The Best Michael Bay Movies From ‘Pearl Harbor’ to ‘Transformers’

He remains a fascinating filmmaker, and it is well worth a deep dive into his filmography. So, without further ado, here is the definitive ranked list of his films.

Some praise this film's use of up-converted 3D during the action sequences. However, with so much other ugliness on screen and in the dialogue, the action can't come close to righting this ship.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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This is a film so aggressively unpleasant that a scene in which characters toss dead bodies out the back of a morgue truck into oncoming traffic is not in the top three most disagreeable events this movie “treats” viewers to witnessing.

An apparent depiction of the Benghazi attacks of 2012 that left four Americans dead and three more injured, 13 Hours is probably the most grueling entry in Bay's filmography.

13 Hours

Transformers: Age of Extinction

For reasons known only to screenwriter Ehren Kruger and, presumably Bay, Extinction decides not just to sexualize Tessa but then remind audiences on multiple occasions that she is underage.

It's such a lousy merger of style, sensibility, and plot. Bay, working from a Randall Wallace script, can't make us care about the interpersonal dynamics of the story.

Pearl Harbor

Bay's third Transformers film is a pretty forgettable affair. It manages a few strong action sequences, but that's about it.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Another step in Bay's political evolution, this one goes full out “humanity is bad, select humans are good.”

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