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All Sean Connery Movies Ranked

Footballer. Bodybuilder. Navy soldier. Milkman. No, these aren’t the declassified origins of MI6 agent James Bond, but of the actor who would embody him: Sean Connery. An appropriately colorful past for a strappng Scot, Connery saved the best career change for his mid-20s when he turned down a sports contract to pursue theater and acting in the 1950s. Bit parts came quick, leading into 1959 when the very Scottish actor was cast in the very Irish movie, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which still sticks out in his filmography like a pot of gold as it’s one of the rare times Connery has sung on-camera, and his only solo.

Another movie where Connery sings? You know its name: Dr. No, the first James Bond film ever adapted from the swingin’ espionage books by Ian Fleming, in which Connery has a very brief duet with Ursula Andress. A tremendous financial success back then (and Certified Fresh now), it not only launched the 007 series but a whole international spy genre that would dominate the ’60s, and hang ripe for parody and resurrection for decades to come. Sequels like From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice came in rapid annual fashion.

After being freed from MI6 service and starting in the ’70s, fans never had to wait long for a new on-screen appearance from Connery, who put out two or three movies a year through the late-’90s. The Man Who Would Be King, Murder on the Orient Express, A Bridge Too Far, and Zardoz were among the most notable (and in the last’s case, peculiar) of the ’70s. And the ’80s would see him in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, 007 swan song Never Say Never Again, action classic Highlander, and The Untouchables — the only time he’s ever been nominated for an acting Oscar.

He closed the decade with fan-favorite Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Indy’s dad, and started the ’90s with The Hunt for Red October. He began to settle more into older statesman and mentor roles — First Knight, Entrapment, Finding Forrester — which probably seemed less appealing as the reviews came in worse and worse. The Avengers was a widely-publicized box office bomb, while the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen became but another embarrassing bullet point on Alan Moore’s list of why he hates Hollywood. Connery would be inclined to agree as he retired from acting after League, with only a vocal performance in homegrown Scottish animated movie Sir Billi to tide audiences over in the last 15 years.

As he continues his time off (we all know he’ll be back for the Disney+ reboot of Darby O’Gill), we look back on Sean Connery’s best movies, and his worst, by Tomatometer!

#51

Sir Billi (2013)
0%

#51
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A retired veterinarian meets the many unique inhabitants of a remote Scottish village.... [More]
Directed By: Sascha Hartmann

#50
Adjusted Score: 1.102%
Critics Consensus: There should have been only one.
Synopsis: At the end of Highlander, Juan Ramirez (Sean Connery) died and Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) was rendered mortal. "Highlander 2:... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#49

The Avengers (1998)
5%

#49
Adjusted Score: 9.281%
Critics Consensus: A TV spinoff that lacks enough energy to spin, The Avengers is an ineptly written, woefully miscast disaster.
Synopsis: Jeremiah Chechick directed this $60 million adaptation of the whimsical 1961 British TV spy series, imported to the United States... [More]
Directed By: Jeremiah S. Chechik

#48

Meteor (1979)
5%

#48
Adjusted Score: 6.08%
Critics Consensus: Meteor is a flimsy flick with too much boring dialogue and not enough destruction. At least the pinball game is decent.
Synopsis: After a shower of meteors is discovered to be hurtling toward earth, an American scientist (Sean Connery) and his Soviet... [More]
Directed By: Ronald Neame

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 7.659%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This British drama is set in a fictional African nation, which is getting ready to break free from British colonial... [More]
Directed By: Bruce Beresford

#46
Adjusted Score: 22.135%
Critics Consensus: Just ordinary. LXG is a great premise ruined by poor execution.
Synopsis: Allan Quatermain, the world's greatest adventurer, leads a legion of superheroes the likes of which the world has never seen.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Norrington

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 10.244%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a story by Kay Boyle, a trip to the Swiss Alps proves to be very revealing for a... [More]
Directed By: Fred Zinnemann

#44

Medicine Man (1992)
19%

#44
Adjusted Score: 19.823%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A research scientist discovers a cure for cancer in the Brazilian rainforest but loses the formula. When a logging company... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#43

Just Cause (1995)
23%

#43
Adjusted Score: 24.308%
Critics Consensus: Just Cause you round up a phenomenal cast, that doesn't mean you have everything you need for a solid legal thriller -- and this film is forgettable proof.
Synopsis: The novel by John Katzenbach becomes this legal thriller starring Sean Connery as Harvard Law School professor Paul Armstrong. A... [More]
Directed By: Arne Glimcher

#42

Rising Sun (1993)
33%

#42
Adjusted Score: 35.678%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a Michael Crichton best-seller, Philip Kaufman's look at power, corruption and lies in Japanese-owned corporate America follows veteran-cop... [More]
Directed By: Philip Kaufman

#41

Entrapment (1999)
38%

#41
Adjusted Score: 41.218%
Critics Consensus: A poorly developed plot weighs down any potential chemistry between the movie's leads.
Synopsis: Robert Mac MacDougal has an untarnished reputation as the world's greatest art thief. So when a priceless Rembrant is stolen... [More]
Directed By: Jon Amiel

#40

Family Business (1989)
38%

#40
Adjusted Score: 38.452%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: You've probably already guessed that the Family Business in this all-star melodrama is the business of crime. Adapted from a... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#39

Wrong Is Right (1982)
30%

#39
Adjusted Score: 30.066%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on Charles McCarry's 1979 novel The Better Angels, Wrong is Right is set in a near future in which... [More]
Directed By: Richard Brooks

#38

Shalako (1968)
40%

#38
Adjusted Score: 24.312%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this western adventure, Shalako (Sean Connery) leads a hunting expedition in the wilds of New Mexico. There they run... [More]
Directed By: Edward Dmytryk

#37

First Knight (1995)
44%

#37
Adjusted Score: 46.463%
Critics Consensus: This unimaginative reimagining of Arthurian legend dispenses with the magic without achieving a convincing realism in the bargain, suffering from fatal miscasting and a lack of romance.
Synopsis: This rendition of the popular Arthurian tale strips away the mythology and magic and deals with more realistic conflicts as... [More]
Directed By: Jerry Zucker

#36

Cuba (1979)
45%

#36
Adjusted Score: 45.144%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In director Richard Lester's Cuba, Sean Connery plays British soldier-of-fortune Robert Dapes, sent to Havana during the last days of... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#35

Zardoz (1974)
48%

#35
Adjusted Score: 51.004%
Critics Consensus: Zardoz is ambitious and epic in scope, but its philosophical musings are rendered ineffective by its supreme weirdness and rickety execution.
Synopsis: A resident of 23rd-century Earth becomes involved in a revolution after discovering the hidden truth about society's rulers in director... [More]
Directed By: John Boorman

#34

Dragonheart (1996)
50%

#34
Adjusted Score: 51.026%
Critics Consensus: Dragonheart gives us medieval action, a splendidly mulleted Dennis Quaid, and Sean Connery as a talking dragon -- and, unfortunately, a story that largely fails to engage.
Synopsis: A boy and his dragon unite to fight evil in this fantasy. Bowen (Dennis Quaid), a Knight of The Old... [More]
Directed By: Rob Cohen

#33

The Presidio (1988)
53%

#33
Adjusted Score: 53.331%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Set in San Francisco, this murder mystery follows a detective who returns to a military base to solve a murder.... [More]
Directed By: Peter Hyams

#32

Outland (1981)
56%

#32
Adjusted Score: 57.356%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Considered by many to be High Noon in outer space, Outland stars Sean Connery as a 21st-century peacekeeper on the... [More]
Directed By: Peter Hyams

#31

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
64%

#31
Adjusted Score: 65.816%
Critics Consensus: A Bridge Too Far is a war movie too long, although top-notch talent on both sides of the camera keeps the end result consistently watchable.
Synopsis: It's late 1944, and the Allied armies are confident they'll win the World War II and be home in time... [More]

#30

Playing by Heart (1998)
60%

#30
Adjusted Score: 62.413%
Critics Consensus: It's overly talky, but Playing By Heart benefits from witty insights into modern relationships and strong performances from an esteemed cast.
Synopsis: This film weaves together interlocking stories about finding love in Los Angeles. The film's theme is spoken by young club-hopper... [More]
Directed By: Willard Carroll

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 70.829%
Critics Consensus: Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.
Synopsis: In this spy adventure, James Bond is involved in a scheme by the insidious Ernst Blofeld to force the world... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

#28

The Rock (1996)
66%

#28
Adjusted Score: 69.321%
Critics Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.
Synopsis: The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a... [More]
Directed By: Michael Bay

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 73.331%
Critics Consensus: While the rehashed story feels rather uninspired and unnecessary, the return of both Sean Connery and a more understated Bond make Never Say Never Again a watchable retread.
Synopsis: Essentially, this film is a remake of the 1965 Bond flick Thunderball. James Bond emerges from cozy retirement to cross... [More]
Directed By: Irvin Kershner

#26

Highlander (1986)
69%

#26
Adjusted Score: 71.914%
Critics Consensus: People hate Highlander because it's cheesy, bombastic, and absurd. And people love it for the same reasons.
Synopsis: Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers,... [More]
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 63.984%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the early 1900s, an American businessman was kidnapped by a rebellious Arab chieftain, principally as a means to embarrass... [More]
Directed By: John Milius

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 71.48%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This breathlessly paced high-tech thriller stars Sean Connery as Anderson, a career criminal who's just been released from his latest... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#23

The Offence (1973)
71%

#23
Adjusted Score: 71.668%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery) has been a steady and reliable policeman for many years. However, something snaps in him during... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 78.309%
Critics Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.
Synopsis: In the fifth James Bond thriller starring Sean Connery, Bond has to battle Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, who have... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Gilbert

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 74.704%
Critics Consensus: Laboriously paced and overly talky, The Great Train Robbery nevertheless pulls off a thrillingly staged finale anchored by winning performances from Donald Sutherland and Sean Connery.
Synopsis: Not a remake of the landmark 1903 Edwin S. Porter film, The Great Train Robbery is a dramatization of the... [More]
Directed By: Michael Crichton

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 78.314%
Critics Consensus: Despite the predictability of its plot and its similarity to Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester has an honest, solid feel to it and good rapport between Connery and Brown.
Synopsis: Four decades ago, William Forrester won a Pulitzer Prize for his classic novel. That was the last time the world... [More]
Directed By: Gus Van Sant

#19
Adjusted Score: 75.5%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Adapted from Umberto Eco's best-selling novel, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose is a 14th century murder-mystery thriller... [More]
Directed By: Jean-Jacques Annaud

#18

The Russia House (1990)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: 76.43%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sean Connery appears as a British publisher who receives a message that if he'll publish a manuscript submitted by a... [More]
Directed By: Fred Schepisi

#17

Robin and Marian (1976)
73%

#17
Adjusted Score: 76.065%
Critics Consensus: Robin and Marian gives the legendary characters a somber sendoff, finding ample success in the romantic chemistry between Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn while yielding diminishing returns in its attempts at relevant satire.
Synopsis: After twenty years abroad, Robin Hood returns to England and attempts to renew ties with his beloved Maid Marian, in... [More]
Directed By: Richard Lester

#16

The Untouchables (1987)
82%

#16
Adjusted Score: 86.772%
Critics Consensus: Slick on the surface but loaded with artful touches, Brian DePalma's classical gangster thriller is a sharp look at period Chicago crime, featuring excellent performances from a top-notch cast.
Synopsis: Like the TV series that shared the same title, The Untouchables (1987) was an account of the battle between gangster... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

#15

Marnie (1964)
83%

#15
Adjusted Score: 86.508%
Critics Consensus: A coolly constructed mystery revolving around a character who's inscrutable to a fault, Marnie finds Hitchcock luring audiences deeper into the dark.
Synopsis: One year after she appeared as Melanie Daniels in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, The Birds, actress Tippi Hedren took on another... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#14

Thunderball (1965)
88%

#14
Adjusted Score: 94.214%
Critics Consensus: Lavishly rendered set pieces and Sean Connery's enduring charm make Thunderball a big, fun adventure, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the series' previous heights.
Synopsis: Thunderball finds James Bond matching wits with the sinister espionage organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E, (which stands for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism,... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#13

The Longest Day (1962)
87%

#13
Adjusted Score: 88.78%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Longest Day is a mammoth, all-star re-creation of the D-Day invasion, personally orchestrated by Darryl F. Zanuck. Whenever possible,... [More]

#12
Adjusted Score: 92.442%
Critics Consensus: Lighter and more comedic than its predecessor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade returns the series to the brisk serial adventure of Raiders, while adding a dynamite double act between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
Synopsis: The third installment in the Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade evokes many of the thrills... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#11

The Red Tent (1971)
88%

#11
Adjusted Score: 87.313%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The true story of a tragic 1928 arctic expedition provides the basis for this adventure drama that was a joint... [More]
Directed By: Mikhail Kalatozov

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 93.887%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly cast and packed with suspense, The Hunt for Red October is an old-fashioned submarine thriller with plenty of firepower to spare.
Synopsis: The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as... [More]
Directed By: John McTiernan

#9

Time Bandits (1981)
89%

#9
Adjusted Score: 92.43%
Critics Consensus: Time Bandits is a remarkable time-travel fantasy from Terry Gilliam, who utilizes fantastic set design and homemade special effects to create a vivid, original universe.
Synopsis: A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty... [More]
Directed By: Terry Gilliam

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 90.448%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Irish immigrant coal workers rebel against the harsh company policies in a Pennsylvania coal town. The company hires Pinkerton detective... [More]
Directed By: Martin Ritt

#7
Adjusted Score: 92.65%
Critics Consensus: Murder, intrigue, and a star-studded cast make this stylish production of Murder on the Orient Express one of the best Agatha Christie adaptations to see the silver screen.
Synopsis: Like many of Agatha Christie's mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express is predicated on an actual event, in this case... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 100.537%
Critics Consensus: The second James Bond film, From Russia with Love is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes.
Synopsis: Broccoli considered this as one of the best Fleming stories. Connery once again excelled and was well supported by a... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#5

Dr. No (1962)
95%

#5
Adjusted Score: 101.011%
Critics Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style.
Synopsis: James Bond's investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#4
Adjusted Score: 99.597%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A late-career masterpiece from legendary director/adventurer Huston and adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story, it stars Sir Sean and Michael... [More]
Directed By: John Huston

#3

Goldfinger (1964)
98%

#3
Adjusted Score: 104.438%
Critics Consensus: Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark.
Synopsis: To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin,... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

#2
Adjusted Score: 101.042%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Darby O'Gill (Albert Sharpe ) is a fiddle playing caretaker of an Irish governor's estate. Nearing retirement, Michael McBride (Sean... [More]
Directed By: Robert Stevenson

#1

The Hill (1965)
83%

#1
Adjusted Score: 73.314%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The Hill was unfairly subjected to ridicule by the more obtuse "critics" of 1965 who harped on the fact that... [More]
Directed By: Sidney Lumet

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