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List of Elle Fanning Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
45
13
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
PG-13
45
13

The movie is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald short story written in 1922. It narrates the story of Benjamin Button who is born old and wrinkled. His chances of survival is minimal but not only does he survive, but also, strangely, starts ageing backwards. Then there is Daisy, his love interest, who gets older as he gets younger.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama
2. I Am Sam (2001)
17
5
I Am Sam
PG-13
17
5

Sam Dawson is an intellectually disabled father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of a group of friends who also have disabilities. As Lucy grows up her intellectual superiority threatens their relationship. Things get more complicated when Lucy is placed in foster care but keeps coming back to her dad. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jessie Nelson
Genres:
Drama
3. Babel (2006)
25
8
Babel
R
25
8

The reckless son of a Moroccan shepherd accidentally shoots an American woman vacationing with her husband, which the media describes as a terrorist attack. The couple's nanny, forced to take their children with her to Mexico to attend her son's wedding, is stopped at the border, while a traumatized deaf Japanese girl is questioned about her father's missing rifle.

As:
Cast
Director:
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rinko Kikuchi, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter
4. Trumbo (2015)
12
4
Trumbo
R
12
4

Based on the 1977 biographical novel by Bruce Alexander Cook, the film follows the life of the celebrated Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, later blacklisted for his political belief. Focusing on his all-round struggles, which forced him to ghostwrite many award winning scripts, the film tells us how he overcame his troubles to receive his due. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jay Roach
Genres:
Biography, Drama
5. 20th Century Women (2016)
10
4
20th Century Women
R
10
4

20th Century Woman tells the story of a teenage boy, and his mother, in 1979 Santa Barbara, and two other women who help in raising him.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Julie
Director:
Mike Mills
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
6. Deja Vu (2006)
23
10
Deja Vu
PG-13
23
10

Deja Vu is an action-thriller that centers around an A.T.F. agent who uses an experimental technology, which can take you back in time, to discover the identity of the culprit responsible for bombing a ferry in New Orleans. Denzel Washington stars as the brilliant agent who becomes obsessed with a particular clue to find the bomber before he strikes again.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller, Sci-Fi
7. We Bought a Zoo (2011)
15
6
We Bought a Zoo
TV-PG
15
6

After the untimely death of his wife, Benjamin Mee decides to move with his children to a property containing the closed Rosemoor Animal Park. With no prior experience, Mee provides the funds and works with the caretakers of the zoo, to re-open it, ultimately healing his family of the pain. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Cameron Crowe
Genres:
Family, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
8. Super 8 (2011)
25
11
Super 8
PG-13
25
11

While making a low-budget zombie-movie using a Super-8 camera, youngsters Joe Lamb, Alice Dainard and others accidentally film a horrifying train accident. An alien experimented on by the U.S. army escapes from the wreckage. Soon, unexplained incidents and disappearances start happening. Joe decides to help the alien escape and rescue everyone abducted by it.   

As:
Cast
Director:
J.J. Abrams
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kyle Chandler, Bruce Greenwood, Jessica Tuck, Joel Courtney, Joel McKinnon Miller, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills
9. Phoebe in Wonderland (2008)
7
3
Phoebe in Wonderland
PG-13
7
3

Phoebe in Wonderful is a drama film which revolves around a nine-year old girl who wishes to appear in a school play but she is unable to follow the rules. She finds herself clashing with the world around her, which is obsessed with rules. She eventually seeks help from her unconventional drama teacher. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Phoebe Lichten
Director:
Daniel Barnz
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
10. Maleficent (2014)
26
11
Maleficent
PG
26
11

A powerful winged fairy living in a magical forest is betrayed by her true love in his ambition to be king. She becomes the witch of her dark kingdom, Maleficent, and puts a curse on the new king's infant daughter that only true love could break. However, she gradually grows attached to the princess and regrets her decision.

As:
Cast
Role:
Aurora
Director:
Robert Stromberg
Genres:
Fantasy, Action, Family, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
Angelina Jolie, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton
12. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
11
6
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
PG
11
6

Maleficent alienates herself from her goddaughter Aurora as she is opposed to her engagement with Prince Philip. But they are unaware of the fact that an enemy is lurking  nearby who wants to take advantage of their quarrel and destroy everything dear to them.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joachim Rønning
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
13. Reservation Road (2007)
7
4
Reservation Road
R
7
4

After losing his son in an accident on Reservation Road, Ethan Learner hires a lawyer named Dwight Arno, to find out who is responsible for the death of his son. However, he is unaware of the fact that Dwight himself  is the man who accidentally killed his son.

As:
Cast
Role:
Emma
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
14. The Door in the Floor (2004)
7
4
The Door in the Floor
R
7
4

Set in an exclusive beach community, the film tells the story of Ted Cole, who is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. He lives with his young daughter Ruth and his wife Marion. Their lives have been unstable since their two sons died in a car crash. Due to her depression, Marion starts having an affair with Ted’s assistant.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ruth Cole
Director:
Tod Williams
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jeff Bridges, Mimi Rogers, Kim Basinger, Larry Pine, Jon Foster
15. A Rainy Day in New York (2018)
8
4
A Rainy Day in New York
PG-13
8
4

A Rainy Day in New York is a romantic comedy film which revolves around a  young couple who arrives in New York planning a romantic weekend. However, their plans are soon ruined when the sunlight turns into a shower.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
16. All the Bright Places (2020)
7
4
All the Bright Places
TV-MA
7
4

Two teenagers share each other's personal struggles and form a special bond as they travel around Indiana.

As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Brett Haley
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Luke Wilson, Kelli O'Hara, Alexandra Shipp, Lamar Johnson
18. Somewhere (2010)
8
5
Somewhere
R
8
5

The film focuses on the life of a famous star, who in spite of money and fame suffers from existential crisis. Emotionally empty, he unsuccessfully tries to find fulfillment by various means until his ex-wife leaves their 11 years old daughter with him. Spending time together, they soon develop a bond and he starts re-examining his life.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Alden Ehrenreich, Ellie Kemper, Benicio Del Toro, Chris Pontius, Stephen Dorff, Erin Wasson
19. The Beguiled (2017)
8
5
The Beguiled
R
8
5

During the Civil War, a wounded soldier John McBurney, takes shelter in an all-girls boarding school in Virginia. Due to his good looks, all the women are immediately fascinated by him. When he is able to move again, he thinks of staying at the school itself as a gardener, as he doesn’t want to return to battle again.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Alicia
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
21. The Nines (2007)
7
4
The Nines
R
7
4

The film comprises of three segments – ‘The Prisoner,’ ‘Reality Television,’ and ‘Knowing.’ The stories of these three segments revolve around 3 men - a disturbed actor, a television show runner and a celebrated videogame designer, who try to find out the cause behind the peculiar occurrences in their seemingly unconnected lives, which sometimes appear to intersect and entwine in a mysterious way.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Noelle
Director:
John August
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Melissa McCarthy, Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, David Denman
22. Ginger & Rosa (2012)
6
4
Ginger & Rosa
PG-13
6
4

Ginger and Rosa are two inseparable teen girls growing up in the 1960s, who are inseparable friends. However, things get complicated between them after Rosa begins a relationship with Ginger’s father, shortly after his divorce. Ginger is disturbed by this, and she starts to think about leaving her house.

As:
Cast
Director:
Sally Potter
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Annette Bening, Jodhi May, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks
23. The Neon Demon (2016)
9
6
The Neon Demon
R
9
6

Jesse, a 16-year-old aspiring model, moves to Los Angeles to further her career. She tries to befriend other models, make-up artist while protecting herself from lecherous motel owner. Soon her youth, natural qualities, and fresh face beauty earns her popularity and fame in the fashion world. But this turns the other seasoned models into ruthless rivals who refuse to stop at anything.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jesse
Director:
Nicolas Winding Refn
Genres:
Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote
24. I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)
5
3
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
R
5
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Jeff Garlin
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Hunt, Sarah Silverman, Dan Castellaneta, Rose Abdoo, Jeff Garlin
25. Low Down (2014)
5
3
Low Down
R
5
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Amy-Jo Albany
Director:
Jeff Preiss
Genres:
Music, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
26. 3 Generations (2015)
5
4
3 Generations
PG-13
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Ray
Director:
Gaby Dellal
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Sam Trammell, Linda Emond
27. Young Ones (2014)
5
4
Young Ones
R
5
4

This science fiction drama film takes us to a dystopian future where water is very scarce. The film revolves around a farmer who defends his land, and although everyone else has left, he believes that there is hope and the land can be rejuvenated once again. However, things get ugly when his daughter’s boyfriend schemes to steal the land for himself.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Holm
Director:
Jake Paltrow
Genres:
Western, Romance, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Hobbs
28. Daddy Day Care (2003)
7
6
Daddy Day Care
PG
7
6

When marketing executives Charlie Hinton and Phil Ryerson lose their job and cannot find any other suitable alternative, they decide to open their very own day care center, which become very popular despite initial reluctances. But angered by the competition, Gwyneth Harridan, who heads a local preschool, is bent on shutting it down. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Steve Carr
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert, Kevin Nealon, Regina King, Steve Zahn, Jeff Garlin
29. Twixt (2011)
3
4
Twixt
R
3
4

Twixt is a mystery horror film which tells the story of a struggling horror writer who is visiting a small town. He soon gets involved a murder mystery involving a young girl, who is going to be responsible for his upcoming story.

As:
Cast
Role:
V.
Genres:
Mystery, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Star Cast:
Tom Waits, Bruce Dern, Alden Ehrenreich, Val Edward Kilmer, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, David Paymer
30. The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
2
4
The Nutcracker in 3D
PG
2
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary
Director:
Andrey Konchalovskiy
Genres:
Action, Family, Musical, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Nathan Lane, Richard Philipps, Fernanda Dorogi, Kriszta Dorogi
31. Likeness (2013)
6
3
Likeness
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Mia
Director:
Rodrigo Prieto
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Ximena Prieto, Monroe Alvarez, Grant Berman, Bj Bingham
32. P.N.O.K. (2005)
6
3
P.N.O.K.
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Rebecca Bullard
Director:
Carolyn McDonald
Genres:
Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Irma P. Hall, Archie Drury, Kathryn Avery Hansen
33. The Curve of Forgotten Things (2011)
6
3
The Curve of Forgotten Things
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Girl
Director:
Todd Cole
Genres:
Mystery, Short, Fantasy
34. Mary Shelley (2017)
6
4
Mary Shelley
PG-13
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Shelley
Director:
Haifaa Al-Mansour
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, Douglas Booth
35. Galveston (2018)
6
4
Galveston
6
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Raquel Arceneaux
Director:
Mélanie Laurent
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Foster, Beau Bridges, María Valverde, Lili Reinhart
36. How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
5
4
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
R
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Zan
Director:
John Cameron Mitchell
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Matt Lucas, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Elarica Johnson, Alex Sharp
37. I Think We're Alone Now (2018)
5
4
I Think We're Alone Now
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Grace
Director:
Reed Morano
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
38. Day 73 with Sarah (2007)
3
4
Day 73 with Sarah
3
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah
Director:
Brent Hanley
Genres:
Short, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Amber Heard, Jonathan Tucker, Geoff Stults, Bob Stephenson

Animation Movies

Tonari no Totoro (1988)
23
5
Tonari no Totoro
G
23
5

Also known as My Neighbour Totoro, the Japanese animated classic depicts the story of sisters Satsuki and Mei after they move to an old country house. They become friends with spirits called susuwatari and particularly the adorable creature Totoro, while they come to terms with their mother’s illness and personal trials.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Mei Kusakabe (2005 Disney version) (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Lea Salonga, Dakota Fanning, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto
The Boxtrolls (2014)
8
4
The Boxtrolls
PG
8
4

Orphaned human boy Eggs is brought up by the Boxtrolls, a trash-collecting community of quirky creatures residing in caverns beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. But the wicked exterminator, Archibald Snatcher, is out to destroy the Boxtrolls. Eggs comes above the cavernous home and meets spirited Winnie who readily helps with a plan to save Boxtrolls. But their lives, too, are at risk. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Winnie Portley-Rind (voice)
Director:
Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable
Genres:
Animation, Fantasy, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Ballerina (2016)
7
3
Ballerina
PG
7
3

A girl from rural France moves to Paris in the hope of becoming a ballerina and auditions for the esteemed Paris Opera Ballet under the guise of someone else.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Felicie (voice)
Director:
Eric Summer, Éric Warin
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Musical, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
Kate McKinnon, Mel Brooks, Dane DeHaan, Terrence Scammell, Carly Rae Jepsen

TV Shows

The Great
11
2
The Great
11
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Catherine
Director:
Colin Bucksey, Bertie , Bert
Genres:
Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Nicholas Hoult, Sacha Dhawan, Charity Wakefield, Phoebe Fox
Taken
9
2
Taken
9
2

Over a period of five decades, three different families experience alien abductions, which leave them with many questions but no answers.

As:
Cast
Director:
Breck Eisner, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, John Fawcett, Tobe Hooper, Jeremy Kagan
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Take 3
7
2
Take 3
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rebecca Bullard (unknown episodes)
Genres:
Biography, News
Star Cast:
Linda Hamilton, Danny Glover, David Strathairn, James Avery
Neglected
6
2
Neglected
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
(unknown episodes)
Genres:
Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Daniel Cordey, Renier Cronje
Sigur Rós: Leaning Towards Solace (2012)
6
2
Sigur Rós: Leaning Towards Solace
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sara
Director:
Floria Sigismondi
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
John Hawkes, Ever Rabineau