Fans of Star Wars and the HBO comedy-drama series – Girls, will no doubt be seeking to see a comprehensive list of Adam Driver’s filmography. The actor is best known for his role as the main antagonist, Kylo Ren, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Before his appearance in the epic George Lucas franchise, he got his breakthrough by playing the role of Adam Shackler, the emotionally unstable boyfriend of Girls‘ lead character, Hannah Horvath.
Like many others who have gone ahead to receive wide acclaim in Hollywood, Driver has shown that he is not just built for on-camera roles. He has been able to do this by taking on the challenges of stage acting, appearing in multiple Broadway shows and even receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for one of his performances.
In regards to the awards he has received for his performances in front of the camera, Driver has to his name three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. These nominations, which came consecutively from 2013 to 2015, are as a result of his performances on the TV show Girls. Another notable nod he has received are the multiple Best Supporting Actor nominations he got in 2019 from the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for his role as Phillip “Flip” Zimmerman in the comedy-drama, BlacKkKlansman.
As many Hollywood executives have noted in recent times, Adam Driver is without a doubt on his way to greatness as he leads the pack of the next generation of the ’80s and ’90s born actors that will rule both television and the silver screen in many years to come. Read on to see our best to worst rankings of Adam Driver’s filmography consisting of his movies and television shows.
Adam Driver’s Filmography
1. Girls (2012–2017)
With HBO’s Girls being the platform that gave him his breakthrough, it is only right that the multiple award-winning television show is ranked number one on the best to worst Adam Driver Filmography list. The show, which follows the lives of four young women living in New York City, is partly based on the experiences of the star and creator of the show, Lena Dunham.
While Girls received several accolades (both for the actors and the show itself), and considerable critical acclaim for its raw nature, humor, and refreshing tone, it generated significant criticism over a number of issues, most especially its depiction of sexual assault, the lack of racial representation, and frequent on-screen nudity.
2. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
With Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman being the film that put Driver on the radar of the major award bodies, it is only right that it takes the number two spot. Add that to the fact that the film itself received wide acclaim from critics and was also a huge success, earning six times its budget in the box office, it is a must-watch for every fan of the actor.
Set in the early-1970s, the biographical crime film, which is based on the 2014 memoir of Ron Stallworth titled Black Klansman, is about the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs police department who sets out to infiltrate and expose the local Ku Klux Klan chapter.
3. Lincoln (2012)
Due to the fact that Lincoln has a cast list that includes actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, and Tommy Lee Jones, and for the fact that it was critically and commercially successful, it is by our evaluation one of the better projects from Adam Driver’s filmography.
As the name suggests, Lincoln is about U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and his efforts to get the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives in January 1865.
4. The Force Awakens (2015)
The first installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens is set thirty years after the Galactic Civil War when the First Order rises from the fallen Galactic Empire and seeks to eliminate the New Republic. Adam Driver, whose performance in the film was described by many critics as one that embodied the character he was portraying, plays the role of a high-ranking member of the First Order named Kylo Ren, the leader of the Knights of Ren.
The Force Awakens received numerous awards, including five nominations from the Academy and four from the BAFTAs. It further went ahead to become the highest-grossing installment in the Star Wars franchise and the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time. It is also one of the most well-known additions to Adam Driver’s Filmography.
5. Logan Lucky (2017)
As you would notice after going through Adam Driver’s filmography, the actor seems to appreciate appearing alongside the best of his colleagues as he has been a part of a number of ensemble casts. Logan Lucky follows this trend as he stars alongside Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, and Sebastian Stan in this heist comedy film.
The film, which follows the plan of a family as they rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway before trying hard to not get caught by the FBI, received positive reviews upon release. Many critics praised the cast’s performances, however, they pointed out that it was director Steven Soderbergh who should take the credit for their performance.
6. You Don’t Know Jack (2010)
Adam Driver stars alongside Al Pacino, Danny Huston, Susan Sarandon, and Brenda Vaccaro in this made-for-television biopic about pathologist and euthanasia proponent, Dr. Jack Kevorkian. The film dramatizes his efforts to help both terminally ill and profoundly disabled people end their lives, something that earns him the nickname of Dr. Death in the media and also gets him to spend some time behind bars.
The film received largely positive reviews from critics upon release and also got nominated for a number of awards. Al Pacino, who plays the main character of Kevorkian, won a Primetime Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance.
7. Hungry Hearts (2014)
Hungry Hearts is an Italian drama film about a couple who first meet under the worst of circumstances but are still able to forge a strong relationship that leads to them making a child. At this point, things become tricky for the two as one is obsessed with purity and greatly distrusts modern medicine while the other does not see reason in her beliefs.
For their performance in the film, Adam Driver and his co-star, Alba Rohrwacher, won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
8. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
Next up on this list of Adam Driver’s Filmography is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. After having started work on the film in 1989, it took director Terry Gilliam almost three decades to finally put out his long-awaited project. Due to this, which came about as a result of a lack of funding, and the fact that actors like Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, and Robert Duvall, among others, had previously signed up to appear in the film but later backed out, interest in the film dwindled. Gilliam was only able to finish the project because a Driver signed on to appear in it in 2016.
Unfortunately, his appearance in the film did not do much for its success as Variety magazine wrote that Gilliam’s obsessions about the film made him lose sight of what brought a buzz to it in the first place.
9. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
Every summer, there is always that one movie that many hope will be the defining film of the year due to either the film’s budget, cast members, or reputation of the director and studio backing the project. For 2019, that movie was largely thought to be one in Adam Driver’s filmography, the horror-comedy film, The Dead Don’t Die, which is about a small town’s police force’s effort in combating a sudden zombie invasion.
The movie’s hype came as a result of its ensemble cast that includes Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, RZA, and Tilda Swinton, among others. Upon release, however, the film received mixed to poor reviews from critics and it failed to achieve commercial success.
10. Gayby (2012)
Gayby is a romantic comedy-drama film that follows the relationship between a yoga instructor named Jenn and a comic book store worker named Matt. The two, who have been best friends from college, find themselves to be single and in their 30s. This prompts them to go ahead with a pact they had in the past that said they would have a baby together, regardless of the fact that one of them is gay and the other is straight.
Being one of Driver’s earlier efforts, the actor plays the relatively small role of Neil, Matt’s co-worker. The role he plays in Gayby does not do justice to the talent he has proven in the films and TV series listed above. Furthermore, the film’s commercial and somewhat critical failure has meant that it comes in as the worst film in the Adam Driver filmography list.