David Cronenberg – All of His Films Ranked

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, has made some cracking films over his career, but which are rated his best?
We crunched the scores from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd to get a true average… and here’s the results.

Crimes of the Future (1970) film poster

Crimes of the Future (1970)

Crimes of the Future is set in a future where sexually mature women appear to have been obliterated by a plague produced by the use of cosmetics. It details the wanderings of Adrian Tripod director of the dermatological clinic the House of Skin. Tripod seems at a loss following the disappearance of his mentor Antoine Rouge.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

4.74 out of 10 

Cosmopolis (2012) film poster

Cosmopolis (2012)

Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager’s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

5.29 out of 10 

Crash (1996) film poster

Crash (1996)

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

5.43 out of 10 

Fast Company (1979) poster

Fast Company (1979)

An early departure from director David Cronenberg’s canon of visceral horror, 1979’s Fast Company profiles one of his personal passions, racecars, in a gritty melodrama that also features exciting racetrack footage. Veteran toughguy William Smith is top-billed as a champion drag racer who clashes with the unscrupulous oil-company executive (John Saxon) who sponsors his team.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

5.65 out of 10 

M. Butterfly (1993) film poster

M. Butterfly (1993)

David Henry Hwang adapted his Tony Award-winning play for this fact-based drama about a French diplomat who enters into a torrid love affair with a star of the Chinese opera. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that his beloved is a double agent for the Red Chinese — and that “she” is actually a man in disguise.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

5.87 out of 10 

Maps to the Stars (2014) film poster

Maps to the Stars (2014)

Agatha embarks on a friendship/relationship with Jerome Fontana, an aspiring actor/writer who is working as a limo driver until his big break. Like many in his position, he hopes to use whatever life experience to work into his movie career.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

5.95 out of 10 

Rabid (1977) film poster

Rabid (1977)

A woman named Rose is involved in a motorcycle accident, and has experimental surgery performed in order to save her life. However, as a result of the surgery, she develops a taste for blood. Her victims grow in number as well as madness, turning the city into chaos.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

6.17 out of 10 

eXistenZ (1999) movie poster

eXistenZ (1999)

In the near-future, biotechnological virtual reality game consoles known as “game pods” have replaced electronic ones. The pods present “UmbyCords” that attach to “bio-ports”, connectors surgically inserted into players’ spines. Two game companies, Antenna Research and Cortical Systematics, compete against each other. In addition, the Realists fight both companies to prevent the “deforming” of reality.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

6.46 out of 10 

A Dangerous Method (2011) film poster

A Dangerous Method (2011)

A Russian woman, Sabina, enters a psychiatric hospital in Zurich with a typical case of hysteria. She undertakes a new course of treatment with Dr. Carl Jung, which involves word association and dream interpretation. Patient and doctor become attracted to each other. Sabina comes between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

6.55 out of 10 

Shivers (1975) film poster

Shivers (1975)

A scientist living in an apartment complex kills a girl and uses acid to destroy her internal organs, and then kills himself. While investigating, a doctor discovers that the scientist was doing experiments on the use of genetically engineered parasites as organ transplants. Soon, other people in the complex begin showing signs of carrying the parasites, spreading the things through wanton orgiastic abandon, and the complex begins suffering an attrition problem.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

6.62 out of 10 

Videodrome (1983) movie poster

Videodrome (1983)

Sleazy lowlife cable TV operator Max Renn discovers a snuff broadcast called “Videodrome.” But it is more than a TV show–it’s an experiment that uses regular TV transmissions to permanently alter the viewer’s perceptions by giving them brain damage. Max is caught in the middle of the forces that created “Videodrome” and the forces that want to control it, his body itself turning into the ultimate weapon to fight this global conspiracy.

Death By Films Aggregate Score

6.98 out of 10