Brad Bird – All His Films Ranked and Rated

Brad Bird, movie director
Short Biography:
Phillip Bradley Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American film director, animator, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor. He has had a career spanning forty years in both animation and live-action. He has been working for Disney since the early ’80s, where he wrote the screenplay for *batteries not included (1987). Bird joined The Simpsons as creative consultant for eight seasons. He directed the 1999 feature The Iron Giant, though critically lauded, it was a box-office bomb. He moved to Pixar where he wrote and directed two movies, The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007) that were worldwide critical and financial smash hits; both earned Bird two Academy Award for Best Animated Feature wins and Best Original Screenplay nominations. He transitioned to live-action filmmaking with 2011’s similarly successful Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, but his 2015 effort Tomorrowland significantly underperformed. He returned to Pixar to develop Incredibles 2, which was released in 2018 and became the second highest-grossing animated picture of all-time.

Here is a rundown of his movies, with the score based on the average from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes (public votes only) and Letterboxd, from lowest ranked to highest:

QUALIFYING FILMS:  6
CAREER AVERAGE SCORE: 7.52 / 10
CAREER TOTAL BOX OFFICE: $  3,433,471,430
CAREER TOTAL BUDGETS: $  827,000,000
CAREER TOTAL BOX OFFICE: $   2,606,471,430
CAREER EARNINGS BASED ON EVERY $1 SPENT: $  3.96
Tomorrowland (2015) directed by Brad Bird
6 – Tomorrowland (2015)
Imagine a world where nothing is impossible.
IMDb: 6.4 / 10
RT Users: 4.9 / 10
Letterboxd: 5.32 / 10
Star icon
5.54 /10
Adventure  |  Family  |  Mystery  |  Science Fiction
Directed by: Brad Bird
Top Billed Cast:
SYNOPSIS:
Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.
play-icon
Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 209,035,668
Production Budget:  $ 190,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 19,035,668
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 1.10
Mission- Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) backdrop
5 – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
No plan. No backup. No choice.
IMDb: 7.4 / 10
RT Users: 7.6 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.28 / 10
Star icon
7.43 /10
Action  |  Thriller  |  Adventure
Directed by: Brad Bird
Top Billed Cast:
SYNOPSIS:
Blamed for a terrorist attack on the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the entire IMF agency are disavowed by the U.S. government, while the president initiates the Ghost Protocol. Forced to go “off the grid” — left without resources or backup — Hunt must somehow clear the agency’s name and prevent another attack. Complicating matters even more, Ethan must undertake the impossible mission with a group of fellow IMF fugitives whose actual motives are suspect.
play-icon
Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 694,713,380
Production Budget:  $ 145,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 549,713,380
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 4.79
Incredibles 2 (2018) directed by Brad Bird
4 – Incredibles 2 (2018)
Back to work.
IMDb: 7.6 / 10
RT Users: 8.4 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.02 / 10
Star icon
7.67 /10
Action  |  Adventure  | Animation  Family
Directed by: Brad Bird
Top Billed Cast:
SYNOPSIS:
Telecommunications guru Winston Deavor enlists Elastigirl to fight crime and make the public fall in love with superheroes once again. That leaves Mr. Incredible with one of his greatest challenges ever — staying home and taking care of three rambunctious children. As Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack offer him a new set of headaches, a cybercriminal named Screenslaver launches his dastardly plan — hypnotizing the world through computer screens.
play-icon
Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 1,243,089,244
Production Budget:  $ 200,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 1,043,089,244
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 6.22
The Incredibles (2004) directed by Brad Bird
3 – The Incredibles (2004)
No gut, no glory
IMDb: 8.0 / 10
RT Users: 7.5 / 10
Letterboxd: 8.16 / 10
Star icon
7.89 /10
Action  |  Adventure  | Animation    |  Family
Directed by: Brad Bird
Top Billed Cast:
SYNOPSIS:
In this lauded Pixar animated film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Soon, Mr. Incredible is in trouble, and it’s up to his family to save him.
play-icon
Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 631,607,053
Production Budget:  $ 92,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 539,607,053
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 6.87
Ratatouille (2007) directed by Brad Bird
2 – Ratatouille (2007)
He’s dying to become a chef.
IMDb: 8.1 / 10
RT Users: 8.7 / 10
Letterboxd: 7.50 / 10
Star icon
8.10 /10
Animation  |  Comedy  |  Family  |  Fantasy
Directed by: Brad Bird
Top Billed Cast:
SYNOPSIS:
Remy dreams of becoming a great chef, despite being a rat in a definitely rodent-phobic profession. He moves to Paris to follow his dream, and with the help of hapless garbage boy Linguini he puts his culinary skills to the test in the kitchen but he has to stay in hiding at the same time, with hilarious consequences. Remy eventually gets the chance to prove his culinary abilities to a great food critic but is the food good? A Pixar animation.
play-icon
Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 623,726,085
Production Budget:  $ 150,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ 473,726,085
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 4.16
The Iron Giant (1999) directed by Brad Bird
1 – The Iron Giant (1999)
It came from outer space!
IMDb: 8.1 / 10
RT Users: 9.0 / 10
Letterboxd: 8.34 / 10
Star icon
8.48 /10
Family  |  Animation  |  Science Fiction  |  Drama
Directed by: Brad Bird
Top Billed Cast:
SYNOPSIS:
In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.
play-icon
Worldwide Box Office Gross:  $ 31,300,000
Production Budget:  $ 50,000,000
Profit or (loss):  $ (18,700,000)
Return on Every $1 Spent:  $ 0.63
Hollywood director's ranked and rated league table image

Ranking Hollywood’s Directors