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List of Claire Danes Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. Temple Grandin (2010)
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3
Temple Grandin
TV-PG
14
3
Role:
Temple Grandin
Starring:
Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara, Stephanie Faracy
Directed By:
Mick Jackson
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
3. Stardust (2007)
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10
Stardust
PG-13
33
10

Tristan Thorn is in love with Victoria and in order to marry her promises to bring a fallen star. In the magical kingdom of Stormhold, he discovers that the star is actually a woman named Yvaine and three evil witches and the king’s son are also after her. As he tries to protect her on his way back, he unravels his own true identity.

Directed By:
Matthew Vaughn
4. Les Misérables (1998)
13
4
Les Misérables
PG-13
13
4

A Bishop’s act of kindness transforms ex-con Jean Valjean into a new man. He starts a factory and soon becomes Mayor of small French town. But a policeman, Javert, who was the prison guard during Valjean’s term, recognizes him and relentlessly pursues him to return him to prison. Moving to Paris with his adopted daughter, Valjean gets drawn in the French revolution.

Starring:
Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Adamson, Tim Barlow, Timothy Bateson
Directed By:
Bille August
5. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
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14
Romeo + Juliet
PG-13
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14

The modern-day adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy revolves around the characters of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo belongs to the Montagues family and Juliet to the Capulets, two rival gangs in Verona Beach. The two fall in love but deadly rivalries between the feuding families ultimately leads to their tragic deaths. 

Role:
Juliet
Directed By:
Baz Luhrmann
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Female Performance
6. The Hours (2002)
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9
The Hours
PG-13
26
9

The movie revolves around the lives of three women of three different generations, Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. Their lives are interconnected by Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway. The movie unfolds the personal struggles of each woman in the span of a single day in different decades ending with transcendent revelations. 

Directed By:
Stephen Daldry
8. Igby Goes Down (2002)
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6
Igby Goes Down
R
13
6

Defiant and sardonic 17-year-old Jason ‘Igby’ Slocumb Jr. doesn’t leave any opportunity to rebel against his severe, moneyed East Coast family. Feeling stifled by the expectations of the wealthy family that comprised of a schizophrenic and institutionalized father; a self-centered, detached mother; and a young Republican for an older brother, Igby tries to break away in search of a better world out there.

Role:
Sookie
Directed By:
Burr Steers
9. Stage Beauty (2004)
9
4
Stage Beauty
R
9
4

This drama film takes us to 17th century London, and it revolves around a stage actor named Ned, who plays female characters as women were prohibited at that time from acting. However, when the rules change, his dresser plays the role of Desdemona in a production of Othello. Her acting seems to impress everyone, and soon it seems that she might replace Ned for good.

Role:
Maria Hughes
Starring:
Billy Crudup, Ben Chaplin, Derek Hutchinson, Mark Letheren, Tom Wilkinson
Directed By:
Richard Eyre
10. Brigsby Bear (2017)
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6
Brigsby Bear
PG-13
14
6

Brigsby Bear is a comedy drama film which revolves around James, who becomes quite obsessed with a children’s show named ‘Brigsby Bear Adventures’. However, since it has ended all of a sudden, he decides that he will make a movie to finish its story-line.

Starring:
Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams
Directed By:
Dave McCary
11. The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)
8
3
The Rage in Placid Lake
8
3
Starring:
Rose Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Jordan Brooking, Ben Lee
Directed By:
Tony McNamara
12. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
8
3
Me and Orson Welles
PG-13
8
3

Me and Orson Welles is a drama film which tells the story of Richard Samuels, a young teen who is quite fond of theater. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime, when Orson Welles, a famed director, gives him a small role in his production of Julius Caesar.  

Starring:
Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Ben Chaplin, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan, Megan Maczko
Directed By:
Richard Linklater
13. U Turn (1997)
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8
U Turn
R
13
8

Bobby is heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debts before the Russian mafia kills him. However, he is forced to stop in a town in Arizona, when his car breaks down. He gets caught in various problems after he meets Grace, a local resident. 

Starring:
Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Laurie Metcalf, Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton
Directed By:
14. Home for the Holidays (1995)
8
4
Home for the Holidays
PG-13
8
4

Claudia Larson is a single mom who has just lost her job due to budget cuts. She  decides to spend Thanksgiving with her parents in Baltimore, but she is surprised when her daughter Kitt decides to stay at home instead.

Starring:
Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter, Charles Durning, Geraldine Chaplin, Dylan McDermott
Directed By:
15. Brokedown Palace (1999)
9
4
Brokedown Palace
PG-13
9
4

In order to celebrate their high-school graduation, two friends, Alice and Darlene, take a trip to Thailand. But their lives turn upside down when they get arrested for smuggling.

Role:
Alice Marano
Starring:
Paul Walker, Kate Beckinsale, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bill Pullman, Jacqueline Kim
Directed By:
Jonathan Kaplan
16. Evening (2007)
9
4
Evening
PG-13
9
4

Based on a novel of the same name, Evening is a romantic drama film which takes us to the life of Ann Lord, who is on her deathbed. She narrates her story of her past around 50 years ago, to her daughters.  

Role:
Ann Grant
Starring:
Mamie Gummer, Hugh Dancy, Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, Toni Collette, Meryl Streep
Directed By:
Lajos Koltai
17. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
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20
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
R
35
20

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, is the third part of the Terminator movie series. A humaniod robot is sent back to the past, to protect future-resistance leader and current drifter, John Conner, and Conner's future wife, from assassination by another robot. 

Role:
Kate Brewster
Starring:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews
Directed By:
Jonathan Mostow
18. The Family Stone (2005)
11
6
The Family Stone
PG-13
11
6

The story focuses on Meredith Morton, a successful, but uptight and conservative businesswoman, who has been invited by her boyfriend to spend the Christmas with his outgoing family. But feeling very much like a fish out of water, she opts to put up in an inn and asks her gregarious sister to join her.  

Role:
Julie Morton
Starring:
Dermot Mulroney, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Craig T. Nelson
Directed By:
Thomas Bezucha
19. Shopgirl (2005)
8
4
Shopgirl
R
8
4

Shopgirl is a romantic comedy drama film, which is based on a novel of the same name by Steve Martin. The film tells the story of a complex love triangle between a wealthy businessman, a bored salesgirl and an aimless young man.

Role:
Mirabelle
Starring:
Steve Martin, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Sam Bottoms
Directed By:
Anand Tucker
20. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
7
4
How to Make an American Quilt
PG-13
7
4

Finn is a young graduate student who is going to get married to her fiancé Sam shortly. She visits her grandmother’s place, where she hears stories of romance and sorrow from her elders, as they are making a quilt.

Starring:
Adam Baldwin, Jared Leto, Esther Rolle, Jean Simmons, Lecy Goranson, Winona Ryder, Dermot Mulroney
Directed By:
Jocelyn Moorhouse
21. As Cool as I Am (2013)
6
4
As Cool as I Am
R
6
4

Lucy is a sixteen year old tomboy. While she has an easy-going relationship with her mother, she is frequently separated from her father for months. Eventually, she begins to realize that the relationship between her parents is not as strong as she had thought.

Role:
Lainee Diamond
Starring:
Jeremy Sisto, Peter Fonda, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Seth Adkins
Directed By:
Max Mayer
22. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
6
4
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
PG-13
6
4

Even though it has been two years since his wife passed away, David is unable to accept her death, and he communicates with her spirit every night. This affects his relations with his daughter Rachel. Therefore, Esther, his wife’s sister tries to fix up him with a woman.

Role:
Rachel Lewis
Starring:
Seth Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Gallagher, Laurie Fortier
Directed By:
Michael Pressman
23. The Flock (2007)
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5
The Flock
R
6
5

The Flock is a crime thriller mystery film which tells the story of an officer working for the department of public safety, who is forced to take an early retirement. While he is spending his last days training his female replacement, an old case resurfaces, and he needs to track down a missing girl, who might be connected to a paroled sex offender he knows.

Role:
Allison Lowry
Starring:
Richard Gere, Avril Lavigne, KaDee Strickland, Ray Wise, Russell Sams
Directed By:
Wai-Keung Lau
24. Polish Wedding (1998)
5
4
Polish Wedding
PG-13
5
4
Role:
Hala
Starring:
Kristen Bell, Lena Olin, Gabriel Byrne, Jon Bradford, Ramsey Krull
Directed By:
Theresa Connelly
25. A Kid Like Jake (2018)
5
4
A Kid Like Jake
R
5
4
Role:
Alex Wheeler
Starring:
Jim Parsons, Priyanka Chopra, Ann Dowd, Aasif Mandvi, Octavia Spencer
Directed By:
Silas Howard
26. It's All About Love (2003)
5
4
It's All About Love
R
5
4

This romantic drama science fiction film takes us to a dystopian future where Earth has cooled down to such an extent that it is snowing in the middle of summer. Meanwhile, the worldwide economy is on the edge of collapse. In the middle of this, John and his wife are getting a divorce. However, before signing the divorce papers, they realize that their love is worth fighting for, despite everything happening around them.

Role:
Elena
Starring:
Douglas Henshall, Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, Alun Armstrong
Directed By:
Thomas Vinterberg
27. I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)
6
4
I Love You, I Love You Not
PG-13
6
4
Role:
Daisy / Young Nana
Starring:
Jude Law, Jeanne Moreau, Julia Stiles, James Van Der Beek
Directed By:
Billy Hopkins
28. The Mod Squad (1999)
8
6
The Mod Squad
R
8
6

Julie, Pete and Lincoln are three troublesome teens, who are recruited by Captain Adam Greer on his mission to bust a drug ring which is run by a group of corrupt policemen. However, things get very complicated as Greer turns up dead, and the trio have very little time to find the killer and solve the case.

Role:
Julie
Starring:
Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina
Directed By:
Scott Silver
29. Lemon (2011)
8
3
Lemon
8
3
Role:
Herself
Starring:
Lemon Andersen,
Directed By:
Laura Brownson, Beth Levison

TV Shows

My So-Called Life
12
2
My So-Called Life
TV-14
12
2
Role:
Angela Chase
Starring:
A. J. Langer, Kaley Cuoco, Bianca Lawson, Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Devon Gummersall
Directed By:
Mark Piznarski, Scott Winant, Todd Holland
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Homeland
35
7
Homeland
TV-MA
35
7
Role:
Carrie Mathison
Starring:
Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, F. Murray Abraham, Corey Stoll, Timothée Chalamet, Sebastian Koch, Rupert Friend
Directed By:
Lesli Linka Glatter, Michael Cuesta, Daniel Attias, Clark Johnson, Keith Gordon
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Master of None
14
3
Master of None
TV-MA
14
3
Starring:
Busta Rhymes, Angela Bassett, Aziz Ansari, Cedric the Entertainer, Bobby Cannavale, Alessandra Mastronardi, Andy Samberg
Directed By:
Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, James Ponsoldt, Lynn Shelton, Melina Matsoukas
Law & Order
10
3
Law & Order
TV-14
10
3
Starring:
Danai Gurira, Samuel L. Jackson, Addison Timlin, Tom Berenger, Julia Roberts, David Harbour, Sam Waterston
Directed By:
Portlandia
9
2
Portlandia
TV-14
9
2
Starring:
Justin Long, Brigitte Nielsen, Steve Buscemi, Juliette Lewis, Bill Hader, Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Begley Jr.
Dudley
6
2
Dudley
6
2
Starring:
Dudley Moore, Joanna Cassidy, Harley Cross, Joel Brooks
Directed By:
Ellen Gittelsohn
Lifestories: Families in Crisis
6
2
Lifestories: Families in Crisis
6
2
Starring:
Calista Flockhart, Wil Wheaton, Audra Lindley, Sam Rockwell, Julie Bowen, Ben Affleck, Craig Wasson
Directed By:
Juan José Campanella

Animation Movies

Mononoke-hime (1997)
19
4
Mononoke-hime
TV-14
19
4

Mononoke-hime also known as Princess Mononoke is a Japanese animated classic. It follows the journey of the Emishi prince Ashitaka, who finds himself in the midst of war between forest gods and humans. In his quest to find a cure for a deadly curse, he comes up against San, the Mononike Hime and they unite to end the war. 

Role:
San (voice)
Starring:
Keith David, Corey Burton, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tara Strong, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup
Directed By:
A Child's Garden of Poetry (2011)
5
3
A Child's Garden of Poetry
5
3
Role:
Self - Narrator (voice)
Starring:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Carrie Fisher, Dave Matthews, Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Carrie Fisher
Directed By:
Amy Schatz

Claire Danes Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Homeland Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama 2013
Homeland Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama 2012
Temple Grandin Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television 2011
My So-Called Life Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama 1995
Primetime Emmy Awards
Homeland Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2013
Homeland Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2012
Temple Grandin Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 2010
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Romeo + Juliet Best Female Performance 1997