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List of Dakota Fanning Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Man on Fire (2004)
91
4
Man on Fire
R
91
4

A burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy finds a new objective in life when he is hired by an industrialist Samuel Ramos to protect his daughter, Pita. A reluctant and uninterested Creasy soon forms a bond with the little girl. So when she is kidnapped, he is enraged and seeks to kill everyone involved in the heinous act.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lupita Ramos
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action
3. I Am Sam (2001)
51
4
I Am Sam
PG-13
51
4

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
Role:
Lucy Diamond Dawson
Director:
Jessie Nelson
Genres:
Drama
4. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
49
5
The Secret Life of Bees
PG-13
49
5

The Secret Life of Bees is an American drama film which tells the story of a teen girl who runs away to a small town in South Carolina to know the truth about her mother. She soon finds a group of women who may have a connection to her past.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lily Owens
Director:
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Genres:
Drama
6. War of the Worlds (2005)
42
3
War of the Worlds
PG-13
42
3

A Steven Spielberg thriller based on an H.G. Wells novel of the same name, War of the Worlds, stars Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, who try to survive an alien invasion. As extraterrestrial tripods hunt human beings for their blood and tissue, a divorced father faces numerous obstacles as he tries to reach the safety of his ex-wife’s parents’ home.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rachel Ferrier
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi
7. Brimstone (2016)
31
6
Brimstone
R
31
6

Liz must save herself and her family from the Reverend, who wants to punish her, after she is wrongly accused of a crime.

As:
Cast
Role:
Liz
Director:
Martin Koolhoven
Genres:
Western, Thriller
Star Cast:
Guy Pearce, Kit Harington, Carice van Houten, Paul Anderson
8. Now Is Good (2012)
25
5
Now Is Good
PG-13
25
5

Teenager Tessa Scott, who is diagnosed with leukemia, decides to live every moment of her life to the fullest. She prepares a list of things she wants to do, including experimenting with drugs and losing her virginity, before her time is up. Though it was not on her list, her most exhilarating experience comes from falling in love with the new neighbor, Adam. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Tessa Scott
Director:
Ol Parker
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Kaya Scodelario, Olivia Williams, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine
11. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
31
5
Sweet Home Alabama
PG-13
31
5

Even though Jake Perry and his wife Melanie Smooter are estranged, he still hopes for a reconciliation. Melanie wants to divorce and marry Andrew Hennings, a wealthy man. However, things don’t work out according to her plans, and she ends up falling in love with Jake once again. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Andy Tennant
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
12. Hide and Seek (2005)
36
4
Hide and Seek
R
36
4

Dr. David Callaway decides to move with his 9-year-old daughter, Emily, to a new house after discovering his wife’s dead body in the bathtub from an apparent suicide. But he becomes worried when Emily and her new imaginary friend Charlie, start causing problems. When Charlie murders a local woman, sinister secrets are revealed. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Emily Callaway
Director:
John Polson
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Frightened Performance
13. Uptown Girls (2003)
30
2
Uptown Girls
PG-13
30
2

Uptown Girls is a romantic comedy drama film, which tells the story of a childish grown woman Molly Gunn, who is forced to get a job after her money is stolen by her manager. She ends up working as a nanny of an 8-year-old girl, who ironically, acts like an adult. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ray
Director:
Boaz Yakin
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
14. The Runaways (2010)
18
2
The Runaways
R
18
2

This is a biographical drama film about the well known rock band, The Runaways. It begins with the formation of the band in 1975 and then goes on to depict its journey until Cherie Currie’s departure from the scene, side by side focusing on the relationship between Currie and Joan Jett. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Cherie Currie
Director:
Floria Sigismondi
Genres:
Music, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Riley Keough, Michael Shannon, Kristen Stewart, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton
15. Zygote (2017)
8
8
Zygote
8
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Barklay
Director:
Neill Blomkamp
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror, Short
Star Cast:
Jose Pablo Cantillo
16. Please Stand By (2017)
17
4
Please Stand By
PG-13
17
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Wendy
Director:
Ben Lewin
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Toni Collette, Jessica Rothe, Alice Eve, River Alexander, Marla Gibbs
18. Push (2009)
28
9
Push
PG-13
28
9

A secret government agency – Division - is changing simple citizens into strong psychic warriors, in process killing those who resist the transformation. Nick Gant, a telekinetic, is approached by a clairvoyant Cassie who seeks his help in finding the pusher Kira, who can play a crucial role in stopping the agency. However, they are chased by a division agent Henry Carver.

As:
Cast
Role:
Cassie Holmes
Director:
Paul McGuigan
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Camilla Belle, Corey Stoll, Colin Ford, Joel Gretsch, Djimon Hounsou, Robert Tsonos
19. Trapped (2002)
19
3
Trapped
R
19
3

A wealthy doctor and his wife tries to save their daughter, who is kidnapped by a mysterious man for unclear reasons. Soon it appears that the kidnappers may have a connection to the doctor’s past.

As:
Cast
Role:
Abby Jennings
Director:
Luis Mandoki
Genres:
Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
20. Hounddog (2007)
19
6
Hounddog
R
19
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Lewellen
Director:
Deborah Kampmeier
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Isabelle Fuhrman, Robin Wright, Granoldo Frazier, Cody Hanford, Piper Laurie
22. Every Secret Thing (2014)
12
4
Every Secret Thing
R
12
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Ronnie Fuller
Director:
Amy Berg
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Danielle Macdonald, Nate Parker
24. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
23
4
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
PG-13
23
4

Now a vampire, Bella trains with Edward to get used to her new life while watching over their fast-growing daughter Renesmee, who has been imprinted by Jacob as her protector. However, the Cullens need to gather allies to save their family from the Volturi, which consider Renesmee a threat to vampires due to a false allegation.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bill Condon
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Drama
25. The Motel Life (2012)
11
4
The Motel Life
R
11
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Polsky, Gabe Polsky
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Emile Davenport Hirsch, Kris Kristofferson, Garrett Backstrom, Andrew Lee, Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff
27. Night Moves (2013)
8
5
Night Moves
R
8
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Dena
Director:
Kelly Reichardt
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, Logan Miller
29. The Last of Robin Hood (2013)
7
2
The Last of Robin Hood
R
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Beverly Aadland
Director:
Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, John Hudson Messerall, David Kronawitter
30. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
20
2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
PG-13
20
2

As her high-school graduation day approaches, Bella finds herself struggling to choose between her love for vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. Meanwhile Seattle witnesses a series of killings as a malicious vampire begins creating an army of new-born vampires to take revenge on Edward and Bella.

As:
Cast
Director:
David Slade
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
31. Tomcats (2001)
5
3
Tomcats
R
5
3

At the wedding of a friend, the remaining bachelors bet on staying single. Seven years later, one of them, Michael tries to get his friend Kyle married, so that he can win the bet and get out of a sticky situation. However, things get quite complicated, when he starts developing feelings for Kyle’s future bride.

As:
Cast
Director:
Gregory Poirier
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jaime Pressly, Bill Maher, Garry Marshall, Jerry O'Connell, Shannon Elizabeth, Jake Busey
32. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
18
3
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
PG-13
18
3

When Edward realises that his presence can actually harm Bella, he and his family leave Forks. Bella is heartbroken and depressed. Her long-time friend Jacob tries to keep her engaged and happy, but he has his own secrets. As Bella unravels new secrets from the supernatural world, she puts herself in new dangers.

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris Weitz
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
34. The Cat in the Hat (2003)
17
2
The Cat in the Hat
TV-PG
17
2

Cat in the Hat is a fantasy comedy film, which revolves around two children who are quite bored with their lives. However, their lives take an interesting turn when they are visited by a talking cat. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sally
Director:
Bo Welch
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
35. Hansel & Gretel (2002)
7
2
Hansel & Gretel
PG
7
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Tom Arnold, Lynn Redgrave, Taylor Momsen, Jacob Smith, Delta Burke, Howie Mandel
36. Father Xmas (2001)
8
2
Father Xmas
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Clairee
Director:
Marie Rose
Genres:
Short, Family, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Stephen Fanning, Christopher Lohr, Gina Marie
37. Celia (2012)
7
2
Celia
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Hannah Jones
Director:
Rodrigo García
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
38. The Escape (2016)
6
3
The Escape
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lily
Director:
Neill Blomkamp
Genres:
Drama, Action, Short
Star Cast:

Animation(s)

Tonari no Totoro (1988)
Tonari no Totoro
G
Plot:

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
Director:
Hayao Miyazaki
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Lea Salonga, Elle Fanning, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi, Sumi Shimamoto
Coraline (2009)
Coraline
TV-14
Plot:

Alone and bored in the old house her parents recently moved into, 11-year-old Coraline discovers a secret passageway to a better version of her home where everybody has buttons for eyes. After she refuses her Other Mother's horrible offer to sew buttons in her eyes, she is imprisoned and must flee before her soul is trapped there forever.

As:
Cast
Role:
Coraline Jones
Director:
Henry Selick
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Dawn French, Keith David, Ian McShane, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
PG
As:
Cast
Role:
Lilo Pelekai
Director:
Michael LaBash, Tony Leondis
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Animation, Family, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Tia Carrere, Emily Osment, Chris Sanders, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald

TV Shows and Videos

Coraline (2009)
Coraline
As:
Cast
Role:
Coraline Jones
Director:
Henry Selick
Genres:
Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure
Star Cast:
Keith David, Robert Bailey Jr., Kath Soucie, Amanda Troop
The Fighting Fitzgeralds (2001)
The Fighting Fitzgeralds
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Bonerz, Gail Mancuso, Barnet Kellman, James Widdoes
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Willard, Connie Britton, Swoosie Kurtz, Brian Dennehy, Louis Ferreira, Christopher Moynihan, Jon Patrick Walker

Dakota Fanning Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
Hide and Seek Best Frightened Performance 2005