There are a handful of directors on the planet who have a real following, a name that can sell a movie regardless of stars, genre or what critics say.
We’re talking about Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and, most certainly, Edgar Wright.
The British director’s career spans 25 years, starting with the beloved sitcom Spaced and going through a series of films that have garnered critical acclaim and hundreds of millions in box office earnings.
For his next spin, Wright pulls off a giant sci-fi adventure by teaming up with Paramount on a new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic dystopian thriller The Running Man. This project is going to take a while, with a 2025 release currently being considered, so it will be a while before it has anything new to shout about (a highly anticipated sequel to Baby Driver and The Chain, a gnarly thriller that he is attached to lead , are also in preparation).
So while we wait, we thought we’d have a blast and rank the movies Wright has brought us so far from worst to very, very best.
For the purposes of this list, we’re only going to focus on films that Wright has directed and have not included any films for which he co-wrote the screenplay (so no Adventures of Tintin or Ant- Man). We’d also love to include Wright’s directorial debut, A Fistful of Fingers, but we can’t. Why? Because we haven’t seen it. It was never officially released and you can’t stream it – it just sits locked up somewhere, so it doesn’t make a list.
His other seven films feature though, and here, without further ado, all of Edgar Wright’s films are ranked from worst to best.
7. Last Night in Soho
Wright’s most recent film is also his weakest, a psychological thriller and horror slasher that ends up being neither.
Released in 2021, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Matt Smith, with Wright directing and writing alongside 1917 scribe Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
The film follows Eloise de McKenzie, a student with a passion for 1960s fashion and design, who suddenly finds herself in the decade that obsesses her.
She is transported there inside the body of her idol, a singer named Sandie, played by Taylor-Joy. In Sandie’s body, Eloise finds that 1960s London isn’t what it seems and things are falling apart pretty quickly.
Wright’s love of horror is evident here and there are some scary moments – we spoke with the director about them before the film’s release last year – but Last Night in Soho’s plot is muddled and n Doesn’t have the director’s signature. A miss.
6. The End of the World
The final chapter in Wright’s Cornetto trilogy, his Simon Pegg and Nick Frost-helmed film trio that began in 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead, is by far the weakest entry of the three.
The World’s End is however still a great sci-fi comic adventure with big ideas and great action sequences.
Pegg plays Gary King, a man who just turned 40 but is still stuck in a teenage mindset. 20 years earlier, he and four childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl on “The Golden Mile” in their hometown of Newton Haven, but failed to reach the final pub, The World’s End, with all the crew intact.
Somehow, Gary persuades the old gang to reunite in order to attempt the challenge again, but something is wrong with the town, and it has alien origins.
An entertaining game, but lacking the sparkle of Shaun Of The Dead and the second act of the trilogy, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End lands at number six in our rankings.
5. The Sparks Brothers
Although Last Night In Soho was a disappointment, Wright’s other 2021 release, this lavish documentary chronicling the career and influence of alt-poppers Sparks, was a triumph.
Wright’s film traces the couple’s career with a mix of interviews and animations, as well as contributions from other musicians who cite Sparks as a key influence.
Contributors to the documentary include Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea, New Order, Weird Al Yankovic, Jack Antonoff, Beck, Duran Duran, Giorgio Moroder, Patton Oswalt, Jason Schwartzman, Adam Buxton, Neil Gaiman and Mike Myers.
It’s a loving portrait of a band that Wright is clearly obsessed with, and one of the best music documentaries of recent years.
4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Despite rave reviews upon release, Wright’s big-budget adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic book series was a box office disappointment. This, however, is not a reflection of its quality as it is a roaring and spectacular daytime spectacle.
Michael Cera stays on as Scott Pilgrim, a lazy, broke musician with a wandering eye whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of Ramona Flowers, a beautiful wanderer who’s new in town. But, before they can start a relationship, Pilgrim must defeat all of Ramona’s evil ex-partners in a series of duels – then, and only then, can they be together.
Everything in this movie is up to 11 and Wright clearly had fun putting it together. It’s playful, funny, daring and deserved to make a ton of money at the box office.
3. Baby driver
If Scott Pilgrim was Wright’s sensitivity raised to 11, then Baby Driver is his icy, stylish, slightly sulky, but very entertaining older brother.
The film stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Sky Ferreira and Eiza González and follows Elgort’s Baby, a music-obsessed young driver who ends up in serious trouble after the mob boss he was forced to work. because refuses to let him leave the fold and demands that he participate in a heist doomed to failure.
Propelled by an incredible soundtrack and a series of harrowing car chases, it’s Wright’s biggest commercial success, and it’s easy to see why.
2. Shaun of the Dead
Wright’s debut film is an all-time classic, a perfect blend of horror and comedy, and a film that always puts a smile on everyone who watches it.
Simon Pegg plays the titular Shaun, an unlucky salesman who is about to lose his long-suffering girlfriend. Suddenly, he finds himself caught in a zombie apocalypse with his best friend, Nick Frost’s Ed.
Whipsmart, gruesome, deftly plotted and surprisingly moving for a blend of comedy and horror, it’s one of the great British films of all time. It would be number one on most charts, but for…
1. Warm Fuzz
Truth be told, there’s very, very little choice between Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. They’re both outstanding, but, for this writer, Hot Fuzz grinds it.
Released in 2007, Hot Fuzz brings back Pegg and Frost and is another crossover of genres, with comedy and action this time coming together for a spectacular, sometimes slapstick, yet heartfelt adventure.
Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a high-performing London policeman, who is fired back to the countryside by his resentful colleagues because he does such a good job that he shows them all.
Stationed in the quiet village of Sandford in rural Gloucestershire, Angel quickly grows bored with the mundane petty crimes he is now forced to stop. Suddenly, however, there is a series of accidental deaths in the village, and Angel suspects foul play. It only remains for him to convince the other villagers, who love the quiet life, that there is a killer on the loose…
In a string of brilliant films for Wright, Hot Fuzz is our winner – and we can’t wait to see where the director’s next project lands…
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