Ranking 12 Films from the School of J.J. Abrams

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | April 16, 2012 |

The film comes from Drew Goddard, who is technically a protege of Joss Whedon. However, I also like to put him in the J.J. Abrams camp, simply because he wrote a movie directed by a Abrams' protege (Cloverfield), as well as many episodes of "Alias" and "Lost." Plus, it better allows me to seque into this week's list: Ranking 12 Films from the School of Abrams. J.J. Abrams is one of the most prolific people working in film and television because he surrounds himself with a lot of talent, which he cultivates and then hires on feature projects. Several of them have made quite the names for themselves in Hollywood, like Damon Lindelof, who wrote Prometheus. All these guys below were writers at some point on "Felicity," "Alias," or "Lost" or some combination of the three.

12. Cowboys and Aliens, written Roberto Orci/Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof (D-)

10. and 11. Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, written by Roberto Orci/Alex Kurtzman (D)

9. TRON: Legacy, written by Adam Horowitz (C-)

8. The Island, written Roberto Orci/Alex Kurtzman (C-)

7. Super 8, written and directed by J.J. Abrams (B-)

6. Mission Impossible III, directed by J.J. Abrams (B)

5. Cloverfield, written by Drew Goddard, directed by Matt Reeves (B+)

4. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, written by Andre Nemic (B+)

3. Let Me In, written and directed by Matt Reeves (A-)

2. Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams, written Roberto Orci/Alex Kurtzman (A-)

1. Cabin in the Woods, written and directed by Drew Goddard (A)

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