Best Harris Dickinson Movies, Ranked

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English actor Harris Dickinson has been busy in the past year, landing roles in high-profile movies like Where the Crawdads Sing and even the dark comedy Triangle of Sadness. The 26-year-old actor was born in London and almost considered quitting acting after dropping out of school. He did not join the Royal Marines as planned and landed his first big acting gig in 2016 when he was 20 (per Vogue). He was cast in Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats, which was his first movie role, and the movie did well among domestic film festivals in the United States.

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Dickinson was cast in several television shows leading up to that point, but Beach Rats put him initially on the map, as he was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. Dickinson’s career only continued to climb from there. He landed a BAFTA nomination for his role in The King’s Man, then gained even more acclaim after his appearance in 2022’s Triangle of Sadness. Dickinson can currently be seen in The Iron Claw with Zac Efron and Lily James. His next projects include Steve McQueen’s Blitz and Halian Reijn’s Babygirl. With his star on the rise, these are his best movies so far, ranked.

Update January 11, 2024: This article has been updated with more great performances by Harris Dickinson following his role in The Iron Claw and where you can stream each of his movies.

8 The King’s Man (2021)

The Great Game
The King’s Man

Release Date
December 22, 2021

Rating
R

Runtime
2hr 11min

Matthew Vaughn directed the 2021 movie The King’s Man, which was the third installment in the Kingsman series. Based on a comic book and considered to be a prequel, The King’s Man takes place in the early-1900s. Orlando, the Duke of Oxford, has promised his dead wife that he would never allow his son to see the face of war, but as it turns out, his son really wants to serve in the war and is willing to trick his father to do so. Orlando has a spy network across the world, which proves itself to be useful as World War I escalates in Europe. Dickinson portrays Orlando’s rebellious son Conrad.

The King’s Man Was a Breakout Role

While Dickinson appeared in many films beforehand, it was his role in The King’s Man that certainly made him pop. Matthew Vaughn has always had a talent in finding talented actors and putting them in the spotlight, from Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass to Jennifer Lawerence in X-Men: First Class and Taron Egerton in The Kingsman: Secret Service to now Dickinson. While he appears sporadically throughout the movie, albeit occupying a relatively significant supporting role, his impact can certainly be felt as this stubborn youngster, guided by a sense of duty and honor. Dickinson’s stern-faced offering is exactly what is asked of him and certainly provided him with enough charisma to put him on the radar of some major films. Rent on Apple TV+

7 Postcards from London (2018)

Postcards from London
Diablo Films

Postcards from London is loosely based on two books by the American author David Wojnarowicz, and director Steve McLean made this movie to follow up his 1994 movie Postcards from America. Dickinson stars as a teenager named Jim, who decides to leave his hometown in search of greener pastures in London. He wants to escape the mundanity of countryside living and pursue a life of culture and high art, but when he arrives in London, he gets robbed. After being sent to a gay bar by a stranger, Jim ends up becoming involved with sex work and prostitution, but a newly diagnosed condition threatens to obstruct a brighter future… or does it?

A Standout Performance

Postcards from London was just Dickinson’s third feature film, yet his capacity to wholeheartedly immerse himself in the arduous demands of this role was breathtaking. The film is manufactured with these neon beams permeating from the seedy streets of Soho, making for quite a unique cinematic experience. Dickinson’s display as this Essex nobody elevates this picture drastically. Stream on Tubi or Rent on Apple TV+

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6 Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

Adapted from the novel by Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing is inspired by the natural beauty and mystery of the American South’s landscape. An orphan girl named Kya lives in the marshes of a rural North Carolina town in the 70s, but when a boy she was dating (Dickinson) ends up dead in the marsh, the locals begin to suspect her immediately. The movie moves backward to show her past and how she ended up falling in love with a boy who leaves town for better opportunities, thus placing her in a new relationship with Dickinson’s character after the fact. Did she murder him, or is she becoming a victim of rumors and suspicion?

A Road to Stardom

Starring as Chase Andrews, a college jock, talented quarterback, and a popular figure in the town, Dickinson manages to convey this evil dimension to Chase with such conviction and authority. From stalking Kya to attempting to sexually assault her, Dickinson makes this sadistic, narcissistic monster all-absorbing and is the film’s main force of evil. It is a lot of a young actor to ask him to play such a despicable role, but Dickinson more than was up to the challenge and became part of a film that was a surprise hit at the box office. Stream on Netflix

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5 The Souvenir Part II (2021)

The Souvenir Part II
A24

The sequel to The Souvenir, The Souvenir Part II takes place soon after the events of the first movie. Julie, shocked over Anthony’s overdose and death, is having some suspicions as her period hasn’t arrived yet. Despite this, she returns to film school and learns to throw herself back into work and the routines of everyday life. She continues to seek out the people in Anthony’s life during the process of healing and grieving and struggles with the content of the film she needs to make for school. The Souvenir Part II is an emotional but rewarding journey.

No Such Thing as a Small Part

The versatile up-and-comer portrays Pete, an actor who forms a sort of bond with Julie as he is tasked with playing the recently deceased Anthony. While his role in the film is limited to a supporting capacity, Dickinson is affecting in everything he does, and his inquisitive nature and empathy in this role he’s been given by Julie is both meaningful and sincere. Stream on Netflix and Paramount+

4 See How They Run (2022)

See How They Run
See How They Run

Release Date
September 16, 2022

Director
Tom George

Rating
PG-13

Tom George’s See How They Run was released in 2022, almost 60 years after the events it depicts in the movie. In London, in 1953, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap reached 100 performances. An American director has been signed on to direct the film adaptation of the smash hit play, but his behavior towards the female lead ostensibly leads to his untimely demise backstage, where he is unceremoniously killed off. Everyone in the vicinity has now become a suspect in the eyes of the police and law, and an investigation is underway to find out who the real murderer is.

2022 Was a Great Year For Dickinson

Dickinson stars as Richard “Dickie” Attenborough, the late actor, director, and philanthropist. His performance as this almost mythical figure in the world of film and television is, as can be expected, a well-mannered, highly educated, and striking individual. There is inexplicable gravitational energy to his display, and despite being a supporting role in a comedy filled with big stars, he manages to stand out. See How They Run was one of three high-profile films for Dickinson in 2022, following both Triangle of Sadness and Where the Crawdad Sings, making it a big year for him. Stream on Hulu and Max

3 Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Triangle of Sadness
Triangle of Sadness

Release Date
September 22, 2022

Director
Ruben Östlund
Cast
Thobias Thorwid , Harris Dickinson , Charlbi Dean , Vicki Berlin , Woody Harrelson

Rating
R

Runtime
2hr 27min

One of the best films of 2022, Triangle of Sadness won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and launched the careers of several of its stars. A biting satire and black comedy, Dickinson and the late Charlbi Dean portray an unhappy couple working in the fashion industry. After they are invited onto a luxury yacht for free due to Dean’s character’s following as an influencer, things quickly begin to spiral after the ship is bombed, and the power dynamics between the wealthy patrons and some of the workers, who come from developing countries, switch.

Triangle of Sadness Took Dickinson to the Next Level

As one of Ruben Ostlund’s best movies, the filmmaker has developed this ability to deliver cutting social commentary through his movies; Dickinson lends himself to this uptight, insecure, and pedantic boyfriend obsessed with money and suffering from this apparent inferiority complex. Dickinson had already steered into his upper-crust elite persona with The Kings Man and See How They Run, but in Triangle of Sadness, he is allowed to go to another level and also cement his status as a serious actor working with an acclaimed filmmaker. Dickinson’s comedic timing is exquisitely sharp, and his delivery only adds to the deeply satirical undertones of this lesson in social dimensions. Stream on Hulu

2 Scrapper (2023)

Lola Campbell carried by Harris Dickinson in the movie Scrapper
Picturehouse Entertainment

Charlotte Regan’s directorial debut scooped the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023 for her charming and understated portrayal of a dysfunctional father-daughter duo as they navigate working-class life and their strained relationship. One of the best films of 2023, Scrapper traverses the tale of a young girl, Georgie, who, after her mother dies, hustles, borrows, and steals in order to keep herself afloat as she attempts to evade the suspicion of the authorities. While living on her own, her estranged father, Jason (Harris Dickinson), resurfaces, and together, the pair begin to form an unbreakable bond.

Scrapper is a Must-Watch

While it is invariably the young Lola Campbell that steals the show with her youthful innocence and charming brazenness, Dickinson’s display as the misguided, peroxide-blond father, Jason, who, like his daughter, is facing up to his own demons and his responsibilities as a parent, is equally authentic and unadulterated. Dickinson conveys the depth of his character with such effortless ease, creating this perfect distillation of a father once plagued by wanderlust and now bound by an inextricable bond. Stream on Paramount+

1 The Iron Claw (2023)

The latest entry from A24’s glowing catalog of movies, The Iron Claw certainly doesn’t let the side down both from a storytelling and stylistic perspective. The film that follows the true story of the Von Erich brothers, a family of wrestlers in 1980s Texas, bound by blood, friendship, and a mutual love for their craft; wrestling. Dickinson thrives as David Von Erich, one third of this wrestling-obsessed brotherhood. Sporting his finest Kentucky Fried Southern accent, the Where the Crawdads Sing star almost steals the show from Zac Efron and Jeremy Allen White despite having less screentime.

Why The Iron Claw is His Best Movie

Dickinson perfectly captures the bravado and cockiness of his character. His time in the film is brief, but he leaves such an impression on the audience it would not be shocking to know he got a lot of calls asking him to star in other roles following this. The British actor is unrecognizable in the role, and anyone who saw his previous films would not believe it was him. The Iron Claw is his best film and could be a major turning point in his career. Currently in Theaters

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