Zac Efron’s 10 Best Movies, Ranked by Rotten Tomatoes

Zac Efron is an American actor who began his career in the early 2000s with guest roles in several television series including Firefly, HEAnd The guard. His career then took off with his leading role as Troy Bolton in High School Musical In the trilogy, Efron starred in several other teen films including Hairspray And 17 again.

Since Zac Efron started acting, he has had a long string of successful television shows. Efron starred as Ted Bundy in Extremely evil, shockingly evil and despicable and also has a documentary on Netflix called Down to earth with Zac Efron. Here are Zac Efron’s 10 best movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

10 High School Musical 3: Senior Year – 64%

Troy and Gabriella from High School Musical 3
Films from Walt Disney Studios

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the third part of the High School Musical Film series. The sequel follows Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez, a high school sweetheart who struggles with the thought of being separated after graduation as they head off to college.

Troy wants to attend the nearby University of Albuquerque on a basketball scholarship, but Gabriella wants to attend Stanford University in California. Meanwhile, Sharpay, a superficial and spoiled rich girl, tries every means possible to plan the school’s last music show. The Wildcats, Troy and Gabriella stage a spring musical to explore their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

9 Neighbors 2: Student Union rises – 64%

Zac Efron in “Neighbors.”
Universal images

Neighbors 2: Sisterhood Rises is the sequel to the 2014 film, Neighbors. The film focuses on Mac Radner and Kelly Radner, who are expecting their second child and preparing to sell their house to the Baiers family. Radner’s agent reminds Mac and Kelly that the house is in escrow for 30 days, so the Baiers will check in occasionally to make sure everything is going according to plan.

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Meanwhile, a group of unruly freshman girls from Kappa Nu move in alongside Mac and Kelly. With the loud parties threatening to sell their house, Mac and Kelly turn to Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) for help. Their old enemy and ex-neighbor helps make plans to get the wild sorority girls off the block, but the women refuse to go down without a fight.

8th Gold – 65%

Zac Efron in gold
Madman Entertainment

gold is a 2022 Australian survival thriller film directed by Anthony Hayes. Two drifters, Virgil (Zac Efron) and Keith, are traveling through the desert when they come across the largest gold nugget ever found. Dreams of immense wealth and greed take over and they hatch a plan to acquire the necessary tools.

After the two fail to mine the gold using their simple tools and truck, Keith suggests that one of them stay with the gold while the other finds a backhoe. Virgil argues that since he found it, he should be the one to stick with the gold instead. Keith then leaves Virgil with his remaining supplies and goes in search of an excavator. While Keith is away, Virgil begins to deteriorate both physically and mentally.

7 High School Musical – 67%

High School Musical
Disney Channel

High School Musical is a musical television film directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Peter Barsocchini. The film follows Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, two completely different teenagers who meet while singing karaoke at a New Year’s Eve party. Troy is the captain of the basketball team and Gabriella is academically gifted and joins the school decathlon team.

After Troy returns to school after a break, he sees Gabriella in his classroom and she explains to him that she is a new student there, having transferred from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The two become close friends and happen to audition for the school musical. When both Troy and Gabriella receive callbacks, Sharpay becomes angry.

6 Humanities – 71%

Humanities – Zac Efron
IFC Films

Humanities is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Josh Radnor. The film is about a 35-year-old named Jesse Fisher, an admissions officer at a post-secondary institution in New York City, who has a romantic relationship with a 19-year-old college student, Zibby.

Jesse is invited to the retirement dinner of his second favorite college professor at Ohio University, Peter Hoberg. At the retirement dinner, Jesse meets Nat (Zac Efron), a free spirit who runs life at the facility on his own terms.

Later, Zibby invites Jesse back to campus and hints that she has feelings for him. Jesse is concerned about the 16-year age difference, but agrees and the two spend time together and kiss. However, Peter sees them together and encourages Jesse to date women his own age.

5 Neighbors – 73%

Neighbors: Zac Efron
Universal images

Neighbors is a comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne with supporting roles from Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Mac and Kelly try to adjust to life with their young daughter, Stella. When fraternity brothers move into the house next door, conflicts arise because the noise from the fraternity doesn’t stop. Teddy (Zac Efron) is the president and Pete is his right-hand man. Mac asks Teddy if they could quiet the frat noise and even accepts an invitation to a party one night.

However, when Teddy goes back on his word to keep the partying down, Mac calls the police to deal with the problem. The police blame Mac for their presence and a real war begins.

4 High School Musical 2 – 83%

High School Musical 2
Disney Channel

High School Musical 2 is the second part of the High School Musical film series. The film stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman.

Troy gets a job at a wealthy country club owned by Sharpay and Ryan’s family and ends up working with Gabriella, Chad, Taylor and the entire Wildcats basketball team. When Troy is introduced to Sharpay’s parents, Troy realizes that Sharpay can help him with many opportunities and even a basketball scholarship.

Meanwhile, Troy begins spending time with a different crowd and Chad fears Troy will forget his friends, while Gabriella feels like she’s losing Troy to Sharpay.

3 Me and Orson Welles – 86%

Me and Orson Welles-Zac Efron
Warner Bros. Pictures

Me and Orson Welles is a drama film directed by Richard Linklater and based on the novel by Robert Kaplow. Set in New York in 1937, the story is about a teenager who is cast in Orson Welles’ adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” and finds himself drawn to a career-oriented production assistant.

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Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) takes a day trip to New York City and meets Gretta Adler, where they begin a friendship based on their shared love and goal as professionals in the creative arts. During this trip, Richard comes across the Mercury Theater and meets Orson Welles, who offers Richard an acting job as Lucius in his modern retelling of Julius Caesar.

2 The Disaster Artist – 91%

Two men prepare for battle; one is a boxer and the other is a nerd.
A24

The Disaster Artist is a biographical comedy-drama film starring, co-produced and directed by James Franco. The film follows an unlikely friendship between aspiring actors Tommy Wiseau and Sestero, which led to the production of Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, considered one of the worst films of all time. The film stars brothers James and Dave Franco as Wiseau and Sestero, respectively.

Aspiring actor Greg Sestero befriends eccentric Tommy Wiseau. The two travel to LA, and when Hollywood rejects them, Tommy decides to write, direct, produce and star in her own film. While filming their movie, Tommy is impressed by Dan’s (Zac Efron) intensity in the scene where Chris violently pressures Denny to collect money owed him.

1 Hairspray – 92%

Zac Efron and a few other actors smile into the camera
New Line Cinema

Hairspray is a musical romantic comedy based on the 2002 Broadway musical. The film was directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman. The ensemble cast includes John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney and Nikki Blonsky.

In the 1960s, Tracy Turnblad, an optimistic, dance-loving teenager, auditions for an appearance on The Corny Collins Show and gets the role. Several of the teenagers on The Corny Collins Show attend Tracy and Penny’s high school. Tracy is particularly impressed when she sees Link Larkin (Zac Efron), the series lead who is also Amber Von Tussle’s boyfriend.

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