Best Guy Ritchie Movies — His Entire Filmography Ranked - Featured

Guy Ritchie has made quite the career for himself. Starting out with British gangster films and transitioning into blockbuster fare, Ritchie has seen both commercial and critical success over his career. But what are the best Guy Ritchie movies of all time? Does his earlier work still have that kinetic energy, or are you a fan of his movies that are fun for the whole family? It’s a hard case, but in this list, we’ll crack it.

FILMS DIRECTED BY GUY RITCHIE

11. Swept Away (2002)

CINEMADONNA: Swept Away  •  Todd in the Shadows

Remakes get a bad rap. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea of remaking an older film, one thing you definitely need is a sense of needing to exist, and that’s where Swept Away ultimately fails.

The movie follows a self-centered woman who’s stranded on a deserted island with a young soldier, and the two can’t stand each other in the slightest. The characters lack the same emotional depth as those in the original. Nothing new is added to the remake to give it any reason to exist, and you feel all the angrier for what Guy Ritchie could have used his time to make instead.

25%
direction
15%
action
5%
style
15%
OVERALL SCORE
  • The Soundtrack
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • Madonna’s Performance
  • The Dialogue
  • Lack of Emotion

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

Swept Away comes across as more of a vanity project for Madonna than anything else. She may have been married to Guy Ritchie at the time, but the two should have stayed in their separate lanes.

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In the latest King Arthur adaptation from 2017, the titular character loses his father. He’s raised on the streets while his uncle takes control of the crown until Arthur manages to pull Excalibur from the stone.

There have been numerous adaptations of King Arthur over the years. Oddly enough, the one that’s most fondly remembered seems to be Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is about as loose of an adaptation you can get. Maybe the fact it does something unique with the source material helped it stand out from the pack, something that can't be said of Ritchie’s King Arthur, which has all the action but lacks emotional richness.

25%
direction
30%
action
20%
style
25%
OVERALL SCORE
  • The Music
  • Jude Law’s Performance
  • N/A
  • Jokes Fall Flat
  • Forgettable Set Pieces
  • No Character Development

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword won’t be the last King Arthur adaptation we get. Just a few years after it’s been released, most have already forgotten it exists.

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9. Aladdin (2019)

Underwater Filming in Movies Directed by Guy Ritchie  •  Aladdin

Most live-action Disney remakes follow the same formula: recreate the original but add a little more depth to the female characters and throw in a new song. 2019’s Aladdin follows that to a “T.”

2019’s Aladdin has the same plot as the first where a street urchin comes into possession of a magical lamp, complete with genie. Aladdin uses his newfound powers to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Considering the original is one of the best animated films of all time, it’s hard to see anyone wanting to engage in this cash grab 10 years from now.

30%
direction
25%
action
25%
style
27%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Twist on the Genie
  • Fun for the Family
  • New Song
  • Strange Editing Choices
  • Lack of Identity
  • Plays It Safe

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Conclusion

Aladdin is entertaining enough for what it is. But if you’re looking for what to watch on Disney Plus, stick with the original.

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8. Revolver (2005)

Making Of Guy Ritchie Films  •  Revolver

After serving time in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Jake returns to the streets to humiliate his former employer. Now a bounty is on his head, and he’ll need the help of two brothers to make it out alive.

Guy Ritchie was interested in ideas surrounding Kabbalah, a type of Jewish mysticism, when making Revolver. Symbols and numerological references pop up repeatedly throughout the film, which tries to add philosophy to what would ordinarily be a standard Guy Ritchie film.

The result is something that doesn’t always land but is admirable for just how weird it is and how Ritchie tries to advance narratives he’s clearly interested in.

40%
direction
20%
action
30%
style
30%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Mysterious Atmosphere
  • Introspective
  • Something Different
  • Convoluted at Times
  • Pretentious
  • The Twist Ending

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

Revolver may not be your cup of tea. But it’s an audacious effort despite it coming off as a Kabbalah infomercial at times.

GUY RITCHIE BEST MOVIES

7. RocknRolla (2008)

Behind the Scenes  •  RocknRolla

Guy Ritchie has written a sequel for RocknRolla, but it hasn’t received studio approval. Instead, he’s spent the time after this film primarily making big-budget studio films. It’s a shame because a sequel to such a fun film would be a treat.

A decade after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, one of the best crime movies ever made, Ritchie returns to the seedy world of underground British crime.

This time around, some small-time crooks decide to invest in legitimate real estate only to find themselves in debt to an old-school gangster. With RocknRolla, Ritchie’s trademark style and editing choices are back. The style may outweigh the substance, but RocknRolla showed Ritchie still had original stories to tell.

50%
direction
50%
action
65%
style
55%
OVERALL SCORE
  • The Comedy
  • The Dialogue
  • Well-Written Characters
  • Little Payoff
  • Too Many Tangents
  • Too Many Tangents

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

RocknRolla doesn’t break a ton of new ground within the gangster genre. It’s just a fun ride, provided you can handle the unwieldy plot.

MOVIES DIRECTED BY GUY RITCHIE

6. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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2009’s Sherlock Holmes succeeded in presenting a new version of the classic literary character. The sequel gives us… about more of the same. Great sequels give us what we expect along with the unexpected. Game of Shadows boasts few surprises. 

This time, Holmes and Watson are hot on the trail of Professor Moriarty, who’s committed a litany of crimes across London. The style and action has remained stagnant since the first film. While it’s not a bad style by any means, you could easily mix up elements of either film if you were to watch them back-to-back.

50%
direction
65%
action
60%
style
58%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Two Lead Performances
  • The Quips
  • Action Set Pieces
  • Excessive CGI
  • Formulaic
  • Overly Long

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law have incredible chemistry. It’s clear the film was going for more of a James Bond vibe, and it would be interesting to see where a third film could go.

BEST GUY RITCHIE FILMS

5. The Gentlemen (2020)

Cast of The Gentlemen Break Down a Scene  •  Vanity Fair

Should a director try to branch out or stick to their bread and butter? After a host of studio efforts, Ritchie returned to his usual shtick with 2020’s The Gentlemen. The movie follows an expatriate from America who builds an incredibly successful marijuana empire across the pond.

It’s entertaining enough but feels like an homage to the plots and characters you’d find in his earlier works. The good thing is that those kinds of films are so fun, you don’t mind getting a lesser version of it. The Gentlemen manages to fit neatly into the Guy Ritchie filmography, and we’d rather see a dozen more of these than whatever the studios have in mind for him.

65%
direction
60%
action
75%
style
67%
OVERALL SCORE
  • The Dialogue
  • Great Ensemble Cast
  • The Comedy
  • Unfortunate Sexism
  • Doesn’t Cover New Ground
  • Too Convoluted

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Conclusion

It’s great to see Guy Ritchie back to form with The Gentlemen. Over 20 years after Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie shows he’s perfect at making this precise kind of movie.

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4. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Looking back, it’s interesting to see how Batman Begins influenced a generation of movies outside of the superhero genre. This can most readily be seen in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, which follows the famous detective as he tries to solve the mystery surrounding a swath of murders around London.

The film gives the literary detective a gritty backstory, standing out with a few choice stylistic flourishes. Most notably, the film uses slow-motion during the superb action sequences to show Holmes’ thought process before jumpstarting everything once again. It’s a perfect way to film intelligence and make the adaptation stand out from every other Sherlock Holmes movie out there.

70%
direction
75%
action
80%
style
75%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Two Lead Performances
  • New Take on Material
  • Stylistic Action
  • Not for Sherlock Purists
  • Chases Drag On
  • Convoluted Plot

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Conclusion

This isn’t your father’s Sherlock Holmes story. And the movie goes to great lengths to make that clear.

LIST OF GUY RITCHIE FILMS

3. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Guy Ritchie’s Style  •  Connor Bruley

After losing a hand in a poker game, Eddy has to find a way to recoup the costs, or he’ll be forced to sell over his dad’s pub. Guy Ritchie’s first feature-length film showed exactly what kind of filmmaker he would be. The way violence is filmed, making it suggestive more times than graphic, combined with unique editing made for a visceral thrill ride.

It also showed how Ritchie valued the casting process. Behind the scenes footage showcases how Ritchie auditioned hundreds of people to get the cast just right. And if there’s one thing many Guy Ritchie films seem to get right, it’s that the casting is always top-notch.

80%
direction
75%
action
85%
style
80%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Energetic Plot
  • Snappy Dialogue
  • Camera Trickery
  • Forgettable Soundtrack
  • Characters Seem the Same
  • Nothing to Really Say

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels borrows heavily from Tarantino’s style. That said, it’s entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

LIST OF GUY RITCHIE FILMS, RANKED

2. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Style vs. Substance in Movies Directed by Guy Ritchie  •  iamthatroby

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is arguably Guy Ritchie’s most underrated film about a CIA and KGB agent joining forces to stop a nuclear apocalypse. It’s stylishly cool, making for a fun retro throwback with one of the most charming casts in any film of the 2010s.

It didn’t do too well at the box office upon its release, which is a shame because upon rewatch, you get the sense this could have been a Mission: Impossible-level franchise with many more stories to tell.

75%
direction
90%
action
90%
style
85%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Fun Set Pieces
  • Amazing Cast
  • The Action
  • Some Jokes Fall Flat
  • Slow Pace
  • N/A

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. may have been slept on upon release. But now, it can have a new life as filmmakers discover it's a critical component of the Guy Ritchie filmography.

THE BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIE

1. Snatch (2000)

Deleted Scenes  •  Snatch

With Snatch, Guy Ritchie takes what worked in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and cranks it up to 11. The film follows dual interweaving plots. One concerns a small-time boxing promoter trying to rig a match while the other concerns a diamond heist.

The characters are more interesting, and the style is more concise. The choice to use jump cuts and other noticeable editing choices keep the pace sharp as you go from one character to the next. Snatch proves Ritchie’s dominion over the modern gangster genre.

90%
direction
95%
action
95%
style
94%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Dark Comedy
  • Interesting Characters
  • Lively Dialogue
  • Style Over Substance
  • Light on Themes
  • N/A

BEST GUY RITCHIE MOVIES

Conclusion

Snatch proves to be a kinetic rollercoaster. With stellar characters and sharp black comedy, the film perfectly encapsulates Ritchie’s trademarks.

Up Next

Best Gangster Movies of All Time

Guy Ritchie owes a debt to filmmakers of the past who specialized in portraying violent gangsters on film. The works of Martin Scorsese and Brian de Palma can be felt in Ritchie’s films, particularly his earlier works. And they’ve all managed to tell stories that stood the test of time. Ritchie’s work can also be found on our list of the best gangster movies of all time, so see where he stands up amongst others in his genre.

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