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The Best Zac Efron Movies 

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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

Garry Marshall and Adam Shankman have both worked with Zac Efron over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. If Zac Efron movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Andrew Garfield and Chace Crawford too.

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The Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Released: 2017

Directed by: Michael Gracey

The Greatest Showman is a 2017 American biographical musical drama film directed by Michael Gracey. American showman P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) becomes the founder of the circus that became the ...more

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17 Again is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Michelle Trachtenberg, Matthew Perry

Released: 2009

Directed by: Burr Steers

17 Again is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The film follows 37-year-old Mike who becomes a 17-year-old high school student after a chance incident. The film also features ...more

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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Charlie St. Cloud is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Charlie St. Cloud Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta

Released: 2010

Directed by: Burr Steers

Charlie St. Cloud is a 2010 American supernatural romantic drama film based on Ben Sherwood's best-selling novel. The film is directed by Burr Steers and stars Zac Efron and Amanda Crew.

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High School Musical 3: S... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is a 2008 American teen romantic comedy musical film and the third installment in the High School Musical series. Produced and released on October 24, 2008 by ...more

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The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott Hicks

The Lucky One is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released April 2012. It is an adaptation of the 2008 novel of the same name, by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Zac Efron ...more

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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Baywatch Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the television series of the same name. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the no-nonsense leader of an elite ...more
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High School Musical 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

High School Musical 2 is an American musical film directed by Kenny Ortega. High school student Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) stresses over getting a job, with the price of college expenses looming on ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Adam Shankman

Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

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Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Neighbors is a 2014 American comedy film, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien. The film stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, with Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and ...more
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The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kyle Balda, Chris Renaud

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is a 2012 American computer-animated 3D musical fantasy comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment and based on Dr. Seuss' children's book of the same name. The film ...more

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Dirty Grandpa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Dirty Grandpa Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch

Directed by: Dan Mazer

Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Dan Mazer and written by John Philips. The film stars Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza and Dermot Mulroney. It was ...more

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New Year's Eve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, SofĂ­a Vergara

Released: 2011

Directed by: Garry Marshall

New Year's Eve is a 2011 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. Like Valentine's Day, it depicts a series of holiday vignettes of the state of several romances and features a ...more

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Ri... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

Released: 2016

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller. The film is a sequel to Neighbors, and follows the Radners (Rogen and Rose Byrne) having to outwit a new ...more
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Mike and Dave Need Weddi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine

Directed by: Jake Szymanski

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Jake Szymanski. Mike and Dave (Zac Efron and Adam DeVine) put out an ad for dates to their sister's wedding, and ...more
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That Awkward Moment is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan

Released: 2014

Directed by: Tom Gormican

That Awkward Moment is a 2014 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Tom Gormican. Three best friends find themselves where we've all been - at that confusing moment in every dating ...more
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The Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lee Daniels

The Paperboy is a 2012 American thriller film starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Lee Daniels, it is based on the 1995 novel The Paperboy by ...more
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Me and Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Imogen Poots

Released: 2008

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Me and Orson Welles is a 2008 British-American period comedy film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay, and Claire Danes. Based on Robert Kaplow's novel of the ...more
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Miracle Run is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Mary-Louise Parker, Aidan Quinn

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gregg Champion

Miracle Run is a 2004 Lifetime Television film starring Mary-Louise Parker, Zac Efron, Bubba Lewis, Aidan Quinn and Alicia Morton
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The Derby Stallion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Billy Preston, Bill Cobbs

Released: 2005

Directed by: Craig Clyde

The Derby Stallion is a 2005 film starring Zac Efron.
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Extremely Wicked, Shocki... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Berlinger

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger. Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) struggle to accept the ...more

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Liberal Arts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney

Released: 2012

Directed by: Josh Radnor

Liberal Arts is an American comedy-drama film. The second film directed by, written by, and starring Josh Radnor, it tells the story of 35-year-old Jesse who has a romantic relationship with ...more
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If You Lived Here, You'd... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home Now Zac Efron, Jayma Mays

Released: 2006

Directed by: Peter Lauer

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now is a 2006 film directed by Peter Lauer.
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The Disaster Artist is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
The Disaster Artist James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen

Directed by: James Franco

The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by James Franco. The film depicts the early friendship of Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) and Tommy Wiseau (James ...more

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Melinda's World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zac Efron Movies
Zac Efron, Ruth de Sosa, Thomas Michael Kappler

Released: 2003

Directed by: David Baumgarten

Melinda's World is a 2003 film adaptation of Marianne Kennedy's novel, directed by David Baumgarten and is also Zac Efron's film debut.