What are the best Harry Styles movies ranked? OK, we know there’s not many to choose from, but we just love making lists and forcing movies to compete against one another for a fictional crown.
Somewhere between his time in One Direction and forging his own solo music career, Harry Styles also managed to break into Hollywood and earn some pretty big roles. When he’s not touring the planet as a beloved popstar, Styles has shown up in a superhero movie as part of the MCU and worked with Christopher Nolan. Not bad.
Styles most recently added two new movies to his filmography back in 2022 — the drama movies Don’t Worry Darling and My Policeman. Here’s our attempt at the Harry Styles movies ranked. Let me tell you, reader, it was pretty easy to pick the winner here.
Harry Styles movies ranked, from best to worst:
- Don’t Worry Darling
- My Policeman
Eyebrows were certainly raised when esteemed director Christopher Nolan revealed he had cast popstar Harry Styles in an epic war movie, with Styles having no prior acting experience. Surely it would be weird to see such a recognizable celebrity in the midst of such a sensitive historical story?
Well, somewhat surprisingly, Styles gives a really strong, convincing performance. So much so, you soon forget he’s a megastar musician and are able to fully invest in his journey as a character. Dunkirk is a stunningly made movie based on a true story — one of the best Christopher Nolan movies, in fact — excelling in its technical elements and capturing a moment of human history with exceptional storytelling.
Don’t Worry Darling (2022)
Initial reactions from Venice Film Festival for Don’t Worry Darling were largely negative, and the drama surrounding the production certainly didn’t help things either. But, once you get past the critical noise and on-set scandals, this is actually a pretty decent movie.
There’s some intriguing themes going on with a mystery that keeps you hooked until the big plot twist. How you react to the Don’t Worry Darling plot twist will determine your overall enjoyment of the film. Nevertheless, Styles does an admirable job of trying to keep up with his co-star Florence Pugh, who is phenomenal, as always.
There’s quite a gulf in class between the top entry in this list and this particular MCU movie, but in truth, very few of the issues with the latter can be blamed on Harry Styles. The reason being, he only shows up for a quick post-credits scene in the Eternals ending.
Taking on the role of MCU character Eros (AKA: Starfox), Styles is technically the brother of the big, purple Marvel villain Thanos — you can see the resemblance, can’t you? This Marvel movie is guilty of some dodgy CGI, an overstuffed cast, and a sluggish story, and ranks as one of the weakest of Phase 4.
My Policeman (2022)
This was meant to be Harry Styles’ Brokeback Mountain moment (except instead of cowboys, there’s cops), but putting Styles in a leading role like this really exemplified his limits as an actor.
In her My Policeman review for the Toronto International Film Festival, our Fiona Underhill thought Harry got a bit of a bad rap, as she noted that “while his acting is not yet at the same level as his fellow cast-members, he comes across as naive and inexperienced, which works well for the role of Tom. Tom is a fish-out-of-water […] so it makes sense that he is out-of-step with them.”
However, I think it’s pretty clear from watching the film that Harry honestly stinks in this role, with our Staff Writer James Osborne noting in a tweet that Styles in this film has the “emotional depth of a twig.”
That didn’t take long, did it? If you’re a Harry Styles fan, you might be interested in our list of the best musicals, and you can look at our guide to Marvel’s Phase 5 to see if he’ll show up there. (You can also watch all the Marvel movies in order, if you’re looking for some better superhero fare.) And if you’d rather check out some non-Styles led films, here are all the new movies coming out this year.
We’ve also got lists of the best movies of all time, too. And, for more acting breakdowns, check out our lists of the best Matt Damon movies, best Robert De Niro movies, and best Margot Robbie movies.