Jane Campion movies ranked from worst to best: ‘The Power of the Dog,’ ‘The Piano’ …

Jane Campion has always been a film artist who’s gone her own way. With a background in art, Campion soon came to realize that she could better express herself through the medium of film and created a series of short films, one of which, “Peel,” won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. In 1989, she segued into feature film direction with “Sweetie,” the first of eight features that she would direct over the next 32 years. Scroll down to see all eight Jane Campion movies ranked from worst to best.

She explored female sexuality in “In the Cut,” “Holy Smoke!,” “Portrait of a Lady” and, most famously in “The Piano,” where Holly Hunter’s character Ada consents to an erotic affair with a frontiersman (Harvey Keitel) which allows her to fulfill her long-repressed sexual desires. (That’s also a theme of Campion’s acclaimed 2013 TV miniseries “Top of the Lake.”) It’s only in the almost-chaste romance of “Bright Star” that Campion would appear to embrace traditional female roles, but even then Abbie Cornish’s Fanny has to take the lead in the romantic pursuit of poet John Keats. It is ironic then that Campion’s most-awarded film, 2021’s “The Power of the Dog,” focuses primarily on the damage that can be done by toxic masculinity. She took home the Oscar as Best Director for that Netflix movie.

To celebrate the work of this distinguished writer/director, let’s raise a glass to Campion by counting down, from worst to best, the eight films from her ever-growing filmography.