Darren Aronofsky is a unique director. His movies tend to be dark and highly stylized. Some people love his movies, while others find them drab. I have enjoyed almost all of his movies though. Some of them are not great, but overall I still think of Darren Aronofsky as a high quality director. Here is how I would rank his six films. I am not including shorts, television movies, or small segments he has contributed to other movies. Remember, art is subjective, so everyone will likely have a different ranking. All information and statistics were taken from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Box Office Mojo.
6.) Noah (2014) –
Made $362 million at the box office. Has a 77%/42% Critic and Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. “A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world”. This movie is a unique take on the biblical story. It is very dark. I would have liked it more if the special effects had not been so bad. The rock creatures in this movie were so poorly animated.
5.) The Fountain (2006) –
Made $16 million at the box office. Has a 51%/74% Critic and Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. “As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi”. This movie has some strange moments that are occasionally hard to follow. It is highly stylized. I really enjoyed it though. The special effects and acting are solid.
4.) Pi (1998) –
Made $3 million at the box office. Has an 87%/85% Critic and Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. “A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature”. This is a small movie that few have seen. It was Darren Aronofsky’s first film. I recommend seeking it out if you are a fan of Darren Aronofsky’s work.
3.) Requiem for a Dream (2000) –
Made $7 million at the box office. Has a 78%/93% Critic and Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. “The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions become stronger”. This movie can be tough to watch. It has some disturbing imagery and scenes. That is part of what makes it so great though.
2.) The Wrestler (2008) –
Made $44 million at the box office. Has a 98%/88% Critic and Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Marisa Tomei was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Mickey Rourke was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. “A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle”. This movie is one of a kind. There are not that many great movies about professional wrestlers. This movie is sad and depressing. It is a great watch if you are a fan of cinema.
1.) Black Swan (2010) –
Made $329 million at the box office. Has an 87%/84% Critic and Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. Was nominated for the Best Directing and Best Picture Oscar. Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress. “A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan”. This is Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece. Almost everything about it is brilliant. It is a gritty film that blends Darren Aronofsky’s darkness with the elegance of ballet.