Anne Hathaway’s 10 Best Movies, Ranked

We still can’t tell the difference between lapis and ceruleanbut we know a great Anne Hathaway performance when you see one.

For more than two decades, Hathaway, 39, has always been a welcome presence on the big and small screen, starring in the wilds of Apple TV+ “We Crashed” series earlier this year. Her final role is in James Gray’s autobiographical coming-of-age drama “The Time of Armageddon” (now in theaters nationwide), playing a Jewish housewife in 1980s New York opposite Jeremy Strong (“Succession” from HBO), Anthony Hopkins and newcomer Banks Repeta.

Here’s how his performance in the film ranks among his other top career turns:

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10. “Les Miserables” (2012)

Hardly anyone emerges unscathed from Tom Hooper’s lifeless adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, which, on a recent re-watch, is somehow even more claustrophobic than you might remember. Unlike many of her co-stars, Hathaway can legitimately sing, which any self-respecting “Ella Enchanted” fan has known for a long time. And though her performance as the dying prostitute Fantine is sometimes overwrought, pathetic glimmers always shine through her tragic portrayal of “I dreamed a dream,” shot in intrusively tight close-up.

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9. “Serenity” (2019)

Karen (Anne Hathaway, right) hatches a murderous plan with Dill (Matthew McConaughey) in

Hathaway is often the best part of mediocre films (see: her inspired turn as a self-absorbed actress in “Ocean’s 8”). But “Serenity” is perhaps the best example of how she can elevate ridiculously bad material, playing a bleach-fried Southern beauty who seeks out her ex-husband (Matthew McConaughey) to kill her abusive new beau. (Jason Clarke). Hathaway seems to be the only one of the cast who knows exactly what kind of movie they’re shooting, dialing her performance down to an 11 as the pulpy, erotic thriller goes wildly off the rails.

8. “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012)

Anne Hathaway has joined the ranks of Michelle Pfeiffer and Eartha Kitt with her role as Catwoman in

Hathaway won his hard-fought Oscar for 2012’s “Les Mis,” but we honestly believe it was his most award-winning performance that year. No actress in this century has been able to match Hathaway’s sly, devious take on petty thief Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. As adept at throwing punches as he is at cracking one-liners, Hathaway transitions between characters masterfully. (His simple delivery of speech “Oops” is still better than anything in a Marvel or DC movie since.)

7. “The Hour of Armageddon” (2022)

Left Jeremy Strong (left) and Anne Hathaway in

Don’t let the trailer fool you: “Armageddon Time” is as smart as it is tough, with a deviously powerful performance from Hathaway that avoids easy judgments. Playing the role of Esther Graff, Hathaway warmly conveys tough love as she pushes her young son (Repeta) to dream bigger and achieve better than his parents. But she also stands on the sidelines as racism and violent outbursts threaten to tear apart their close-knit family, and Hathaway hauntingly portrays Esther’s complicity.

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6. “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)

Anne Hathaway plays a resentful housewife and rodeo rider in

A year after “The Princess Diaries 2,” Hathaway proved his dramatic bona fides in Ang Lee’s gay cowboy romance, playing Jake Gyllenhaal’s starry-eyed shepherd’s wife. Hathaway makes the most of her limited screen time as Lureen, whose simmering denial about her husband’s sexuality always threatens to boil over. His tearful and climaxing phone call with the character of Heath Ledger is absolutely devastating.

5. “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)

Anne Hathaway has the boss from hell in

Yes, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt are the obvious scene-stealers in this no-holds-barred fashion satire, about an aspiring journalist named Andy Sachs (Hathaway) who lands a sought-after magazine job under the editor. of ice queen Miranda Priestly (Streep). But Hathaway is the glue that holds the film together, expertly charting Andy’s journey from reluctant helper to ruthless ladder climber. And her later emotional scenes with Streep are some of the film’s best, as Miranda fleetingly lets her guard down and Andy discovers an uneasy kindred spirit.

4. “Colossal” (2016)

Anne Hathaway stars as a woman struggling with various issues, from alcohol to a monster halfway around the world, in

After a string of major studio projects like ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’, Hathaway got weirdly refreshing in this low-budget sci-fi comedy, about a restless writer who unwittingly controls a monster. looking like Godzilla whenever she’s drunk. Even when the film’s bold leaps into darker territory don’t always land, Hathaway brings surprising depth to a character stuck in arrested development. She also has fun with the film’s physical comedy and dark humor, exuding an effortless charm in her scenes with Jason Sudeikis as her fellow sloth.

3. “Rachel Gets Married” (2008)

Anne Hathaway (left) and Rosemarie DeWitt are the highlights of the family drama

Jonathan Demme’s drama is about a screaming match away from turning into a porn tragedy, as a recovering drug addict named Kym (Hathaway) gets temporary leave from rehab to attend her older sister’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding. . But what ultimately saves the film is Hathaway’s remarkable restraint in conveying Kym’s deep pain and remorse over an unimaginable family tragedy. It was a fiery but fragile performance that earned Hathaway her well-deserved first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

2. ‘The Princess Diary’ (2001)

Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews, left) and her granddaughter Mia (Anne Hathaway) greet the citizens of San Francisco in

“Princess Diaries” is responsible for introducing Hathaway to most of the world, and 20 years later, the Disney comedy remains as watchable and quotable as ever. That’s largely thanks to Hathaway’s winning turn as Mia Thermopolis, a clumsy teenager who discovers that her estranged grandmother (Julie Andrews) is actually the queen of a small country. Hathaway hilariously portrays the mounting difficulties of trying to learn royal etiquette while navigating between dreamy boys and high school bullies. But it also beautifully captures Mia’s transformation from a frustrated girl to a mature young woman, as Mia graciously accepts her duty as a future princess without losing sight of who she is.

1. “The Intern” (2015)

Robert De Niro, left, and Anne Hathaway play Nancy Meyers' Friends and Confidants

“The Intern” is not only a sorely underrated gem in Nancy Meyers’ stellar filmography, but it’s also a wonderful synthesis of all that Hathaway does best. The heartwarming comedy follows a widower named Ben (Robert De Niro) who lands a job at a booming fashion startup as part of their senior internship program. Hathaway plays Jules, the eager-to-please corporate founder who knows she’s in over her head but fears being seen as weak or incompetent in the rarefied space of female CEOs.

Hathaway is painfully vulnerable and captivating, as Jules and Ben gradually open up and find solace in each other’s friendship. But the film also works on a meta level brilliantly, coming on the heels of the so-called “Hathahate” that sprung across the internet after the actress’ extremely earnest Oscar campaign for “Les Mis.”

Jules is often seen as being too ambitious and authoritarian by those around him — criticisms that have also been leveled at Hathaway over the years. The film carefully examines the double standards in the workplace, as well as the pressures on women to be more passive than passionate. For Hathaway, it’s the perfect marriage of actress and character, and a sweet reminder of just how extraordinary she can be.

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