Anderson, Paul Thomas: Auteur, Vision, Nine Films Ranked

Paul Thomas Anderson: Auteur of Independent Cinema

He has shown a distinctive vision, and surprising maturity considering his age at the time.

He makes vast, sprawling epics that deal with various issues of the family as a social institution.  Indeed, themes of families– biological, surrogate, professional–permeate his work

His pictures are populated with mostly lonely individuals who bear the heavy burden of their usually tumultuous pasts on their shoulders, solid or frail.

Anderson is arguably the only director of his generation who has not made a bad movie yet.

To be sure, not all of his nine features are equally impressive from an artistic standpoint–some are naturally better than others.

Please find below our evaluation of his nine features, rank ordered.

Nine Films Ranked (Weakest to Strongest)

9. Hard Eight

8. Punch Drunk Love

7. Inherent Vice

6. Phantom Thread

5. Licorice Pizza

4. The Master

3. Magnolia

2. There Will Be Blood

1. Boogie Nights