From least favorite to favorite
9. The Beach - Most people seem to disdain this movie..for good reason. It is slow and dull.
8. Trance - Boyle's visual flair remains intact but he is telling a variation of a story that has been done to death.
8. 127 Hours - If you like James Franco, this is higher on your list. I'm not a huge fan but the film is well-executed.
7. Millions - This story is targeted for a younger audience than most of the director's work, but it is still entertaining and doesn't feel compromised.
6. A Life Less Ordinary - A sometimes-forgotten entry in Boyle's canon that is better than some say and worse than others. At the very least, it has a loose, fun feel.
5. Shallow Grave - Boyle's debut is an understated, simple story about greed and what it does to people. Relatively few people have seen it, though they should.
4. 28 Days Later - A low-budget zombie movie anchored by Cillian Murphy that really struck a chord with people.
3. Slumdog Millionaire - Here is where a lot of holdouts really had to take notice of Boyle's talents.
2. Sunshine - Maybe there are a lot of people who don't like this movie: it does feel derivative of a number of other well-known sci-fi flicks. That said, the combination of stories, setting, cast, director and conflicts added up to something really special for me.
1. Trainspotting - Boyle struck gold with this second feature-length. It is an imaginative look at addiction and Boehmian-poverty from a distinctly Scottish perspective. Impossible-to-forget images abound in this ambitious yet simple tale. This launched Ewan McGregor's career into the stratosphere.
One of the best directors out there today, period.