Harry Potter Movies Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 05 Sep 2015 | updated - 19 Oct 2016 | Public

How I rank the Harry Potter films from best (#1) to worst. They are all fantastic films, so the 'worst' is really just 'the least good' - it isn't bad at all.

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1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

63 Metascore

An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris

Votes: 491,671 | Gross: $261.99M

This remains my favourite in the series, definitely under-rated by most, as it is a nuanced and layered story that is mature but fun; the actors improved a lot from the first, the story too, allowing for the perfect Potter flick.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 689,209 | Gross: $381.01M

The finale is as dark, intense and action-packed as promised with a truly epic feel; a taught, awesome ending to a brilliant series.

3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

PG-13 | 138 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

71 Metascore

With their warning about Lord Voldemort's return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 452,341 | Gross: $292.00M

The longest book made the shortest film, and this foray into the darker side of things is an engaging and compelling experience. It is one of the most action-packed while still retaining a focus on character, and the cast is as relatable as ever.

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 417,159 | Gross: $301.96M

Again, a little under-rated in my opinion with the slower pace making for moody and impactful tale that allows Harry to really grow into his own.

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

81 Metascore

A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eric Sykes

Votes: 487,415 | Gross: $290.01M

This is a great flick, stooped in mystery and adventure, where the darker tone starts to peer through despite well-deserved moments of levity.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

65 Metascore

As Harry, Ron and Hermione race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, they uncover the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy

Votes: 423,644 | Gross: $295.98M

A little overlong, a tad drawn-out and perhaps the most unusual in the series, but the actors really sell this one and I think it's a little under-rated; I thoroughly enjoy it every time I watch.

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 488,180 | Gross: $249.36M

Everybody seems to love this installment but, while it is still a fantastic film and tons of fun, I don't think it is as good as some of the others in the series - it's certainly not my favourite.

8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 568,581 | Gross: $317.58M

The first Potter film is still highly enjoyable, and perhaps portrays sheer wonder better than any other in the series, but it's age and the inexperience of the cast is starting to show; the 'worst' of the series is still an amazing film though.



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