Guillermo Del Toro Movies Ranked

5. Nightmare Alley (2021)

Nightmare Alley Review

Nightmare Alley is a twisted thriller whose ensemble possess a range of guileful motives. The flawless casting makes for an electrifying watch, particularly following Cate Blanchett’s introduction and her subsequent chemistry with Bradley Cooper.

A re-telling of Edmund Goulding’s 1947 film of the same name, Guillermo Del Toro’s usual direction that men are the real monsters completely envelopes this picture, which is sensationally dark yet still as imaginative as ever.


4. Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim Film 2013

At number four we place the most expensive of Del Toro’s eleven features: Pacific Rim.

It may be useful to describe this film with the words of Martin Scorsese; a ‘theme park movie’. It’s big, it’s action-packed and it’s thrilling, and it’s therefore different from Del Toro’s other films. The sci-fi narrative suggests inspiration from Blade, yet the real-world context and themes make it much more thought-provoking and simultaneously harrowing.

Pacific Rim offered the director an almost infinite budget for a spectacle-driven entry into his filmography, and in return Del Toro offered the world a unique blockbuster experience with noticeably different ideologies at its core than most films of its type – the mark of a truly unique filmmaker with immovable ideals of acceptance and togetherness.




3. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

The Devil's Backbone Movie

Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 horror The Devil’s Backbone achieves its number three ranking due to its effective and often beautiful cinematography, as well as its fascinating and unique story.

While these are two things that Del Toro certainly doesn’t lack in any of his films, his work on The Devil’s Backbone is perhaps more clear than at almost any other point in his career and is proof of how sensational of a film can be made by this director when he’s passionate about what he’s working on.

A heartfelt and sombre horror film, this 2001 release is ahead of its time in the way Del Toro presents this story of love, war and ghostly revenge, and is undoubtedly a high point in the director’s respected career.

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