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List of Hilary Swank Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
68
16
Million Dollar Baby
PG-13
68
16

Maggie Fitzgerald, a poor waitress, asks old gym owner Frankie Dunn to train her, but he refuses. Maggie is encouraged to train at his gym by his associate Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris and eventually convinces Dunn with her determination. Maggie, who has a dysfunctional family, and Dunn, whose daughter is estranged, gradually fill the voids in each other's lives.

Role:
Maggie Fitzgerald
Directed By:
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
2. Freedom Writers (2007)
17
4
Freedom Writers
PG-13
17
4

The Freedom Writers is a 2007 American drama film which is based on a book titled The Freedom Writers Diary. The film tells the story of a young teacher who inspires her students to learn tolerance as well as apply themselves and pursue education beyond high education. 

Role:
Erin Gruwell
Starring:
Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton, Scott Glenn, April L. Hernandez
Directed By:
Richard LaGravenese
3. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
19
5
Boys Don't Cry
TV-MA
19
5

The horrifically tragic story depicts the life of a young transgender man Brandon Teena, who was born Teena Renae Brandon and is forced to leave his hometown under threat. Although he later finds love with Lana, two of his ex-convict friends, find out the truth about his gender with violent consequences.  

Role:
Brandon Teena
Starring:
Lecy Goranson, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Alicia Goranson, Brendan Sexton III
Directed By:
Kimberly Peirce
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
5. You're Not You (2014)
11
3
You're Not You
R
11
3

You’re Not You is a drama film which revolves around a classical pianist Kate Parker, who gets diagnosed with ALS. As she needs a caregiver, a brash college girl named Bec, who likes partying applies for the job, despite her lack of experience.  Despite all her flaws, Kate decides to keep Bec as her caregiver  and soon a bond develops between the two.  

Role:
Kate
Directed By:
George C. Wolfe
6. Insomnia (2002)
28
11
Insomnia
R
28
11

LAPD detectives Will Dormer and Hap Eckhart come to Nightmute, Alaska, to assist in the investigations of the murder of a 17-year-old teenage girl, but while trying to entrap prime suspect Walter Finch, Dormer accidentally shoots Eckhart. With young local detective Ellie Burr investigating Eckhart's death, insomniac Dormer becomes an easy pawn in Finch's psychological game.

Role:
Ellie Burr
Starring:
Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt
Directed By:
7. Conviction (2010)
13
4
Conviction
R
13
4

When Betty Anne’s brother Kenny gets a life sentence for murder, Betty vows to overturn his conviction. A school drop-out and a working mother, she resolutely completes schooling, and joins law school to re-open the case, though it takes her years. With her friend, Abra, she digs out all available evidence, takes help of forensic investigation to fight for her brother’s freedom. 

Role:
Betty Anne Waters
Starring:
Directed By:
8. 11:14 (2003)
12
4
11:14
TV-MA
12
4

In a small American suburb, Middletown, apparently random yet interconnected series of incidents involving different sets of people come together at exactly the same time during early hours of night. The unrelated and peculiar stories of 5 different groups of people, though not connected at first, converge to revolve around 2 automobile accidents, both happening at 11:14.  

 

Role:
Buzzy
Starring:
Patrick Swayze, Ben Foster, Rachael Leigh Cook, Henry Thomas, Barbara Hershey, Clark Gregg
Directed By:
Greg Marcks
9. P.S. I Love You (2007)
23
10
P.S. I Love You
PG-13
23
10

After her husband Gerry dies of a brain tumor, Holly loses the will to live despite attempts by family members and friends to cheer her up. However, starting on her 30th birthday, she begins receiving a series of messages from Gerry that he had previously prepared to guide her towards a journey of rediscovery.

Role:
Holly
Directed By:
Richard LaGravenese
10. Logan Lucky (2017)
18
8
Logan Lucky
PG-13
18
8

Laid off from his tunnel construction job under the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmy Logan teams up with his war veteran brother Clyde, who has lost his lower arm in Iraq, to rob the Speedway. For help, they enlist their hairstylist sister Mellie, safe-cracker Joe Bang, now in jail, and Joe's dimwitted brothers, Sam and Fish. But very soon a mix up forces them to put off the operation. 

Directed By:
11. Mary and Martha (2013)
9
4
Mary and Martha
TV-PG
9
4
Role:
Mary
Starring:
Frank Grillo, James Woods, Sam Claflin, Brenda Blethyn
Directed By:
Phillip Noyce
12. Red Dust (2004)
7
3
Red Dust
R
7
3
Role:
Sarah Barcant
Starring:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ian Roberts, Jamie Bartlett, Hlomla Dandala
Directed By:
Tom Hooper
13. The Gift (2000)
11
5
The Gift
R
11
5

Clairvoyant Annie Wilson receives a vision that the local school principal Wayne’s fiancée Jessica, who had recently disappeared has actually been murdered. She informs the sheriff Johnson who finds the body in Donnie Barksdale’s pond. Donnie is convicted but then Annie receives another vision that he is innocent and the true murderer is still free. 

Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Cate Blanchett, Greg Kinnear, Gary Cole, Kim Dickens, Katie Holmes
Directed By:
14. I Am Mother (2019)
12
6
I Am Mother
TV-14
12
6

I am Mother is a science fiction dystopian thriller film which takes us to a future where the human race has become extinct. In an automated bunker, a robot named Mother cares for a human child over several years. However, the young girl Daughter is not allowed to go into the outside world, as Mother claims that it is quite lethal and toxic. Daughter’s curiosity about the outside world continues to grow, and their lives take a turn when a woman appears outside the bunker and asks for assistance.     

Role:
Woman
Starring:
Rose Byrne, Luke Hawker , Maddie Lenton , Summer Lenton
Directed By:
Grant Sputore
15. The Homesman (2014)
10
4
The Homesman
R
10
4

In 1854, strong and independent spinster Mary Bee Cuddy takes on the responsibility of transporting three mentally unstable women in a covered wagon to a church in Iowa, but soon realizes how formidable the task can be. When she saves the life of a claim jumper George Briggs, she asks him to help her transport the women through the perilous harsh Nebraskan territory. 

Role:
Mary Bee Cuddy
Starring:
Tommy Lee Jones, Hailee Steinfeld, John Lithgow, Meryl Streep, James Spader, David Dencik, Grace Gummer
Directed By:
16. The Hunt (2020)
16
7
The Hunt
R
16
7
Role:
Athena
Starring:
Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Wayne Duvall, Ethan Suplee
Directed By:
Craig Zobel
17. Birds of America (2008)
5
4
Birds of America
R
5
4

Birds of America is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Morrie, who had to raise his siblings by himself, after their parents pass away. Over the years, he tries to manage his own difficult life, as well as to make amends for his troublemaking siblings. While his sister Ida is now jobless, and sleeps around with strangers, his brother is having lots of problems in his marriage with Betty.

Starring:
Lauren Graham, Matthew Perry, Zoë Kravitz, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Foster
Directed By:
Craig Lucas
18. The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
5
4
The Affair of the Necklace
R
5
4

The Affair of the Necklace is a historical romantic drama film which takes us to a pre-Revolutionary France, and it revolves around a young aristocratic woman who is left penniless by the political unrest happening in her country. Along with a gigolo, her husband and a count, she tries to come up with a scheme to steal a priceless necklace, so that she can buy back her family home.

Role:
Jeanne St. Remy de Valois
Starring:
Hayden Panettiere, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Jonathan Pryce, Christopher Walken
Directed By:
Charles Shyer
19. Amelia (2009)
6
4
Amelia
PG
6
4

Amelia Earhart is recruited to be the first woman who will fly over the Atlantic Ocean. However, she is disappointed to see that she did not get the fame she deserves. Therefore, she attempts to make a flight around the world, but unfortunately, she disappears while flying over the Pacific Ocean.

Role:
Amelia Earhart
Starring:
Richard Gere, Mia Wasikowska, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe Anderson
Directed By:
Mira Nair
20. New Year's Eve (2011)
9
7
New Year's Eve
PG-13
9
7

The film depicts several intertwined stories involving varied incidents and emotions experienced by different individuals on the night of the New Year’s Eve and highlights different human elements such as love, hope, and forgiveness, second chance and promise. Second of the three romantic comedy films directed by Garry Marshall, it was a huge box office success.

Starring:
Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine McNamara, Jim Belushi
Directed By:
21. The Black Dahlia (2006)
8
7
The Black Dahlia
R
8
7

LAPD Detectives Dwight ‘Bucky’ Bleichert and Lee Blanchard become obsessed with solving the murder of Elizabeth Short, who is nicknamed The Black Dahlia. Things get complicated when Lee ends up getting murdered and Bucky becomes involved with a wealthy woman named Madeleine who bears a striking resemblance to Elizabeth.  

Role:
Madeleine Linscott
Starring:
Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Brian De Palma, Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Mia Kirshner
Directed By:
22. The Reaping (2007)
9
5
The Reaping
R
9
5

After her family is killed in Sudan, Catholic missionary Katherine Winter loses her faith, and works to disprove religious phenomena. She is sent to small town of Haven, Louisiana, to investigate series of strange occurrences, seemingly representing biblical plagues. She is determined to find logical reasoning; but what confronts her defies scientific explanations. She must re-claim her faith to fight the evil forces.

Role:
Katherine
Starring:
AnnaSophia Robb, Idris Elba, Stephen Rea, David Morrissey
Directed By:
Stephen Hopkins
23. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
7
5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
PG-13
7
5

Buffy Summers is a cheerleader and a popular girl in her school. She eventually comes to know that she belongs to a long line of vampire hunters. Now, she has to eradicate a nest of vampires in Los Angeles.   

Starring:
Luke Perry, David Arquette, Donald Sutherland, Thomas Jane, Alexis Arquette, Ricki Lake, Seth Green
Directed By:
Fran Rubel Kuzui
24. The Core (2003)
10
8
The Core
PG-13
10
8

A series of bizarre activities across the globe lead the scientists to discover that the earth’s magnetic field has become instable due to lack of movement in the earth’s molten core and the only way to save the earth is to restart its movement.  So a team of experts drill down into the earth in order to resume the core’s rotation by setting off five nuclear explosions. 

Starring:
DJ Qualls, Stanley Tucci, Bruce Greenwood, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Shyer, Ray Galletti, Eileen Pedde
Directed By:
Jon Amiel
25. Fatale (2020)
5
5
Fatale
R
5
5
Role:
Detective Val Quinlan
26. The Resident (2011)
6
5
The Resident
R
6
5

Recently separated from boyfriend Jack, ER surgeon Juliet Devereau is surprised to get the apartment of handsome, lonely owner Max at a bargain. Still in love with Jack, yet attracted towards Max, she is soon confronted with strange, unsettling events, and a feeling that she is not alone. Juliet is horrified as she discovers the secrets behind the walls of her apartment.

Role:
Dr. Juliet Devereau
Starring:
Christopher Lee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lee Pace, Aunjanue Ellis
Directed By:
Antti Jokinen
27. The Next Karate Kid (1994)
4
5
The Next Karate Kid
PG
4
5
Role:
Julie Pierce
Starring:
Michael Ironside, Pat Morita, Chris Conrad, Constance Towers
Directed By:
Christopher Cain
28. 55 Steps (2017)
9
3
55 Steps
9
3
Role:
Colette Hughes
Starring:
Jeffrey Tambor, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Culkin, Johan Heldenbergh
Directed By:
Bille August
29. The Audition (2000)
7
3
The Audition
7
3
Starring:
Brittany Murphy, Chad Lowe, Jason Bryden, Lisa Arning
Directed By:
Chad Lowe
30. What They Had (2018)
7
3
What They Had
7
3
Role:
Bridget Ertz
Starring:
Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Taissa Farmiga, Josh Lucas
Directed By:
Elizabeth Chomko
31. The Space Between (2002)
5
3
The Space Between
5
3
Starring:
Chad Lowe, Mark Acheson, Ian Tracey, Vincent Gale
Directed By:
Chad Lowe
32. Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)
5
3
Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story
5
3
Role:
Patty Yaklich
Starring:
Lisa Robin Kelly, Brad Johnson, Jaclyn Smith, David Lascher, Carolyn McCormick
Directed By:
Armand Mastroianni
33. Terror in the Family (1996)
5
4
Terror in the Family
5
4
Role:
Deena Marten
Starring:
Joanna Kerns, Andrew Kavovit, Adam Hendershott, Dan Lauria
Directed By:
Gregory Goodell
34. Dying to Belong (1997)
4
4
Dying to Belong
4
4
Role:
Lisa Connors
Starring:
Sarah Chalke, Jennifer Warren, Laurel Holloman, Jenna von Oÿ
Directed By:
William A. Graham
35. The Sleepwalker Killing (1997)
4
4
The Sleepwalker Killing
PG-13
4
4
Role:
Lauren Schall
Starring:
Charles Esten, Jeffrey Nordling, Lisa Darr, Natalija Nogulich
Directed By:
John Cosgrove
36. Heartwood (1998)
4
4
Heartwood
PG-13
4
4
Role:
Sylvia Orsini
Starring:
Jason Robards, John Terry, Randall Batinkoff, Eddie Mills
Directed By:
Lanny Cotler
37. 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony (2015)
3
4
2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony
3
4
Role:
Herself - Presenter
Starring:
Christina Aguilera, Seth MacFarlane, Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner
Directed By:
Don Mischer
38. Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997)
3
4
Quiet Days in Hollywood
R
3
4
Role:
Lolita
Starring:
Chad Lowe, Daryl Mitchell, Peter Dobson, Meta Golding
Directed By:
Josef Rusnak

Animation Movies

Spark: A Space Tail (2016)
7
8
Spark: A Space Tail
PG
7
8
Role:
The Queen (voice)
Starring:
Susan Sarandon, Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Jace Norman
Directed By:
Aaron Woodley

TV Shows

ABC TGIF
10
2
ABC TGIF
10
2
Starring:
Ed Asner, Geri Halliwell, Jodie Sweetin, Rider Strong, Alan Ruck, Heather Locklear, Tony Danza
Trust
12
4
Trust
TV-MA
12
4
Role:
Gail Getty
Starring:
Brendan Fraser, Charlotte Riley, Donald Sutherland, Andrea Arcangeli
Directed By:
Evening Shade
8
3
Evening Shade
8
3
Starring:
Charles Nelson Reilly, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Urich, Charles Durning, Leah Remini, Alice Ghostley, Hal Holbrook
Camp Wilder
7
3
Camp Wilder
7
3
Role:
Danielle
Starring:
Jared Leto, Marley Shelton, A. J. Langer, Seth Green, Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr
Directed By:
Gail Mancuso, David Trainer, Arlene Sanford, Zane Buzby
Leaving L.A.
7
3
Leaving L.A.
7
3
Starring:
Christopher Meloni, Cress Williams, Billie Worley, Anne Haney, Lorraine Toussaint
Directed By:
Oz Scott, Tom McLoughlin, Sarah Pia Anderson
Away
19
10
Away
TV-14
19
10
Role:
Emma Green
Growing Pains
14
7
Growing Pains
TV-G
14
7
Starring:
Alan Thicke, Andrea Barber, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Joely Fisher, Dawn Wells, Leonardo DiCaprio
Directed By:
John Tracy, Jack Shea, John Pasquin, Burt Brinckerhoff, Gerren Keith
Beverly Hills, 90210
24
13
Beverly Hills, 90210
TV-14
24
13
Starring:
Denise Richards, Aaron Paul, Eva Longoria, Rosie O'Donnell, Shannen Doherty, Milton Berle, Gabrielle Anwar
Celebrity Charades
5
3
Celebrity Charades
5
3
Starring:
Mary McCormack, Jim Gaffigan, Judy Gold, Carson Kressley, Oksana Baiul
Directed By:
Adam Kassen, Mark Kassen
Harry and the Hendersons
5
4
Harry and the Hendersons
5
4
Starring:
Danielle Fishel, Brittney Powell, Molly Cheek, Bruce Davison, Zachary Bostrom
Directed By:
Kounterfeit (1996)
3
4
Kounterfeit
R
3
4
Starring:
Ben Foster, Corbin Bernsen, Bobbie Brown, Bruce Payne, Rob Stewart
Directed By:
John Asher
Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)
4
5
Sometimes They Come Back... Again
R
4
5
Role:
Michelle Porter
Starring:
Alexis Arquette, Bojesse Christopher, Michael Gross, Glen Beaudin
Directed By:
Adam Grossman

Hilary Swank Awards

Academy Awards
Million Dollar Baby Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2005
Boys Don't Cry Best Actress in a Leading Role 2000
Golden Globe Awards
Million Dollar Baby Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2005
Boys Don't Cry Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2000