains to be seen... The memory I have of it is that I loved it... Dumb and Dumber meets Surviving The Game

10. Body Count (1998)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

It was supposed to be an easy job for the 5 guys to rob an art museum of $15 million in paintings, but it comes with a body count that continues on the way to Miami to sell.

Director: Robert Patton-Spruill | Stars: David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, John Leguizamo, Ving Rhames

Votes: 1,747

One of my favorite movies in the VHS days... Managed to rewatch it a couple months ago, I did see some flaws I was blind to back then but still very entertaining

11. Sueño (2005)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

40 Metascore

A Mexican immigrant new to Los Angeles enters into a love triangle with two very different women.

Director: Renée Chabria | Stars: John Leguizamo, Ana Claudia Talancón, Elizabeth Peña, Nestor Serrano

Votes: 495

A latino indie feel good drama. Perhaps a little simple story but John Leguizamo is great in a very different role as a daydreamer, also with a great Elizabeth Pena in another lead

12. The Honeymooners (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

31 Metascore

Working class New York bus driver Ralph Kramden is always coming up with get-rich-quick schemes for him and his best friend, Ed Norton, who's always around to help him get in (and out of) trouble.

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall

Votes: 6,834 | Gross: $12.83M

Not particulary smart, but then again it's a comedy, and ocassionally very funny (particulary the scenes where John Leguizamo is in as the dog-trainer/hustler)... Not a great movie but a entertaining one if you like Epps and Cedric, which I do

13. Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night. They will be forced to get to know each other, and even worst, learn to... See full summary »

Director: Joseph B. Vasquez | Stars: Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner, John Leguizamo, Nestor Serrano

Votes: 1,254 | Gross: $0.53M

Feel good coming of age movie, which felt like a mix between Do The Right Thing and The Hangover

14. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 198,600 | Gross: $46.35M

I remember thinking it was fairly good when I saw it in the 90's, would rewatch

15. The Kill Point (2007)

TV-MA | Action, Crime, Drama

A group of military veterans, who recently returned home from serving in Iraq, band together to pull off a major bank heist.

Stars: Steve Cirbus, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Hyatt, John Leguizamo

Votes: 4,868

Not a movie, but a highly watchable mini-series about a group of bankrobbers lead by John Leguizamo

16. Gamer (2009)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

27 Metascore

In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle in a 'Doom'-type environment. Convict Kable, controlled by Simon, a skilled teenage gamer, must survive thirty sessions in order to be set free.

Directors: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor | Stars: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall, Ludacris, Amber Valletta

Votes: 125,898 | Gross: $20.49M

Smaller role for John in this flawed but entertaining action-sci-fi flick

17. Doctor Dolittle (1998)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

46 Metascore

A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt

Votes: 87,061 | Gross: $144.16M

I found it amusing when I saw it which was some odd years ago, John isn't actually "in" it but he voices as rat with no name

18. Undefeated (2003 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama, Sport

A boxer must navigate a path between his newfound fame and his former life.

Director: John Leguizamo | Stars: John Leguizamo, Clifton Collins Jr., Adrian Martinez, Juan Carlos Hernández

Votes: 712

Although it's about a boxer it's more of a character-study movie than a boxing-movie... Somewhat flawed but still a good watch if you're a fan of John

19. The Take (2007)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

After he's shot during a heist in East L.A., an armored truck driver wrestles with rehabilitation and tracking down the man who committed the crime.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Perez, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 2,109

I expected it to be better, but it was still good enough, a low key revenge thriller

20. Collateral Damage (2002)

R | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

33 Metascore

After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Leguizamo, Francesca Neri, Elias Koteas

Votes: 69,298 | Gross: $40.08M

Pretty entertaining Arnie vehicle for the most part, Leguizamo has 2 scenes or so

21. The Groomsmen (2006)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

57 Metascore

A groom (Ed Burns) and his four attendants wrestle with issues related to friendship and maturity a week before the big day.

Director: Edward Burns | Stars: Edward Burns, Matthew Lillard, Brittany Murphy, Heather Burns

Votes: 4,191 | Gross: $0.13M

Felt like a genuine portrayal, a small scale coming of age drama-comedy with John Leguizamo as one of the groomsmen

22. Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

50 Metascore

The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared, but a few remain. As daylight disappears they realize that the Dark is coming for them.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo, Jacob Latimore

Votes: 24,166 | Gross: $0.02M

Panned by the critics, but I found it to be a decent slow burning mystery horror

23. Casualties of War (1989)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, War

75 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly

Votes: 38,680 | Gross: $18.67M

I saw this in the early 90's don't really remember if I liked it or not so I put it here where the list goes from movies I kinda like to movies I kinda don't like

24. Executive Decision (1996)

R | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

62 Metascore

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal, John Leguizamo

Votes: 47,294 | Gross: $56.57M

*read Casualties of War

25. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 317,538 | Gross: $117.54M

*read Executive Decision

26. Land of the Dead (2005)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento, Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 88,088 | Gross: $20.70M

Just an okay Zombie action movie for me

27. Ride Along (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo

Votes: 96,168 | Gross: $134.94M

It was too generic, and Ice Cube as the "straight guy" just didn't work for me... I'd much rather rewatch ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS with Cube or SOUL PLANE with Kevin Hart... Leguizamo in a smaller part...

28. One for the Money (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

22 Metascore

Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

Director: Julie Anne Robinson | Stars: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo

Votes: 38,821 | Gross: $26.41M

Incredibly forgettable fluff... John in a smaller role

29. The Fan (1996)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

32 Metascore

An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo

Votes: 44,030 | Gross: $18.57M

Seen it twice, didn't like it once... John played a friend of De Niro I believe

30. Experimenter (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

81 Metascore

In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: John Palladino, Anthony Edwards, Jim Gaffigan, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 16,364 | Gross: $0.16M

It's feels very often like a teacher holding a class than a movie, alot to do with the fact that Saarsgard's character explain thesises and thoughts directly to the camera

John is in it for one scene and play one of many people involved in a social experiment

31. The Babysitters (2007)

R | 88 min | Drama

35 Metascore

A teenager turns her babysitting service into a call-girl service for married guys after fooling around with one of her customers.

Director: David Ross | Stars: Lauren Birkell, Paul Borghese, Chira Cassel, Anthony Cirillo

Votes: 10,256 | Gross: $0.04M

Boring stuff about babysitters who realises that fathers of babies can be rather pervy and takes advantage of that, John plays one of those pervs

32. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

Votes: 81,417 | Gross: $40.08M

On paper this should be a good movie... It's really not

33. Cronicas (2004)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

A suspense thriller about a reporter from Miami who travels to Ecuador in pursuit of a serial killer known as the "Monster of Babahoyo."

Director: Sebastián Cordero | Stars: John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Leonor Watling, Damián Alcázar

Votes: 3,207 | Gross: $0.30M

Spanish speaking movie that bored me for the more-part of the movie, a big problem is that all of the characters are very dislikable but I guess that's the point. But yeah in the end that is what made me lose interest.

34. What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

37 Metascore

A rich man catches a thief burglarizing his home and steals the thief's lucky ring, who then tries to get it back.

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Danny DeVito, John Leguizamo, Glenne Headly

Votes: 14,288 | Gross: $32.10M

I actually really like Martin Lawrence but the tone of this movie is so annoying, it reminds me of Teletubbies on Ecstacy, I really didn't enjoy this one... And to Leguizamo-fans don't bother, he was only in it for a couple scenes

35. Revenge (I) (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

35 Metascore

A retired US Navy pilot comes to Mexico, where he falls in love with the wife of a powerful businessman. The consequences will be cruel and unforeseen.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Kevin Costner, Anthony Quinn, Madeleine Stowe, Tomas Milian

Votes: 15,424 | Gross: $15.65M

I don't remember John Leguizamo in this movie. I remember thinking it was the most boring revenge movie I've ever seen tho.

36. Fugly! (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy

24 Metascore

A Latino comic's near-death experience forces him to revisit his personal and professional highs and lows.

Director: Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa | Stars: John Leguizamo, Radha Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 290

A very undramatic and unfunny drama-comedy with zero chemistry between John Leguizamo and the biggest female lead of the movie Radha Mitchell.

37. Spawn (1997)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Horror

34 Metascore

An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle

Votes: 60,988 | Gross: $54.97M

I hated it when I saw it in the late 90's, would I enjoy it more on a rewatch? I don't know and I'm not sure I want to bother finding out

38. Super Mario Bros. (1993)

PG | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Two Brooklyn plumbers, Mario and Luigi, must travel to another dimension to rescue a princess from the evil dictator King Koopa and stop him from taking over the world.

Directors: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton | Stars: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis

Votes: 46,180 | Gross: $20.92M

It was too childish for me... And I was 11 when I saw it

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