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From ‘The Breakfast Club’ to ‘The Mighty Ducks’ Here Are Our 15 Favorite Emilio Estevez Movies and TV Shows, Ranked

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Emilio Estevez, a multifaceted actor, director, and writer, has left an strong mark on the entertainment industry. From iconic ’80s classics, like The Breakfast Club, to thought-provoking dramas, Estevez has showcased his talent across various genres. The son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen, Estevez is often seen as Hollywood royalty. He admits that even though he’s done some great films, note everything is golden. Hey says, “I’ve done some forgettable shit too…. There’s no avoiding it.”  We might have to agree to disagree as we look back at our favorite Emilio Estevez Movies and TV Shows.

Did you know? Emilio Estevez auditioned for the role of Jake (Molly Ringwald’s love interest) in Sixteen Candles? He was convinced he had the part only to find out it was offered to someone else.

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15. Men at Work (1990)

A comedy about two garbage men who stumble upon evidence of a political conspiracy, Men at Work stars Emilio Estevez as Carl Taylor, one of the sanitation workers. His co-star is Charlie Sheen, his brother in real life.

14. Judgment Night (1993): Emilio Estevez movies and TV shows

A tense thriller, Judgment Night follows a group of friends who become trapped in a dangerous urban neighborhood after witnessing a murder. Emilio Estevez stars alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Denis Leary.

13. Rated X (2000)

Rated X is a biographical drama that tells the story of the Mitchell brothers, pioneers in the adult entertainment industry. Emilio Estevez co-stars with his brother, Charlie Sheen, portraying Jim Mitchell, one of the brothers. Estevez was also the director and producer of the film. While the movie did well with audiences, it wasn’t a favorite among the critics. Says Estevez, “I was at the premiere of Rated X at Sundance, and I stood in the back of the theater after introducing the film. I held the door open for people who were walking out. They didn’t recognize me until they got right next to me. They were certainly less embarrassed than I was for holding the door open for them to leave.”

12. Nightmares (1983): Emilio Estevez movies and TV shows

Nightmares is a horror anthology film featuring four chilling tales of terror. Emilio Estevez stars in the segment titled The Bishop of Battle, playing a video game-obsessed teenager who faces off against a malevolent arcade game. This is a young Estevez at the start of his career.

11. Freejack (1992)

Set in a dystopian future, Freejack is a science fiction action film about a man who is from the past and brought into the future to become a replacement body for a wealthy businessman. Emilio Estevez stars as the protagonist, Alex Furlong. The movie also starred Mick Jagger, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

10. Stakeout (1987): Emilio Estevez movies and TV shows

This action comedy stars Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez and Madeleine Stowe. The plot focuses on two detectives who observe an escaped convict’s ex-girlfriend, but complications set in when one of the detectives falls for her. The chemistry between Dreyfuss and Estevez make this a hit.

9. The Public (2018)

The Public has an all-star cast including Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Taylor Schilling, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union. This drama takes place in Cincinnati, where homeless people take over a library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. 

An act of civil disobedience quickly gets out of control and ends in a standoff with police. Estevez said this was an important film to make explaining that, “The role of a modern-day librarian looks very different than the libraries most of us remember from our youth. The services that libraries provide to the community are as vital as having access to clean water and air.”

8. St. Elmo’s Fire (1985): Emilio Estevez movies and TV shows

St. Elmo’s Fire revolves around a group of recent college graduates navigating the challenges of adulthood, love, and friendship in Washington D.C. Emilio Estevez stars as Kirby Keger, a sensitive law student who pines for an unattainable woman.

The film captured the essence of the ’80s Brat Pack era and remains a beloved classic. It also starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

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7. Repo Man (1984)

Repo Man is a quirky cult classic that blends science fiction, comedy, and social commentary. Emilio Estevez plays Otto Maddox, a young punk rocker who becomes a repo man and gets entangled in a bizarre conspiracy involving government agents and aliens. Also starring Harry Dean Stanton and Tracey Walter. The movie seemed to strike a chord with critics, both ways. Says Estevez, “A small cult movie I did called Repo Man came out, and Siskel and Ebert argued on television about the merits of the film. Roger Ebert loved it and Gene Siskel hated it.”

6. Young Guns (1988): Emilio Estevez movies and TV shows

A Western action film inspired by the true story of the Lincoln County War, Young Guns follows a group of outlaw cowboys known as the Regulators. Emilio Estevez stars as Billy the Kid, the charismatic leader of the gang. Also starring Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips.

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5. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

A heartwarming sports comedy, The Mighty Ducks centers on Gordon Bombay (played by Emilio Estevez), a former hockey player who becomes the coach of a misfit youth hockey team. Together, they overcome obstacles and bond as a team. The movie also starred Joss Ackland and Lane Smith. It was so successful, it led to two sequels.

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4. Bobby (2006): Emilio Estevez movies and TV showss

Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, Bobby is a historical drama set against the backdrop of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. Estevez also stars in the ensemble cast, portraying a hotel employee. This star-studded cast also included Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham and Nick Cannon.

3. The Way (2010)

The Way follows a grieving father, Tom (played by Martin Sheen), who embarks on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain to honor his son’s memory. Emilio Estevez wrote and directed the film. He also co-starred alongside his father playing the character Daniel, Tom’s estranged son. The movie also starred Deborah Kara Unger.

This was one of several movies that Estevez starred along his father, Charlie Sheen. Estevez said he learned from his dad that there’s no predicting which movie would make it big. Estevez said his father would, “do a film and have wild expectations — this was going to be the movie that was going to change his career and change the way people felt about him. And of course it never was the one you thought it was going to be.”

2. The Outsiders (1983): Emilio Estevez movies and TV shows

Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders is a coming-of-age drama set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the 1960s. Emilio Estevez portrays Two-Bit Matthews, a wisecracking member of the greaser gang who must navigate conflicts with rival groups. The film was both a commercial and critical success. Other stars include C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon and Patrick Swayze.

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1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

Directed by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club is a quintessential ’80s teen film that follows five high school students from different social cliques who spend a Saturday together in detention. Emilio Estevez stars as Andrew Clark, the jock grappling with parental pressure and identity issues. The movie also stars Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.

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