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Every Jordan Peele Movie Ranked From Worst To Best (Including Nope)

With three acclaimed films under his belt, Jordan Peele cemented his status as a top director, and here’s how his films rank, from worst to best.

Warning: Contains potential SPOILERS for Nope

Former sketch comedy star Jordan Pele has proven himself as a writer/director, most recently with sci-fi/horror mash-up Nope. Peele rose to fame as an on-screen performer, spending years as part of the mad tv cast before forming the Key and Peele duo alongside longtime colleague Keegan-Michael Key. At the time, it’s highly unlikely that audiences foresaw Peele’s transition into a filmmaker, let alone someone who plies his trade not in comedy but in complex, intelligent horror. This part is at least more understandable when you realize how big a fan of horror Peele is.


Peele surprised just about everyone with his first movie get out in 2017, which not only earned rave reviews and eventual Oscar nominations, but also topped the box office, grossing over $250 million on a budget of less than $5 million. His follow-up 2019 We followed a similar trajectory, earning mostly positive reviews and making a huge profit for producer Blumhouse and distributor Universal. As mysterious as the plot was kept until release, many have wondered if Nope would finally see Peele falter, but it should become his third film to debut at No. 1 in theaters.

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That’s not to say that Peele’s work doesn’t have its detractors, as it certainly does. Overall though, many observers are now willing to call Peele one of the best horror directors of all time, and while that’s still likely a premature designation, he’s definitely gotten off on the right foot. With Nope Now playing in theaters, here’s how Peele’s three directorial efforts rank, from worst to best.

3. No

Yeun in Jordan Peele's Nope

While the often mysterious Nope is doing well so far at the box office and with critics, it certainly represents the biggest creative risk Jordan Peele has taken thus far as a writer and director. It’s a hugely distinctive film that tells a very unique story, while clearly paying homage to the iconic blockbusters directed by Steven Spielberg in the 1970s and 1980s. Trying to Explain NopeThe plot of would almost be a disservice, as it’s better to let the experience know as little as possible. Anyone expecting a standard horror or sci-fi movie has something else to come, and whether or not that works will be up to the individual moviegoer.

Besides its surprising but terrifying antagonist and its unusual Western cowboy setting for horror, Nope features a stellar cast, led by terrific performances from aspiring Bond villains Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer and excellent support from Steven Yeun. However, it should be noted that Nope not going to please everyone. Its first half can be slow at times, and its tendency to cut through interesting things as they happen can be a little frustrating. Still, those willing to stick it out will be rewarded with twists they probably didn’t see coming, and a surprisingly terrifying subplot about a rabid primate. This speaks to the quality of Peele’s first two films which Nope can sit at the bottom of this ranking or any movie.

2. We

The concept of evil lookalikes is about as old as horror fiction, but that hasn’t stopped Jordan Peele from elaborating on it with We it’s about as original as it gets. The concept of The Tethered is both endlessly intriguing and terrifyingly creepy, and while the logic behind it doesn’t entirely stand up to scrutiny, We is an exciting and never boring ride through a scenario of perhaps apocalyptic proportions. As usual for Peele, the players are holding more than their end of the bargain, led by Black Panther veterans Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke.

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Whereas get out preferred above all to limit its horrors to the psychological variety, We is a simpler exercise in horror, with a fair amount of gore and guts along the way. Peele also makes great use of shadow light, showing his eye for some interesting shots and unusual camera moves. There are also dozens of Easter eggs from horror movies and pop culture references strewn all over the place. We for those paying attention, as well as clues that point to later twists in the story. We isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s a great movie, and almost begs for a sequel that offers more insight into the birth of The Tethered. Considering how many, if not most, horror sequels, it’s perhaps best that Peele leaves the viewer wanting more instead.

1. Go out

Exit Daniel Kaluuya

All in all, it’s a very tight race for Jordan Peele’s Best Picture as Director. Arguments can and will be made for all three, but one helping factor get out claiming top spot here is its unrelenting tension and suspense. From the start, it’s clear that something bad is going to happen to Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris Washington, but what it ends up being is likely to throw any first-time viewer on a loop. In the meantime, each scene – especially those following the arrival of Chris and his girlfriend Rose at the Armitage estate – steadily increases the tension, with the audience on the edge of their seats waiting for the other shoe to drop.

get out set the standard for Peele’s ability to pull off great performances from his cast, with Kaluuya then mostly the brightest shining unknown, but ably backed up by Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. Special mention also goes to Lil Rel Howery’s work as Chris’ hilarious best friend Rod, who brings laughs at good times and allows for a brief respite from the suspense. get outas good as We and Nopeare arguably worthy of the “high horror” designation given to movies like Hereditary and The witchbut it’s likely Peele would dismiss that, because to him horror movies aren’t something that should require elevation to be taken seriously. Jordan Pele bows before the altar of filmmakers like John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick, and whether he admits it or not, Peele’s filmography so far is a loving tribute to those masters.

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