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Peter Bogdanovich Movies Ranked

We take a look at the directing life and career Peter Bogdanovich, including his generation-defining Best Picture nominee (The Last Picture Show), comedy classics (What’s Up, Doc?, Paper Moon), and esteemed documentaries on Tom Petty and Buster Keaton.

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 106110%
Critics Consensus: Making excellent use of its period and setting, Peter Bogdanovich's small town coming-of-age story is a sad but moving classic filled with impressive performances.
Synopsis: High school seniors and best friends, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges), live in a dying Texas town. The... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#2
Adjusted Score: 22410%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich tells the story of the legendary rock band and its front man using interviews and concert footage.... [More]
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Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#3
Adjusted Score: 95020%
Critics Consensus: The Great Buster: A Celebration isn't as breathlessly entertaining as the filmography that inspired it, but as a long-overdue primer, it's close to essential.
Synopsis: Peter Bogdanovich examines the legendary life and career of actor, filmmaker and comic genius Buster Keaton.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#4

Paper Moon (1973)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 95663%
Critics Consensus: Expertly balancing tones, Paper Moon is a deft blend of film nostalgia and finely tuned performances -- especially from Tatum O'Neal, who won an Oscar for her debut.
Synopsis: Real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal team up as slick con-artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins in 1930s... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#5

Mask (1985)
93%

#5
Adjusted Score: 94828%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is an intelligent, outgoing and humorous teenager who suffers from a facial deformity called "lionitis" and... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#6

What's Up, Doc? (1972)
89%

#6
Adjusted Score: 92466%
Critics Consensus: Barbra Streisand was never more likable than in this energetic, often hilarious screwball farce from director Peter Bogdanovich.
Synopsis: Two researchers have come to San Francisco to compete for a research grant in music. The man seems a bit... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#7

Targets (1968)
89%

#7
Adjusted Score: 91696%
Critics Consensus: A startling directorial debut by Peter Bogdanovich mixes an homage to Boris Karloff horror films with a timely sniper story to create a thriller with modern baggage and old school shock and awe.
Synopsis: After unhinged Vietnam vet Bobby Thompson (Tim O'Kelly) kills his wife and mother, he goes on a brutal shooting spree.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#8

The Cat's Meow (2001)
75%

#8
Adjusted Score: 78895%
Critics Consensus: The Cat's Meow is a deliciously evoked period piece and whodunit.
Synopsis: From award-winning screenwriter Steven Peros and acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich comes "The Cat's Meow," an extraordinary look at a fateful... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#9

Daisy Miller (1974)
75%

#9
Adjusted Score: 75400%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A flirtatious American woman in Europe shocks the staid crowd her mother wishes to impress. Based on Henry James' story.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#10

Noises Off (1992)
61%

#10
Adjusted Score: 57050%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hired to helm an Americanized take on a British play, director Lloyd Fellowes (Michael Caine) does his best to control... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 58035%
Critics Consensus: The last film River Phoenix completed before his death, The Thing Called Love doesn't have much new to say about show business, but it's energetic and well acted.
Synopsis: Hoping to become a country music star, Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis) moves from New York to Nashville, Tenn. She gets... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#12

Texasville (1990)
55%

#12
Adjusted Score: 54915%
Critics Consensus: An impressive array of talent on either side of the camera helps compensate for Texasville's inability to live up to its classic predecessor, but it isn't quite enough.
Synopsis: 1950s lovers (Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd) meet in the 1980s in this sequel to "The Last Picture Show."... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 47387%
Critics Consensus: She's Funny That Way is an affectionate, talent-filled throwback to screwball comedies of old -- which makes it even more frustrating that the laughs are disappointingly few and far between.
Synopsis: The cast and crew of a Broadway play are thrown into a romantic roundelay when a lecherous director (Owen Wilson)... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#14

They All Laughed (1981)
44%

#14
Adjusted Score: 37867%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The employees of New York City's Odyssey Detective Agency can't seem to prevent themselves from getting over-involved in their clients'... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 20621%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A bored playboy (Burt Reynolds) woos a spoiled debutante (Cybill Shepherd) in art deco 1935 New York.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#16

Nickelodeon (1976)
8%

#16
Adjusted Score: 8346%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the silent-film era, attorney Leo Harrigan (Ryan O'Neal) and gunslinger Buck Greenway (Burt Reynolds) are hired to stop an... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

#17

Illegally Yours (1988)
0%

#17
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: College dropout Richard Dice (Rob Lowe) doesn't have much going for him, so getting selected for jury duty is a... [More]
Directed By: Peter Bogdanovich

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