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Five Best Movies Starring Amy Adams

The film that placed Adams on the map, this PG-rated Disney musical featured her as Giselle, an animated heroine propelled into New York City’s real world. Her absolute commitment to the role exemplifies her acting skills.

Adams delivers a forceful performance as the protagonist’s wife in this boxing drama by David O. Russell, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Her career is distinguished by the nuance and resonance of her work.

1. The Muppets (2011)

While it’s been a few decades since Muppet movies waned and the original show left the airwaves, The Muppets reboots and revives this band of felt animals and vegetables with the same magic that made them famous. Adams shrewdly taps into twin streams of Muppet nostalgia and earns herself another Oscar nomination for her work.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a charming period romantic comedy that stars Frances McDormand as a woman down on her luck. Adams plays the glamorous singer who helps her – and three different boyfriends – find love.

While the repelis film may have a few too many human cameos (Jason Segel and Kristen Schaal come to mind) it’s Adams who makes the movie tick. She delivers plenty of zany energy and is at her best when the camera centers on her.

2. Sharp Objects (2013)

Taking a break from her Disney-inspired roles, Adams delivers a nuanced performance in this edgy HBO miniseries. Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel, Sharp Objects follows a self-mutilating journalist returning to her small-town home to investigate a troubling murder case. Adams gives the character of Camille a depth and resonance not often seen in movies of this kind.

The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who teamed with Adams and Reese Witherspoon for Big Little Lies and also helmed the upcoming season of Gone Girl. The film also features a formidable turn from Patricia Clarkson as Camille’s Bette Davis-esque mother.

While many know Adams for her role as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, she is just as good (if not better) in this period romantic comedy. Frances McDormand is the real star of this movie, but Adams delivers a memorable supporting turn as a glamorous singer.

3. The Hunger Games (2012)

The film adaptation of a bestselling memoir starred Adams as agoraphobic child psychologist Anna Fox, who witnesses a crime while keeping tabs on the neighbors through her window. While the movie received mixed reviews, Adams’ performance was widely praised.

A fish-out-of-water princess, Adams nailed this role and proved to the world that she can take on roles beyond comedy. She’s also a force to be reckoned with in the smart and big-thinking sci-fi Arrival, where she elicits determination and vulnerability as a linguist on a delicate task.

4. The Theory of Everything (2013)

As a timid painter who catches the eye of con artist husband Walter (Christian Bale), Adams proves she can hold her own in this dark thriller. Awarded a Golden Globe, she is both funny and heartbreaking in this movie that depicts a woman’s struggle to overcome her oppressor.

The agnostic scientist in this biopic was an absolute triumph for Adams, who deserved her Oscar nomination. It’s a story of determination and perseverance in the face of hardship, and it’s definitely worth your time to watch this film. It’s also a good reminder of how far you can go in the world of science.

5. Her

As a talented actress, Adams has garnered much acclaim for her work with a diverse range of directors. From broad musicals like Enchanted to indie dramas with a serious edge, she can be found all over the movie map. Her willingness to embrace every genre shows off the true depth of her acting talent.

Few actors can switch between a naive princess, an FBI sting artist and a haunted wife with the ease of Adams. It’s no wonder that she nabbed six Oscar nominations and continues to win audiences over with her work.

Adams’ latest film is the upcoming Netflix thriller The Woman in the Window. You can watch it this fall, and check out her other memorable movies. In no particular order. You can also view the worst Amy Adams movies ever made. This list is based on average critical reception on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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