The 10 Best Chris Evans Movies, According To Ranker

As Light year prepares to take off to box office success on June 17, it’s worth wondering if star Chris Evans will become just as synonymous with the iconic Pixar character as Captain America. After all, Steve Rogers passed the torch to Sam Wilson, making Evans’ reign as Captain America a thing of the past. Light yearhowever, is all about the future and beyond.

To get a sense of where Evans’ filmography fits in with his portrayals of Captain America, Ranker fans put in their two cents, highlighting a very heavy MCU slate balanced by smaller indie films that prove Evans’ compelling acting qualities.

Note: Ranking Lists are live and continue to accumulate votes. Some rankings may therefore have changed after this publication.


ten Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

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Sue and Johnny Storm stand in a golden hallway in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Given the massive success of Evans’ run as Captain America, it’s easy to forget he played Johnny Storm aka Human Torch in two. Fantastic Four movies. In the following, The Rise of the Silver SurferStorm and her sidekicks The Thing, Invisible Woman, and Mister Fantastic do their best to confront and eventually team up with Silver Surfer to ensure Earth remains safe from Galactus.

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While many fans and critics felt the film surpassed its predecessor as a breathtaking marvel of exquisite special visual effects, others felt the 92-minute runtime left a lot to be desired. Even so, the film became popular enough to earn a nod to the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films’ 2008 Best Science Fiction Film award, losing out to Cloverfield.

9 The Nanny Diaries (2007)

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Hayden wears a Harvard shirt in The Nanny Diaries

Based on the novel of the same name, Evans stars alongside Scarlett Johansson in the underrated 2000s romantic comedy nanny diaries, in which he plays his love interest Hayden the “Harvard Hottie”. With electric chemistry that takes the delightful film a long way, the story concerns the growing pains of Annie (Johansson), a recent college graduate who goes through personal and professional hurdles after taking a job as a nanny for a couple. affluent from New York.

With strong supporting turns from Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti, the film proved that Evans could handle more sophisticated comedy than he showed in Not another teen movieand marked the second of eight films Evans has made with Johansson to date, proving the tremendous screen partners they have created for over a decade.

8 The Fantastic Four (2005)

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Johnny lights his finger torch in Fantastic Four

While many moviegoers felt The Rise of the Silver Surfer slightly surpassed its predecessor, Ranker fans feel quite the opposite. Also directed by Tim Story, the origin story of superpowered space travelers Johnny and Sue Storm, Ben Grimm and Reed Richards draws on the old cartoonish superhero movie formula that Iron Man helped redefine it for the better three years later, as the MCU came into its own.

While most critics dismissed The Fantastic Four as being too dark, boring, unconvincing, and boasting a poor origin story, those who enjoyed the film did so to favor rich characterizations over a simplified plot, allowing viewers to get to know the Fantastic Four as true origin stories should.

seven Gifted (2017)

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Frank sits on the hood of a car in Gifted

Evans gives one of his most tender performances in Gifted, in which he plays Frank, the uncle and unofficial guardian of a child math prodigy named Mary (Mckenna Grace). When Frank’s estranged mother wants to legally adopt Mary and use her brilliant mind for her own financial gain, Frank engages in a contentious battle for custody of his niece while severing ties with his mother.

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A difficult topic to navigate, the film gets to the heart of what it means to be an unconditionally loving family member and the deep sacrifices needed to find happiness. Evans’ touching turn aside, the film has been praised for its sincerity and deft balance of comedy and drama.

6 Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Captain America, Scarlet Witch and the Winter Soldier in Captain America: Civil War

Of the tree Captain America movies to date, Ranker fans feel Civil war is currently the lowest. Indeed, the story itself is quite polarizing, as it sews a major divide within the ranks of Marvel superheroes and pits the pure and selfless Steve Rogers against the sarcastic Tony Stark.

With an incisive political subtext that was hailed for reflecting current events at the time, Civil war shows Evans at his most comfortable and confident inside the iconic superhero costume, with his experience shining brightly when faced with tough decisions while waging war on the Iron Man team. Although it’s more of an ensemble piece, the crowd-pleasing action sequences, engrossing story, and scintillating, large-scale spectacle garnered near-universal praise.

5 What is your number? (2011)

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Colin holds a cell phone in the bathtub in What's Your Number?

Directed by Mark Mylod, What is your number? stars Anna Faris as Ally Darling, a lovesick 30-something who remembers her 19 former lovers to figure out where her romantic dalliances went wrong. As she stumbles back in time and hopes to make her 20th lover her last, Ally meets her musician neighbor Colin Shea (Evans in one of his most iconic roles), who begins to help her reunite with her former lovers. . Soon, the two can’t help but fall in love with each other.

Although most critics dismissed the story as formulaic, predictable and uninspired, most praise for the film pointed to Faris’ witty comedic timing, but lamented the few scenes she and Evans shared despite the lovely chemistry they displayed on screen.

4 The Avengers (2012)

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Steve stands under neon lights in his Captain America costume in The Avengers

Thanks to Evans playing a key cog in The Avengers, it’s hard to overstate the massive popularity and satisfaction of the large-scale blockbuster. Earn over $200 million on opening weekend (per box office mojo), the historic pop cultural event not only changed the business model for theatrical film releases, but also led to Infinity War and End of Gamearguably the best MCU movies ever.

For his part, Evans embodies Steve Rogers with a much darker tone than in the Captain America movies as he struggles to grasp the modern world and come to terms with being in a new time and place where most of his friends have died. The arc Cap undergoes from lone fish out of water to confident team member and heroic savior is part of what makes the character’s mythology resonate with so many fans.

3 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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Steve flexes muscles in suspended animation in Captain America: The First Avenger

Evans first donned the Captain America shield in The First Avenger, essentially serving as a character-based origin story. The plot features Steve Rogers as a repudiated military soldier who, to prove his worth, imbibes a super serum and slowly transforms into Captain America en route to thwarting a global terrorist bent on starting a war.

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With the size, scale and scope of a blockbuster handled admirably by the experienced Joe Johnston, the film has been hailed for restoring the light and airy feel of the comic book movies that fell out of favor upon release. darker superhero movies. Additionally, the romance between Rogers and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) was singled out for being as authentic and plot-relevant as any 2011 comic book movie.

2 Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Steve stands in the woods with a bloody lip in Avengers: Infinity War

Although it plays a somewhat lesser role in Infinity War, Evans continues to credibly portray Captain America grappling with the decision to care for himself or care for others. Of course, the quest to stop Thanos from getting all the Infinity Stones becomes a major plot point, allowing the entire lineup of MCU characters to contribute to some degree.

After churning out a decade of standalone and crossover superhero films, the way directors Joe and Anthony Russo are able to expertly tie all the different strings and loose strands together to create one unified MCU vision that pays the service fans like a great gestalt is simply faultless. A giant production with even higher stakes, Infinity Wars earns its place indeed.

1 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Steve and Natasha stand near a building in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

According to Rancher, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best film of Chris Evans’ career to date. The film’s significance is hard to ignore, as it marked the first of four MCU films directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, arguably the definitive creative voices currently working within the franchise.

Still struggling to adjust to his modern surroundings after being awakened from frozen suspended animation, The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers and his old-fashioned 1940s benefactor behavior on the run from SHIELD, who deemed him a traitor after the (simulated) death of Nick Fury. Fast-paced, loaded with thrilling set pieces and the stellar interplay between Rogers, The Falcon, and Black Widow, The Winter Soldier manages to feel fresh as a standalone movie as well as an integral part of the overall MCU mythology.

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