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Top Ten Movies Starring Michelle Williams

Updated on June 15, 2014

Michelle Williams


"Shutter Island" Movie

1.) "Shutter Island"

This movie is really creepy and psychological. Images from it will stick with and haunt you weeks later after seeing it. Some of the other actors in it besides Michelle Williams are: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley. The story is of a marshal who is investigating an escaped prisoner from an insane hospital who the hospital workers think is nearby hiding somewhere. Michelle Williams really stands out in this movie to me. You aren't sure throughout it if you should hate her or if you should like her because you aren't sure how Leo's character feels about her. It seems like his perspective keeps changing whenever he remembers her. I think Michelle captures being someone desirable and someone to be afraid of really well. She also is in a crazy scene where she turns into ash right in front of Leo's character.

"Shutter Island" Trailer

"My Week With Marilyn" Movie

2.) "My Week With Marilyn"

This is based on a book. It is the true story of a third director on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl" and how he spent a week with Marilyn Monroe and got to know her a little bit. It shows her drug addiction, her marriage deterioration, and her struggle with being timely and with staying in character and forgetting lines. Marilyn Monroe was a difficult woman to work with, likely because of her drug addiction and her possible schizophrenia, depression, and fears of abandonment. Michelle Williams is so close to being the real deal in this. I love Marilyn Monroe movies and her modeling pictures so I was a little unsure if I wanted to watch this at first, as I thought it might not be a good enough portrayal of Marilyn. Michelle blew me away though. She really "became" Marilyn for this role and her performance is far better than many other attempts actresses have made to perform Marilyn Monroe.

"My Week With Marilyn" Trailer

"Blue Valentine" Movie

3.) "Blue Valentine"

This movie is something I think is likable because it's fresh and is very realistic and is also something to hate because it is so realistic. It shows how often there isn't happy endings and how there's usually only painful ones. It shows how relationships and dating really is when you're in your early twenties. It shows how it's difficult to fix a relationship. It shows how it can be easy to love someone, but just as easy to fall out of love with them. The movies shows moments at the beginning of a couple's relationship when they first fall in love and the present day of their relationship where they're barely holding onto their love for each other. I hated Michelle Williams's character Cindy and yet felt sorry for her at the same time.

"Blue Valentine" Trailer

"If These Walls Could Talk 2"

4.) "If These Walls Could Talk 2"

Around the time frame this movie came out is seemed like it was popular to have young actresses kiss other actresses onscreen. "Cruel Intentions", "Wild Things", "Girl Interrupted" etc. It seemed like it was a staple for movies at that time. It was almost like directors were like: "Let's throw in some kissing chicks in this scene to draw in more male audiences and get more ticket sales! "If These Walls Could Talk 2" though is a movie that I think was written and directed by lesbians and was a smaller project. The only goal of the movie seems to be to show how lesbians have faired over the years. How they had a difficult time being accepted all the way to the last story line where they're much more accepted in society but still struggling. The movie is made up of three story lines that take place in different times in history in the same house. While there is women kissing women in it, I don't think it's done in a manipulative way to draw in male audiences. In fact I doubt male audiences would really care that much for this movie. It kind of is similar to "If These Walls Could Talk" but just not concerning abortions as the main subject matter. But it is definitely more of a woman movie similarly to "If These Walls Could Talk". Michelle Williams is really good in this movie and looks very different. Her hair is brunette and long. I almost didn't know it was her when I first saw this movie. I appreciate that Michelle Williams was a part of this project as it is about giving homosexuality a realistic and positive spotlight and may help those that are struggling with their sexuality or those who are unaccepting of homosexuality as this movie shows it's not too different from a heterosexual relationship in that it can be just as loving.

"If These Walls Could Talk" Trailer

"Brokeback Mountain" Movie

5.) "Brokeback Mountain"

This story is about two ranch hands who work together and fall in love. The film follows along their struggles dealing with their love, their efforts to keep it hidden, and their marriages and children. The two ranch hands are Ennis- played by Heath Ledger- and Jack- played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Michelle Williams plays Ennis's wife who is suspicious of her husband's relationship with his friend Jack. She received her first academy award nomination for this role. "Brokeback Mountain" is a very moving movie of a forbidden love story.

"Brokeback Mountain" Trailer

"Prozac Nation" Movie

6.) "Prozac Nation"

"Prozac Nation" is based on a book and is the story of a highly depressed Harvard student (Christina Ricci) in the 80's who begins living excessively and goes through therapy to get better. Michelle Williams plays her supportive roommate in this movie. The scenes of the roommates talking and the mother (Jessica Lange) and the daughter talking are well written and good examples of someone who is dealing with depression and how they may act to even those who are closest to them.

"Prozac Nation" Trailer

"Wendy and Lucy" Movie

7.) "Wendy and Lucy"

Wendy (Michelle Williams) is a woman who doesn't have that much money and decides to move to Alaska for a job. She and her dog Lucy decide to drive to Alaska. Along the way Wendy's car won't start and she's out of dog food so she's forced to try to steal some food for her and Lucy. She leaves Lucy with her lead tied outside while she tries to get them food. Wendy is caught and is led away by the police and while she's in custody Lucy has disappeared. Wendy walks to the dog pound searching for her lost dog with no money and a useless car. This is a sad movie, and moving. There's plenty of people out there like Wendy who just can't catch a break, like society just wants to get rid of them because they're seen as useless. Michelle Williams makes you see how hopeless and sad her character is. You really feel for her and you wish you could help her and her best friend Lucy out.

"Wendy and Lucy" Trailer

"The United States of Leland" Movie

8.) "The United States of Leland"

This movie is about a sixteen year old boy (played by Ryan Gosling) who stabs and kills an autistic boy and goes to juvenile hall and is questioned by his teacher about why he did what he did. Michelle Williams is not a main character in this movie. She plays the sister of the boy that is stabbed and killed and the sister of the druggie girlfriend (Jena Malone) of Ryan Gosling's character. She shows a good amount of range in the brief scenes she is in, often without saying anything or with very few lines. I really liked the scenes she has with her sister as you can see their relationship is really messed up since she doesn't trust her because of the drugs, yet you can tell they want to talk to each other about the grief they have over their brother being murdered. Her scenes with Allen (played by Chris Klein) were really spot on with how you can feel stifled by someone.

"The United States of Leland" Trailer

"The Hottest State" Movie

9.) "The Hottest State"

Reason number one why this is worth seeing: Ethan Hawke directed it, wrote it, and acts in it. Reason number two: it has an awesome soundtrack. Reason number three: if you like Michelle Williams you will enjoy her performance in this. She isn't the lead girl, but she definitely adds to the movie with her talents. It's a movie about a young actor who is trying to make it and has a difficult time with his relationship with a singer/songwriter. I kind of wish Ethan had opted to be the main character, yet I can see why he chose not to since it would make him look like he was full of himself if he'd done that. This is a touching, emotional, and raw movie that deals with heartbreak and relationships and trying to figure out who you are.

"The Hottest State" Trailer

"Oz, the Great and Powerful" Movie

10.) "Oz, the Great and Powerful"

I don't love this movie, but I like Michelle as Glinda the Good Witch. She's much better than the old school Glinda from the "Wizard of Oz" movie, who just kind of annoyed me whenever I'd watch that old classic. Michelle though reminds me exactly how I imagined Glinda after reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" book by L. Frank Baum. "Oz, the Great and Powerful" is not the best movie by a long shot, but if you have kids or really like the actresses Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, or Rachel Weisz you'll like this one. The best thing about "Oz, the Great and Powerful" is the female cast's characters who are all strong and powerful in their own right. The story is about how the Wizard of Oz came to be in Oz before the events of "The Wizard of Oz" movie and how he became known as the Great and Powerful Wizard.

"Oz, the Great and Powerful" Trailer

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    • Nicole Hering profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Kristine 

      4 years ago from MN

      Thanks for reading! :)

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      4 years ago

      I hope she continues to get great projects. She is a very good actress and has come a long way from her days on Dawson's Creek. In fact out of that cast she seems to have been the most successful.

    • Nicole Hering profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Kristine 

      4 years ago from MN

      Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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      Kevin W 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Until this hub, I had no idea who Michelle Williams was, she is kind of adorable. The only movie of hers that I've seen was Shutter Island. I will have to check more of these out. Thumbs up on your hub Nicole Hering


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