Every Movie Directed By Taika Waititi, Ranked By Letterboxd

Taika Waititi’s latest film, Thor: Love and Thunder, finally came out. The film further showcases the director’s strengths by providing audiences with a hilarious comedy with an emotional core at the center. But the New Zealand director has been delighting audiences for years.

Some of Waititi’s films are difficult to approach, due to the humor he employs. Letterboxd users have once again taken to their favorite site to show their love and, at times, disinterest in each of the films he has made.

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seven Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – 3.2/5


Thor, Jane and Valkyrie walk through Omnipotent City in Thor Love & Thunder

Taika’s latest movie, Thor: Love and Thunder finds Thor discovering himself again after the events of Avengers: Endgame. When a new villain, Gorr, begins slaying gods throughout the universe, Thor attempts to track him down, which leads him to New Asgard. New Asgard, has a new Thor, in the form of Jane Foster, now wielding a reforged Mjilonir. The two Thors team up to stop the butcher god.

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This movie ended up dividing audiences more than Taika’s last outing with the God of Thunder. Many feel that the film doesn’t balance the tones very well, and the humor didn’t land for many audience members. Despite all its flaws, many users still find enough to love in the fourth Thor movie, such as Christian Bale’s performance as Gorr.


6 Eagle vs. Shark (2007) – 3.3/5


eagle versus shark

Taika Waititi’s first feature film, eagle versus shark is a love story that only he could deliver. Jemaine Clement stars in this film as Jarrod, who falls in love with a girl named Lily. The two meet at a party where Jarrod is dressed as an eagle and Lily is dressed as a shark. The two fall madly in love, but Jarrod tries to kill his high school bully and Lily needs to find out if she’s okay with it.

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This film has been repeatedly described as “pretty cute”. The acting is quite original and definitely resembles an indie film from the early 200s. But the film doesn’t quite live up to today’s standards. Jarrod comes across as an emotionally abusing boyfriend in most scenes, for example.


5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – 3.9/5


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Thor: Ragnarok picked up with Thor after the events of the second avengers film. When he returns to Asgard, he finds that Loki has taken the throne and banished Odin. The two go to find Odin, who dies, but not before revealing that they have a sister named Hela, the goddess of death. Thor and Loki get lost on Sakar, where they find Valkyrie and the Hulk, who they hope will help in the fight to free Asgard from Hela’s rule.

This film was Taika Waititi’s first step in making successful films and it paid off. He brought some much-needed energy to the character of Thor. Many felt the character was obsolete, so Thor: Ragnarok stripped him of his hammer and tried to tell a new kind of story for the character. Hela didn’t impress much as a villain, but all of the new characters, the Grandmaster, Korg, and Valkyrie all became fan favorites.


4 Boy (2010) – 4.0/5


The main character of Taika Waititi's Boy, standing in front of a blackboard and smiling

Boy is an age story comic about a young child named Boy. He lives on a farm with his younger brother and grandmother and wants his father to come home. He believes his father is a hero, but when his father finally arrives, the truth is far more disappointing.

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Taika Waititi’s first coming-of-age story was a big hit with audiences, especially on Letterboxd. Taika turned out to be a breath of fresh air when it came to this movie. It’s light and airy, but it also had a lot of heart and with this film, Taika proved he could balance very different tones.


3 Wild Hunt (2016) – 4.0/5


Wilderpeople Hunt

In Wilderpeople Hunt, a young boy is adopted by a family on a farm and things go well at first. Unfortunately, Hector’s wife dies and the two don’t know what they can do or if they should be together. They left for the woods to live there and learned that they might have more in common than they thought. Throughout the film, the two grow closer and become a real family.

Another film that demonstrates Taika’s strengths as a filmmaker. This film is both personal and wild. One moment the audience is laughing and the next is crying, but it never feels unbalanced. Taika Waititi creates an incredible character in the form of Sam Neil’s Hector. Taika may be an acquired taste for some, but it’s hard to completely ignore such a heartwarming film.


2 What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – 4.1/5


Three vampires invite a documentary crew to document their nightlife. A new vampire is spawned and begins to cause some trouble. What we do in the shadows concerns how the three vampires deal with the newest member of their crew. He looks hip and cool and he’s able to get them into bars, but his carelessness could put them all in danger.

What we do in the shadows instantly became a cult hit and was arguably the film that put Taika Waititi on the map for American audiences. Most of the user reviews on Letterboxd just quote the movie, so it’s hard to see anything but love for this movie. A sequel was so sought after that a spin-off TV series What we do in the shadows was made.


1 Jojo Rabbit (2019) – 4.1/5


It’s World War II JoJo Rabbit and the Germans lose the war. Jojo is a young boy who idolizes the Nazi party, including Hitler. His imaginary friend is a crazier version of Hitler. When a young Jewish woman is found hiding in his home, he is confused, as she has nothing to do with the propaganda he was fed.

Although this can easily divide people, JoJo Rabbit is considered one of the best films of 2019. The young performers stand out and are able to hold their own with the more seasoned actors. Taika is a kid at heart, so it makes sense that his strongest films deal with childhood, regardless of the context.

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