Every David Lynch Film RANKED From Worst To Best

9. Dune

Twin Peaks Criterion
Universal Pictures

With Denis Villeneuve's remake coming next year, now's the time to revisit Lynch's version which, despite studio interference resulting in a less than ideal adaption, is still not as bad as you have heard.

The first big screen iteration of Frank Herbert's genre-defining novel, the production was infamously troubled by studio interference, resulting in the picture being reedited and Lynch attempting to have his name removed from the credits.

And yet, despite that, Dune is not as bad as you may have heard. In fact, watching the film and then the trailer for Villeneuve's outing will reveal a good deal of visual similarities. Lynch's version still has scale and action and there is a lot to be said for production design and detail displayed on screen.

Kyle MacLachlan makes his debut and is a strong performer right out the gate. Indeed, everyone in the star-studded case - Patrick Stewart, Max Von Sydow, Sean Young, and Sting to name a few - either performs admirably if not excellently. Yes, it has aged and the weird whispering voice overs are plain disconcerting, but Dune is still a good sci-fi film, even if it doesn't quite live up to the novel.

Indeed, its main criticism for the purposes of this list is that it doesn't always feel particularly Lynchian.


A philosopher (no, actually) and sometime writer from Glasgow, with a worryingly extensive knowledge of Dawson's Creek.