Orlandbo Bloom is best known for his role as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series. Recently, he has gotten back to his fantasy acting roots by starring in the Amazon series, Carnival Row. While Bloom might mostly be known for being an elf or pirate in some huge blockbuster films, he’s also done a few smaller movies over the years that have been well-rated.
His best-rated movies are a mix of franchise blockbusters as well as indie films you might not even have heard about. Here are the 10 best Orlando Bloom films according to Rotten Tomatoes.
10 DIGGING FOR FIRE 66%
Digging for Fire is one of the indie films that Bloom has starred in over the years. It’s the first on the list of his top rated movies from Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 66%. This story is about a couple named Tim and Lee. It’s part of a mystery story and part romantic comedy.
While Orlando Bloom doesn’t play either of the main characters, he does play a character named Ben. While this isn’t a movie that many people, even Bloom’s biggest fans, have heard of, it did get an overall positive review.
9 THE GOOD DOCTOR 66%
The Good Doctor is another movie on this list that many people haven’t heard about. This is another Orlando Bloom film that has a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie is one that Bloom plays a lead role in, however, so it got put higher on this list. Bloom plays Dr. Martin Blake, who is a young and ambitious doctor.
But, things take a turn when a young 18-year-old patient named Diane is admitted because of a kidney infection. Blake starts to become obsessed with her. This is a slightly darker film and less fantastical and fun than many of Bloom’s other top-rated movies.
8 ROMEO AND JULIET 71%
There have been many Romeo and Juliet versions that have been made over the centuries. From movies to television shows to stage productions, Romeo and Juliet is a classic story that many have done. This movie is actually a taping of a Broadway production of the classic Shakespeare play.
Bloom plays Romeo himself with Condola Rashad as Juliet. Since it’s a film of a Broadway show, the experience of watching this movie is a little different, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
7 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 74%
While Orlando Bloom first took up the role of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings series in the early 2000s, he reprised the role once again in the film adaptations of The Hobbit. While Legolas doesn't actually appear in the book version, his role was expanded upon to give him more of a main role.
Bloom doesn’t appear in the first installment of The Hobbit films, but he does star in the second movie, The Desolation of Smaug. While fans have mixed reactions to The Hobbit trilogy as a whole, the second film did well with critics and at the box office.
6 BLACK HAWK DOWN 76%
Black Hawk Down is a war movie that came out in the same year as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. This was one of the first large-scale blockbusters that Orlando Bloom ever appeared in, as he played the soldier Blackburn in this modern-day war movie. The story is about a group of soldiers and Army Rangers who are dropped into Modadishu, Somali who must then survive the oncoming onslaught.
This film was directed by Ridley Scott, and it has an overall positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 76%. While Bloom wasn’t a main character here, he did act alongside stars such as Ewan McGrefor and Josh Hartnett.
5 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL 79%
Other than The Lord of the Rings, Bloom is best known for his role as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. While most critics and fans agree that the two latest installments of the Pirates franchise weren’t that successful, the very first film did quite well in many ways.
This dynamic adventure film about pirates was a success at the box office and with critics. As Bloom’s main role after Legolas, he filmed this series during the height of his fame.
4 TOUR DE PHARMACY 89%
While most of Bloom’s top-five, highly rated movies were his big blockbuster movies, Tour de Pharmacy is the exception. This is a completely different movie than a fantasy epic about Hobbits and elves or an action adventure about pirates. Instead, it’s an indie comedy about doping and cycling.
This film is told through the eyes of five cyclists and looks into the controversy of the drug doping and the Tour de France. Orlando Bloom plays a character named June Pepe.
3 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 91%
All three of The Lord of the Rings films have high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. These films were loved by millions of fans, and they were definitely a huge moment in pop culture. This series started the fantasy storytelling craze that took over film and books, and the impact of these movies is still felt today.
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first installment, and it was really the movie that launched Bloom’s successful career.
2 LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING 93%
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the final movie in the trilogy. This film did amazing during awards season, and it ever won an Oscar for Best Picture along with ten other Oscars.
While it’s the most successful as far as awards are concerned, it’s not the highest rated film in the trilogy according to Rotten Tomatoes. It still has a high rating of 93%, however.
1 LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS 95%
Of all the movies that Orlando Bloom has been in, the one that’s most successful according to Rotten Tomatoes scores is Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. This is the second film in the trilogy, so it’s rather impressive it’s so highly rated as often middle installments aren’t known for being the best.
However, the action-packed plot in this movie along with good acting and character development made this film a hit.