Want to know the best Sean Penn movies? How about the worst Sean Penn movies? Curious about Sean Penn box office grosses or which Sean Penn movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Sean Penn movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Sean Penn (1960-) is a 2-time Oscar®-winning actor and director Sean Penn has been starring in movies for over 35 years. His IMDb page shows 62 acting credits and 8 directing credits from 1974-2017. This page will rank 45 Sean Penn movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.
Drivel part of the page: Why a Sean Penn page? One…this was a request from many many moons ago. Two….back in the 1980s….we were huge fans of Sean Penn. Talk about a great start to a career…first was Taps (which got Tom Cruise going too), then Fast Times At Ridgemont High (his Jeff Spicoli put him on the map and Bad Boys (proved the man could really act). And finally….of the 9 members of the 2 or more Best Actor Oscar® winner club…Sean Penn was the only that did not have an UMR page. Well no more…..as we now have a UMR page on him.. *The other members of the 2 or more Best Actor Oscar® club? Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis (3 time winner), Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Fredric March, Jack Nicholson and Spencer Tracy. Pretty good company that Mr. Penn is keeping.
Sean Penn 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 Sean Penn movies by co-stars of his movies.
- Sort Sean Penn movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Sean Penn movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Sean Penn movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Sean Penn movie received.
- Sort Sean Penn 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.
- Use the search and sort buttons to make this page very interactive. For example…type in “DeNiro” in the search box and up pop the 2 Robert DeNiro/Penn movies
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Link||Adj. B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Mystic River (2003)||Kevin Bacon & Directed by Clint Eastwood||$126.00||33rd of 2003||83.50%||06 / 02||74.82|
|Milk (2008)||James Franco||$37.40||89th of 2008||86.00%||08 / 02||61.62|
|Dead Man Walking (1995)||Susan Sarandon||$76.30||42nd of 1995||84.50%||04 / 01||59.27|
|Thin Red Line, The (1998)||John Travolta & John Cusack||$65.40||59th of 1998||77.00%||07 / 00||51.30|
|Carlito's Way (1993)||Al Pacino||$75.20||42nd of 1993||80.50%||00 / 00||50.87|
|Taps (1981)||George C. Scott & Tom Cruise||$108.70||18th of 1981||72.50%||00 / 00||50.62|
|Colors (1988)||Robert Duvall||$95.60||21st of 1988||73.50%||00 / 00||49.88|
|Game, The (1997)||Michael Douglas||$88.80||41st of 1997||73.50%||00 / 00||48.86|
|I Am Sam (2001)||Michelle Pfeiffer & Dakota Fanning||$60.10||61st of 2001||70.00%||01 / 00||47.12|
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)||Directed by Cameron Crowe||$77.70||29th of 1982||74.00%||00 / 00||46.82|
|Tree of Life, The (2011)||Brad Pitt & Jessica Chastain||$14.10||132nd of 2011||83.50%||03 / 00||44.88|
|Sweet and Lowdown (1999)||Directed by Woody Allen||$7.00||161st of 1999||75.50%||02 / 00||43.11|
|Interpreter, The (2005)||Nicole Kidman||$95.80||33rd of 2005||60.00%||00 / 00||43.05|
|Casualties of War (1989)||Michael J. Fox||$39.60||58th of 1989||78.00%||00 / 00||42.85|
|Into the Wild (2007)||Emile Hirsch & Vince Vaughn||$22.50||114th of 2007||82.00%||02 / 00||42.79|
|Angry Birds Movie, The (2016)||Jason Sudeikis||$107.50||26th of 2016||54.00%||00 / 00||42.50|
|Falcon and the Snowman, The (1985)||Timothy Hutton||$40.70||52nd of 1985||76.00%||00 / 00||42.03|
|Bad Boys (1983)||Ally Sheedy||$24.60||75th of 1983||80.50%||00 / 00||41.65|
|21 Grams (2003)||Benicio Del Toro & Naomi Watts||$22.80||119th of 2003||78.50%||02 / 00||41.22|
|Pledge, The (2001)||Jack Nicholson||$29.40||102nd of 2001||73.50%||00 / 00||39.04|
|At Close Range (1986)||Christopher Walken & Chris Penn||$5.30||141st of 1986||81.00%||00 / 00||38.94|
|Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2013)||Ben Stiller||$60.40||42nd of 2013||62.50%||00 / 00||38.58|
|State of Grace (1990)||Gary Oldman & Ed Harris||$3.80||156th of 1990||78.50%||00 / 00||37.48|
|Fair Game (2010)||Naomi Watts & Ty Burrell||$10.20||134th of 2010||73.50%||00 / 00||36.12|
|Before Night Falls (2000)||Johnny Depp & Javier Bardem||$6.60||165th of 2000||73.50%||01 / 00||35.96|
|Indian Runner, The (1991)||David Morse||$0.40||218th of 1991||72.00%||00 / 00||33.90|
|Assassination of Richard Nixon, The (2004)||Naomi Watts||$1.00||238th of 2004||69.00%||00 / 00||32.59|
|Crossing Guard, The (1995)||Jack Nicholson||$1.70||203rd of 1995||68.50%||00 / 00||32.48|
|Racing with the Moon (1984)||Nicolas Cage||$15.20||103rd of 1984||63.50%||00 / 00||32.26|
|U-Turn (1997)||Jennifer Lopez & Directed by Oliver Stone||$12.30||133rd of 1997||64.50%||00 / 00||32.23|
|This Must Be the Place (2009)||Frances McDormand||$0.20||298th of 2009||66.00%||00 / 00||31.05|
|Gangster Squad (2013)||Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone||$47.70||71st of 2013||50.00%||00 / 00||30.99|
|She's So Lovely (1997)||John Travolta||$13.40||128th of 1997||60.50%||00 / 00||30.53|
|We're No Angels (1989)||Robert DeNiro||$22.40||83rd of 1989||54.00%||00 / 00||28.86|
|Hurlyburly (1998)||Meg Ryan||$3.20||190th of 1998||59.00%||00 / 00||28.23|
|What Just Happened (2008)||Bruce Willis & Robert DeNiro||$1.30||218th of 2008||55.50%||00 / 00||26.32|
|Judgment in Berlin (1988)||Martin Sheen||$0.50||217th of 1988||54.50%||00 / 00||25.70|
|Up at the Villa (2000)||Kristin Scott Thomas & Anne Bancroft||$4.60||170th of 2000||53.00%||00 / 00||25.62|
|Weight of Water, The (2002)||Josh Lucas||$0.20||347th of 2002||48.00%||00 / 00||22.59|
|Gunman, The (2015)||Javier Bardem||$10.70||125th of 2015||37.00%||00 / 00||19.24|
|Crackers (1984)||Donald Sutherland||$0.30||165th of 1984||40.00%||00 / 00||18.85|
|All the King's Men (2006)||Mark Ruffalo & Anthony Hopkins||$9.30||174th of 2006||35.50%||00 / 00||18.22|
|It's All About Love (2004)||Joaquin Phoenix||$0.01||506th of 2004||34.50%||00 / 00||16.22|
|Hugo Pool (1997)||Robert Downey Jr.||$0.01||293rd of 1997||32.00%||00 / 00||15.05|
|Shanghai Surprise (1986)||Madonna||$5.30||142nd of 1986||21.00%||00 / 00||10.69|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Sean Penn Table
- Three Sean Penn movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 6.67% of his movies listed. Mystic River (2003) is his biggest hit.
- An average Sean Penn movie grosses $32.20 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 31 of Sean Penn movies are rated as good movies…or 68.88% of his movies. Milk (2008) is his highest rated movie while Shanghai Surprise (1986) is his lowest rated movie.
- Ten Sean Penn movie received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 22.22% of his movies.
- Three Sean Penn movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.67% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking Score is 39.86. 19 Sean Penn movies scored higher than that average….or 42.22% of his movies. Mystic River (2003) got the the highest UMR Score while Shanghai Surprise (1986) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Sean Penn
1. Sean Justin Penn was born in Los Angeles, California in 1960.
2. Sean Penn’s father, Leo Penn, was an actor and director. In 1974 Leo Penn directed his son in his first ever role….an appearance on television’s Little House on the Prairie. Sean Penn’s two brothers are the late actor Chris “Reservoir Dogs” Penn and singer/composer Michael Penn.
3. When still going to school, Sean Penn began making short films with some of his childhood friends, including actors Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen.
4. Sean Penn has been nominated for 5 Best Actor Oscars®: 1995’s Dead Man Walking, 1999’s Sweet and Lowdown, 2001’s I Am Sam, 2003’s Mystic River (he won) and 2008’s Milk (he won).
5. Sean Penn has been married two times. His first marriage was to singer and 1986’s Shanghai Suprise co-star, Madonna. His second marriage was to Robin “Princess Bride” Wright. Penn and Wright have two children. Penn’s son, Hopper Jack Penn, is named after Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.
6. Sean Penn’s performance as “Jeff Spicoli” in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High was ranked #9 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
7. Sean Penn is very good friends with Robert DeNiro. The two share the same birthday and would often throw a joint birthday party together.
8. Sean Penn has a cameo in 1983’s Risky Business. Penn is the man sitting in the passenger seat as Joel first takes the Porsche for a spin. The cameo was a favor for director Paul Brickman. Penn and Cruise had previously starred together in 1981’s Taps.
9. From the UMR database: Of all of the UMR subjects we have written about….Sean Penn’s average of $32.20 million in adjusted box office is the 2nd lowest average in our database. Only Judd Nelson has a lower average per movie.
10. Check out Sean Penn‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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