Best Anne Hathaway Movies and Performances, Ranked

From starring in blockbuster movies to playing a destructive drug addict to a cowgirl whose husband is hiding a secret love affair, Anne Hathaway has been a high-profile Hollywood princess for more than two decades.

To celebrate its 40th anniversarye anniversary, Variety took a look back to rank the Oscar-winning actor’s 12 best cinematic performances to date.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Hathaway caused a stir early on. After a brief stint on the set of the Fox family drama series “Get Real,” things took off for Hathaway in 2001 thanks to the verve she brought to her portrayal of Mia Thermopolis, the heiress to the throne of Genovia. in “The Princess Diaries.” Hathaway burst from the screen like a breath of fresh air, standing up to the legendary Julie Andrews. “Princess Diaries” grossed over $160 million at the worldwide box office and spawned the 2004 sequel “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” also starring Andrews and directed by Marshall.

A star was indeed born.

Since her royal debut, Hathaway has starred in comedies such as Madeline Bray in Charles Dickens’ adaptation of “Nicholas Nickleby” (2002) and played the titular character in the fantasy feature film “Ella Enchanted” (2004).

When she was cast as Lureen Newsome in Ang Lee’s cowboy love story “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), she showed she had chops beyond comedy. romantic. The industry knew Hathaway was going to be a force that helped define his generation of actors.

She went on to another box office and critical success, ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘ (2006) opposite Meryl Streep. Two years later, she perfected her comedy chops with no less a high-end slapstick master than Steve Carell in “Get Smart” (2008).

That same year, Hathaway also saw her profile soar among actors with her tour de force as a drug addict fresh out of rehab who returns home for her sister’s wedding in “Rachel Getting Married” (2008 ). Her work in Jonathan Demme’s searing drama has proven her to be one of the most technically gifted performers in the industry. She earned her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for the film, which paved the way for her brilliant musical Fantine four years later in Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ (2012). Playing alongside star Hugh Jackman, she made the most of her minimal screen time and sang the memorable “I Dreamed a Dream” in a one-take sensation that cemented her place in Hollywood. For this, Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Since then she has starred in acclaimed feature films such as ‘Interstellar’ (2014), spin-off ‘Ocean’s Eight’ (2018) and most recently as mother Esther Graff in James’ childhood drama Gray’s “Armageddon Time”, which earned him accolades. .

“The Time of Armageddon”
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Up next for Hathaway’s role are a slew of interesting projects, including “Eileen” opposite Thomasin McKenzie, “She Came to Me” alongside Marisa Tomei, and director Michael Showalter’s “The Idea of ​​You.”

Here is Variety selection of Hathaway’s 12 best cinematic performances, as well as excerpts from each film that highlight the essence of his talent.

Honorable mentions: “Interstellar” (2014); “The Intern” (2015); “The Witches” (2020); “The Time of Armageddon” (2022)

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