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List of Claire Danes Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Little Women (1994)
28
6
Little Women
PG
28
6

Little Women is a family drama film, which tells the story of the March sisters, and their struggles to live and grow in a 19th century America that is struck by the Civil War, after their father leaves to fight for the Union Army. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Genres:
Family, Drama, Romance
2. Temple Grandin (2010)
12
3
Temple Grandin
TV-PG
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Temple Grandin
Director:
Mick Jackson
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara, Stephanie Faracy
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)
32
10
Stardust
PG-13
32
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Matthew Vaughn
Genres:
Romance, Family, Adventure, Fantasy
4. Les Misérables (1998)
12
4
Les Misérables
PG-13
12
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bille August
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Romance, History
Star Cast:
Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Adamson, Tim Barlow, Timothy Bateson
5. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
39
14
Romeo + Juliet
PG-13
39
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Juliet
Director:
Baz Luhrmann
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Female Performance
6. The Hours (2002)
25
9
The Hours
PG-13
25
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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Daldry
Genres:
Drama, Romance
8. Igby Goes Down (2002)
13
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sookie
Director:
Burr Steers
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
9. Stage Beauty (2004)
8
4
Stage Beauty
R
8
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Maria Hughes
Director:
Richard Eyre
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Billy Crudup, Derek Hutchinson, Mark Letheren, Tom Wilkinson
10. Brigsby Bear (2017)
13
6
Brigsby Bear
PG-13
13
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Dave McCary
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Jane Adams
11. The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)
7
3
The Rage in Placid Lake
7
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Tony McNamara
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Rose Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Jordan Brooking, Ben Lee
12. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
7
3
Me and Orson Welles
PG-13
7
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.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan, Megan Maczko
14. Home for the Holidays (1995)
7
4
Home for the Holidays
PG-13
7
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
15. Brokedown Palace (1999)
7
4
Brokedown Palace
PG-13
7
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Marano
Director:
Jonathan Kaplan
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
16. Evening (2007)
7
4
Evening
PG-13
7
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.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Ann Grant
Director:
Lajos Koltai
Genres:
Romance, Drama
17. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
34
20
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
R
34
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. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kate Brewster
Director:
Jonathan Mostow
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, David Andrews
18. The Family Stone (2005)
10
6
The Family Stone
PG-13
10
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.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Morton
Director:
Thomas Bezucha
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
19. Shopgirl (2005)
7
4
Shopgirl
R
7
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mirabelle
Director:
Anand Tucker
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Steve Martin, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Sam Bottoms
20. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
6
4
How to Make an American Quilt
PG-13
6
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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
21. As Cool as I Am (2013)
5
4
As Cool as I Am
R
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Lainee Diamond
Director:
Max Mayer
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jeremy Sisto, James Marsden, Peter Fonda, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Seth Adkins
22. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
5
4
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
PG-13
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Rachel Lewis
Director:
Michael Pressman
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Seth Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Gallagher, Laurie Fortier
23. The Flock (2007)
5
5
The Flock
R
5
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.

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

As:
Cast
Role:
Elena
Director:
Thomas Vinterberg
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
27. I Love You, I Love You Not (1996)
4
4
I Love You, I Love You Not
PG-13
4
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Daisy / Young Nana
Director:
Billy Hopkins
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Jeanne Moreau, Jude Law, Julia Stiles, James Van Der Beek
28. The Mod Squad (1999)
6
6
The Mod Squad
R
6
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Julie
Director:
Scott Silver
Genres:
Crime, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina
29. Dreams of Love (1990)
7
3
Dreams of Love
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Edith Lammers
Director:
Jeffrey W. Mueller
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Sasha Pasmur, Ben George
30. Lemon (2011)
7
3
Lemon
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Herself
Director:
Laura Brownson, Beth Levison
Genres:
Documentary, Drama
Star Cast:
Lemon Andersen,

TV Shows

My So-Called Life
11
2
My So-Called Life
TV-14
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Angela Chase
Director:
Mark Piznarski, Scott Winant, Todd Holland
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
A. J. Langer, Kaley Cuoco, Bianca Lawson, Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Devon Gummersall
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Dudley
6
2
Dudley
6
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Ellen Gittelsohn
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Dudley Moore, Joanna Cassidy, Harley Cross, Joel Brooks

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. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
San (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Animation, Adventure

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