Sorkin Season has officially started for us all! In honor of The Trial of Chicago Seven debuting last week on Netflix, I wanted to go through my personal rankings of everything Mr. Aaron Sorkin has worked on. As of late, I’m more into movies versus television (there is too much to watch!), but Sorkin was instrumental in my taste in TV shows as much as film. I have not been blessed enough to see his plays in person, but I am lime green jello of anyone who has. Without further ado, here is my personal ranking of Sorkin’s top work!
The American President (1995)
This plot might not exactly work for me anymore, but I do adore this movie. The President of the United States should not date a lobbyist under any circumstances. The movie is easily his most charming, romantic film to date and I appreciate it.
A Few Good Men (1992)
I know, I know! You’re thinking this is very low on the list, but hear me out. I love it, it’s great, but just not something I think about often. Yes, I remember being a kid and screaming “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” But as I’ve grown up, other Sorkin scripts have just made a deeper impact on me.
Sports Night (1998-2000)
This is one of the first TV shows I truly remember binge watching. I so badly wanted to work in a cool office where people spoke this fast and sharp. I know, some of this show has not aged very well, but I have fond memories of watching this on my laptop at night.
If you described this movie to me, I would say not for me. If you told me Brad Pitt was in it, I’d probably check it out at home. If you told me Brad Pitt was in this and Aaron Sorkin co-wrote the dialogue, I may have RUN to a theater. This may not have been all Sorkin, but boy does this work. Home run.
Molly’s Game (2017)
I know this movie didn’t work for everyone, but it was one of my favorites in 2017, which was such a jam-packed year for film. Sorkin’s directorial debut was such a fun, engrossing film filled with the expected Sorkin dialogue and incredible performances from Jessica Chastain and yes, Michael Cera.
The West Wing (1999-2006)
One of the first shows I truly remember watching week to week! This show made me feel like the smartest, coolest kid, but as an adult, it is so much more to me. This show really holds up for me and has some of my favorite Sorkinisms.
The moment of truth! Did I rank The Social Network higher than Steve Jobs? Two of my favorite recent releases and I cannot believe Sorkin wrote feature films about both Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Okay, here we go! I have to choose, huh?
Steve Jobs (2015)
This is one of my favorite films and easily one of my favorite biopics! The film has the quick dialogue you expect from Sorkin, but packs so much more into it. With every rewatch, I truly fall more and more in love with this film. The performances, direction and editing only heighten Sorkin’s brilliant script.
The Social Network (2010)
The best movie of the last decade had to be number one on my Sorkin list, right? Sorkin, rightfully, won the Oscar and honestly, for this dialogue, he deserves a bonus Oscar. Truly, such a great, forever quotable script. I change my favorite line on a regular basis.