Updated: Mar 30, 2023

David Lynch (Movies In Order)

David Lynch has directed 10 movies. The first movie was Eraserhead in 1977. Here is a complete list of David Lynch movies in order.

1. Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead was released in 1977 by David Lynch, starring Jack Nance. The movie has a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. The movie generated a return of $6,900,000.

"I thought I heard a stranger. We've got chicken tonight. Strangest damn things. They're man-made. Little damn things. Smaller than my fist. But they're new! I'm Bill."

First time father Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Genre: Fantasy

Budget: $100,000

Revenue: $7,000,000

2. The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man was released in 1980 by David Lynch, starring Anthony Hopkins. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 4 minutes. The movie generated a return of $21,010,864.

"I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!"

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Genre: Drama

Budget: $5,000,000

Revenue: $26,010,864

3. Dune (1984)

Dune was released in 1984 by David Lynch, starring Kyle Maclachlan. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 17 minutes. The movie generated a return of $-9,074,310.

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will let it pass over me and through me. And when it has passed I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where it has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Arrakis—the only place where the space-travel substance Melange 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.

Genre: Action

Budget: $40,000,000

Revenue: $30,925,690

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet was released in 1986 by David Lynch, starring Kyle Maclachlan. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 0 minutes. The movie generated a return of $2,618,766.

"I can't figure out if you're a detective or a pervert."

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Genre: Drama

Budget: $6,000,000

Revenue: $8,618,766

5. Wild At Heart (1990)

Wild At Heart was released in 1990 by David Lynch, starring Nicolas Cage. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The movie generated a return of $5,060,247.

"This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top."

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hitman to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.

Genre: Crime

Budget: $9,500,000

Revenue: $14,560,247

6. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me was released in 1992 by David Lynch, starring Sheryl Lee. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes. The movie generated a return of $-5,815,010.

"Quit trying to hold on so tight. I'm gone. Long gone. Like a turkey in the corn."

In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper chillingly predicts that the culprit will claim another life. Meanwhile, in the more cozy town of Twin Peaks, hedonistic beauty Laura Palmer seems destined for a grisly fate.

Genre: Drama

Budget: $10,000,000

Revenue: $4,184,990

7. Lost Highway (1997)

Lost Highway was released in 1997 by David Lynch, starring Bill Pullman. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 14 minutes. The movie generated a return of $-11,243,131.

"This is where mechanical excellence and one-thousand four-hundred horsepower pays off."

A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgängers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.

Genre: Drama

Budget: $15,000,000

Revenue: $3,756,869

8. The Straight Story (1999)

The Straight Story was released in 1999 by David Lynch, starring Richard Farnsworth. The movie has a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. The movie generated a return of $-3,796,956.

"The worst part of being old is remembering when you was young."

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Genre: Drama

Budget: $10,000,000

Revenue: $6,203,044

9. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive was released in 2001 by David Lynch, starring Naomi Watts. The movie has a runtime of 2 hours and 27 minutes. The movie generated a return of $5,271,129.

"No, you're not thinkin'. You're too busy being a smart aleck to be thinkin'. Now I want ya to "think" and stop bein' a smart aleck. Can ya try that for me?"

Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman's identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project.

Genre: Thriller

Budget: $15,000,000

Revenue: $20,271,129

10. Inland Empire (2006)

Inland Empire was released in 2006 by David Lynch, starring Laura Dern. The movie has a runtime of 3 hours and 0 minutes. The movie generated a return of $-10,954,230.

"I figured one day I'd just wake up and and find out what the hell yesterday was all about. I'm not too keen on thinkin' about tommorow. And today's slipping by."

An actress’s perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.

Genre: Fantasy

Budget: $15,000,000

Revenue: $4,045,770

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who Is David Lynch?

David Lynch is an American filmmaker and one of the most important of this era. Lynch studied painting before making movies. It has led him to be labelled as a Renaissance Man of American filmmaking by AllMovie. Lynch has been awarded numerous awards throughout his career; some include Best Director and Best Foreign Film.