Sam Rockwell Movies

Want to know the best Sam Rockwell movies?  How about the worst Sam Rockwell movies?  Curious about Sam Rockwell box office grosses or which Sam Rockwell movie did the worst at the box office? Need to know which Sam Rockwell movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences?  Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Sam Rockwell (1968-) is a Golden Globe®-winning American actor.   Over the years, Sam Rockwell has become one of our favorite actors.  He has done a wonderful job of starring in quality independent movies (Lawn Dogs, Moon) while appearing in supporting roles in blockbusters (Iron Man 2, Cowboys and Aliens and The Green Mile).   His IMDb page shows 99 acting credits since 1979. This page will rank 49 Sam Rockwell movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.

Drivel part of the page:  Years ago we wrote a page that listed current actors/actresses that had been held without an acting Oscar® nomination even though they had performances that were worthy of one.  Well of the 10 thespians we named 2 (Gary Oldman, Jennifer Jason Leigh) received nominations and 1 got a Honorary Oscar® (Maureen O’Hara).  We feel pretty good that another name will be coming off that list this year…as Sam Rockwell looks like one of the leading contenders for not only an Oscar® nomination but for a win as well.

Sam Rockwell in 2009’s Moon

Sam Rockwell Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by Sam Rockwell movies and the movie’s trailer
  • Sort by Sam Rockwell movies by his co-stars
  • Sort Sam Rockwell movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Sam Rockwell movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Sam Rockwell movie received.
  • Sort Sam Rockwell movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort Sam Rockwell movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sam Rockwell Table

  1. Seven Sam Rockwell movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 14.29% of his movies listed. Iron Man 2 (2010)  is still his biggest hit.
  2. An average Sam Rockwell movie grosses $38.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  30 Sam Rockwell movies are rated as good movies…or 61.22% of his movies.  Frost/Nixon (2008) is his highest rated movie while Strictly Business (1991)  is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Four Sam Rockwell movies has received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 8.16% of his movies.
  5. Zero Sam Rockwell movies has won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 0.00% of his movies.
  6. A “good movie”  Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 60.00 or higher.  15 Sam Rockwell movies scored higher that average….or 30.61% of his movies.  The Green Mile (1999) got the the highest UMR Score while Strictly Business (1991) got the lowest UMR Score.

Robert Downey, Jr. and Sam Rockwell in 2010’s Iron Man 2

Possibly Interesting Facts About Sam Rockwell

1. Sam Rockwell was born in Dale City, California in 1968.

2. At age 10, Sam Rockwell made a  brief stage debut playing Humphrey Bogart in an East Village improv comedy sketch starring his mother.

3. While waiting for his acting career to take hold Sam Rockwell delivered burritos by bike, was a bellboy at restaurants and was a private detective’s assistant.

4. Sam Rockwell’s career really took off in 1999.  He appeared in memorable supporting roles in Galaxy Quest (he was Guy Fleegman…the red shirt crew member)  and The Green Mile (he was Wild Bill’ Wharton).

5. Sam Rockwell  was one of the original choices for the role of Tony Stark in 2008’s Iron Man.  He does play Stark’s antagonist Justin Hammer in 2010’s Iron Man 2.

6. 2009’s Moon was written for Sam Rockwell.  The director, Duncan Jones, wanted to cast Rockwell in a different film, but Jones and Rockwell could never come to an agreement on which part he should play. Because he wanted to work with Rockwell so much, he created this film for him.

7. Sam Rockwell, Duncan Jones and David Bowie.  Rockwell starred in 1996’s Basquiat with David Bowie.  In 2009, Rockwell was the lead actor in Jones’ directorial debut Moon.  Duncan Jones is the son of Bowie.

8. Sam Rockwell has never been married and says “I definitely don’t want to become a parent. It’s not my bag.”

9. Sam Rockwell was George Clooney‘s first and only choice to play Chuck Barris in Clooney’s directorial debut, 2002’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

10. Check out Sam Rockwell’s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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20 thoughts on “Sam Rockwell Movies

  1. Love Sam Rockwell. Ever since his Green Mike character scared me to death when I was an impressionable teenager. Sad to say I have never seen Moon. I thought he was very funny in Mr. Right, Digging For Fire and The Way Way Back.

    1. Hey Helakoski….glad we did a page on somebody you really like. I can see his Wild Bill character in Green Mile being scary to a teenager. As for Moon… have to see it. Wonderful movie with a wonderful Rockwell performance. I really liked The Way, Way Back…..thought Mr. Right was decent…..but have not seen Digging For Fire yet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Sam Rockwell.

  2. While watching SNL with my family, I was offended by the F Bomb, that I do *not* think was a mistake, as it’s being called. They also used “dick” which is the male version of “cXXt”. And, because they’re crass, the word BITCH was was bandied about. If you can’t be funny on broadcast TV without potty mouth… then move to cable. So, it’s the *way* they used the words that’s offensive. Like porn, I may not be able to describe how it crosses the line, but I know it when I see it. And, I don;t want to see it on broadcast TV!!

    1. Hey best movies of 2016 and 2017. Sorry the Sam Rockwell profanity bothered you so much. In their defense, not thinking their target audiences is families. That being said, they have earned their fine that is coming their way. Like the lists of 🎥.

  3. Although I had seen him in The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest, where he was great, I first really noticed Sam Rockwell in the amazing science fiction Moon, where he was just outstanding as essentially the only actor in the film together with an amusing and compassionate computer. I see from your list that Moon failed at the box office but I think it is justifiably receiving more interest and has a strong cult following. I also enjoyed Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, not a great film, but strong performance from Rockwell. Glad he is getting more recognition, from the Academy and UMR!

    1. Hey PhilHOF17
      1. Thanks for sharing your Sam Rockwell thoughts.
      2. Glad to see you liked Moon as well.
      3. Moon was a low budget movie… it has actually been profitable even with a small box office total.
      4. Moon was filmed during a movie strike and Duncan Jones got many normally high cost people to work on this movie for almost nothing…..that is one of the reasons…..the movie looks so good.
      5. I wanted to like Confessions of a Dangerous Minds….but even a second viewing did not help the cause…..a great cast… a confusing movie.
      6. Thanks for the feedback.

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