David Lynch ranked

by chriscquinn | created - 26 Feb 2015 | updated - 19 Sep 2017 | Public

Favorite to least favorite. Tie between Mulholland Dr. and Twin Peaks.

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1. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 281,889 | Gross: $7.22M

2. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 147,025

3. Twin Peaks (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Michael Horse, Chrysta Bell

Votes: 38,292

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 157,073 | Gross: $8.55M

5. The Straight Story (1999)

G | 112 min | Biography, Drama

86 Metascore

An old man makes a long journey by lawnmower to mend his relationship with an ill brother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

Votes: 72,610 | Gross: $6.20M

6. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 114,700 | Gross: $3.80M

7. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

87 Metascore

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 86,732 | Gross: $7.00M

8. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 193,925

9. Eraserhead Stories (2001 Video)

85 min | Documentary

The enduring hope that humanity may or may not persevere. A tale of love and abandonment.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch, Jack Nance

Votes: 344

10. David Lynch's Comic-Con Message (2017 Video)

2 min | Short, Comedy

David Lynch shares a message on a Twin Peaks (2017) Comic-Con panel.

Director: David Lynch | Star: David Lynch

Votes: 96

11. Lamp (2003)

31 min | Documentary, Short

Filmmaker David Lynch goes through the process of creating a unique lamp.

Director: David Lynch | Star: David Lynch

Votes: 27

12. Absurd Encounter with Fear (1967)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A Man approaches a Women in a field.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Fisk, Peggy Lynch

Votes: 785

13. Premonition Following an Evil Deed (1995)

1 min | Short, Horror

A short film about the events following a murder.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jeff Alperi, Michele Carlyle, Stan Lothridge, Russ Pearlman

Votes: 350

14. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

R | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

28 Metascore

A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 73,675 | Gross: $4.16M

15. Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)

91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Twin Peaks before Twin Peaks (1990) and at the same time not always and entirely in the same place as Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). A feature film which presents deleted scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) assembled together for the first time in an untold portion of the story's prequel.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, C.H. Evans, Sandra Kinder

Votes: 5,563

16. Boat (2007 Video)

8 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A journey into night.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: David Lynch, Emily Stofle

Votes: 956

17. The 3 Rs (2011)

1 min | Short

One-minute short film, used as a trailer for the Vienna International Film Festival (Viennale).

Director: David Lynch | Star: Mindy Ramaker

Votes: 860

18. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 48,200 | Gross: $0.75M

19. Fictitious Anacin Commercial (1967)

1 min | Short

A commercial for Anacin.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Jack Fisk

Votes: 131

20. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 72,377 | Gross: $14.56M

21. Absurda (2007)

2 min | Short

A journey into absurdity.

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 544

22. The Alphabet (1968)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Peggy Lynch

Votes: 6,171

23. Rabbits (2002)

43 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring, Naomi Watts

Votes: 6,259

24. Idem Paris (2013 Video)

8 min | Documentary, Short

A printing studio in Paris, France, document the lithographic process.

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 287

25. Out Yonder (2007 Video)

10 min | Short, Comedy

An absurdist comedy short starring David Lynch and his son, Austin, who play two bizarre, high pitched characters with a very unique way with words. They encounter a large, destructive human figure referred to as "The Neighbor Boy".

Director: David Lynch | Star: Austin Jack Lynch

Votes: 67

27. The Amputee (1974)

9 min | Short, Comedy

A double leg amputated woman sits and writes a long meandering letter while her ineffective nurse attempts to attend to her stumps.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch

Votes: 3,828

28. Six Men Getting Sick (1966)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting.

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 4,833

29. Blue Green (2007 Video)

3 min | Short

Add a Plot

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 173

30. Dune (1984)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino

Votes: 108,297 | Gross: $30.93M

31. DumbLand (2002– )

35 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A series of 5-minute line animations (drawn in the rough style and with the minimalist plots of David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World comic strip) featuring an angry and violent Neanderthal, and his family and neighbors.

Star: David Lynch

Votes: 2,382

32. Bug Crawls (2008)

5 min | Short, Horror

A bug crawls over a house, which is located in a haunting environment.

Director: David Lynch

Votes: 247



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