George Clooney poses at the premiere of the film "Ticket to Paradise," Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

George Clooney’s Most Iconic Movies

Clooney is a total Hollywood staple. He’s got mad skills that draw in everybody – grandmothers adore him, women swoon over him, teens tolerate him, and men relate to him. Everyone sees something different in him, so you can’t help but be hooked when he’s on the big screen.

Some might say Clooney’s like a magician when it comes to acting. He can be anything from a slick lawyer to a corporate axman, and he just fits the part perfectly. He rocks at bringing the comedy and drama genres, and he’s even gone to sci-fi movies too. Nobody can touch his range or make-believe skills, that’s for sure.

Although he might be past his prime, his filmography is filled with fantastic gems that could be worth highlighting. Below, I would like to share a few of my personal favorites that I have cherished over the years.

Money Monster

  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Caitriona Balfe
  • Running time: 99m

And our final George Clooney movie in this lineup – it’s a total must-watch and you won’t regret it. And if you’re into thrilling financial drama movies, the Money Monster is a total no-brainer. Here’s the official setup: “Lee Gates is this bigshot stock analysis dude on TV who’s always loud and showy. But then some angry investor crashes the party and takes Lee and his peeps hostage while they’re live on air. And let’s just say things get real crazy from there.”

Throughout the film, we see the characters grapple with issues of financial corruption, corporate greed, and the human cost of capitalism. Here, we see how the stock market can be manipulated by powerful players for their own gain. Similarly, not too unlike watching players work the odds in their favor over at These are thrilling endeavors that can be both exciting to watch and fun to try for oneself.

Michael Clayton

  • Year: 2007
  • Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
  • Director: Tony Gilroy
  • Cast: Tom Wilkinson, Michael O’Keefe, Danielle Skraastad, George Clooney
  • Running time: 119m

If you haven’t seen “Michael Clayton,” now is the ideal time to do so because George Clooney gives another outstanding performance that will have you on the edge of your seat. Here’s the official setup: “Clooney (Michael Clayton) portrays a lawyer’s fixer who is tasked with correcting a lawyer’s error in a billion-dollar lawsuit against a chemical company. Michael learns, though, that the chemical company has actually committed crimes. Michael finds himself in a challenging situation as a result of this revelation, having to deal not only with the legal system but also with his own personal issues.”

The Ides of March

  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Political drama, Thriller, Drama
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Cast: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti
  • Running time: 101m

The Ides of March is a political drama that gets real into the game of elections. This movie is captivating from start to finish and is definitely worth a watch! Here’s the official setup: “Stephen Meyers (played by Ryan Gosling) is this young, woke campaign aide working with Governor Mike Morris (George Clooney) as he prepares to run for Prez. Meyers backflips into this crazy situation where his rep is on the line, and he’s got to navigate the slimy world of politics to stay on top. This movie makes you think about the nasty side of politics and how far some people will go to get what they want. It’s a wild ride that’ll have you on the edge of your seat the whole time.”


  • Year: 2013
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen
  • Running time: 91m

My own personal, favorite of favorites of Clooney’s movies – “Gravity,”. The film delves into the gut-wrenching aftermath of a captivating sci-fi adventure. Thanks to its undeniable wizardry, you’ll be all up in the feels with the characters and their hard knock lives. The official sales pitch: “Gravity is a mesmerizing space thriller that’ll leave you shook. After satellite scraps destroy their ride, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) get stranded in space and have to hustle to stay alive. If you’re down with this flick, check out our top 20 movies coming in 2023.”

Three Kings

  • Year: 1999
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Cast: George Clooney, Amara Miller, Shailene Woodley, Patricia Hastie
  • Running time: 115m

Enter the chaos of the Gulf War where we follow the journey of four American soldiers who embark on a mission to steal a cache of gold hidden by Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War. The group is led by the cynical sergeant Major Archie Gates (George Clooney). The official sales pitch: “When three of the soldiers are rescued by Iraqi rebels, sergeant Troy Barlow (played by Mark Wahlberg) is captured and subjected to torture by Iraqi intelligence. The rebels seek the help of the American trio to fight against Hussein’s Elite Guard, offering to assist in Troy’s rescue. Undoubtedly, this thrilling film is packed with action and excitement from beginning to end.”