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10 Best Anne Hathaway Films

Updated on January 5, 2015

Anne Hathaway has proven herself as one of the best young actresses in Hollywood these past ten years. She has been very selective in the roles she has taken and that has proved to be a great decision. We have seen a wide range of portrayals by Hathaway in her movies. While she is in high demand for romantic comedies, she has only selected a couple of these roles because she does not want to be typecast the way a Julia Roberts has been.

Rather, Anne Hathaway films have ranged from family comedies like The Princess Diaries to dark suburban dramas like Rachel Getting Married and even to aggressive indie films like Havoc. Hathaway has also selected films where she can work alongside some of the true masters in the industries such as Meryl Streep, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Helena Bonham Carter.

Anne Hathaway has only been nominated for one Academy Award for her role in Rachel Getting Married but we are likely to see a lot more in the future as she continues to stretch her career into more dramas.

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10. Becoming Jane (2007)

A Historical Fiction about Jane Austen

Becoming Jane delivers a speculative take on the early years of the famous British author, Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway), and her flirtations with a young Irish lawyer. Hathaway provides a great portrayal with her polished English accent and charming personality and sealed her growth both as a lady and as an actress. Opposite Hathaway is Scottish actor, James McAvoy (X-Men First Class, Wanted), who is flawless as the roguish attorney, Tom Lefroy, who captivates the heart of the beloved British writer.

The film focuses on Austen’s struggle between love and affection versus financial security thru marriage which is ever present in her literary works.

Jane and Tom met when the latter was exiled in the country side by his no-nonsense uncle (Ian Richardson) due to his unruly behavior. After a tumultuous first meeting they eventually fall in love and embark on a journey of what they hope would be love eternal. Things take a turn for the worst when family issues and responsibilities doom their relationship.

With beautiful, rich images of the countryside, a top-notch cast that also includes Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, and Anna Maxwell Martin among others. An excellent original script and striking period set and costumes, make it hard not to enjoy Becoming Jane. Although more of a fiction than a biopic, this Anne Hathaway movie is as endearing as it is significant. Whatever encourages the viewers to seek out Austen or an Austen work is one worth seeing.

If you enjoyed Becoming Jane... - You might also like Sense and Sensability

Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition)
Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition)

Emma Thompson became a major star with this lovely adaptation of a Jane Austen novel.

 

9. Bride Wars (2009)

Hathaway Returns to Comedies in This Funny Wedding Comedy

In Bride Wars, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have been best friends since childhood. While Liv is an aggressive lawyer and a competitive alpha, Emma is a pleasant schoolteacher with a caring personality. With all their differences, both ladies share a common dream-to have a storybook, June wedding at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City. So when their respective boyfriends propose just days apart, the two ladies could not be more thrilled to plan their two dream weddings.

However, their lifelong friendship is put to the test when they find out that their weddings have been planned on the exact same date and one must give way and find another venue. When it is apparent that neither will budge, a bridezilla war of childish behavior ensues comedy movie.

From the creator of 13 Going On 30 and Charlotte's Web, Gary Winick, Bride Wars is a delightful reminder of Hathaway's masterful craft in portraying a delicate vulnerability while exuding a soulful charm. She will send you laughing down the aisle in this true Hathaway comedy. Hudson also did not disappoint as she gives a sharp and witty performance as the hotshot attorney. Hudson and Hathaway makes for a terrific comedic duo that makes the film entertaining and a perfect date-night picture.

If you enjoyed Bride Wars... - You might also like Crazy Stupid Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love
Crazy, Stupid, Love

A funny romantic comedy about love and marriage.

 

8. One Day (2011)

A Romantic Film is both Tragic and Heartwarming

Directed by Lone Scherfig (of An Education) and based on the 2009 best-selling novel of the same name by David Nicholls, One Day is a story that spans two decades in the lives of bookish Yorkshire woman, Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway), and ladies' man, Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgees). After spending a night together on their graduation day, they agree to remain friends and stay in touch as they go their separate ways.

The film is a compilation of them getting together each anniversary of the day they met-as they fall into and out of each others' lives. Told in a somewhat similar episodic manner as the off-beat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer, this Hathaway movie is surprisingly smooth and thoroughly engaging as viewers follow Emma and Dex through their failures, achievements, relationship troubles and family issues over the decades.

Although criticized for her less than perfect Yorkshire accent, more a mix of Yorkshire, London and a New York twang, Hathaway's acting is superb and bring Emma to life, she is absorbing and captivating as she finds the perfect balance between vulnerability and pride. Sturgees portrayal is also spot-on as he remains genuinely sympathetic while playing the charming bad boy. Their chemistry quickly grows on you and you'll be rooting for the both of them before you know it.

But even with a superb cast and a talented visual filmmaker, the film did not quite reach the depth and the charisma of the novel. A book that is well loved is often hard to replicate on screen. Nevertheless, One Day is a romantic film that will certainly tug at its viewers' heartstrings and even the toughest of hearts will likely shed a tear.

7. Havoc (2005)

No one Can Accuse Hathaway of Choosing Typical Roles

Anne Hathaway breaks out of mainstream roles for this very gritty portrayal of a dangerous flirtation with Los Angeles gang bangers. Allison Lang (Hathaway) is a rich, pretty high schooler in suburban Los Angeles, who is part of a group of gangsta wannabes including her boyfriend Toby (Mike Vogel) and trashy best friend Emily (Bijou Phillips).

When the clique ventures across East LA in an attempt to buy drugs, they have a tense encounter with drug dealer Hector (Freddy Rodriguez) and his gang. Allison finds herself drawn to Hector and convinces Emily to go back to the rough neighborhood with her where they learn the hard way that some lines are not meant to be crossed.

Havoc was as direct to DVD film, but it's a quality story with gritty roles that are far outside Hathaway's historic roles. Anne Hathaway shook off her squeaky clean image from Princess Diaries as she rendered a terrific portrayal of the over-sexed, derailed and foul-mouthed Allison. The movie contains highly sexual overtones and is often compared to Catherine Hardwicke's critically acclaimed film, Thirteen.

6. The Princess Diaries (2001)

One of the Best Family Comedies of the Past Decade

Eleven years after the phenomenon that was Pretty Woman, filmmaker Gary Marshall brings us another fairy tale story but this time with the Disney wholesomeness of Princess Diaries. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Meg Cabot. It is hard to believe that she was only 19 when she made this film, but Anne Hathaway shined as Mia Thermopolis, a geeky social pariah with bushy eyebrows and a mop of unruly hair. Her transformation from geek to princess is amazing and her ability to touch the audience with geeky awkwardness really set this family comedy apart.

In Princess Diaries, one of the best family comedies of the past decade, Mia's life takes a surprising turn as she discovers that she is the Crown Princess of a small European principality. When her estranged grandmother, Queen Clarissa Renaldi (Julie Andrews), arrives to tell her the news, she also must mentor Mia in the ways of a princess. Being a Disney movie, it is pretty apparent how the film will end, but the real fun and entertainment lies in Mia's ourney of getting there.

Anne Hathaway's portrayal of the awkward-teenager-turned-royal-knockout is so perfect you'd think she was born to take on the role-and maybe she was. It is no wonder that this film propelled her to stardom. The on-screen chemistry between Andrews and Hathaway is utterly believable, it is totally impossible not to like this dynamic pair. This film was a commercial success grossing over more than $168 million worldwide. For the young and for the young-at-heart, Princess Diaries will not disappoint.

5. Love and the Other Drugs (2010)

A Romantic Comedy That Proves Love can Blossom Anywhere

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal have reunited in this film for the first time since their collaboration in Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Jamie Randall (Gyllenhaal), is a Pfizer medical sales representative who uses his irresistible charms to have his way with the ladies and to consistently thrive in the competitive world of pharmaceutical sales. While convincing Dr. Knight (Hank Azaria) to prescribe his drug Zoloft instead of the competitor's Prozac, he meets Maggie Murdock (Hathaway), a beautiful and independent free spirit with early-onset Parkinson's disease. It is an unusual backdrop for a romantic comedy in which they start with a simple sexual tryst that develops into a love story.

The film is loosely based on the non-fiction novel by Jamie Reidy entitled Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. It was received with mixed reviews by the critics. Whereas some may say that the movie is a droll attempt at a hard-hitting love story with moments of greatness that did not quite last, others argue that it is an enjoyable and moving drama that portrays love in its rawest form. But akin to previous Anne Hathaway films, the actress effortlessly gives a splendid performance that brings her character to life. If there's one thing Love and Other Drugs proved, it's the palpable chemistry between the two leads. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway were great together in this romantic dra-medy and hopefully we will see more of them.

4. Alice in Wonderland (2010)

A Tim Burton Fantasy Film Starring Anne Hathaway

Based on one of the most beloved children's fantasy book series, Lewis Carroll's 1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and 1871's Through The Looking Glass, this 2010 film grossed over $1 billion at the box office worldwide. Directed by genius, Tim Burton, known for his films' dark humor and slightly morbid undertones, Alice in Wonderland is a surreal, ravishing and often whimsical adventure down the rabbit hole.

Nineteen-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is pressured to acceptance a proposal from Hamish (Leo Bill) in 19th century England. In a desperate search for a breather, she chases after a rabbit and fortuitously hurtles down a rabbit hole to land in a world called "Underland". Here, Alice has to help regain peace and balance by defeating the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and restoring the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) as the rightful ruler of the kingdom.

Originally offered the Alice role, Hathaway refused the part in favor of the White Queen role because Alice was too similar to other roles she had played, such as that in the Princess Diaries It is that drive to push her acting skills into new directions that is setting her up to be one fo the future great actresses. Alice in Wonderland is Hathaway's highest earning film to date. With a stellar cast including the ever captivating Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, the deeply talented Carter and the voices of Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry, Imelda Staunton and Christopher Lee, this movie is visually astonishing if not intellectually engaging. It brims with creative wizardry and grand entertainment.

Alice was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won 2 Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

If you liked Alice in Wonderland... - You might also enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)

Another wonderful Tim Burton family movie starring Johnny Depp.

 

3. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

An Emotional Drama about Relationships

Director Ang Lee's near masterpiece is as significant as it is stunning. Brokeback Mountain is a modern drama about two cowboys with a forbidden love affair. The story begins in Wyoming in 1963, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), a ranch hand hired to herd sheep across Brokeback Mountain with a rodeo bull driver, Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). Months of isolation allowed both men to develop a close emotional bond which ultimately led to a drunken sexual encounter.

Thinking it was a one-time thing, they go their separate ways after the job. Ennis marries Alma Beers (Michelle Williams), his longtime fiancée, while Jack starts a family with a rodeo rider, Lureen Newsome (Anne Hathaway). A clandestine decade-long love affair follows as the two cowboys fail to suppress their real feelings for each other.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal were both haunting and spectacular as they take on their career-defining roles which Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon reportedly turned down. In this Anne Hathaway movie, the actress has proven once again that she does not shy away from tough roles as she must confront a complex relationship with Jack. This complex and riveting film is more than just a "gay western" as some called it. It is about the meaning of love and the tragedy of conformity.

The movie was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 3 including Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.

If you liked Brokeback Mountain... - You might also enjoy

Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry

Hilary Swank's first major role was this brilliant film in which she portrays a girl who pretends to be a boy when she moves to a new town.

 

2. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

A Wickedly Funny Glimpse at the World of High Fashion

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be privy to the behind-the-scene events of the glamorous world of fashion? Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is a newly graduated Journalism major who lands the job a million girls would die for-an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the esteemed and feared editor of the country's fashion bible, Runway.

But while most girls would kill for this job, Andy is an earthy-crunchy girl who rebels against fashion and "focusing on looks". So, why does Priestly hire her? She wants to drive her into the ground and prove to her than fashion and the modeling business is not as easy as it looks. And Priestly lives up to her billing as being her assistant is a job straight from hell.

The Devil Wears Prada is based on the semi-fictionalized novel of the same name written by Laura Weisberger, a former assistant to Vogue's Anna Wintour. It caused quite a stir in the fashion industry as people tried to match the fictional characters with their real-life counterparts. Wintour has been rumored to have stated that any designer who made an appearance in the film would be blacklisted from her magazine. Although many celebrated designers' creations were featured in the movie, only Italian designer Valentino Garavani made a cameo appearance.

Hathaway more than held her own opposite the venerable Streep in this lighthearted comedy drama about ambition and fashion. While a bit melodramatic at times, the film is both funny and entertaining as we glimpse behind the fashion curtain. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci play supporting roles but their screen presence is undeniable.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards including Streep for Best Actress and for Best Costume Design.

1. Rachel Getting Married (2008)

A Dark Drama about Life and Family

Anne Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar for her gritty role as Kym, a drug addict who has been granted leave from rehab to attend her sister's wedding. She wowed audiences and critics with her ragged and realistic portrayal of this emotionally scarred woman.

Kym is the black sheep of the family who at 16, got into a drug-induced car accident that resulted in a bitter tragedy. Her unfortunate past has created a terrible strain on family relations and Hathaway magnificently wears the pall of guilt and self-loathing. Kym's need for love, affection and forgiveness are pervasive throughout Hathaway's performance. However her sister, Rachel (Rosemarie Dewitt), feels that Kym's longing for attention is trying to steal her spotlight. At the wedding, Kym's self-destructive behavior dredges up old family laundry and results in a knock down drag out fight.

Although Hathaway's performance is unquestionably remarkable, Dewitt is also outstanding as her sister. Together, they made the love-hate sister dynamic work at all angles. This powerful role let the world know that Hathaway was a real player in Hollywood. Directed by Jonathan Demme, of Silence of the Lambs fame Rachel Getting Married is one of the best films of the decade dealing with the dysfunction of family.

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      Asilkhan 8 months ago

      Where is passengers?

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      AmyLOrr 3 years ago

      I first saw Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries and really enjoyed her performance. My favourite films of hers would be One Day and Les Miserables :)

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      MasterDripper 4 years ago

      I have to be honest...I would not have been able to list ten movies that Hathaway was in but now I can...thanks and cheers

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      am23g23 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! I like the pictures.

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      Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great lens! I really like Anne Hathaway and don't see as much about her as she deserves. Blessed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Peeking back in on this excellent review of Anne Hathaway films.

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      DoctorOrEngineer 4 years ago

      Come on, Bride Wars? Really? I actually liked Get Smart much better...

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I like Anne Hathaway (loved her in Devil Wears Prada!) but I was so disappointed by Love & Other Drugs. That movie seemed like it couldn't decide if it wanted to be a comedy or a drama, or whether it was about his career or their relationship or her illness... way too much going on there.

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Oh my God, I love Anne! Watched most of those movies, the ones I haven't, though, will make sure to watch the soon!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anne seems to have used some wisdom in her career choices and that has paid off for her big time, she's very diverse and not done growing as an actor. An excellent review of her excellence, she seems to be able to deliver the goods every time!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I haven't seen all of Anne Hathaway's movies, but I love her and agree that she has made very wise decisions in directing her career and image.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I think she picks very interesting movies, although I realize now that several of her movies are on my "wanna-see" list.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      A truly gifted actress! I loved her in "The Devil Wears Prada."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love her so much and love her music so much, she is amazing! Love her forever!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I think there is such a freshness about her.Really enjoy her work.