Aaron Paul is a famous American actor who has been in a lot of remarkable movies and television shows. After playing minor roles for several years, he got his big break in 2007 when he bagged a recurring role in HBO series Big Love. This role cleared the path of his career and put him on an upward trajectory to greater heights in Hollywood. He began securing major roles in movies such as Need For Speed (2014), A Long Way Down (2014), Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), and so on.
He is a multiple award-winning actor who has set some records in awards reception. He is one of only two actors to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times since it was its separation into comedy and drama. Despite only being active since 1998, he has won some other prestigious awards such as Saturn Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and so on. Below is a list of some of Aaron Paul’s movies and TV series rated in a particular order – from the best ones to the worst ones.
1. Breaking Bad (2003-2008)
Breaking Bad is arguably one of the best TV series Aaron Paul has ever featured in. It ran from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013, and ended in Season five with a total of 62 episodes. It was created by Vince Gilligan and starring alongside Aaron Paul were stars such as Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks, and Laura Fraser.
The series takes its title from a slang popular in Southern United States which means to raise hell or to take to a life of crime. Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a depressed and dying chemistry teacher takes to a life of crime together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after being diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer. His intent is to secure the financial future of his family.
All five seasons of the series were critically acclaimed. It received widespread praise and applause from the critics and was once called the greatest television show of all time. This series received various awards including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and 58 nominations. It also won an award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2013 and 2014. The list of the awards goes on. Although its financial success is not certain at this time, all indications suggest that it was a commercial hit.
2. Eye in the Sky (2015)
This is one movie you wouldn’t regret watching and evidently, a large percentage of the audience and critics agree to this. The film was written by Guy Hibbert and directed by Gavin Hood. Its ensemble cast includes Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, and Iain Glen.
The plot of this movie is centered around opposition faced by the UK government and its military when they order a drone missile to take out suicide bombers in Nairobi, Kenya. Aaron Paul plays the role of 2nd Lieutenant Steve Watts, a US drone pilot. The movie is not only a box office hit (it grossed $34 million against a $13 million budget) but was also highly acclaimed critically. Its ratings on Rotten Tomatoes was 95% and 82% for critics and audience respectively. On IMDb, the movie was scored at 7.3.
3. The X-Files (1998-2016)
The X-Files is another very successful movie in Aaron Paul’s filmography. It is an American supernatural thriller created by Chris Carter. This sci-fi series aired first on September 10, 1993, and concluded on February 22, 2016, with 11 seasons and a total of 228 episodes. Among its cast were David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Robert Patrick, and Annabeth Gish.
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Sully (Gillian Anderson) – who have opposite beliefs with regards to the supernatural world – work together to unravel certain unusual and unnatural causes. Even though the government insists that the reports of the strange happenings are unfounded and false, the agents stop at nothing to prove how true they are. Aaron Paul appeared on the 5th episode of the 9th season as Sky Commander Winky.
Despite the fact that it is no secret that this series had remarkable ratings, its commercial records are unavailable at this time. On IMDb, it was rated 8.6/10, on Rotten Tomatoes, 86% and on TV.com 9/10.
4. Mission Impossible III (2006)
Mission Impossible III is the 3rd installment in the M:I franchise. The 3rd installment was commercially successful but not as successful as its predecessors. It was written by JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It is an adaptation of a 1966 TV series with the same name by Bruce Geller. Starring alongside Aaron Paul was Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Keri Russell.
In this film, the all-time protagonist of the franchise Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is a retired officer of Impossible Missions Force (IMF) but is brought back into action when he is called upon to capture a highly elusive arms dealer.
The film grossed $397 million at the box office against a budget of $15 million. It fared well on the critical assessment. Hence, it rated 70% by critics on Rotten Tomatoes while the audience gave it a little above average rating. On Rotten Tomatoes, it was rated 69% and on IMDb, it had a 6.9 score.
5. Smashed (2012)
Smashed is a drama film that was written by James Ponsoldt and Susan Burke – and directed by the former. The story follows Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie Hannah (Aaron Paul), a married couple who are alcoholics. After several embarrassing incidents caused by her excessive drinking, Kate decides it high time to seek help and sobriety.
The movie was rated 83% by the critics on Rotten Tomatoes while the audience rated it 68%. Sadly it was not able to recover its budget expenditure at the box office as it grossed only $499,000 against a budget of $500,000.
6. Central Intelligence (2016)
This action comedy film brought together a lot of great acts such as Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, and Danielle Nicolet, alongside Aaron Paul. The movie was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who was also a co-writer alongside Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen.
The film tells the story of two old high school mates to work together to prevent worldwide chaos. One is a lethal CIA agent, while the other is an accountant, whose knowledge of numbers is essential in saving the compromised US spy system. Together, they face a lot of gun action and engage in espionage.
This Aaron Paul movie sold well at the box office, grossing $217 million against a budget of $50 million. The audience rating was also good with an approval rating of 61% and 6.3 on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively.
7. The Last House On The Left (2006)
Described as less original than the 1972 film of the same title and way too gory, this 2006 horror film was a critical flop. The Last House On The Left was written by Carl Ellsworth and Adam Alleca while Dennis Iliadis was the director. Its ensemble casts included Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Garret Dillahunt, Spencer Treat Clark, Martha MacIsaac, and Sara Paxton.
The plot of this remake follows that of its original where the parents of a girl who is kidnapped by a convict and his gang and left for dead try to avenge their daughter’s ordeal. Luckily for the producers, this movie was a commercial success, grossing $45 million in box office sales. It was received with mostly negative reviews from critics and low ratings from the audience. It was rated 52% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.5 on iMDb.
8. Need For Speed (2014)
Despite being an entertaining movie with a good plot, this car racing film failed to enter the good books of many critics. It was written by George and John Gatins and directed by Scott Waugh. The movie starred the likes of Dominic Cooper, Rami Malek, Imogen Poots, Ramón Rodríguez, and Scott Mescudi.
A car racer (Dominic Cooper) and a mechanic (Aaron Paul) who tries to keep his business afloat are engaged in a cross-country race to avenge the death of his friend who died at the hands of a rival racer. The movie was a huge commercial success, grossing up to $203.3 million against a budget of $66 million, however, it was a critical failure. It had an audience approval rating of 57% and 6.6 on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb respectively.
9. Fathers and Daughters (2015)
This is a drama film written by Brad Desch and directed by Gabriele Muccino. Its ensemble cast included Amanda Seyfried, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe, Bruce Greenwood, and Jane Fonda.
Aaron Paul plays the role of an aspiring novelist who falls in love with the daughter of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, now mentally deranged after the death of his wife. The movie was a critical flop. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 28% rating while the audience rated it at 58%. On IMDb, the movie scored 7.1/10. It was also a commercial disaster as it grossed just $5.1 million at the box office at against a production budget of $22.1 million.
10. Bad Girls From Valley High (2005)
This movie is regarded as the worst Aaron Paul has ever featured in because it was both a critical failure and bore to the audience. It was written by Robert Locash and Andrew Lane and directed by John T. Kretchmer.
The movie is centered around the lives of three vixens and proud high school students who begin to age rapidly after the arrival of an exchange student from Romania. Aaron plays the role of Jonathan Warton in the movie.
Although the movie earnings are not known, it was greatly faulted by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes. the audience approval rating was 26% while on IMDb, it was rated 3.5/10.