Worst To Best: Ray Winstone

The Devils Tomb (2009)

The Movie: Winstone teams up with Cuba Gooding Jr and Ron Perlman for a film that doesn’t deserve their sort of name power, as a group of elite soldiers uncover an ancient evil in an underground lab.

Winstone Grit: Winstone gives a game performance, clearly feeding off the enthusiasm of his co-stars. Shame the film’s not up to much.

Elfie Hopkins (2012)

The Movie: Winstone teams up with his daughter, Jaime, for the first time. She’s an aspiring teen detective, he’s the manic-looking Butcher Bryn. The film isn’t good. At all.

Winstone Grit: Barely recognisable with a slug-like moustache and in full-on butchers garb, Winstone’s got a twinkle in his eye, but what’s the script doing?

The Magic Roundabout (2005)

The Movie: A CGI reprise of the classic TV series which sadly fails to capture much of the show’s intrinsic charm. Winstone heads up the UK voice cast (bogglingly, there’s a separate US voice cast).

Winstone Grit: Not much room for grit in this sickly-sweet kiddie offering, though Soldier Sam at least gets a gun.

Fools Gold (2008)

The Movie: Winstone’s in the background as the spotlight spares Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey few blushes in their post- How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days reteam.

Winstone Grit: Winstone has a go at an accent (is it Texan or Australian?), but fails entirely to conceal his cockney burr. Still, he’s the grittiest thing in this shiny turd.

The Hot Potato (2011)

The Movie: Sixties-set drama ominously based on ‘true events’. The hot potato itself is a lump of Uranium (well, it’s better than ‘Unobtainium’, right?), which is found by two chancers who attempt to sell it in Europe.

Winstone Grit: He’s clearly having a grand old time, not least because he gets to share a smooch with the lovely Louise Redknapp. Who needs grit when you’ve got girls?

Darkness Falls (1999)

The Movie: Not the Emma Caulfield tooth-fairy horror, but a forgettable thriller from director Gerry Lively, in which John Barrett (Winstone) attempts to find out what caused the car crash that put his wife in a coma.

Winstone Grit: He may be wielding a gun, but Winstone shows he has a soft side here, letting a little fragility shine through as he goes about busting blocks. Good work.

44 Inch Chest (2009)

The Movie: When Colin (Winstone) discovers that his wife’s been unfaithful, he recruits some friends to help him kidnap her lover. This isn’t going to end well…

Winstone Grit: Winstone shines as the film’s tortured anti-hero, alternately vengeful and wounded. Shame the movie isn’t quite as good as he is.

Final Cut (1998)

The Movie: An odd reality-aping drama in which Jude Law plays Jude, whose secret video recordings are watched Ray (Winstone) and Sadie (Frost) after his death.

Winstone Grit: Winstone has fun playing a heightened version of himself, not least in a scene that has him swearing ‘til he’s almost purple in the face. Diamond.

Five Seconds To Spare (2000)

The Movie: Winstone stars opposite Andy Serkis and Max Beesley in this Brit drama, in which a young musician new to the streets of London witnesses a savage murder.

Winstone Grit:
As the quintessential Londoner, Winstone brings charisma and guts to a film that is lacking in other areas. Proof that Winstone’s frequently the best thing about the films he’s in.

London Boulevard (2010)

The Movie: The directorial debut of William Monahan, with Keira Knightley as a retired actress who hires Colin Farrell’s ex-con as a bodyguard. Meanwhile, gangster Gant (Winstone) wants the con to work for him.

Winstone Grit:
The film’s a mess, but Winstone’s terrifying as the uncompromising Gant. You wouldn’t want to meet this guy on a dark night.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.