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The Best Zac Efron Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 7.0k votes 1.8k voters 109.5k views27 items

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This is a list of the best Zac Efron movies, ranked best to worst - with movie trailers when available.  Zac Efron has come a long way since his days as a teen heartthrob in the High School Musical films. Zac Efron's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Zac Efron movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Zac Efron movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Zac Efron movies?, "What are the greatest Zac Efron roles of all time?," and "How does Zac Efron's latest movie compare to his first?" The greatest Zac Efron performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous flicks like The Lucky One to 17 Again appear on this Zac Efron filmography, but it's up to fans like you to decide upon the best.If you think the best Zac Efron role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

If you are a fan of Zac Efron's teen comedies, you might also like our list of best Vanessa Hudgens movies and best Channing Tatum movies

And a final note for the uninformed, it's Zac Ephron, not Zach or Zack

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    17 Again
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    17 Again

    Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released2009

    Directed byBurr Steers

    17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The film follows 37-year-old... more on Wikipedia

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    The Greatest Showman
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    The Greatest Showman

    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron

    Released2017

    Directed byMichael Gracey

    The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia
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    High School Musical
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    High School Musical

    Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2006

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film... more on Wikipedia

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    High School Musical 3: Senior Year
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    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2008

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    High School Musical 3: Senior Year is a 2008 American teen romantic comedy musical film and... more on Wikipedia
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    High School Musical 2
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    High School Musical 2

    Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens

    Released2007

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    High School Musical 2 is an American musical film directed by Kenny Ortega. High school... more on Wikipedia

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    #278 of 356 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time#180 of 194 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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    Charlie St. Cloud
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    Charlie St. Cloud

    Zac Efron, Kim Basinger

    Released2010

    Directed byBurr Steers

    Charlie St. Cloud is a 2010 American supernatural romantic drama film based on Ben Sherwood's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lucky One
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    The Lucky One

    Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Hicks

    The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released April 2012.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Baywatch
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    Baywatch

    Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron

    Directed bySeth Gordon

    Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Hairspray
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    Hairspray

    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released2007

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    The Lorax
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    The Lorax

    Taylor Swift, Zac Efron

    Released2012

    Directed byKyle Balda, Chris Renaud

    Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is a 2012 American computer-animated 3D musical fantasy comedy film... more on Wikipedia

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    Neighbors
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    Neighbors

    Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

    Released2014

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew... more on Wikipedia

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    New Year's Eve
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    New Year's Eve

    Halle Berry, Jessica Biel

    Released2011

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    New Year's Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. Like... more on Wikipedia

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    Dirty Grandpa
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    Dirty Grandpa

    Robert De Niro, Zac Efron

    Directed byDan Mazer

    Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Dan Mazer and written by John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Seth Rogen, Zac Efron

    Released2016

    Directed byNicholas Stoller

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    That Awkward Moment
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    That Awkward Moment

    Zac Efron, Miles Teller

    Released2014

    Directed byTom Gormican

    That Awkward Moment is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Tom Gormican.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Paperboy
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    The Paperboy

    Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2012

    Directed byLee Daniels

    The Paperboy is a 2012 American thriller film starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
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    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

    Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick

    Directed byJake Szymanski

    Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Jake Szymanski.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Me and Orson Welles
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    Me and Orson Welles

    Claire Danes, Zac Efron

    Released2008

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Me and Orson Welles is a 2008 British-American period comedy film directed by Richard... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Derby Stallion
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    The Derby Stallion

    Zac Efron, Billy Preston

    Released2005

    Directed byCraig Clyde

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  • 20
    Miracle Run
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    Miracle Run

    Zac Efron, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released2004

    Directed byGregg Champion

    Miracle Run is a 2004 Lifetime Television film starring Mary-Louise Parker, Zac Efron, Bubba... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Liberal Arts
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    Liberal Arts

    Zac Efron, Elizabeth Olsen

    Released2012

    Directed byJosh Radnor

    Liberal Arts is an American comedy-drama film. The second film directed by, written by, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now
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    If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now

    Zac Efron, Jayma Mays

    Released2006

    Directed byPeter Lauer

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    Melinda's World
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    Melinda's World

    Zac Efron, Ruth de Sosa

    Released2003

    Directed byDavid Baumgarten

    Melinda's World is a 2003 film adaptation of Marianne Kennedy's novel, directed by David... more on Wikipedia
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    The Disaster Artist
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    The Disaster Artist

    James Franco, Dave Franco

    Directed byJames Franco

    The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by James... more on Wikipedia