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List of Laura Linney Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Truman Show (1998)
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2
The Truman Show
PG
13
2

Truman Burbank leads a simple life in the seaside town of Seahaven Island when he realises that his life is actually the subject of a television show broadcasted round the clock and all the people around him are actors. The island itself is a huge set with thousands of hidden cameras. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Meryl Burbank / Hannah Gill
Director:
Peter Weir
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Peter Krause, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor
2. Mystic River (2003)
12
2
Mystic River
R
12
2

Dave, a blue-collar worker who was abducted and sexually abused as a child 25 years earlier, is the prime suspect after the daughter of his neighborhood friend, ex-con Jimmy, is found dead. While their childhood friend Sean, now a homicide detective, investigating the crime, Jimmy takes law in his own hand by launching a separate investigation.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3. Primal Fear (1996)
12
2
Primal Fear
R
12
2

A thriller court-room drama, Primal Fear shows the audience how deceptive appearances can be, when experienced Chicago defence attorney Martin Vail, lands-up fighting on behalf of an altar boy, Aaron Stampler, who is accused of murdering Archbishop Rushman, brutally. The film progresses through Vail’s perspective and his reactions to unearthing dark hidden secrets of the Church, while being astutely manipulated.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Janet Venable
Director:
Gregory Hoblit
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Richard Gere, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard
4. You Can Count on Me (2000)
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2
You Can Count on Me
R
13
2

Sammy is a single mother who is quite protective of her 8-year old son. They live in small town and Sammy works in a bank. When her brother visits her, he fills the void in her life and her son’s. However, her life soon gets into turmoil.

As:
Cast
Director:
Kenneth Lonergan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Tenney, Rory Culkin
5. Love Actually (2003)
14
2
Love Actually
R
14
2

Enjoy exploring the various aspects of love through the eyes of different individuals as this Christmas-themed rom-com takes you through ten separate but inter-linked love stories. A modern-day Christmas staple, this film is a must-watch during the festive season!

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Curtis
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
6. The Life of David Gale (2003)
12
2
The Life of David Gale
R
12
2

David Gale, an anti-capital punishment advocate, is charged with the brutal rape and murder of his fellow activist. Few days before his execution, he agrees to give an exclusive interview to an investigative reporter, Elizabeth Bloom, on certain terms. Meanwhile, she also receives evidence that might prove Gale’s innocence. Bloom needs to figure out the truth before it is too late.

As:
Cast
Role:
Constance Harraway
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy, Kate Winslet, Cleo King, Constance Jones
7. Sully (2016)
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2
Sully
PG-13
11
2

This biographical drama depicts how American pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after it was hit by a flock of birds, disabling both engines. Just as he is hailed as a hero by common people and the media, he faces a career-threatening investigation into claims that the accident was a pilot error.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Ann Cusack, Valerie Mahaffey, Delphi Harrington, Mike O'Malley
8. Nocturnal Animals (2016)
11
2
Nocturnal Animals
R
11
2

The neo-noir thriller follows art gallery owner Susan Morrow who receives and starts reading a manuscript written by her ex-husband Edward Sheffield. Susan who is troubled by her current husband’s unfaithfulness finds parallels between her first marriage, her life, and that of the tragic story of the protagonist of the novel, Tony Hastings.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Ford
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Thriller, Crime
9. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
11
2
Searching for Bobby Fischer
PG
11
2

Josh is a regular kid, who likes playing football. However, his father notices that he is quite good at chess. Therefore, he starts encouraging his son, and helps him in developing his tactics.

As:
Cast
Director:
Steven Zaillian
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
William H. Macy, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne, Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen
10. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
11
2
The Squid and the Whale
R
11
2

The Squid and the Whale is an independent comedy-drama film which tells us the semi-autobiographical story of two boys in Brooklyn dealing with the divorce of their parents. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Joan Berkman
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
11. The Savages (2007)
11
2
The Savages
R
11
2

The Savages is a comedy-drama film, which tells the story of two siblings who begin to take care of their father whom they have not met in years. However their father, who is suffering from dementia, eventually passes away, after which they realize the meaning of family. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Wendy Savage
Director:
Tamara Jenkins
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Blackson, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas
12. Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
11
2
Lorenzo's Oil
PG-13
11
2

Lorenzo is a seven year old boy who is suffering from a rare degenerative brain disorder, which according to doctors is not curable. Therefore, his parents are forced to look for alternative remedies.  They start questioning top doctors all over the world, and also organize an international meeting regarding the disease.    

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Peter Ustinov, Kathleen Wilhoite
14. The House of Mirth (2000)
11
2
The House of Mirth
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Terence Davies
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Eric Stoltz, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Aykroyd, Gillian Anderson, Eleanor Bron, Anthony LaPaglia, Terry Kinney
15. Breach (2007)
11
2
Breach
PG-13
11
2

Based on a true story, the film shows Eric O'Neill, a low level surveillance expert, being assigned to work with renowned FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who he learns is suspected of being a sexual deviant. When he does not find any evidence of that, he is told the real reason for his posting; which is to find proof that Hanssen has been spying for USSR. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kate Burroughs
Director:
Billy Ray
Genres:
History, Thriller, Crime, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Chris Cooper, Gary Cole, Ryan Phillippe, Caroline Dhavernas
16. Mr. Holmes (2015)
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2
Mr. Holmes
PG
10
2

In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, now 93 and spending his retirement in a Sussex farmhouse, is struggling with his failing memory, and trying to recollect the facts about his last case that resulted in his retirement. Taking help of his housekeeper’s young son Roger, who is interested in Holmes’ work, he tries to find answers to the unsolved mysteries of that haunting case. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Munro
Director:
Bill Condon
Genres:
Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Ian McKellen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Milo Parker
18. Driving Lessons (2006)
10
2
Driving Lessons
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Laura
Director:
Jeremy Brock
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Rupert Grint, Fay Cohen, Ruby Mortlock, Don Wetherhead
19. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
10
2
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
10
2

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a horror drama that revolves around the trial of a Catholic priest who is accused of murdering a young girl as a result of an exorcism that he performed on her to rid her of demons. Tom Wilkinson is the priest and Laura Linney is the agnostic lawyer who is tasked with defending him in court.

As:
Cast
Role:
Erin Bruner
Director:
Scott Derrickson
Genres:
Thriller, History, Drama, Horror
Star Cast:
Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott
20. Absolute Power (1997)
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2
Absolute Power
R
11
2

Luther Whitney, a professional thief, decides to retire after one last job. Everything goes smoothly, until things take a turn for the worse, and he is framed for murder. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kate Whitney
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn
21. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
10
2
The Mothman Prophecies
PG-13
10
2

Among his deceased wife’s possessions, John discovers a sketch pad. He drives to a town 400 miles away as he feels that there is a connection to the strange things happening in that town, to his wife’s death.

As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Pellington
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Gere, Debra Messing, David Eigenberg, Bob Tracey, Ron Emanuel
22. Genius (2016)
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2
Genius
PG-13
10
2

A renowned book editor named Maxwell Perkins, befriends a novelist named Thomas Wolfe, while they are working on a project. After Perkins publishes Wolfe’s novel, it turns out to be a great success, and Perkins and Wolfe become best friends. However, Wolfe’s relationship with a married woman who is twenty years older to him, gets complicated after the publication.

As:
Cast
Role:
Louise Perkins
Director:
Michael Grandage
Genres:
Biography, Drama
24. Jindabyne (2006)
10
2
Jindabyne
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Claire
Director:
Ray Lawrence
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Deborra-Lee Furness, Gabriel Byrne, Chris Haywood, Tatea Reilly
25. A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)
10
2
A Simple Twist of Fate
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nancy Lambert Newland
Director:
Gillies MacKinnon
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Steve Martin, Stephen Baldwin, Alana Austin, Gabriel Byrne, Catherine O'Hara
27. The Nanny Diaries (2007)
9
2
The Nanny Diaries
PG-13
9
2

Annie Braddock, a just-graduated New Jersey girl, gets hired as nanny by wealthy Manhattan family, the X’s. She soon discovers that it’s not easy working for the dysfunctional family, manage her bratty charge Grayer and still maintain her sanity. Knowing that the previous nanny was fired for dating; can she possibly think about the neighborhood guy who is showing interest in her? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Keys, Paul Giamatti, Donna Murphy, John Henry Cox
28. The Fifth Estate (2013)
9
2
The Fifth Estate
R
9
2

The film documents the quest of Julian Assange and his associate Daniel Domscheit-Berg to expose the deceptions and corruptions amidst power-lobbies. With meager resources they create WikiLeak, an anonymous platform for the whistle-blowers to uncover dark secrets hidden in classified government information and corporate data. Then they receive most confidential intelligence documents of some of the powerful governments, raising number of ethical questions.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bill Condon
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
29. Man of the Year (2006)
9
2
Man of the Year
PG-13
9
2

Tom Dobbs, the host of a satirical political talk-show, decides to run for presidency. Everyone is shocked when he gets elected. He is unaware that it’s due to major malfunction of the electronic voting system marketed by Delacroy. The company wants to hide it, but Eleanor Green, a programmer, resolves to tell Dobbs the truth. Will she be able to reveal the reality? 

As:
Cast
Role:
Eleanor Green
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller, Drama, Romance
31. P.S. (2004)
9
2
P.S.
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Louise Harrington
Director:
Dylan Kidd
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Topher Grace, Paul Rudd, Lois Smith, Gabriel Byrne
33. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
9
2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
PG-13
9
2

The Ninja Turtles, living in the shadows, are informed by April O’Neil that scientist Baxter Stockman, who works for Shredder, plans to free him, Bebop and Rock-Steady, while being taken to another prison. The Turtles try to stop; however, while being teleported Shredder lands in another dimension and meets evil alien Krang. Together, they pose a threat for the Turtles and the world. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Chief Vincent
Director:
Dave Green
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Comedy
34. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
9
2
Hyde Park on Hudson
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Daisy
Director:
Roger Michell
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel
36. The Other Man (2008)
8
2
The Other Man
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lisa
Director:
Richard Eyre
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Pam Ferris, Liam Neeson, Romola Garai, Abigail Canton
37. Congo (1995)
8
2
Congo
PG-13
8
2

When tycoon R.B. Travis’s son and his diamond-exploring team goes missing in Congo, Travis sends his son’s ex-fiancée, Dr. Karen Ross, to look for them. Ross, with an expert guide, a primatologist, an explorer and a talking gorilla, sets out in search of Lost City of Zinj and diamond mines. But, what they encounter is far more dangerous than anything they imagined. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Karen Ross
Director:
Frank Marshall
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Action
Star Cast:
Bruce Campbell, Joe Pantoliano, Tim Curry, Joe Don Baker, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry
38. The Dinner (2017)
7
1
The Dinner
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Oren Moverman
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Steve Coogan, Richard Gere, Michael Chernus, Taylor Rae Almonte, Charlie Plummer
39. Maze (2000)
10
2
Maze
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Callie
Director:
Rob Morrow
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Hogan, Rose Gregorio, Rob Morrow, Craig Sheffer
40. Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud (1985)
10
2
Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Extra
Director:
Todd Haynes
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Todd Haynes
41. Morning (2010)
9
2
Morning
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Doctor Goodman
Director:
Leland Orser
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Ritter, Kyle Chandler, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gina Morelli
42. Lush (1999)
8
2
Lush
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rachel Van Dyke
Director:
Mark Gibson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jared Harris, Nick Offerman, Campbell Scott, Laurel Holloman

TV Movie(s)

3. Love Letters (1999)
10
2
Love Letters
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Melissa Gardner Cobb
Director:
Stanley Donen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Steven Weber, Emily Hampshire, Tim Redwine, Kirsten Storms
4. Blind Spot (1993)
10
2
Blind Spot
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Phoebe
Director:
Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Allison Janney, Joanne Woodward, Fritz Weaver, Reed Diamond
5. Wild Iris (2001)
10
2
Wild Iris
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Iris Bravard
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gena Rowlands, Emile Davenport Hirsch, Emile Hirsch, Fred Ward, Lee Tergesen
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
6. Running Mates (2000)
9
2
Running Mates
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lauren Hartman
Director:
Ron Lagomarsino
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Tom Selleck, Teri Hatcher, Nancy Travis, Faye Dunaway
7. Class of '61 (1993)
8
2
Class of '61
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Gregory Hoblit
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Clive Owen, Len Cariou, Dan Futterman, Josh Lucas, Andre Braugher, Christien Anholt

Animation(s)

Arthur Christmas (2011)
Arthur Christmas
PG
Plot:

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur, learns that because of a technical glitch, a little girl's Christmas present has been misplaced. Therefore, he sets out on a mission to deliver the present before it is too late. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Barry Cook, Sarah Smith
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Comedy

TV Shows and Videos

Tales of the City (1993)
Tales of the City
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Ann Singleton (6 episodes, 1993)
Director:
Alastair Reid
Genres:
Romance, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Rod Steiger, Thomas Gibson, Parker Posey, Ian McKellen, Olympia Dukakis, Janeane Garofalo, Billy Campbell
John Adams (2008)
John Adams
TV-14
As:
Cast
Role:
Abigail Adams (7 episodes, 2008)
Director:
Tom Hooper
Genres:
Drama, Biography, History
Star Cast:
Mamie Gummer, Paul Giamatti, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane
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
Ozark (2017)
Ozark
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Wendy Byrde (11 episodes, 2017)
Director:
Daniel Sackheim, Andrew Bernstein, Jason Bateman, Ellen Kuras
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Jason Bateman, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz
The Big C (2010)
The Big C
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Cathy Jamison (40 episodes, 2010-2013)
Director:
Alan Poul, Michael Engler, Adam Bernstein, Tricia Brock, Jennifer Getzinger
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Aimee Mann: Charmer (2012)
Aimee Mann: Charmer
As:
Cast
Role:
Robot Aimee Mann
Director:
Tom Scharpling
Genres:
Music, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
John Hodgman, Aimee Mann, Alex Scordelis

Laura Linney Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Big C Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical 2011
John Adams Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television 2009
Primetime Emmy Awards
The Big C Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 2013
John Adams Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 2008
Frasier Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 2004
Wild Iris Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 2002