Roguish, incredibly good looking, and talented are just some of the ways you can describe Alex Pettyfer. Before he made his way to acting, he had a successful career as a model, where he learned the art of being at ease with cameras pointed right at you. Since he broke into the film industry, his winning blend of promising talent and impossibly amazing looks has kept him with a steady supply of jobs on the silver screen. Over the course of his career, he has appeared in a number of memorable and gritty roles. Here is a list of 10 Alex Pettyfer’s movies and TV shows ranked from best to worst.
Alex Pettyfer’s Movies and TV Shows
1. MAGIC MIKE (2012)
Under the sensitive direction of Steven Soderbergh, Magic Mike is a film that manages to do everything right. The characters deliver strong performances that add even more spirit and depth to an already incredible storyline. The movie revolves around the world of male strippers, where Mike (played by Channing Tatum), takes a young dancer known as The Kid (played by Pettyfer) under his wing. He teaches him the ways of business, how to party like an animal, make quick bucks, and seduce women easily. Magic Mike is deeply fascinating and entertaining in many respects. Even though you eventually figure out where the movie is headed, you are still pretty elated and thrilled by the journey it takes to get there. It remains one of the best Alex Pettyfer’s movies to date.
2. ELVIS & NIXON (2016)
One cold December morning in 1970, Elvis Presley, the crowned King of Rock ‘n Roll showed up to the White House and requested a meeting with the then President of the United States, Richard Nixon. This movie is a beautiful cinematic expression of that audacious first meeting, which is considered one of the most momentous and humorous events in the history of popular culture. The dialogue between the characters flows like a song, and every scene in the movie is a delight. Elvis & Nixon is a film everyone should see at least once. It will engage you from the opening scene and keep your attention right up until the credits start to roll.
3. BACK ROADS (2018)
Pettyfer flexes his dramatic muscles as the lead, Harley, in this audacious, gripping, and twisty indie film, which also serves as his directorial debut. After his mother shoots and kills his abusive father and gets sent to prison, his character is left to look after his three younger sisters, one of whom is the overtly sexual and rebellious Amber (played by Nicola Peltz). Harley is wrecked and angered by his tumultuous past, but a ray of hope appears on the horizon when he develops a relationship with a married woman. However, dark family secrets soon get exposed, plunging his life into a downward spiral that burdens the entire community.
Back Roads is a beautiful and tenuous exploration of the ways that repressed emotions and toxic masculinity can impact the lives of people in a community. The acting is top-notch and the drama is poignant and arresting. No one can deny that this is one of the best Alex Pettyfer’s movies to hit the screens so far.
4. LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (2013)
Directed by Lee Daniels and co-written by Danny Strong, this gut-wrenching drama revolves around a butler in the White House who served eight presidents for three decades. Using his life and family as a focal point, the movie maps the changes that swept across America during this period, from the revolutionary civil rights movement to the controversial and needlessly bloody war in Vietnam and more.
Forest Whitaker plays the eponymous butler and he is flanked on all sides by an all-star cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Alex Pettyfer, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, and Vanessa Redgrave; all of whom put in some of the strongest and most authentic performances of their careers. The movie was a commercial and critical success, although it earned some criticisms for its historical inaccuracies. The Butler is a vibrant and potent film from start to finish.
5. URBAN MYTHS (2017-2019)
Urban Myths is a British biographical anthology series that takes on specific stories and events that have been passed down and has now become a part of our urban folklore. The comedy-drama series offers a mischievous look into these myths, whether they are true or not, and offers a version of what they think might have happened. Over the course of its three seasons, each episode has explored a different story from popular culture including how Bob Dylan ended up on a stranger’s doorsteps and the day Mohammed Ali talked a man down from the ledge he wanted to jump off. These stories are brought to life by an ensemble cast sometimes featuring real-life individuals who are connected to the story in question. Alex Pettyfer appeared in the episode about Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder, one of the most-watched so far. The series is highly rated by fans and critics alike. It is one of the best Alex Pettyfer’s TV shows.
6. TORMENTED (2009)
After a bullied teenager commits suicide, he returns from the grave to make life a living hell for the students at his school who tortured and ostracized him. Pettyfer plays Bradley, one of the most popular boys in high school and the main bully who torments Darren, the dead boy. His world and that of his friends is thrown into a panic when people begin turning up dead in the most gruesome fashion.
Tormented is a dark, funny, timely, and emotionally moving horror movie. The plot is further elevated by the dazzling performances given by Pettyfer and the rest of the charming cast. The movie explores how cruel adolescents and teenagers can often be, and it tackles all its themes well enough to make for a satisfying viewing.
7. WILD CHILD (2008)
The titular character in this film is embodied by Emma Roberts. She’s a teenage girl who is spoiled, self-obsessed, and constantly craves attention. When one of her pranks goes too far, her father angrily decides to send her off to boarding school in England, far removed from the comforts she holds dear. The American princess soon finds that very few people give a damn about her in her new environment and she will not be getting special treatment no matter how hard she pushes. She soon realizes being a bad girl will only get her so far in life, but before she changes for the better, she is going to shake up the school a little bit. This Alex Pettyfer movie might hit all the right marks for girls in their tweens, but a more mature audience will see right through the bland jokes, bland direction, and thin characters it has to offer.
8. I AM NUMBER FOUR (2011)
Another sci-fi thriller that manages to fall unbelievably flat on its face, I Am Number Four is built around a plot that is at once familiar and unforgettable. It revolves around John Smith played by Pettyfer, who is being hunted down by enemies from his past responsible for the deaths of three others like him. With the help of his guardian, he moves from place to place, changing identities, and severing all ties with his former lives. In the new town he currently calls home, John soon finds love and unlocks incredible abilities that could help save his destiny or destroy it. Although this is not a terrible movie, it’s not very good either.
9. THE I-LAND (2019)
Alex Pettyfer stars as Brody, one of the ten people who wake up to find themselves stranded on a dangerous island with no memory of how they got there or what kind of lives they had before. With their memories wiped clean, they have no idea how to navigate the new and strange world they must make their living on. Unbeknownst to the ten, they are all violent criminals that are being used for an experiment called rehabilitation simulation, to test if they are capable of change or only able to continue their old behaviors.
The limited sci-fi series aired on Netflix and it has received mostly bad reviews so far. The character development, theme, plotline, and flashback structure of the show is comically bad and leaves you with a sense that everyone involved knew they were making a terrible show, but continued anyway. To call The I-Land an absolute embarrassment would be an understatement.
10. ENDLESS LOVE (2014)
This romantic drama is one of the worst of Alex Pettyfer’s movies. It draws inspiration from the 1979 novel and 1981 film of the same title. The actor and Gabriella Wilde take the lead as David and Jade, two star-crossed lovers determined to pursue their affections for each other despite the strong disapproval from their parents. On Jade’s part, she is the sheltered daughter of a well-to-do family who wants a better choice of mate for her, while David is a troubled kid from a working-class family. The more their parents try to keep them apart, the more reckless their affair becomes.
Endless Love is so bad, sappy, silly, and desperate to create sizzling drama that the movie ends up almost being entertaining. If we were to make a list of Alex Pettyfer’s movies that are not worth the effort it takes to watch them, Endless Love would be leading the race.