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Every Single Adam Sandler Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

Or: worst to least worst.
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Love him or hate him, you have to admit: Adam Sandler has the moronic bro-comedy market cornered. Here we rank every single one of his movies (41!) from the truly terrible to the terrible-but-comfortable.

41| The Ridiculous 6

Role: Tommy "White Knife" Stockburn

Rotten Tomatoes score0%

If you're a fan of westerns but wish they had more casual racism, then here's a movie for you. The rest of us will pass.

40| Jack and Jill

Role: Jack Sadelstein / Jill Sadelstein

Rotten Tomatoes score3%

Adam Sandler as a man is pretty insufferable. Now, throw on a wig, some makeup, and his incredibly broad concepts of femininity and womanhood, and you get what is possibly a masterclass in misogyny! 

39| Zookeeper

Role: Donald the Capuchin Monkey

Rotten Tomatoes score14%

Night at the Museum, but with a zoo and Adam Sandler is a monkey.

38| The Do-Over

Role: Max Kessler

Rotten Tomatoes score5%

They need a do-over on The Do-Over to try to make a good movie. And this crappy pun is funnier than this entire film.

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37| Mixed Nuts

Role: Louie

Rotten Tomatoes score7% 

This deserves to be on here mostly because Adam Sandler is also in the worst Steve Martin movie and the worst Nora Ephron movie.

36| Going Overboard

Role: Schecky Moskowitz

Rotten Tomatoes score11%

Adam Sandler's first starring role in a movie! What happens when you get trapped on a cruise ship with Adam Sandler?

35| Shakes the Clown

Role: Dink the Clown

Rotten Tomatoes score38%

This is obviously not "an Adam Sandler film" but rather "a Bobcat Goldthwait film," which is perhaps an equally dubious description. 

34| Grown Ups 2

Role: Leonard "Lenny" Feder

Rotten Tomatoes score7%

Sometimes, Adam Sandler just wants to take a long vacation with a few old comedy friends and get paid millions for it. This was another one of those times.

33| The Animal

Role: Townie

Rotten Tomatoes score30%

Adam Sandler hanger-on Rob Schneider fronts this pretty dumb movie in which he receives animal organ transplants after a car accident. He brought along his buddy Sandler for the ride, giving him a tiny (but credited!) cameo.

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32| Coneheads

Role: Carmine Weiner 

Rotten Tomatoes score33%

Even though he just gets a bit part in this SNL movie, you can't deny that "Carmine Weiner" is a very Adam Sandler Character Name.

31| Pixels

Role: Sam Brenner

Rotten Tomatoes score17%

Why make a movie about video game nostalgia but make all the beloved video game characters bad guys? Also Peter Dinklage's wig is a sin.

30| Blended

Role: Jim Friedman

Rotten Tomatoes score14%

Here's 50 First Dates in Africa.

29| Bulletproof

Role: Archie Moses

Rotten Tomatoes score8%

There's actually a pretty great quote from director Ernest Dickerson about this movie: "There's a movie I did a couple years ago called Bulletproof. I'd like to just erase that whole experience."

28| The Cobbler

Role: Max Simkin

Rotten Tomatoes score9%

This is not, in fact, about the popular dessert, but rather about a shoe maker who magically transforms into people when he puts on their footwear. This allows Sandler to get into a number of problematic situations, including becoming one of his neighbors so he can creep on the man's attractive girlfriend.

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27| Grown Ups

Role: Leonard "Lenny" Feder

Rotten Tomatoes score10%

Sometimes, Adam Sandler just wants to take a long vacation with a few old comedy friends and get paid millions for it. This was one of those times.

26| Bedtime Stories

Role: Skeeter Bronson

Rotten Tomatoes score25%

Sandler takes a swing at a family comedy, in a Happy Madison/Disney co-production. Despite bad reviews, the film went on to make a fortune and expose children to Russell Brand.

25| Just Go With It

Role: Dr. Daniel Leroy "Danny" Maccabee III

Rotten Tomatoes score18%

Another in the long line of rom-coms Sandler made (this time with Jennifer Aniston), but this one has the added bonus of...Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman? (Seriously.)

24| That's My Boy

Role: Donald "Donny" Berger

Rotten Tomatoes score20%

Sandler pairs with Andy Samberg for this mutli-generational comic mess—which, we hope, taught Samberg not to follow in the footsteps of his fellow SNL alum.

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23| Little Nicky

Role: Nicky

Rotten Tomatoes score22%

The first of Sandler's box office failures, this one features him as the son of the Devil, with a speech impediment and Kris Jenner's haircut. 

22| Mr. Deeds

Role: Mr. Longfellow Deeds

Rotten Tomatoes score22%

This is a "remake" of a 1936 Frank Capra film that was twice-nominated for AFI's Top 100 list, in the same way that Chet Haze is a remake of Tom Hanks.

21| You Don't Mess With the Zohan

Role: Zohan Zvir/Scrappy Coco

Rotten Tomatoes score38%

The most interesting thing about this movie is that Sandler actually got sued by a writer who said Zohan ripped off the idea to have "a Navy SEAL-turned-hairdresser-turned-crime-fighter-with-a-blow-dryer." Sandler was found to have not infringed on any copyright.

20| Men, Women, and Children

Role: Don Truby

Rotten Tomatoes score32%

Here's another one of those movies in which we're supposed to take Adam Sandler seriously (it's a Jason Reitman movie, so it had some cachet). But, you know, it's also very hard to take Adam Sandler seriously.

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19| Hotel Transylvania

Role: Count Dracula

Rotten Tomatoes score45%

Basically Cartoon Grown Ups in Transylvania.

18| Hotel Transylvania 2

Role: Count Dracula

Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%

This is truly The Godfather Part II of animated Transylvanian monster movies starring Adam Sandler.

17| Sandy Wexler

Role: Sandy Wexler

Rotten Tomatoes score: 28%

This is basically one entire inside joke about Sandler's real-life manager Sandy Wernick that approximately .0000000000000000000000001 percent of the world's population could possibly find funny.

16| Eight Crazy Nights

Role: Davey Stone, Whitey Duvall, Eleanor Duvall, and Deer 

Rotten Tomatoes score12%

Not even the best Hanukkah movie.

15| The Longest Yard

Role: Paul Crewe

Rotten Tomatoes score31%

Another remake, this time of the 1974 Burt Reynolds comedy. (Adam Sandler, you are definitely no Burt Reynolds.)

14| Click

Role: Michael Newman

Rotten Tomatoes score32%

This is probably one of Sandler's most depressing movies, as it takes an unexpectedly dark turn at the end. Fun fact: This is the only Sandler movie that's been nominated for an Oscar (Best Makeup).

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13| Anger Management

Role: Dave Buznik

Rotten Tomatoes score43%

"Let's get one of today's biggest movie stars, and one of Hollywood's living legends, and let's just get them yelling at each other."—Someone much wealthier than we will ever be. 

12| I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Role: Charles "Chuck" Levine

Rotten Tomatoes score14%

If you're the kind of person who learned about tolerance and accepting the concept of gay marriage from an Adam Sandler joint, well...bless your heart. 

11| 50 First Dates

Role: Henry Roth

Rotten Tomatoes score44%

The Wedding Singer but with amnesia instead of '80s clothing.

10| Reign Over Me

Role: Charles "Charlie" Levine

Rotten Tomatoes score64%

Once every 10, movies Sandler takes on a serious role. And while at points it dips into cliché, Sandler's performance is truly touching.

9| Airheads

Role: Pip

Rotten Tomatoes score21%

The first of Sandler's big movie roles—at the end of his SNL tenure, but before the formation of Happy Madison—when we were still wondering what kind of movie presence he'd be. Little did we know. 

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8| Spanglish

Role: John Clasky

Rotten Tomatoes score52%

Sandler meets James L. Brooks, and...it doesn't quite work.

7| The Waterboy

Role: Robert "Bobby" Boucher, Jr

Rotten Tomatoes score35%

Not much more than a feature-film adaptation of Sandler's Canteen Boy character from SNL, but with more football and less molestation by Alec Baldwin. 

6| Funny People

Role: George Simmons

Rotten Tomatoes score68%

Not quite as funny as the title would suggest, but funnier than 90 percent of the movies on this list.

5| Big Daddy

Role: Sonny Koufax

Rotten Tomatoes score40%

Manchild Adam Sandler takes in the five-year-old son he never knew about, learns valuable lessons, grows up. (Probably. We never saw it.) Fun fact: One of the twins playing the kid is now Goth Jughead on Riverdale.

4| Punch-Drunk Love

Role: Barry Egan

Rotten Tomatoes score79%

Adam Sandler's best acting work? Probably! But this is more of a Paul Thomas Anderson movie than an Adam Sandler movie, no matter how great he is in it.

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3| Billy Madison

Role: Billy Madison

Rotten Tomatoes score46%

Adam Sandler's breakthrough performance (what a weird thing to type) sees him as a super-rich manchild who somehow cons everyone into believing he's charming and endearing. Kinda makes you think, doesn't it?

2| Happy Gilmore

Role: Happy Gilmore

Rotten Tomatoes score60%

If you're between the ages of 30 and 45, you have seen this movie at least a dozen times. And you have laughed at it. How you feel about that is your business. 

1| The Wedding Singer

Role: Robbie Hart

Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Come for the nostalgic gags, stay for the surprisingly sweet romantic comedy plot. It's probably the "best" you can get from Sandler's oeuvre (we demand points for using "Sandler's oeuvre" in a sentence, thanks). Light on the gross-out gags, heavy on the reminders that it takes place in the '80s.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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