Ah, Timothée Chalamet. What a man, what an actor. Because there’s not much else to do right now, I decided to go back and watch all of Chalamet’s movies to figure out which ones were the best, and which were.. not so great. (Sadly, quite a few fell into the latter category.)
Below is my definitive ranking of Timothée Chalamet’s movies so far – rewatch accordingly.
15. A Rainy Day in New York (2019)
I’ll be honest: I did not watch this movie. I’ve never seen a Woody Allen movie, and I am not about to break that golden record, not even for Timothée Chalamet. Working with Woody Allen in the year 2019 is disappointing to say the least. I don’t know what this movie is about, I don’t know who Timothée plays – but I can safely say, even without watching it, that it’s the worst movie on this list (even if it’s actually a decent movie).
14. Worst Friends (2014)
You’re not the only one who has never heard of this film. Even if you’ve seen this movie, you might not have heard of it, because frankly it’s pretty forgettable. It’s a dark indie comedy about two former childhood friends who come together again after one of them is hit by a car. Timothée plays the young version of one of the friends, and it says a lot that his brief performance is probably the best in the whole movie.
13. The Adderall Diaries (2015)
Personally, I’d rather never watch a James Franco movie ever again, but in this instance I did give it a go just for Timothée. I wish I could say it was worth it. The two actors play the same character, Stephen Elliott, at different life stages. Based on the memoir of real author Stephen Elliott – who himself hates the movie – The Adderall Diaries explores addiction, memory, and father/son relationships – the kind of thing Timothée would go on to explore again, to much greater effect, in Beautiful Boy.
12. Men, Women & Children (2014)
This is Timothée’s very first movie role, and understandably it’s a pretty small part. The movie is about how social media impacts our lives and relationships, and Timothée plays a high school football player. While his performance is fine – especially for his first big screen spot – the movie is pretty unbearable; didactic in its messaging about the perils of the internet and modern life in general.
11. Hostiles (2017)
Here we see Timothée play a private in the army. It’s not his finest work. The movie itself focuses on lead character Captain Blocker (Christian Bale), his feud with Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), as well as the traumatised widow Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike). It seeks to explore racial tensions and question dominant narratives of who was “right” in the fight between settlers and Native Americans, but it falls far short of its goals. The plot is uneven and deeply troubling in places, and the pace is achingly slow.
10. Hot Summer Nights (2017)
Set in 1991, Hot Summer Nights sees Timothée playing a teen grieving the death of his father, who is sent to spend the summer with his aunt and gets caught up in the drug trade. As you do. Timothée does his best, but the movie is a mess: the tone is off and it can’t decide whether it wants to be a coming-of-age romance or a gangster thriller. It’s unsubtle and clunky, and takes itself way too seriously.
9. Love the Coopers (2015)
Considering the stellar cast (we’re talking Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Ed Helms, Marisa Tomei, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, and Alex Borstein), this holiday ensemble piece is nowhere near as good as it should be. They just don’t have much to work with. It’s about a couple who are divorcing after forty years of marriage but agree to have one last “perfect” Christmas before they tell their family the news. Timothée has a small part as their grandson, with a pretty basic teen romance plot. Definitely not on the annual rewatch list.
8. One & Two (2015)
This deeply bizarre but visually stunning movie marked Timothée’s first lead role. He plays a teen boy who, like his sister (played by Kiernan Shipka), has the ability to teleport. The siblings are forbidden to use their powers or leave their off-the-grid farm by their overbearing Christian father (played by Australia’s own Grant Bowler). It’s a compelling set-up and a tense watch, although it all kind of falls apart as the movie progresses. Still, Timmy does a great job.
7. The King (2019)
This period piece is a hot mess, but a fun one. Mostly thanks to Robert Pattinson’s utterly insane accent and general batshit performance as the Dauphin, Louis. He totally steals the show from Timothée as Prince Hal, aka Henry V – you know, the lead character of the piece. Timmy is never not great, really, but this movie should have been a Moment for him, and it was anything but.
6. Miss Stevens (2016)
A quiet movie, but the kind that gets under your skin. Timothée plays a high school drama student who, along with two other students, is taken to a drama competition by their troubled but caring teacher (magnificently played by Lily Rabe). This is the first movie in which you can really feel Timothée unleashing his full Timothée magic. His character is messy; all raw edges and emotional turns, and Timothée revels in the role.
5. Interstellar (2014)
A pretty huge movie – if not a huge role – that Timothée landed early in his career. If you were living under a rock (or in outer space) when it came out: it’s a mind-bending blockbuster about a man – played by Matthew McConaughey – who goes into space to try and save humanity. Timothée delivers a solid performance as McConaughey’s son as a teenager (playing the younger version of yet another person I’d rather never watch again — Casey Affleck). The movie itself isn’t perfect, but it is spectacular, and stays with you long after you’ve finished watching it.
4. Beautiful Boy (2018)
Beautiful Boy is heavy (and occasionally heavy-handed), but the performances are brilliant – with Timothée in particular really owning it. Based on a true story, Timothée plays Nicolas Sheff, whose ongoing drug addiction causes a rift with his family. The focus is on his fraught relationship with his father, writer David Sheff, played by Steve Carrell. The two of them have incredible chemistry.
3. Little Women (2019)
Honestly, this is one of my least favourite Little Women adaptations – it’s got some really strong (and nostalgia-tinged) competition. But it’s still a great movie, with interesting choices made by director Greta Gerwig. The cast are a highlight, of course, and Timothée is actually perfect as dreamy boy next door, Laurie. The scene where he proposes to Jo? Instantly iconic.
2. Lady Bird (2017)
Another Greta Gerwig piece – and this one even stronger. Her ode to early ’00s teenage yearning and frustration is quiet but potent, with outstanding performances from the entire cast. Timothée embodies fuckboi Kyle in a way that is almost painful to watch – because Lady Bird’s obsession with him, and subsequent hurt, are all too real. We’ve all fallen for a Kyle and been burned at some point.
1. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Armie Hammer aside, this movie is exquisite. About a teen boy who falls for a graduate student staying at his family’s home in Italy, it’s beautifully shot, with on point costumes, a wonderful soundtrack, and fantastic performances – not to mention a story that is by turns sweet, sexy, and utterly heart-wrenching. There’s a reason this is the film that put Timothée on the map. He is wonderful as the young Elio, both brash and vulnerable, and the closing scene alone, in which he cries in front of a fireplace before looking into the camera, is enough to put this at number one.
This opinion piece is written by Jenna Guillaume, an entertainment journalist and author of YA rom-coms What I Like About Me and You Were Made For Me. Follow her at @jennaguillaume.