Danny Ocean, Dr. Doug Ross or Batman, this are for better or worse important roles in the career of one man, George Clooney. With The Monuments Men now in cinemas, there’s no better time to look at the top 10 most successful movies starring him.
This time we’ll be handling the top 10 highest grossing movies of his career worldwide. Numbers are not adjusted for inflation (because international adjusted numbers are hard to impossible to come by).
10. Intolerable Cruelty (2003) $120.2 million
Was not expecting to see this here, but George Clooney hasn’t exactly had the most commercial of careers. One of many collaborations with the Coen brothers, Intolerable Cruelty is among the less then stellar movies they’ve done.
9. Burn After Reading (2008) $163.7 million
Another Ethan and Joel Coen movie, this one much better then what’s at number 10. Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, J.K. Simmons, Richard Jenkins, Tilda Swinton and George Clooney are all wonderfully entertaining in this weird comedy.
8. Up in the Air (2009) $166.8 million
Jason Reitman directs with George Clooney as a professional fire for hire. When you don’t have what it takes to let some of your staff go, he is the man you bring for the job. Most of his life is spent flying from one client to the next, thus the name Up in the Air. The movie was nominated for 6 Oscars, including best actor (George Clooney).
7. The Descendants (2011) $177.2 million
Good movie about a father (George Clooney) trying to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife ends up in a coma because of a boat accident. George Clooney was again nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars and the film ended up winning Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash).
6. Batman and Robin (1997) $238.2 million
Oh boy, we’ve come to this one now. Where do I even start on Batman and Robin? How about effectively killing the franchise, that’s a good start. This has got to be one of the absolute worst highest grossing movies of all time and maybe with time it could become one of those ‘it’s so bad it’s good’ flicks, but for now just no, please no.
5. Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) $311.3 million
The third and final of the Ocean movies and a fitting end to a trilogy nobody asked for. I know I’m being mean but come on, Ocean’s Eleven was fine on its own and needed no sequels, let alone a trilogy. Regardless, Ocean’s Thirteen is a vast improvement over Ocean’s Twelve, which we’ll find higher on this list.
4. The Perfect Storm (2000) $328.7 million
One of the surprise hits of that year, The Perfect Storm is a drama based on the real story of a fishermen boat and its crew, stuck in the middle of a freak storm. Let’s put it this way, The Perfect Storm is not the kind of movie you want to watch again, so the fact it made as much money as it did is rather outstanding.
3. Ocean’s Twelve (2004) $362.7 million
I wonder what exactly was the line of thought while Steven Soderbergh and the rest of the cast and crew were working on this. To call Ocean’s Twelve a mess would be a disservice to other wonderfully messy movies. I’m not even talking about the breaking of the fourth wall with the Julia Roberts stunt. One thing I can say for sure, they were having a lot more fun making Ocean’s Twelve then you will ever have watching it.
2. Ocean’s Eleven (2001) $450.7 million
Here’s the Danny Ocean we all love and the best of the Ocean movies. Well acted, well directed, tight script and an all-around classic in the caper genre. Ocean’s Eleven is the rare remake that’s superior to its original. Now why exactly Steven Soderbergh thought it was a good idea to make a sequel (or two) is beyond me.
1. Gravity (2013) $696.5 million
The most recent George Clooney film also happens to be his most successful to date. Also I guess that picture on top kind of gave it away. Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi drama is nothing short of a technical masterpiece, placing viewers in space, unlike any other movie before. It’s exactly that realism that’s pushing the movie’s many flaws front and center. Gravity is not a perfect movie, far from it, but it pretty much accomplishes everything it set out to do and this days that’s rare.
A notable absence from the top 10, for me at least, is that of O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Maybe it ain’t as big a hit as some of the movies up there, but it sure is a lot of fun and if you’re a fan of George Clooney, definitely a must watch. Then there’s Syriana (2005) which won the actor his first Oscar (of two).
Besides The Monuments Men now in cinemas, the actor doesn’t have anything else until 2015 with Tomorrowland, Brad Bird’s sci-fi flick from Disney.
Which one is your favorite George Clooney movie?