The Hughes Brothers, Allen and Albert, have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as talented filmmakers with a distinct style. Over the years, they have directed six feature films, each with its own unique qualities. Here, we’ll rank those movies from worst to best.
Alpha (2018) – IMDB: 6.7
Coming in at number six is ‘Alpha,’ the Hughes Brothers’ most recent film. While the movie has some breathtaking visuals and an interesting premise, it falls short in terms of storytelling. The bond between the main character and his wolf companion is supposed to be the heart of the movie, but it feels forced and unnatural.
Knights Of The South Bronx (2005) – IMDB: 6.8
Next up is ‘Knights of the South Bronx,’ a made-for-television movie that tells the true story of a dedicated teacher who teaches his disadvantaged students to play chess. While the film has a heartwarming message and solid performances, it ultimately feels too safe and predictable.
From Hell (2001) – IMDB: 6.8
‘In From Hell,’ the Hughes Brothers tackle the infamous Jack the Ripper case. The movie has a gripping atmosphere and some standout performances, particularly from Johnny Depp. However, the plot can be convoluted at times, and the ending feels rushed.
Dead Presidents (1995) – IMDB: 6.9
‘Dead Presidents’ is a heist movie with a lot of heart. The film follows a group of friends who attempt a daring robbery, and the consequences that follow. While the movie can be intense and violent, it also has a strong emotional core that makes it stand out from other crime movies.
The Book Of Eli (2010) – IMDB: 6.9
‘The Book of Eli’ is a post-apocalyptic action movie starring Denzel Washington as a blind warrior on a mission to protect a sacred book. The movie has stunning visuals and some impressive action sequences, but it can be overly preachy at times. Still, it’s a solid entry in the Hughes Brothers’ filmography.
Menace II Society (1993) – IMDB: 7.5
Finally, we come to the Hughes Brothers’ debut film, ‘Menace II Society.’ The movie is a gritty and unflinching portrayal of life in gang-ridden Watts, California. The performances are outstanding, particularly from Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate. The movie can be hard to watch at times, but it’s an important and powerful piece of filmmaking that still resonates today.
The Hughes Brothers have made some truly remarkable movies over the years. While some of their films fall short in certain areas, each one has its own unique strengths. Whether you’re a fan of intense crime dramas or post-apocalyptic action movies, there’s something for everyone in the Hughes Brothers’ filmography.