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List of Jodie Foster Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
40
7
The Silence of the Lambs
R
40
7

In this Academy Award-winning psychological thriller, FBI trainee Clarice Starling is pulled from her training to interview former psychiatrist and imprisoned cannibalistic psychopath Hannibal Lecter in connection with grisly murders by another serial killer, nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who skins his victims. However, she can only retrieve information from the manipulative killer in exchange for exposing her own psychological traumas.

As:
Cast
Role:
Clarice Starling
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Roger Corman, Chris Isaak, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Actress
2. Taxi Driver (1976)
25
2
Taxi Driver
R
25
2

Depressed and insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle drives taxi in New York City at night. He ruins his budding romance with Betsy, beautiful presidential campaign volunteer, by taking her to the adult theaters he frequents during the day. After he witnesses an adolescent prostitute being forced by her pimp, he is determined to rid mankind of the engulfing decadence.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Diahnne Abbott, Frank Adu, Victor Argo
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
3. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
30
4
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
PG
30
4

Rynn Jacobs is a thirteen year old girl who lives alone in a small conservative town. Whenever the landlady inquires after Rynn’s father, she claims that he is in the city on business purposes. However, the landlady’s creepy and persistent son Frank refuses to leave the girl alone.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rynn
Director:
Nicolas Gessner
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Scott Jacoby, Mort Shuman
4. Contact (1997)
33
4
Contact
PG
33
4

As hope in extraterrestrial life exploration dwindles, a SETI scientist stumbles upon a sequenced signal. She is faced with the challenge of deciphering the message under massive global scrutiny. This science-fiction drama is an adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name.

As:
Cast
Role:
Eleanor Arroway
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
5. The Accused (1988)
35
5
The Accused
R
35
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah Tobias
Director:
Jonathan Kaplan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Leo Rossi, Kelly McGillis, Ann Hearn, Bernie Coulson
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
6. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
16
3
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
PG
16
3

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a woman who recently loses her husband. She hits the road with her young son, and is determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn, Billy Green Bush, Alfred Lutter III
7. Panic Room (2002)
30
1
Panic Room
R
30
1

Meg Altman and her daughter Sarah find themselves trapped in a secret panic room, built inside their new apartment. On their first night, they must survive a home invasion by three men Raoul, Burnham, and Junior, who are after the US $3 million in bearer bonds hidden in the panic room.

As:
Cast
Role:
Meg Altman
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
8. The Brave One (2007)
34
7
The Brave One
R
34
7

The Brave One is a psychological thriller which tells the story of Erica, who is left traumatized after a brutal attack resulting in the death of her fiancé. She eventually decides to take the law in her own hands, and begins a quest of vengeance against the perpetrators.  

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Erica Bain
Director:
Neil Jordan
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Terrence Howard, Mary Steenburgen, Zoë Kravitz, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews
9. Inside Man (2006)
15
5
Inside Man
R
15
5

The plot of the movie revolves around an elaborate bank robbery planned by a perfectionist robber Dalton Russell. He takes hostages and detective Keith Frazier is called upon to take charge of the negotiations. The bank president, concerned about something important, hires his own negotiator. However, Russell and his team are always ahead.

As:
Cast
Role:
Madeleine White
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
10. Nell (1994)
36
5
Nell
PG-13
36
5

Raised in a remote mountain cabin of North Carolina, young Nell’s entire world is her mother and twin sister, Mae, with whom she communicates in a mangled language. Country doctor Jerome Lovell, who finds her after her mother’s death, is fascinated by her. Psychology student Paula Olsen also wants to observe Nell. They both try to introduce Nell to the outer world. 

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Nell
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Nick Searcy, Richard Libertini
11. Candleshoe (1977)
19
3
Candleshoe
G
19
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Casey
Director:
Norman Tokar
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
David Niven, Helen Hayes, Leo McKern, Veronica Quilligan
12. Maverick (1994)
19
2
Maverick
PG
19
2

Gambler Brett Maverick wants to participate in a poker tournament on a steamer, to prove that he is the best card player of his time. Unfortunately, he makes enemies out of the bad-tempered gambler Angel, con artist Bransford, and lawman Copper, on his way to earning the entry fee. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Annabelle Bransford
Director:
Richard Donner
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Thriller, Western, Comedy
13. Bugsy Malone (1976)
14
5
Bugsy Malone
G
14
5

This musical crime comedy film is a spoof of gangster movies which tells the story of Bugsy Malone with a cast consisting only of children.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Tallulah
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Musical, Family
Star Cast:
Scott Baio, John Cassisi, Florrie Dugger, Martin Lev
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
14. Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004)
5
7
Un long dimanche de fiançailles
R
5
7

The film is about a French woman’s persistent search for her fiancé lost during WWI. He was one of the five soldiers sent to the trenches of the Somme to face inevitable death for trying to evade war duties. Although nothing has been heard of them since then she continues to search for him, meanwhile discovering a brutal system in which such men were regularly sent to no man’s land. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Mystery, War
Star Cast:
Audrey Tautou, Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon, André Dussollier
15. The Mauritanian (2021)
4
0
The Mauritanian
R
4
0

After being subjected to horrific torture and spending six years in imprisonment, a prisoner  eventually confesses to crimes of terrorism. A defense attorney makes it her mission to defend him, and she soon uncovers a deep conspiracy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Nancy Hollander
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
16. Flightplan (2005)
27
1
Flightplan
PG-13
27
1

American aviation engineer Kyle Pratt is on her way back to the U.S. with her husband’s body and her daughter Julia. However, Julia disappears from the flight and Kyle uncovers a conspiracy by flight attendant Stephanie and sky marshal Carson to hijack the plane for ransom. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kyle Pratt
Director:
Robert Schwentke
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Sean Bean, Matt Bomer, Peter Sarsgaard, Kate Beahan
17. Little Man Tate (1991)
16
1
Little Man Tate
PG
16
1

Dede is a working-class single mother, who is going through a lot of struggles, trying to bring up her son. Her son displays signs of being a genius, as his reading and mathematics skills are outstanding, and therefore she tries to ensure that her son gets all the opportunities required, to help him reach his full potential.

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Dede Tate
Director:
Jodie Foster
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick Jr., Adam Hann-Byrd, Michael Shulman, Alex Lee
18. Anna and the King (1999)
21
7
Anna and the King
PG-13
21
7
As:
Cast
Role:
Anna
Director:
Andy Tennant
Genres:
Drama, History, Romance
Star Cast:
Bai Ling, Yun-Fat Chow, Tom Felton, Syed Alwi
19. Carnage (2011)
6
3
Carnage
R
6
3

After 11-year-old Zachary has a fight with his classmate Ethan, his parents, Alan and Nancy Cowan, decide to meet and sort out the matter with Ethan's parents, Michael and Penelope Longstreet. However, the cordial meeting soon turns into a mudslinging fest as the parents begin to throw hurtful comments about each other's behavior and competency as parents.

As:
Cast
Role:
Penelope Longstreet
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Elvis Polanski
20. Stealing Home (1988)
13
2
Stealing Home
PG-13
13
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Kampmann, William Porter
Genres:
Romance, Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
21. Freaky Friday (1976)
13
3
Freaky Friday
G
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Annabel
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Dick Van Patten, Sorrell Booke, John Astin, Barbara Harris, Patsy Kelly
22. Tom Sawyer (1973)
7
1
Tom Sawyer
G
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Becky Thatcher
Director:
Don Taylor
Genres:
Musical, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Celeste Holm, Warren Oates, Johnny Whitaker, Jeff East
23. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
5
2
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
R
5
2

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a comedy drama film which revolves around a group of Catholic school friends, who are caught drawing an obscene comic book by Sister Assumpta. They decide to plan a heist, as an act of revenge, unaware that it will change their lives.   

As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Peter Care
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Kieran Culkin, Emile Davenport Hirsch, Jena Malone, Vincent D'Onofrio, Emile Hirsch
24. Carny (1980)
8
3
Carny
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Donna
Director:
Robert Kaylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
William Gary Busey, Gary Busey, Meg Foster, Kenneth McMillan, Robbie Robertson
25. One Little Indian (1973)
7
5
One Little Indian
G
7
5

One Little Indian is a Western comedy film which tells the story of a deserter who is on the run from the Cavalry, while being accompanied by two camels and a white boy raised by Indians. His escape, however, becomes complicated, when he meets a widow and her daughter, who may turn him in. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Bernard McEveety
Genres:
Comedy, Western, Family
Star Cast:
James Garner, Vera Miles, Pat Hingle, John Doucette
26. Echoes of a Summer (1976)
6
4
Echoes of a Summer
PG
6
4

Eleven-year-old Deirdre's incurable heart condition has her staring death in the face. While her parents argue over the best course of action in response to her untreatable condition, Deirdre finds a friend in her nine-year-old neighbour.

As:
Cast
Role:
Deirdre Striden
Director:
Don Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Harris, Lois Nettleton, Geraldine Fitzgerald, William Windom
27. Foxes (1980)
13
1
Foxes
R
13
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeanie
Director:
Adrian Lyne
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Randy Quaid, Scott Baio, Laura Dern, Cherie Currie, Sally Kellerman
28. Casotto (1977)
2
3
Casotto
2
3

This Italian comedy film shows the dressing room in a beach house which is being visited by a variety of characters including a female basketball team, two soldiers, etc. whose lives become entangled hopelessly. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Teresina Fedeli
Director:
Sergio Citti
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Catherine Deneuve, Paolo Stoppa, Michele Placido, Flora Carabella
30. Elysium (2013)
9
3
Elysium
R
9
3

In a dystopian 2154, wealthy humans live a pampered life onboard a resource-rich space station named Elysium, while the poor toil away in the overpopulated ruins of Earth. Max, a former criminal with only five days to live due to deadly radiation, makes a desperate attempt to reach Elysium on a daunting mission that can change the system forever.

As:
Cast
Role:
Delacourt
Director:
Neill Blomkamp
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Star Cast:
31. The Beaver (2011)
5
1
The Beaver
PG-13
5
1

The Beaver is a comedy-drama film which tells the story of a depressed executive, who hits his rock-bottom after he is kicked out of his house, by his wife. Therefore, he begins using a beaver hand puppet to communicate with people in order to overcome his issues. 

As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Meredith Black
Director:
Jodie Foster
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
32. Moi, fleur bleue (1977)
2
4
Moi, fleur bleue
2
4
As:
Cast
Role:
AKA Fleur bleue Isabelle Tristan
Director:
Eric Le Hung
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jean Yanne, Sydne Rome, Bernard Giraudeau, Claude Gensac
34. Money Monster (2016)
7
2
Money Monster
R
7
2

TV show Money Monster financial expert Lee Gates is taken hostage, by Kyle Budwell, who reveals he lost everything after investing in IBIS Clear Capital, following one of Lee’s tips. Lee tries to diffuse the situation and get out alive with the help of director Patty Fenn while investigating the truth behind IBIS’s downfall. 

As:
Director
Director:
Jodie Foster
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Julia Roberts, Aaron Yoo, George Clooney, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe
36. Nim's Island (2008)
17
3
Nim's Island
PG
17
3

Young Nim Rusoe, who lives on an isolated island with her scientist father, befriends animals and reads ‘Alex Rover’ adventure books. When her father doesn’t return from sea, a worried Nim writes to Alex Rover for help, unaware that Alex is an agoraphobic woman, Alexandra. Finding courage from their fictional hero, Nim waits for help while Alexandra undertakes long journey to reach Nim. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Alexandra Rover
Director:
Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin, Michael Carman, Mark Brady
37. Sommersby (1993)
14
2
Sommersby
PG-13
14
2

Sommersby is a romantic period drama mystery film which tells the story of a farmer John, who goes to fight in the Civil War, but is presumed dead as he doesn’t return. When his wife is set to marry her neighbor, John suddenly returns to her life. Soon, she starts feeling that he might be an impostor.

As:
Cast
Role:
Laurel
Director:
Jon Amiel
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
38. Napoleon and Samantha (1972)
4
5
Napoleon and Samantha
G
4
5

11 years old Napolean and his grandfather adopt the aging lion, Major, from a circus clown. But his grandfather dies leaving him an orphan and in charge of the lion. Napolean, his friend Samantha, and Major, take an epic journey into the mountains to find their friend Danny who might provide a way out for them. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Samantha
Director:
Bernard McEveety
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Michael Douglas, Will Geer, Johnny Whitaker, Arch Johnson
40. Five Corners (1987)
6
2
Five Corners
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Linda
Director:
Tony Bill
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Tim Robbins, John Turturro, Todd Graff, Michael R. Howard
41. Hotel Artemis (2018)
6
4
Hotel Artemis
R
6
4

Hotel Artemis is a dystopian thriller film which takes us to a riot-torn Los Angeles in 2028. The film revolves around a few criminals who escape to Hotel Artemis, a secret hospital that treats only criminals, which is run by Jean Thomas, who has been confiding inside the hotel for 22 years due to her agoraphobia.

As:
Cast
Director:
Drew Pearce
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
42. Kansas City Bomber (1972)
3
2
Kansas City Bomber
PG
3
2

Roller derby player, K.C. Carr, joins the Portland Loggers after leaving the Kansas City Bombers. But the Loggers are run by a corrupt Burt Henry who is clearly interested in Carr romantically and gets rid of anybody who gets close to K.C forcing Carr to take control of her life. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jerrold Freedman
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Raquel Welch, Kevin McCarthy, Norman Alden, Jeanne Cooper
43. O'Hara's Wife (1982)
5
2
O'Hara's Wife
PG
5
2

This comedy drama film tells the story of a hard-working lawyer named Bob O’Hara, who is focused on his career, but doesn’t think much about his health or his two children. His wife passes away, but soon, she returns as a ghost, to remind him of his priorities.

As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara O'Hara
Director:
William Bartman
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ray Walston, Tom Bosley, Ed Asner, Edward Asner, Perry Lang, Mariette Hartley
44. Le sang des autres (1984)
2
3
Le sang des autres
2
3

The story, told through a series of flashbacks, focuses on Jean, a trade union activist born into a middle class French family and Hélène, a young designer employed in her family's confectionery business. Eventually they meet and become engaged to be married. But everything undergoes a drastic change as France enters the Second World War.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Hélène
Director:
Claude Chabrol
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance, History
Star Cast:
Sam Neill, Michael Ontkean, Lambert Wilson, Stéphane Audran
48. Mesmerized (1985)
3
4
Mesmerized
PG
3
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Victoria
Director:
Michael Laughlin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Lithgow, Harry Andrews, Michael Murphy, Dan Shor

TV Movie(s)

1. Smile Jenny, You're Dead (1974)
5
1
Smile Jenny, You're Dead
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Liberty Cole
Director:
Jerry Thorpe
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Andrea Marcovicci, John Anderson, David Janssen, Howard Da Silva
2. Menace on the Mountain (1970)
4
3
Menace on the Mountain
4
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Vincent McEveety
Genres:
War, History, Family, Western
Star Cast:
Richard Anderson, Dub Taylor, Charles Aidman, Pat Crowley
3. Svengali (1983)
4
4
Svengali
4
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Zoe Alexander
Director:
Anthony Harvey
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter O'Toole, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Ashley, Pamela Blair, Larry Joshua
4. My Sister Hank (1972)
3
1
My Sister Hank
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Henrietta 'Hank' Bennett
Director:
Norman Tokar
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Edgar Bergen, Jack Ging, Tod Glass, Suzanne Hillard
5. The Baby Dance (1998)
5
2
The Baby Dance
TV-14
5
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Jane Anderson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laura Dern, Stockard Channing, Peter Riegert, Sandra Seacat, Richard Lineback

Animation(s)

The Addams Family (1973)
The Addams Family
As:
Cast
Director:
Charles A. Nichols
Genres:
Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Lennie Weinrib, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, Janet Waldo
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972)
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
As:
Cast
Role:
Anne Chan
Director:
Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Genres:
Animation, Family, Mystery
Star Cast:
Lennie Weinrib, Keye Luke, Cynthia Adler, Gene Andrusco
Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife (1989)
Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife
As:
Cast
Role:
Storyteller
Genres:
Animation, Family, Short

TV Shows and Videos

Julia (1968)
Julia
TV-G
As:
Cast
Director:
Coby Ruskin, Ezra Stone, Fletcher Markle, Hal Kanter, Hollingsworth Morse
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Diahann Carroll, Susan Olsen, Don Ameche, Bob Hope, Betty Beaird, Lloyd Nolan, Lurene Tuttle
Paper Moon (1974)
Paper Moon
As:
Cast
Role:
Addie Pray
Director:
James Frawley, Jerry Paris, Jack Shea
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Christopher Connelly
Tales from the Loop (2020)
Tales from the Loop
TV-MA
As:
Director
Director:
Jodie Foster, So Yong Kim, Charlie McDowell
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Jonathan Pryce, Rebecca Hall, Paul Schneider, Ato Essandoh, Daniel Zolghadri
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth Henderson
Director:
Rick Edelstein
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Urich, Anne Archer, David Spielberg, Anita Gillette

Jodie Foster Awards

Academy Awards
The Silence of the Lambs Best Actress in a Leading Role 1992
The Accused Best Actress in a Leading Role 1989
Golden Globe Awards
The Silence of the Lambs Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1992
The Accused Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1989
The Mauritanian Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2021
People's Choice Awards
Winner Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actress 1995
BAFTA Awards
The Silence of the Lambs Best Actress 1992
Bugsy Malone Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles 1977
Taxi Driver Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles 1977
Bugsy Malone Best Supporting Actress 1977
Taxi Driver Best Supporting Actress 1977