The 7 Best Austin Butler Performances, Ranked By Fans

Austin Butler has quickly become one of the most promising young actors in Hollywood, showcasing his talent in a variety of roles across film and television. From his breakout role in “Hannah Montana” to his recent performance in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” Butler has proven time and time again that he has the range and skill to take on any role that comes his way. Today, we will take a closer look at some of the best Austin Butler performances thus far, highlighting the seven moments that truly showcase his talent and potential as an actor.

Butler’s commitment to his roles is truly commendable as he fully immerses himself in each character, bringing them to life on screen in a way that captivates audiences. His dedication might seem intense, but a new study by University College London suggests that all actors, not just those who embrace the “method” approach, might actually suppress their own sense of self when they become someone else on screen. This research opens up a whole new conversation about the mind-body connection actors experience when they bring characters to life. So, the next time you’re mesmerized by an actor’s performance, remember – it’s more than just acting talent, it could be a whole brain transformation happening right before your eyes! Let us take a look back at the path that led Austin Butler to stardom, shall we? Luckily, we at StudyFinds have researched across nine expert sources to bring you today’s list of the top seven best Austin Butler performances of all time from film and TV. Did we miss one? We would love to hear from you in the comments down below. Now, onto the list!

Austin Butler at the Los Angeles premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" 2019
Austin Butler at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” 2019 (Photo by Ovidiu Hrubaru on Shutterstock)

The List: Best Austin Butler Performances, 7 Roles Ranked By Fans

1. “Elvis” (2022)

"Elvis" (2022)
“Elvis” (2022)

Austin Butler’s performance in “Elvis” is the obvious first film to take up ranks on our list. It follows Presley’s life from his childhood in the 1940s to his rise to fame in the 1950s, says Collider. Butler’s portrayal of the iconic musician has received widespread acclaim for his ability to capture Presley’s charisma and stage presence. The movie’s attention to detail in recreating the 1950s music scene and Presley’s personal life adds an authenticity that truly brings the story to life.

Butler is easily the “best part of ‘Elvis'” in an emotionally-charged performance. His portrayal of Presley’s struggles and triumphs is captivating, drawing viewers in and making them feel connected to the iconic singer on a deeper level, The Mary Sue raves. Fans of Presley and cinema alike will undoubtedly be moved by the authenticity and heart that Butler brings to the role, making “Elvis” a film that will be remembered for years to come.

Butler’s portrayal of the King of Rock and Roll is his “greatest and most challenging role” yet, adds Screen Rant.  With impressive costumes and set design, the film truly transports viewers back in time to experience the energy and excitement of Presley’s early career. The soundtrack, featuring many of Presley’s greatest hits, further enhances the immersive experience and allows audiences to feel like they are right there with him on stage.  

2. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019)

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019)

The film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” takes up the next spot on our list, with Butler in a role far from his typical lovelorn heartthrob, says Screen Rant. Despite his tough exterior, Butler brings depth and vulnerability to the character, earning critical acclaim for his performance. His chemistry with his co-stars adds another layer of complexity to the movie, making it a must-watch for fans. 

This movie is a sharp turn from Butler’s usual roles: he’s plays a fictional character based on a real-life murderer. Even with limited screen time, Butler delivers an intense and captivating performance as the film’s antagonist, mentions Collider. He proves he can go toe-to-toe with Hollywood heavyweights like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie – definitely not an easy feat! The film’s success further cement Butler’s reputation as a versatile and skilled actor who is capable of taking on a variety of roles. 

3. “The Shannara Chronicles” (2016 – 2017)

"The Shannara Chronicles" Season One
“The Shannara Chronicles” Season One

“The Shannara Chronicles” TV series is next on our ranking. Adapted from the series of fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, “The Shannara Chronicles” follows a group of young heroes as they embark on a quest to save their world from evil forces, explains Movie Web

Butler portrays “a half-elf” navigating through treacherous lands and facing powerful enemies along the way, The Mary Sue writes. The show’s stunning visuals and impressive special effects have also been praised, adding to the overall immersive experience for viewers. 

This show is Butler’s return to television after “The Carrie Diaries” cancellation, and was a hit with audiences despite its short run, writes We Got This Covered. The series has received critical acclaim for its strong character development and intricate plot twists. And the dynamic relationships between the characters and the high-stakes conflicts they face keep viewers engaged and eager to see what will happen next. 

4. “The Dead Don’t Die” (2019)

“The Dead Don’t Die” (2019)

Next up is the movie “The Dead Don’t Die” from 2019. Butler stars as the love interest in this zombie comedy, playing opposite Selena Gomez, says Den of Geek. The film follows a small-town police force as they battle a zombie apocalypse, with Butler’s character caught in the chaos. His chemistry with Gomez’s character adds a light-hearted touch to the dark and comedic tone of the movie. 

The film also stars Bill Murray and Adam Driver as the police officers who instigate the zombie outbreak. However, the dynamic connection between Butler and Gomez brings a refreshing and fun element to the film as they navigate through the chaos of the zombie apocalypse together, adds Screen Rant

This bizarre comedy is sure to keep audiences entertained from start to finish. The chemistry between the cast members is palpable, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the characters they portray. As the group of survivors band together to fend off the undead, viewers can expect plenty of laughs, scares, and heartfelt moments that will leave a lasting impression, notes The Mary Sue

5. “The Carrie Diaries” (2013-2014)

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The CW series “The Carrie Diaries,” which serves as a prequel to the beloved “Sex and the City” franchise, is the next show on our list due to a stellar performance by Butler. He stole the show for two seasons as Carrie Bradshaw’s charming and mysterious love interest, Hello Magazine explains. Butler’s performance had fans swooning left and right – and honestly, can you blame them  

 “The Carries Diaries” was one of the first of many leading roles that would come Butler’s way. His performance in the show not only captivated audiences but also garnered critical acclaim, We Got This Covered adds. They praised him for his ability to bring depth and authenticity to his role. With his undeniable charm and on-screen presence, Butler quickly became a fan favorite, leaving viewers eagerly anticipating his future projects.

6. “Dude” (2018)

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The Netflix film “Dude” is the next performance by Butler to take a spot on our list. It’s a heartwarming look back at teenage love and the power of friendship during those awkward (but also amazing) high school years, notes Hello Magazine.

Butler stars as a deceased boy whose memory follows the lead characters all throughout the film. The movie showcases the difficulty of losing someone so young when you yourself are still growing up, Screen Rant says. Through Butler’s performance, the audience is able to feel the weight of his absence and the impact it has on the characters’ lives. The emotional depth and raw vulnerability that Butler brings to his role add another layer of poignancy to an already touching story.

The film also has an all-star cast of up-and-coming young actors, including Lucy Hale, Awkwafina, Alexandra Shipp, and Kathryn Prescott, according to Cosmopolitan. Each of these talented actors brings a unique energy to the movie, creating a dynamic and engaging on-screen chemistry. As the friends face life-changing decisions and unexpected obstacles, their bond is put to the test in a way that will resonate with audiences of all ages. 

7. “The Bling Ring” (2011)

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Okay, so it’s not the Sofia Coppola film “Bling Ring.” Let’s get that out of the way; however, it’s still a film with a raw and gritty performance by Butler. It’s a made-for-TV movie based on the outrageous true story of a group of LA teens who pulled off a series of daring celebrity home robberies. The film stars Butler alongside a talented cast including Yin Chang, Jennifer Grey, and Tom Irwin (IndieWire). 

Austin Butler perfectly embodies one of the “ringleaders” in the shocking true-crime tale. His natural charisma makes him believable as part of this group of young Hollywood burglars, Screen Rant praises. As the leader of the group of teenage criminals, Butler brings a sense of charm and manipulation to the role that makes his character both compelling and unsettling. 

“The Bling Ring” may not be a blockbuster hit, but it certainly leaves a lasting impression on the audience with its thought-provoking themes and strong performances. Butler has a short but unforgettable role, which is a fascinating blend of all his past and future roles – a glimpse into the talented actor he was becoming, raves Den of Geek

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New York raised and Florida-based Jilly Hite studied screenwriting and theatre at The Lee Strasberg Institute before becoming a full time content creator and podcaster. She loves old movies, musical theatre, and her pup Ted.

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