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All Amy Adams Movies Ranked

Debuting in a late-’90s black comedy cult classic (Drop Dead Gorgeous). Performing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (Catch Me If You Can). Starring in a movie with the words “cruel” and “intentions” in the title. And this is before Amy Adams big break: 2005’s Junebug, where Adams co-starred as a lightly ditzy pregnant charmer with depths of empathy and wisdom, one of her prime characteristics as a performer. Well, minus the pregnant part. Adams was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for that role, opening the floodgates for five more acting Oscar nods and, thus far, no wins: for Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle, and Vice.

Those movies represent an impressive spread of performances, ranging from straight, hard drama to prestige-style comedies, representing how fluidly Adams moves between polarities. Her other not-nominated-but-beloved performances include those in Enchanted, starring as a Disney princess come to literal life); Arrival, the arresting sci-fi mindbender; and The Muppets, which helped revitalize the dear franchise for modern times…before it fell into disrepair again.

Adams’ big movie for 2019, Joe Wright’s The Woman in the Window, was pushed back a year after Disney picked it up in the Fox acquisition. Next year, the film will share space with her other 2020 movie, Hillbilly Elegy, directed by Ron Howard.

#35

Serving Sara (2002)
4%

#35
Adjusted Score: 6.78%
Critics Consensus: A romantic comedy that's neither funny nor particularly romantic, Serving Sara is a forgettable time waster.
Synopsis: A process server makes an unusual alliance with a beautiful but devious woman in this comedy. Joe Tyler (Matthew Perry)... [More]
Directed By: Reginald Hudlin

#34

The Wedding Date (2005)
11%

#34
Adjusted Score: 15.286%
Critics Consensus: Critics are leaving The Wedding Date at the alter, calling it shopworn, bland, and lightweight.
Synopsis: Kat Ellis is looking for the right man -- now! The position comes with a few requirements. The qualified candidate... [More]
Directed By: Clare Kilner

#33

Underdog (2007)
14%

#33
Adjusted Score: 15.588%
Critics Consensus: Underdog is a mostly forgettable adaptation that relies far too heavily on recycled material and sloppy production.
Synopsis: After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister, an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with... [More]
Directed By: Frederik Du Chau

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 8.554%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this direct-to-video prequel to the 1999 feature Cruel Intentions, Kathryn Merte (Amy Adams) is the manipulative, cold-hearted daughter of... [More]

#31

The Ex (2007)
18%

#31
Adjusted Score: 20.714%
Critics Consensus: The Ex suffers from inept direction and characters that are either unsympathetic or plain unpleasant to watch.
Synopsis: Tom Reilly and his wife Sofia are in for some major changes now that they have a newborn. As a... [More]
Directed By: Jesse Peretz

#30

Leap Year (2010)
23%

#30
Adjusted Score: 26.47%
Critics Consensus: Amy Adams is as appealing as ever, but her charms aren't enough to keep Leap Year from succumbing to an overabundance of clichés and an unfunny script.
Synopsis: A woman (Amy Adams) heads to Ireland in order to force her boyfriend (Adam Scott) to accept her wedding proposal... [More]
Directed By: Anand Tucker

#29
Adjusted Score: 44.448%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S.... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#28

Lullaby (2014)
30%

#28
Adjusted Score: 30.287%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: LULLABY explores the power of life, its transformative moments, and reconnections between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund)... [More]
Directed By: Andrew Levitas

#27

Standing Still (2005)
36%

#27
Adjusted Score: 29.903%
Critics Consensus: This coming-of-age film's young, attractive cast helps to mitigate the stultifying dialogue and uninspired direction.
Synopsis: When a diverse group of lifelong friends comes together to celebrate the marriage of devoted couple Elise (Amy Adams) and... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Cole Weiss

#26

Justice League (2017)
40%

#26
Adjusted Score: 56.499%
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#25

On the Road (2012)
44%

#25
Adjusted Score: 49.112%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful to look at but a bit too respectfully crafted, On the Road doesn't capture the energy and inspiration of Jack Kerouac's novel.
Synopsis: Based on Jack Kerouc's beloved American novel, On The Road is the story of Sal Paradise, an aspiring New York... [More]
Directed By: Walter Salles

#24
Adjusted Score: 50.015%
Critics Consensus: Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian is busy enough to keep the kids interested but the slapstick goes overboard and the special effects (however well executed) throw the production into mania.
Synopsis: Ben Stiller returns as Larry Daley, the unfortunate night watchman who continues to encounter living and breathing museum exhibits in... [More]
Directed By: Shawn Levy

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 48.499%
Critics Consensus: It's dark humor sometimes hits, but mostly misses the target.
Synopsis: The local boosters of Mount Rose, Minnesota proudly invites you to watch as their annual celebration of civic pride, wholesome... [More]
Directed By: Michael Patrick Jann

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 58.217%
Critics Consensus: Though predictable and somewhat dramatically underwhelming, Trouble with the Curve benefits from Clint Eastwood's grizzled charisma and his easy chemistry with a charming Amy Adams.
Synopsis: Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to... [More]
Directed By: Robert Lorenz

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 53.342%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Shaking bikinis, muscled surfers, a wanna-be surf babe with a split personality, a mom with an agenda, and a few... [More]
Directed By: Robert Lee King

#20

Man of Steel (2013)
56%

#20
Adjusted Score: 68.812%
Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.
Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#19

Vice (2018)
66%

#19
Adjusted Score: 80.995%
Critics Consensus: Vice takes scattershot aim at its targets, but writer-director Adam McKay hits some satisfying bullseyes -- and Christian Bale's transformation is a sight to behold.
Synopsis: VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#18
Adjusted Score: 77.11%
Critics Consensus: Though it occasionally stalls, Talladega Nights' mix of satire, clever gags, and excellent ensemble performances put it squarely in the winner's circle.
Synopsis: When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a... [More]
Directed By: Adam McKay

#17

Big Eyes (2014)
72%

#17
Adjusted Score: 78.939%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.
Synopsis: Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who... [More]
Directed By: Tim Burton

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 85.196%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and lovely to look at, Nocturnal Animals further underscores writer-director Tom Ford's distinctive visual and narrative skill.
Synopsis: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting... [More]
Directed By: Tom Ford (VIII)

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 79.303%
Critics Consensus: Despite a sometimes overly familiar plot, Sunshine Cleaning benefits from the lively performances of its two stars.
Synopsis: A thirtysomething single mother whose boundless potential was squandered through a series of failed relationships and a misguided effort to... [More]
Directed By: Christine Jeffs

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 74.028%
Critics Consensus: A bleak but original indie, The Slaughter Rule benefits from outstanding performances by Ryan Gosling and David Morse.
Synopsis: A teenager at a personal crossroads finds himself questioning the things that have given his life meaning in this independent... [More]

#13

Julie & Julia (2009)
77%

#13
Adjusted Score: 84.067%
Critics Consensus: Boosted by Meryl Streep's charismatic performance as Julia Child, Julie and Julia is a light, but fairly entertaining culinary comedy.
Synopsis: Based on two true stories, "Julie & Julia" intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron

#12
Adjusted Score: 83.254%
Critics Consensus: Miss Pettigrew is a breezy period comedy carried by the strong performances of Amy Adams and Frances McDormand.
Synopsis: In 1939 London, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew is a middle-aged governess who finds herself once again unfairly dismissed from her job.... [More]
Directed By: Bharat Nalluri

#11

Doubt (2008)
80%

#11
Adjusted Score: 87.964%
Critics Consensus: Doubt succeeds on the strength of its top-notch cast, who successfully guide the film through the occasional narrative lull.
Synopsis: When the principal (Meryl Streep) of a Bronx Catholic High School accuses a popular priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of pedophilia,... [More]
Directed By: John Patrick Shanley

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 88.465%
Critics Consensus: Charlie Wilson's War manages to entertain and inform audiences, thanks to its witty script and talented cast of power players.
Synopsis: Charlie Wilson was a bachelor congressman from Texas who had a habit of showing up in hot tubs with strippers... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

#9

The Master (2012)
85%

#9
Adjusted Score: 93.998%
Critics Consensus: Smart and solidly engrossing, The Master extends Paul Thomas Anderson's winning streak of challenging films for serious audiences.
Synopsis: A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the... [More]
Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson

#8

Junebug (2005)
87%

#8
Adjusted Score: 91.097%
Critics Consensus: Aided and abetted by a wonderful cast, director Phil Morrison transforms familiar material into an understated and resonant comedy.
Synopsis: A dealer in outsider art threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina. Madeline is a go-getting art... [More]
Directed By: Phil Morrison

#7

The Fighter (2010)
91%

#7
Adjusted Score: 98.201%
Critics Consensus: Led by a trio of captivating performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, The Fighter is a solidly entertaining, albeit predictable, entry in the boxing drama genre.
Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#6

Enchanted (2007)
93%

#6
Adjusted Score: 99.127%
Critics Consensus: A smart re-imagining of fairy tale tropes that's sure to delight children and adults, Enchanted features witty dialogue, sharp animation, and a star turn by Amy Adams.
Synopsis: A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess from the past... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Lima

#5

American Hustle (2013)
92%

#5
Adjusted Score: 102.755%
Critics Consensus: Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.
Synopsis: A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#4

Her (2013)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104.335%
Critics Consensus: Sweet, soulful, and smart, Spike Jonze's Her uses its just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.
Synopsis: Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his... [More]
Directed By: Spike Jonze

#3

Arrival (2016)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 110.448%
Critics Consensus: Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.
Synopsis: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team--lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)--are brought together... [More]
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 101.631%
Critics Consensus: With help from a strong performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life wunderkind con artist Frank Abagnale, Steven Spielberg crafts a film that's stylish, breezily entertaining, and surprisingly sweet.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Frank W. Abagnale was employed as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#1

The Muppets (2011)
95%

#1
Adjusted Score: 101.737%
Critics Consensus: Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both win new fans and delight longtime devotees.
Synopsis: On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

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