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Eliza Dushku Movies

Updated on April 30, 2012

Eliza Dushku, Beautiful Film and Television Actress

Eliza Dushku was born in Massachusetts in 1980 and got her big break at the age of ten after a nation-wide search for the lead role in the movie "That Night". Three years later, she was acting opposite Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin and Leonardo DiCaprio in "This Boy's Life". Several more supporting roles followed in films including "True Lies", with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Eliza Dushku got the role she's best known for in 1998, playing Faith in the TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spin-off, "Angel". Her work as the bad-girl Slayer earned her a cult following that has continued long after the show went off the air, and it began a working relationship with the show's creator, Joss Whedon. The two would later develop another show together, "Dollhouse", which had a short but memorable run on Fox. She was also considered for the lead role in a "Wonder Woman" movie that was to be helmed by Whedon before he left that project.

Eliza Dushku Picture
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After her first run on "Buffy" ended, Eliza Dushku returned to her film career, starring in movies like the cheerleader cult-classic, "Bring It On", a second turn with Robert De Niro in "City by the Sea", the Kevin Smith comedy "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" and the horror movies "Wrong Turn" and "Soul Survivors".

She continued working in television, as well, with her own series "Tru Calling", co-starring Zach Galifiniakis and Jason Priestley, and later in "Dollhouse".

She reprised her role as Faith for the final season of "Buffy", and made memorable guest appearances on "That 70s Show", "Ugly Betty" and "The Big Bang Theory".

Dollhouse (2009-2010)

"Dollhouse" ran on Fox for just two seasons, but in that short time the show developed a cult following.

The show was co-created by Eliza Dushku and Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", and "Firefly". The premise of the show revolved around Dushku as a "doll" – a person who "volunteers" to give up their identity and have their personalities re-programmed for an organization called "The Dollhouse", whose motives may not be on the up-and-up.

Despite low ratings and a terrible Friday night time-slot, the show was an instant hit on Internet-based distribution channels like iTunes and Hulu.

"Bottle Shock" on DVD

Bottle Shock (2008)

2008's "Bottle Shock" was an indie hit about the early days of the wine industry in California's Napa Valley. With an impressive cast, including Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Dennis Farina, Chris Pine and Freddy Rodriguez, the film re-teams Elisha Dushku and "Nobel Son" director, Randall Miller.

Eliza Dushku at Sundance for "Bottle Shock"

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1998-2003)

The show that made Eliza Dushku a star! She first appeared in Season 3 as the troubled Slayer, Faith, and over the course of that season she went from tough-girl rebel fighting evil at Buffy's side to the nemesis of her fellow Slayer.

Eliza Dushku reprised her role as Faith for a body-switching guest turn in Season 4, and again in the show's final season, this time as a reformed criminal looking to make amends and fight the good fight. Faith also appeared in story arcs during the run of the "Buffy" spin-off series, "Angel".

"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" on Blu-ray and DVD

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)

In director Kevin Smith fourth film featuring the characters of Jay and Silent Bob, Eliza Dushku plays a member of an all-girl team of sexy jewel thieves. During production of the film, director Smith mis-pronounced the actress' last name, leading to the nickname "Eliza Duckshoots"!

Bring It On (2000)

Eliza Dushku stars as a cheerleader who joins the championship-winning squad at her new school, only to learn that team's winning routines have been stolen from another high school team. The captain of the squad now has to lead her team to victory with a whole new routine.

Eliza Dushku co-stars with Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man movie trilogy. Dushku actually auditioned for that same role before it eventually went to Dunst.

"The Alphabet Killer" on Blu-ray and DVD

The Alphabet Killer (2008)

Elisha Dushku stars in this crime thriller, based on real events, as a detective who becomes obsessed with finding a serial killer.The impressive cast for this small movie includes Michael Ironside, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton and Bill Moseley.

Although she once stated, "You have a better chance of seeing God than me naked", she broke that rule with her role in "The Alphabet Killer".

"The Alphabet Killer" Trailer

"Wrong Turn" on Blu-ray and DVD

Wrong Turn (2003)

This popular horror movie stars Eliza Dushku as one of a group of young friends whose camping trip goes horribly wrong when they become the prey of three disfigured, cannibalistic mountain men in the West Virginia hills.

Some consider it a worthy homage to the classic "teens-in-peril" movies of the 1970s and 80s, while others declare it an utter waste of time. Either way, most reviewers considered Eliza Dushku's performance worth watching!

"This Boy's Life" on DVD

This Boy's Life (1993)

In "This Boy's Life" Eliza Dushku plays Leonardo DiCaprio's younger sister. The film is based on the Tobias Wolff autobiography of the same name, and it tells the story of the author's teen years under the oppressive regime of his mother's abusive new husband, played by a delightfully menacing Robert De Niro.

Tru Calling (2003-2005)

Eliza Dushku's first turn as a television leading lady was in the short-lived Fox series, "Tru Calling". Dushku plays Tru Davies, a young woman who has the ability to re-live the same day over and over. She uses that gift to help prevent the deaths of innocent people who show up at the morgue where she works. Comedian Zach Galifianakis played the morgue attendant who shares Tru's secret, and Jason Priestley joined the cast in the show's second season.

The New Guy (2002)

Eliza Dushku once again plays a high school cheerleader in "The New Guy". DJ Qualls plays the lead character, a nerdy, unpopular teen who switches schools and tries to remake himself as the cool new guy. When Dushku's character takes notice of him, her boyfriend starts digging into the new guy's past, threatening to uncover him as the geek he is!

"Nobel Son" on DVD

Nobel Son (2007)

"Nobel Son", directed by Randall Miller of "Bottle Shock", features much of the cast of that movie, plus Mary Steenburgen, Danny DeVito and Ted Danson. It's a crime-thriller/psychological family drama that tells the tale of the son of Nobel Prize winner whose son is kidnapped, but the father refuses to pay a ransom to get the boy back. Eliza Dushku plays a dark poet who seduces the son the night before he's kidnapped

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    A great tribute to Eliza Dushku and her movies.

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    7 years ago

    I love Eliza Dushku! I used to watch "That Night" on HBO all the time when I was 13ish. I wasn't into Buffy, but I watched Tru Calling on DVD (I forgot that Zach G was in it until I read this). I also used to watch "Bye, Bye Love" whenever it was on TV too.

    Thanks for highlighting her career--makes me want to go back and watch a bunch of her stuff. Great hub!


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