Apart from the fact that Denis Villeneuve is a great filmmaker, I respect and adore his commitment to vociferously condemn wars and violence. Moreover, it is very impressive to see how most of his films have strong women as central characters (‘Arrival’, ‘Sicario’, ‘Incendies’, ‘Maelstrom’ and so on). After demonstrating his expertise and leaving his signature in the thriller (all kinds of thrillers) genre, he ventured into the sci-fi genre through his extraordinary work in ‘Arrival’ and to the excitement of all movies-lovers, his next project ‘Bladerunner 2049’ is set to release later this year. While we are eagerly waiting for it, here is the list of top Denis Villeneuve movies, ranked from average to best. You can watch many of these best Denis Villeneuve movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. August 32nd on Earth (1998)
This is the first feature film of Denis Villeneuve . After surviving a car-crash and thereby finding a new-found appreciation for life, a woman decides to make some changes in her life: career-wise and love-life wise. Her best friend is forced to join her new impulsive journey. It is a quite simple story. Although the characters lack depth, the relationship between the two close friends is entertaining to watch. Apart from the charming and funny characters, the scenes in the vast salt expanse of Utah is a visual delight. While it is nothing compared to Villeneuve’s other works, this one serves as a light-hearted film in which he deals with relationships, friendship and love. And, of course, just as the title of the movie, it has a lot typical surreal aspects of a Villeneuve movie that will make you think.
8. Maelstrom (2000)
How would you like it if a bloody dying fish narrated a love story to you? Yes, literally, a fish! Well, that’s what Maelstrom is! The narration and story-telling alone is a good enough reason for anyone to watch this movie. The emotional turnmoils of the average urban life is bizarrely depicted in this not-so-romantic love story. That being said, the chemistry between the characters and romance is surprisingly sensual considering the general eeriness of the movie. The deliberate incoherence of the story-line and how the plot goes way too tangential at times, make this film oddly funny.
7. Incendies (2010)