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List of Emily Watson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Breaking the Waves (1996)
20
4
Breaking the Waves
R
20
4

A religious Scottish young woman Bess McNeil, who is naïve in her beliefs, falls in love and marries Jan Nyman, a Danish oil-rig worker. When an accident aboard the rig paralyses him, Bess blames herself for praying for his return. Jan impels her to have sex with other men, which initially shocks her but she starts believing that God is guiding her. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Bess McNeill
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Adrian Rawlins, Jean-Marc Barr
2. The Theory of Everything (2014)
13
2
The Theory of Everything
PG-13
13
2

A romantic drama that details the relationship of famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking during and after his ALS diagnosis, The Theory Of Everything is based on a memoir written by Jane Hawking.

As:
Cast
Director:
James Marsh
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry, Finlay Wright-Stephens
3. The Book Thief (2013)
13
2
The Book Thief
PG-13
13
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Brian Percival
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Heike Makatsch, Geoffrey Rush, Roger Allam, Sophie Nélisse
4. Equilibrium (2002)
13
2
Equilibrium
R
13
2

Following World War III, the totalitarian government in control of the whole world outlaws basic human feelings in order to prevent future wars. John Preston, a high-ranking Cleric who tracks down and executes Sense Offenders, accidentally misses his daily dose of Prozium, a drug to suppress emotions, and gradually becomes involved in the Underground resistance against the government.

As:
Cast
Director:
Kurt Wimmer
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
5. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
11
2
Synecdoche, New York
R
11
2

After his wife and daughter leave him, a theatre director faces with a lot of struggles in life. He eventually decides to create a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as a part of his new play. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Charlie Kaufman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein, Tom Noonan
6. Hilary and Jackie (1998)
15
3
Hilary and Jackie
R
15
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jackie Du Pré
Director:
Anand Tucker
Genres:
Biography, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Dance, David Morrissey, James Frain, Rachel Griffiths
7. The Proposition (2005)
11
2
The Proposition
R
11
2

The Proposition is a Western drama film, which tells the story of a notorious outlaw, who after being apprehended by a lawman, receives a proposition. He has to kill his older brother within nine days, or his younger brother will be executed. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Hillcoat
Genres:
Western, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
John Hurt, Noah Taylor, Guy Pearce, Richard Wilson, Jeremy Madrona
8. Belle (2013)
11
2
Belle
PG
11
2

This biographical drama film revolves around the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Although she was the illegitimate daughter of a navy admiral, she grew up in poverty and was eventually found by her father, who entrusted her to his brother and his wife. Belle eventually grows up to contribute to the abolition of slavery in England.

As:
Cast
Director:
Amma Asante
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
9. Little Boy (2015)
11
2
Little Boy
PG-13
11
2

Little Boy is a war drama film which tells the story of Pepper, a little boy, whose father James, an auto mechanic, is sent to fight the Japanese during the Second World War. He feels his father’s absence strongly, and waits for him to return home.

As:
Cast
Role:
Emma Busbee
Director:
Alejandro Monteverde
Genres:
War, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Kevin James, Ted Levine, Tom Wilkinson, David Henrie
10. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
12
2
Punch-Drunk Love
R
12
2

Punch-Drunk Love is a dark comedy film that centres on a single man, Barry Egan, with emotionally abusive sisters who, in an effort to cure his loneliness, calls up a phone-sex line, but gets embroiled in an extortion racket instead. Egan's situation gets further complicated when he falls in love with Lena Leonard who he must protect from the extortionists.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lena Leonard
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzmán, Jason Andrews
11. Gosford Park (2001)
11
2
Gosford Park
TV-MA
11
2

In 1932, Sir William McCordle, a wealthy aristocrat but an uncouth industrialist, hosts a weekend hunting party at his old English country house, Gosford Park, where he entertains his elite friends and relatives upstairs, while their staff works downstairs. But then, several sagas of intrigue, lies, secrets, hatred, betrayal and deceit spill out when the host, Sir William McCordle, is found murdered.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Mystery
12. Angela's Ashes (1999)
12
2
Angela's Ashes
R
12
2

Based on an autobiography by Frank McCourt, Irish-American writer and teacher, this drama film revolves around the early days of his life. As a child, he loses his infant sister Margaret, after which his mother Angela slips into depression. Due to his father’s alcoholism, Frank and his brother are left without food. Eventually, their mother is forced to go to charitable organizations to beg.

As:
Cast
Role:
Angela McCourt
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Parker, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens
13. Testament of Youth (2014)
12
2
Testament of Youth
PG-13
12
2

Based on a war memoir by Vera Brittain, it features upper-class, independent-minded young Vera who is set to attend Oxford University. When WWI commences, her brother Edward and fiancé Roland join army. As war casualties escalate, Vera leaves her studies to become a nurse for the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Even after losing all men closest to her, she continues to serve the mankind. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Brittain
Director:
James Kent
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama, War
14. Red Dragon (2002)
13
2
Red Dragon
R
13
2

Will Graham, an FBI agent able to empathize with psychopaths, narrowly escapes death while trying to catch cannibalistic killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter and retires shortly after. However, with the emergence of another serial killer, nicknamed The Tooth Fairy, he is called back and must seek Lecter's help to make a psychological profile of the new murderer.

As:
Cast
Role:
Reba McClane
Director:
Brett Ratner
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
15. War Horse (2011)
11
3
War Horse
PG-13
11
3

Young farm-boy Albert is heartbroken when his father sells his beloved horse Joey to the army after Britain enters WWI, and eventually enlists in the army four years later. He is temporarily blinded while fighting in no man's land in France, and while recuperating, learns about a unique horse recovered from the Germans.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rose Narracott
Director:
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis
16. Everest (2015)
11
2
Everest
PG-13
11
2

Everest is inspired by the true-life events of a mountaineering disaster. Two separate commercial expeditions, led by Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, set out to conquer the world’s highest summit, Mt. Everest. Unexpectedly, they are engulfed by a fierce blizzard where they struggle for survival against freezing temperatures and winds, as their mettle is tested by the harshest possible elements. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Baltasar Kormákur
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Action
17. The Boxer (1997)
10
2
The Boxer
R
10
2

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after serving fourteen years. He attempts to settle down, and rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Drama, Sport, Romance
Star Cast:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan, Sean Kearns
18. Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
11
2
Oranges and Sunshine
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Humphreys
Director:
Jim Loach
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Lorraine Ashbourne, Federay Holmes
19. Miss Potter (2006)
10
2
Miss Potter
PG
10
2

This biographical drama film tells the story of Beatrix Potter, author of the children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Although she started writing stories as a child, she never got any recognition. However, her life takes an interesting turn, when a publisher decides to compile and publish her stories.

As:
Cast
Role:
Millie Warne
Director:
Chris Noonan
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson
20. Cemetery Junction (2010)
11
2
Cemetery Junction
R
11
2

In a Reading suburb, three young friends of different dispositions are trying to carve an identity for themselves. Bruce’ strained relationship with his father results in outbursts, getting him into trouble. Freddie, working as an insurance salesman, rekindles his childhood friendship with Julie, his boss’s daughter. Snork, a socially awkward slacker, wishes for a girlfriend. They face circumstances that bring changes in their lives.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Felicity Jones, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes
21. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
10
2
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
10
2

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a biographical romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Peter Sellers, a man who is emotionally withdrawn due to the fact that he had an overbearing mother. He faces several problems in his life before he discovers his talent for comedy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Anne Sellers
Director:
Stephen Hopkins
Genres:
Comedy, Biography, Drama, Romance
23. The Luzhin Defence (2000)
10
2
The Luzhin Defence
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Natalia
Director:
Marleen Gorris
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Stuart Wilson, Geraldine James, John Turturro, Christopher Thompson
25. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
10
3
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
R
10
3

Poppy Adams, the world’s most powerful drug cartel leader destroys the Kingsman headquarters killing almost everybody. Eggsy survives along with Merlin and travels to America to team up with the American counterpart of Kingsman, Statesman. They also find Harry alive but Merlin sacrifices himself before they can stop Poppy and a corrupt US President. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Matthew Vaughn
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Action
26. Anna Karenina (2012)
10
2
Anna Karenina
R
10
2

Aristocratic socialite Anna Karenina, wife of Russian imperial minister Count Alexei Karenin, visits her brother Prince Oblonsky in Moscow, where she meets cavalry officer Count Vronsky. Their mutual attraction soon develops into deep love and Vronsky follows her when she returns home to St. Petersburg. Their affair scandalizes the patrician society of St. Petersburg; as a result, Karenin issues an ultimatum to Anna. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
27. The Water Horse (2007)
11
2
The Water Horse
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jay Russell
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Ben Chaplin, Eddie Campbell, Bruce Allpress, Geraldine Brophy
28. Fireflies in the Garden (2008)
9
2
Fireflies in the Garden
R
9
2

Despite his strained relationship with his father, Michael, a successful novelist, decides to pay a visit to his family in the Midwest. However, he soon learns that his mother Lisa has passed away in a tragic accident. Along with his father, Charles, a professor and his sister Ryne, he attempts to come to terms with his grief.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jane
Director:
Dennis Lee
Genres:
Drama
29. Cold Souls (2009)
9
2
Cold Souls
PG-13
9
2

Paul is an actor who becomes quite attached to the characters that he portrays. Therefore he finds it trouble disassociating himself from the character after the scene is done. He soon discovers an office where he can put his soul in storage. However, it seems to him that being soulless doesn’t help him or his marriage. Therefore, he returns to the office and borrows the soul of a Russian poet. This helps him improve his acting, but eventually he finds himself in deep sorrow.

As:
Cast
Director:
Sophie Barthes
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Katheryn Winnick, Paul Giamatti, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Tucker, Armand Schultz, Dina Korzun, Ted Koch
30. A Royal Night Out (2015)
10
2
A Royal Night Out
PG-13
10
2

A romantic comedy drama set in VE day of 1945. Two royal princesses encounter romance and danger when they are allowed to spend the night outside the Buckingham Palace to celebrate.

As:
Cast
Role:
Queen
Director:
Julian Jarrold
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sarah Gadon, Rupert Everett, Mark Hadfield, Bel Powley
31. Separate Lies (2005)
9
2
Separate Lies
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Anne Manning
Director:
Julian Fellowes
Genres:
Thriller, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett, Hermione Norris, John Warnaby
32. Metroland (1997)
10
2
Metroland
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marion
Director:
Philip Saville
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Christian Bale, John Wood, Lee Ross, Elsa Zylberstein
33. The Happy Prince (2018)
9
2
The Happy Prince
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Constance Wilde
Director:
Rupert Everett
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas
34. Crusade in Jeans (2006)
9
2
Crusade in Jeans
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Vega
Director:
Ben Sombogaart
Genres:
Family, War, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Stephanie Leonidas, Benno Fürmann, Johnny Flynn
37. Within the Whirlwind (2009)
12
2
Within the Whirlwind
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Evgenia Ginzburg
Director:
Marleen Gorris
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Pam Ferris, Ben Miller, Ian Hart, Monica Dolan
38. On Chesil Beach (2017)
9
2
On Chesil Beach
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Violet Ponting
Director:
Dominic Cooke
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Saoirse Ronan, Samuel West, Anne-Marie Duff, Bebe Cave
39. Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2015)
8
2
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Trinklebury
Director:
Christopher N. Rowley
Genres:
Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Dominic Monaghan, Joan Collins, Celia Imrie, Raffey Cassidy

TV Movie(s)

1. The Dresser (2015)
10
2
The Dresser
TV-14
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Her Ladyship
Director:
Richard Eyre
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ian McKellen, Anthony Hopkins, Sarah Lancashire, Vanessa Kirby
2. The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
10
2
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
TV-14
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Caroline Gil
Director:
Mick Jackson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dermot Mulroney, Rob Stewart, Hugh Thompson, Krystal Hope Nausbaum
3. King Lear (2018)
10
2
King Lear
TV-14
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Regan
Director:
Richard Eyre
Star Cast:
Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Jim Broadbent
4. A Song for Jenny (2015)
11
2
A Song for Jenny
TV-MA
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Nicholson
Director:
Brian Percival
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Noah Jupe, Steven Mackintosh, Ryan Coath, Nicola Wren
5. The Mill on the Floss (1997)
9
2
The Mill on the Floss
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Maggie Tulliver
Director:
Graham Theakston
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joanna David, Cheryl Campbell, Bernard Hill, James Frain

Animation(s)

Corpse Bride (2005)
Corpse Bride
TV-PG
Plot:

Victor and Victoria are about to be married when, during wedding rehearsals, Victor makes a mistake and flustered, runs off into woods. He practices his wedding vows in front of a tree and unknowingly ends up marrying a Corpse Bride, Emily. While Emily takes him to the Land of dead, Victoria now has a new suitor.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Victoria Everglot (voice)
Director:
Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Romance, Drama, Musical, Animation
Star Cast:
Back to Gaya (2004)
Back to Gaya
PG
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Alanta (voice)
Director:
Holger Tappe, Lenard Fritz Krawinkel
Genres:
Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Patrick Stewart, Alan Marriott, Glenn Wrage, Bob Saker
Happy Family (2017)
Happy Family
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Emma
Director:
Holger Tappe
Genres:
Horror, Family, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost

TV Shows and Videos

Jon Brion: Here We Go (2002)
Jon Brion: Here We Go
As:
Cast
Role:
(archiveFootage)
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler,
Blossoms & Blood (2003)
Blossoms & Blood
As:
Cast
Role:
Lena Leonard
Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Music, Short
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler, Salvador Curiel, Sissy Lake, Rogerlyn Kanealii Wakinekona

Emily Watson Awards

BAFTA Awards
Appropriate Adult Best Leading Actress 2012