Best Movies of Alexander Payne

The Descendants (2011)

Aggregate Rating: 192 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 84 | Earnings: $82.62M

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.


Sideways (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 191 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 94 | Earnings: $71.50M

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.


Nebraska (2013)

Aggregate Rating: 174 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 86 | Earnings: $17.61M

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.


About Schmidt (2002)

Aggregate Rating: 166 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 85 | Earnings: $65.01M

A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.


Election (1999)

Aggregate Rating: 161 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 83 | Earnings: $14.88M

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.


Citizen Ruth (1996)

Aggregate Rating: 135 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 64 | Earnings: $0.15M

An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides.


Downsizing (2017)

Aggregate Rating: 125 | Imdb: 5 | Metascore: 63 | Earnings: $24.45M

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.


The Passion of Martin (1991)

Aggregate Rating: 64 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

A lonely photographer gradually develops a rather unhealthy obsession with a young woman he once met by sheer chance.