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Guillermo del Toro Ranked His Favorite Guillermo del Toro Movies

Hey, who better to rank a filmmaker’s movies than the filmmaker, right?!

With The Shape of Water in limited release – the full on, wide release begins on December 22 – now is a pretty good time to revisit Guillermo del Toro‘s body of work. Ever since bursting on the scene with Cronos back in 1993, Del Toro has given us countless gems, including fan faves The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth.

But when Guillermo del Toro reflects on his work, which films does he consider to be his best? He was asked that very question in a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything session yesterday.

Del Toro’s ranking of his own films? He likes the following 6 the best, he noted:

  • 1) The Shape of Water
  • 2) The Devil’s Backbone
  • 3) Pan’s Labyrinth
  • 4) Crimson Peak
  • 5) Hellboy II
  • 6) Pacific Rim

Del Toro recently called The Shape of Water, which is generating Oscar buzz, his “proudest achievement,” so this particular ranking lines up with that sentiment.

Be sure to give the whole AMA session a read for more interesting tidbits!

Crimson Peak, image source Universal/Legendary



  • Sorkin006

    I respectfully disagree Mr. Del Toro.

  • Necro


  • I honestly think that Pacific Rim is one of his weaker films. He is absolutely brilliant, though. Can’t wait to see Shape of Water.

    • ShadowInc

      I’d agree. PACIFIC RIM was a flat line for me.

      • MODOK

        There’s almost nothing about Pacific Rim that would mark it as one of Del Toro’s. Put Michael Bay’s name on the exact same movie and everyone would despise it.

    • Biscoito18

      For me, even Blade II is better.

    • FortesqueX

      I didn’t hate “Rim,” but I thought it was totally forgettable. Easily his weakest film. I’d watch “Mimic” ten times before I sit through “Rim” again.

  • Collin

    I haven’t seen all his movies. I remember enjoying Hellboy 2 a lot when I saw it as a teen but apart from that I find he relies far too heavily on overdone cliches or weak characters. His movies from whatI’ve seen are incredibly well made and absolutely gorgeous but the stories are so thin or uninteresting. I don’t get t he hype. Pans labyrinth gave me no reaction. I almost fell asleep in the theater watching crimson peak because the romance just was not there for me. Idk maybe it’s just me but I’ve never “understood” him

  • Rohan

    I’m excited to see the shape of water, but not necessarily the fish fuckin.

  • ShadowInc

    The Devil’s Backbone, Pans Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 & 2, and Blade 2 are all tops with me.
    Mimic, and Cronos are ok. Crimson peak was a bit tepid. Pacific Rim is his worst film IMO.

    • FortesqueX

      I agree. “Rim” was a big waste of time and his talent.

  • MaryMaria

    Man, I need to watch The Devil’s Backbone again, the last time must have been over ten years ago. So good. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved the FX nod to it in Crimson Peak.

  • Bryano

    I’m glad to see The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth so high up the list. I’ve been steadily disappointed in his movie’s since PL, so I’m trying not to get my hopes up for The Shape of Water. Crimson Peak was O.K, but that was about it. I was blown away by PL and TDB when I saw them.

  • Biscoito18

    I haven’t seen The Shape of Water yet, but for now The Devil’s Backbone still my favorite.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    interesting given than in hollywoo he has not made great movies, hoping The Shape of Water can fix that, Crimson Peak was forgettable, The Devil Backbone and Pan Labyrinth are his best movies so far

  • jose ramirez

    I think Pan’s Labrynthe is his best

    • Papa_spoosh

      I haven’t seen the shape of water, I hope it is somehow better but setting a bar that high is never good

  • I Am Colossus

    I don’t give a fuck what people say now, years after the fact….but Blade​ 2 was a big step up from original and is one of his coolest movies….if he didn’t do that flick I wouldn’t even of given a fuck about his movies at all

    • FortesqueX

      I definitely agree that it’s better than the first. In fact, it’s the only “Blade” movie I like.

  • Jair H Castillo

    what about Cronos & Blade II?

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