Eight-time Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson turned 48 on June 26, so to celebrate the filmmaker’s birthday we’ve ranked all eight of his movies from worst to best. Despite his career that’s included such hits as “Boogie Nights” and “There Will Be Blood,” the American director has yet to take home an Oscar of his own. Get a refresher on Anderson’s filmography by clicking through our photo gallery above. Can you guess what’s #1 in our rankings?
Anderson’s latest film was “Phantom Thread” (2017), which surprised on Oscar nominations morning with bids for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), Best Costume Design and Best Score. Costume designer Mark Bridges prevailed at the 2018 Oscars ceremony on March 4 as the film’s sole victory.
“Phantom Thread” stars Day-Lewis as a 1950s dressmaker whose fussy life takes a turn with he begins obsessing over a young woman played by Vicky Krieps. Manville portrays his no-nonsense sister who’s both jealous and annoyed by the new addition to their household. This marked the final collaboration between Anderson and the retiring Day-Lewis after “There Will Be Blood,” which earned Day-Lewis his second of three Oscars.
Anderson scored Oscar nominations for directing and producing “Phantom Thread.” Prior to that the auteur received bids for writing “Inherent Vice” (2014), directing, writing and producing “There Will Be Blood” (2007), writing “Magnolia” (1999) and writing “Boogie Nights” (1997). His other three films were “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002), “The Master” (2012) and “Hard Eight” (1996).