All of Matthew Vaughn’s movies, ranked

Trending 1 month ago

Director Matthew Vaughn is 1 of nan astir divisive action filmmakers moving today. Known for specified royal and humorous movies arsenic Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, Vaughn continues to make his people connected nan action genre pinch his latest spy comedy, Argylle.

Most of his films surely aren’t for everyone, particularly considering really they emit Quentin Tarantino levels of unit and profanity. Whatever group deliberation astir these films, they still win successful getting audiences successful theaters. So, arsenic Argylle makes its measurement to cinemas, let’s look astatine nan champion and worst movies successful Vaughn’s filmography.

7. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

 The Golden Circle."20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox

A twelvemonth aft redeeming nan world, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) must squad up pinch Kingsman’s American counterpart, nan Statesman, aft nan titular supplier cartel each but destroys their agency. For amended aliases worse, this sequel features nan franchise’s marque of utmost joke and violence.

But by sidesplitting disconnected and bringing backmost characters connected a dime, The Golden Circle seems to clasp nan spy genre’s tired tropes alternatively than deconstruct them. And pinch its contrived and convoluted crippled astir nan warfare connected drugs, this movie falls from chasing nan precocious of its ain excess.

6. The King’s Man (2021)

The formed of "The King's Man."20th Century Studios / 20th Century Studios

Exploring nan origins of Kingsman, this prequel shows nan original Arthur (Ralph Fiennes) and his ragtag squad arsenic they effort to thwart a concealed society’s attempts astatine orchestrating nan Great War.

With The King’s Man, nan franchise proves it’s conscionable arsenic excessive arsenic ever pinch its globe-trotting escapade and galore flashy displays of ultraviolence. And by having existent humanities figures for illustration Rasputin, Lenin, and Hitler beryllium successful a convention of mustache-twirling supervillains, this movie makes for Vaughn’s astir ambitious, if not outrageous, movie yet.

5. Stardust (2007)

Yvaine and Tristan looking frightened while holding hands successful "Stardust."Paramount Pictures / Paramount Pictures

Based connected Neil Gaiman’s caller of nan aforesaid name, Stardust follows Tristan (Charlie Cox) erstwhile he enters nan kingdom of Stormhold to retrieve a fallen prima to summation Victoria’s (Sienna Miller) manus successful marriage. But to his surprise, nan prima turns retired to beryllium a female named Yvaine (Claire Danes), who is hunted by princes and witches alike.

This movie remains 1 of nan astir underrated adaptations of Gaiman’s work, arsenic it’s a charming, wacky, and heartfelt escapade pinch plentifulness of jokes and stunning visuals to entertain fans of nan imagination genre.

4. Kick-Ass (2010)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz successful "Kick-Ass."Universal Pictures / Universal Pictures

When an angsty teen (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) decides to go a costumed crime fighter, he learns nan difficult truths of nan occupation arsenic he teams up pinch vigilantes Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) to return down mafia leader Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) and his boy Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

This arguable movie brought a caller attack to nan superhero genre, deconstructing galore acquainted tropes pinch its acheronian and shocking humor. Many group ideate themselves arsenic superheroes astatine slightest erstwhile successful their lives, and this satirical movie shatters that imagination pinch uber-bloody brilliance.

3. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

 The Secret Service."20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox

When young Eggsy gets recruited to nan Kingsman spy agency, he and his caller squad must extremity billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) from eradicating astir of humanity. Like Kick-Ass, this meta-spy drama pokes nosy astatine nan galore tropes established by nan Bond films that inspired it, each while relishing successful its over-the-top unit and royal story.

The film’s crowning accomplishment is arguably nan now-iconic religion conflict segment that plays to nan tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird, cementing itself successful action movie history.

2. Layer Cake (2004)

The formed of "Layer Cake."Columbia Pictures / Columbia Pictures

This movie arguably helped Daniel Craig onshore the domiciled of James Bond and gave Tom Hardy 1 of nan astir important early roles successful his career. Based connected nan caller by J.J. Connolly, Vaughn’s directorial debut follows an unnamed cocaine trader (Craig) who hopes to discontinue from crime, only to beryllium forced to complete 2 much tasks that propulsion him into a web of decease and betrayal.

Layer Cake takes audiences into nan alluring and all-consuming world of narcotics and crime pinch captivating visuals, gory violence, and a slayer soundtrack. At nan aforesaid time, it displays nan calamity of nan protagonist’s criminal manner arsenic he and his friends conflict to flight a lethal business they’re each excessively bully at.

1. X-Men: First Class (2011)

 First Class."20th Century Studios / 20th Century Studios

Taking spot decades earlier Wolverine meets nan X-Men, First Class shows Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) gathering his friend-turned-nemesis Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and forming nan iconic squad to extremity nan Hellfire Club from mounting disconnected World War III. Though it doesn’t do each 1 of its characters justice, this stellar prequel was nan jumpstart that nan X-Men movie franchise needed. With spectacular performances from its cast, a well-balanced tone, and an engaging throwback story, Marvel’s world of mutants has ne'er felt much real.