The Addams Family Movies, Ranked
The long-running Addams Family franchise has spawned a total of four feature films to date, and here’s every movie ranked from worst to best.
The Addams Family franchise has spawned a total of four feature films to date, but which movie ranks as the best? The famously creepy and kooky clan that is the Addams family are the brainchild of cartoonist Charles Addams and made their debut in the late 1930s in a series of one-panel cartoons published in The New Yorker. Addams envisioned his namesake creations as a satirical take on the ideal all-American family of the 20th century – a brood that’s respectably wealthy and loving but fascinated by the macabre and delightfully unaware of their own strangeness.
Since their cartoon debut, the Addams family has been the subject of several TV shows and animated series, a TV movie, a Broadway musical and (bizarrely enough) the best-selling pinball machine of all time. The Addams Family franchise is ever-growing too; not only is MGM’s recent animated reboot getting a sequel set to arrive in October 2021 director Tim Burton is also teaming with Netflix to make a Wednesday Addams-focused TV series – aptly titled Wednesday – that’s set to star Jenna Ortega in the title role, plus Luis Guzmán and Catherine Zeta-Jones as her parents Gomez Addams and Morticia Addams.
Before Wednesday and MGM’s animated sequel arrive, let’s take a look back at every current feature film in The Addams Family franchise ranked from worst to best.
Addams Family Reunion (1998)
According to director Dave Payne, Addams Family Reunion was supposed to be an original re-invention of the titular family, but producers Saban intervened and insisted upon a more kid-oriented rip-off of the Addams Family films and TV shows that came before it.
The result is a pale, direct-to-video imitation of prior Addams Family properties that suffers from B-movie production values and unfortunately ranks as the franchise’s worst film. Addams Family Reunion does, however, have one saving grace in the form of Tim Curry, who brings his usual brilliance and comic timing to the table as Gomez.
The Addams Family (2019)
MGM’s 2019 animated reboot of The Addams Family has a lot of things going for it including a great voice cast – that features talents like Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac as Morticia and Gomez – plus top-notch animation from Cinesite and Nitrogen Studios.
What the movie lacks, unfortunately, is what makes the kooky titular family so wonderful – and that’s their trademark dark humor. Its overly saccharine tone and unnecessary origin story means The Addams Family 2019 isn’t the greatest film, but perhaps its upcoming sequel (The Addams Family 2) can improve upon its failings.
The Addams Family (1991)
The first theatrically released Addams Family film remains one of the series best to date. The 1991 version of The Addams Family successfully reintroduced the creepy clan to a whole new generation and boasts a perfectly cast ensemble that features Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia hamming it up as Morticia and Gomez, alongside a wonderfully weird Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and deadpan Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams. The Addams Family 1991 does have its flaws, however – mostly around its thin plot and forgettable villain – which means it just stops short of topping this ranking.
Addams Family Values (1993)
It might have bombed at the box office back, but Addams Family Values is one of those rare sequels that surpasses its predecessor in quality. The movie reunites most of the original cast of the 1991 film (alongside director Barry Sonnenfeld), but with the added benefit of a hilarious Joan Cusack as a maniacal serial killer into whose villainous clutches Uncle Fester falls.
Not only did the sequel double up on dark humor, but it also threw in a delightfully subversive subplot that saw Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams lead a coup d’etat against a summer camp. For those reasons and more Values ranks as the best Addams Family film.
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