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List of Melanie Lynskey Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
18
3
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
PG-13
18
3

The film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel of the same name is a coming-of-age drama focusing on themes like anxiety, adolescence, PTSD, depression, and finding happiness. Introvert Charlie Kelmeckis tries to cope with the suicide of his best friend, while trying to navigate high-school, find love with Sam Button, and deal with his own mental illness.  

Starring:
Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, Joan Cusack, Dylan McDermott, Johnny Simmons
Directed By:
Stephen Chbosky
2. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
21
3
Heavenly Creatures
R
21
3

Quiet and brooding Pauline Parker forms a bond with bright and outspoken Juliet Hulme when her wealthy family relocates to Christchurch. They spend a lot of time together painting, writing stories etc, eventually creating a fantasy kingdom.  Trouble starts when worried by their intense friendship their families try to separate them.   

Role:
Pauline Parker
Starring:
Kate Winslet, Peter Jackson, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent
Directed By:
3. Up in the Air (2009)
14
2
Up in the Air
R
14
2

Ryan Bingham, a professional downsizing expert, constantly travels across the country, sometimes meeting Alex, another frequent flier, and is close to achieving ten million frequent flyer miles. However, his lifestyle is threatened when his ambitious new colleague, Natalie, proposes termination via videoconferencing to cut expense, and Ryan must prove the importance of doing his job in-person.

Directed By:
Jason Reitman
4. EverAfter (1998)
19
3
EverAfter
PG-13
19
3

An adaptation of the fairy tale ‘Cinderella’, the movie tells the story of Danielle de Barbarac in Renaissance-era France. After the death of her father, she is forced into servitude by her stepmother Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent and her children. But her life changes for the better after an accidental encounter with Crown Prince Henry. 

Starring:
Drew Barrymore, Jeanne Moreau, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Huston, Megan Dodds, Patrick Godfrey
Directed By:
Andy Tennant
5. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017)
17
2
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
TV-MA
17
2

This crime drama film tells the story of a woman who finds herself quite depressed after getting burgled. Along with her obnoxious neighbors, she eventually decides to find and track down the thieves.  However, they soon realize that they are up against very dangerous criminals.

Role:
Ruth
Starring:
Elijah Wood, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Jared Roylance
Directed By:
Macon Blair
6. Win Win (2011)
11
2
Win Win
R
11
2

Win Win is a 2011 sports drama film revolving around a struggling lawyer, who decides to take advantage of his elderly client, who is a wrestling coach. However, the former’s life changes, when his client’s grandson arrives. 

Starring:
Directed By:
Tom McCarthy
7. The Frighteners (1996)
13
2
The Frighteners
R
13
2

After getting injured in a car accident that killed his wife, Frank Bannister acquires ability to see and interact with ghosts. Befriending some spirits, he uses them to frighten people and then ‘exorcises’ them for a fee. Then emerges the ghost of a mass murderer capable of attacking both living and dead, and maybe, only Frank can stop the ‘Reaper’ from killing. 

Starring:
Michael J. Fox, Peter Jackson, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin
Directed By:
9. Shattered Glass (2003)
12
3
Shattered Glass
TV-14
12
3

A biographical movie about Washington DC journalist Stephen Glass, working as staff-writer at The News Republic. While still in his 20s, the hard-working journalist, who is well-liked amongst colleagues, earns enormous popularity with his exclusive stories. His rival and new editor-in-chief Charles Lane, who has doubts about the accuracy of his stories, uncovers his deception by exposing partially or entirely fabricated stories.

Role:
Amy Brand
Starring:
Hayden Christensen, Rosario Dawson, Hank Azaria, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson
Directed By:
Billy Ray
10. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
11
3
Flags of Our Fathers
R
11
3

A photograph of American soldiers raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi following their victory on Iwo Jima during WWII becomes a symbol of hope back home. The three surviving soldiers from the photo are sent on a tour to raise money by selling war-bonds, but struggle with the limelight, post-war trauma, and misrepresentation of facts by the government.

Starring:
Paul Walker, Scott Eastwood, John Slattery, Adam Beach, Len Cariou, Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford
Directed By:
11. Detroit Rock City (1999)
12
2
Detroit Rock City
R
12
2

In 1978, four Midwestern teen members of tribute-band Mystery, who idolize the rock band KISS, eagerly await their upcoming concert. When a devout mother of one of them burns their tickets, the boys turn frantic. In their quest to see their favorites perform live, they stumble through misadventures, fight authorities, do everything possible to conquer the hurdles between them and the KISS.

Starring:
Natasha Lyonne, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Edward Furlong, Sam Huntington
Directed By:
Adam Rifkin
12. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
12
2
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
R
12
2

With an asteroid on its way to obliterate Earth, insurance salesman, Dodge, bonds with his neighbor Penny. Penny decides to help Dodge reach Olivia, his former sweetheart while Dodge decides to help Penny reach England to see her family. On their trip, the two fall in love before the destruction of the world.  

Starring:
Steve Carell, Adam Brody, Keira Knightley, Martin Sheen, Gillian Jacobs, Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt
Directed By:
Lorene Scafaria
13. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
11
2
But I'm a Cheerleader
R
11
2

This comedy drama film revolves around a naïve teenager who excels in school as well as cheer-leading. However, her friends and parents start suspecting her of being a homosexual, and they send her to a rehab camp.

Starring:
RuPaul, Natasha Lyonne, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille, Bud Cort, Mink Stole
Directed By:
Jamie Babbit
14. The Informant! (2009)
11
2
The Informant!
R
11
2

Rising Archer Daniels Midland's executive, Mark Whitacre, decides to spy on his own company for their price-fixing tactics. Working with the FBI he gains enough evidence but struggles with his bipolar disorder. As the movie progresses it is revealed that Mark also embezzled money from his own company and ends up in jail. 

Starring:
Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Thomas F. Wilson, Ann Cusack, Patton Oswalt, Lucas McHugh Carroll, Eddie Jemison
Directed By:
15. Leaves of Grass (2009)
10
2
Leaves of Grass
R
10
2

Leaves of Grass is a black comedy drama film which tells the story of Bill, a professor, who is lured back to Oklahoma, his hometown, after Brady, his twin brother who is a cannabis seller, gets into a feud with a drug lord, and plans to take him down.    

Starring:
Keri Russell, Lucy DeVito, Richard Dreyfuss, Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon
Directed By:
Tim Blake Nelson
16. Touchback (2011)
11
2
Touchback
PG-13
11
2
Role:
Macy
Starring:
Kurt Russell, Brian Presley, Christine Lahti, Marc Blucas
Directed By:
Don Handfield
17. 1 Mile to You (2017)
10
2
1 Mile to You
10
2
Role:
Coach Rowan
Starring:
Tim Roth, Billy Crudup, Liana Liberato, Graham Rogers
Directed By:
Leif Tilden
18. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
12
2
Sweet Home Alabama
PG-13
12
2

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. 

Starring:
Reese Witherspoon, Dakota Fanning, Patrick Dempsey, Jean Smart, Kevin Sussman, Josh Lucas, Candice Bergen
Directed By:
Andy Tennant
19. Hello I Must Be Going (2012)
12
2
Hello I Must Be Going
R
12
2

After taking a divorce from her lawyer husband David, Amy, a woman in her thirties, move back with her upper middle class parents Ruth and Stan living in Westport, Connecticut. Three months later, she finds herself still depressed, not knowing what to do with her life. However, things take a turn when she begins an affair with a nineteen year old boy.     

Role:
Amy
Starring:
Blythe Danner, John Rubinstein, Daniel Eric Gold, Sara Chase
Directed By:
Todd Louiso
20. The Intervention (2016)
10
2
The Intervention
R
10
2
Role:
Annie
Starring:
Jason Ritter, Cobie Smulders, Natasha Lyonne, Skylar Bernon, Kira Pozehl
Directed By:
Clea DuVall
21. Park (2006)
9
2
Park
R
9
2
Starring:
Ricki Lake, Francesco Quinn, David Fenner, Maulik Pancholy
Directed By:
Kurt Voelker
22. Little Boxes (2016)
9
2
Little Boxes
9
2
Role:
Gina McNulty-Burns
Starring:
Christine Taylor, Janeane Garofalo, Nelsan Ellis, Oona Laurence
Directed By:
Rob Meyer
23. Digging for Fire (2015)
9
2
Digging for Fire
R
9
2
Starring:
Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Jake Johnson, Orlando Bloom, Sam Elliott, Anna Kendrick, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed By:
Joe Swanberg
24. Shooters (2002)
9
2
Shooters
R
9
2
Starring:
Gerard Butler, Adrian Dunbar, Jason Hughes, Andrew Howard, Louis Dempsey
Directed By:
Colin Teague, Glenn Durfort
25. Coyote Ugly (2000)
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2
Coyote Ugly
PG-13
11
2

Violet Sanford moves to New York to achieve her goal of becoming a songwriter. She gets a job as barmaid in the hot-spot nightclub ‘Coyote Ugly’, where a bunch of vivacious women wildly entice the customers with their antics. As she earns notoriety at the bar, her aspirations are sidelined; however, a friend helps her render her songs in her own voice.

Starring:
Piper Perabo, Maria Bello, Bridget Moynahan, John Goodman, Michael Bay, Adam Garcia, Alex Borstein
Directed By:
David McNally
26. Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007)
10
2
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
10
2
Starring:
Jenny Shimizu, Marisa Ramirez, Ruben Garfias, Melonie Diaz
Directed By:
Jamie Babbit
27. They Came Together (2014)
9
2
They Came Together
R
9
2

Molly is the owner of a small sweet shop. Joel, who works for a gigantic candy company, is assigned to shut her down. However, the two start falling for one another.

Starring:
Kenan Thompson, Ellie Kemper, John Stamos, Bill Hader, Christopher Meloni, Michael Shannon, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Directed By:
David Wain
28. Happy Christmas (2014)
9
2
Happy Christmas
R
9
2

Happy Christmas is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Jenny, a woman, who moves to her brother’s house, after her breakup. With Jenny’s help, Kelly, her brother's wife, begins to realize that she needs to make changes in her personal and professional life.

Role:
Kelly
Starring:
Anna Kendrick, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg
Directed By:
Joe Swanberg
29. Goodbye to All That (2014)
8
2
Goodbye to All That
8
2
Role:
Annie Wall
Starring:
Amy Sedaris, Celia Weston, Paul Schneider, Michael Chernus
Directed By:
Angus MacLachlan
30. Abandon (2002)
9
2
Abandon
PG-13
9
2

After her boyfriend disappears all of a sudden, Katie is stressed and frustrated as her past continues to haunt her. However, two years later, when she is trying to complete her thesis and get a job, things take a turn, when he reappears again in her life.

Starring:
Charlie Hunnam, Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Tony Goldwyn, Zooey Deschanel, Fred Ward
Directed By:
Stephen Gaghan
31. XX (2017)
8
1
XX
R
8
1
Starring:
Ron Lea, Natalie Brown, Peter DaCunha, Jonathan Watton
Directed By:
Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, St. Vincent
32. We'll Never Have Paris (2014)
7
1
We'll Never Have Paris
R
7
1
Role:
Devon
Starring:
Alfred Molina, Maggie Grace, Jason Ritter, Simon Helberg
Directed By:
Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne
33. Chu and Blossom (2014)
13
3
Chu and Blossom
TV-14
13
3
Role:
Miss Shoemaker
Starring:
Alan Cumming, Richard Kind, Annie Potts, Caitlin Stasey
Directed By:
Charles Chu, Gavin Kelly
34. The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder (2004)
13
3
The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder
13
3
Role:
Zoe Cadwaulder
Starring:
Kelli Simpkins, Kelly Heyer, Kassandra Kay, Adam Pilver
Directed By:
Buboo Kakati
35. Measureless to Man (1999)
12
2
Measureless to Man
12
2
Starring:
Nicola Cliff
Directed By:
Adam Larkin
36. Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995)
11
2
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill
11
2
Role:
Pauline Parker (archiveFootage)
Starring:
Sam Neill, Kate Winslet, Timothy Balme, Elizabeth Moody
Directed By:
Sam Neill, Judy Rymer
37. Putzel (2012)
10
2
Putzel
10
2
Role:
Sally
Starring:
John Pankow, Susie Essman, Jarlath Conroy, Jack Carpenter
Directed By:
Jason Chaet
38. Foreign Correspondents (1999)
10
2
Foreign Correspondents
PG-13
10
2
Role:
Melody
Starring:
Wil Wheaton, Corin Nemec, Yelena Danova, Steve Valentine
Directed By:
Mark Tapio Kines
39. The Cherry Orchard (1999)
10
2
The Cherry Orchard
10
2
Starring:
Owen Teale, Gerard Butler, Xander Berkeley, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates
Directed By:
Mihalis Kakogiannis
40. Show of Hands (2008)
10
2
Show of Hands
10
2
Role:
Jess
Starring:
Stephen Lovatt, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Craig Hall, Matt Whelan
Directed By:
Anthony McCarten
41. Sadie (2018)
11
2
Sadie
11
2
Starring:
John Gallagher Jr., Wally Dalton, Danielle Brooks, Jason Adkins
Directed By:
Megan Griffiths
42. And Then I Go (2017)
10
2
And Then I Go
10
2
Role:
Janice
Starring:
Justin Long, Tony Hale, Arman Darbo, Sawyer Barth
Directed By:
Vincent Grashaw
43. A Quiet Little Marriage (2008)
10
2
A Quiet Little Marriage
10
2
Starring:
Charlie Day, Lucy DeVito, Michael O'Neill, Jimmi Simpson
Directed By:
Mo Perkins
44. Rainbow Time (2016)
10
2
Rainbow Time
10
2
Role:
Lindsay
Starring:
Timm Sharp, Linas Phillips, Davie-Blue, Wil Gelin
Directed By:
Linas Phillips
45. Say Uncle (2005)
9
2
Say Uncle
R
9
2
Role:
Susan
Starring:
Anthony Clark, Kathy Najimy, Lisa Edelstein, Gabrielle Union
Directed By:
Peter Paige
46. Eye of the Hurricane (2012)
9
2
Eye of the Hurricane
TV-14
9
2
Role:
Amelia Kyte
Starring:
Nicola Peltz, Brian Doyle-Murray, Campbell Scott, Colin Ford
Directed By:
Jesse Wolfe
47. Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016)
9
2
Folk Hero & Funny Guy
9
2
Role:
Becky
Starring:
David Cross, Hannah Simone, Michael Ian Black, Alex Karpovsky, Wyatt Russell
Directed By:
Jeff Grace
48. The Great & The Small (2016)
9
2
The Great & The Small
9
2
Role:
Margaret
Starring:
Ann Dowd, Ritchie Coster, Louisa Krause, Nick Fink
Directed By:
Dusty Bias
49. Snakeskin (2001)
9
2
Snakeskin
R
9
2
Role:
Alice
Starring:
Taika Waititi, Boyd Kestner, Dean O'Gorman, Oliver Driver
Directed By:
Gillian Ashurst
50. The Changeover (2017)
9
2
The Changeover
9
2
Role:
Kate Chant
Starring:
Lucy Lawless, Timothy Spall, Nicholas Galitzine, Erana James
Directed By:
Miranda Harcourt, Stuart McKenzie
51. The Big Ask (2013)
8
2
The Big Ask
TV-MA
8
2
Role:
Hannah
Starring:
Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, David Krumholtz, Zachary Knighton
Directed By:
Thomas Beatty, Rebecca Fishman
52. Helena from the Wedding (2010)
7
1
Helena from the Wedding
7
1
Starring:
Corey Stoll, Dagmara Dominczyk, Gillian Jacobs, Jessica Hecht, Paul Fitzgerald
Directed By:
Joseph Infantolino
53. Claustrophobia (2003)
6
1
Claustrophobia
R
6
1
Role:
Lauren
Starring:
Mary Lynn Rajskub, Sheeri Rappaport, Will Collyer, Judith O'Dea
Directed By:
Mark Tapio Kines

Animation(s)

Over the Garden Wall (2014)
Over the Garden Wall
TV-PG
Role:
Beatrice (8 episodes, 2014)
Starring:
John Cleese, Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Isaak, Bebe Neuwirth, Elijah Wood, Collin Dean
Directed By:
Nate Cash
The Life & Times of Tim (2008)
The Life & Times of Tim
Starring:
Lizzy Caplan, Will Forte, Fred Willard, Aziz Ansari, Bonnie Hunt, Bob Odenkirk, Jennifer Coolidge
Directed By:
Steve Dildarian
American Dad! (2005)
American Dad!
TV-14
Starring:
Forest Whitaker, Naya Rivera, Miriam Margolyes, Elisabeth Shue, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman
Directed By:
Ron Hughart, Brent Woods, Anthony Lioi, Rodney Clouden, Pam Cooke
Animals. (2016)
Animals.
Starring:
Jonah Hill, Demetri Martin, Dan Harmon, Wanda Sykes, Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Alexander, Nathan Fielder
Directed By:
Mike Luciano, Phil Matarese, Dominic Polcino, Wesley Archer
Future-Worm! (2015)
Future-Worm!
TV-Y7
Role:
Megan (8 episodes, 2016-2017)
Starring:
Chelsea Peretti, Corey Burton, Andy Milonakis, James Adomian, Ryan Quincy
Directed By:
Pete Michels, Dan O'Connor
Jake and the Never Land Pirates (2011)
Jake and the Never Land Pirates
TV-Y
Starring:
Cameron Boyce, Tiffani Thiessen, Jim Cummings, Melissa Rauch, David Tennant, Maia Mitchell, Christian Slater
Directed By:
Howy Parkins, Jeff Gordon, Broni Likomanov, Mickey Corcoran

TV Shows and Videos

House M.D. (2004)
House M.D.
TV-14
Starring:
Kal Penn, Eva Amurri, Evan Peters, Joel Grey, Cynthia Nixon, Katheryn Winnick, Meat Loaf
Directed By:
Greg Yaitanes, Deran Sarafian, David Straiton, Daniel Attias, Daniel Sackheim
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
TV-MA
Starring:
Danny DeVito, Josh Groban, Alanna Ubach, Guillermo del Toro, Kaitlin Olson, Alexandra Daddario, Jason Sudeikis
Directed By:
Matt Shakman, Fred Savage, Daniel Attias, Randall Einhorn, Richie Keen
The Shield (2002)
The Shield
TV-MA
Starring:
Page Kennedy, Stana Katic, Anthony Anderson, Ken Jeong, Kristen Bell, Frank Grillo, Katey Sagal
Directed By:
Guy Ferland, Scott Brazil, Clark Johnson, Dean White, Stephen Kay
Psych (2006)
Psych
TV-PG
Starring:
Ally Sheedy, Jason Priestley, John Cena, Val Edward Kilmer, Danny Glover, John Amos, Sarah Shahi
Directed By:
Mel Damski, Steve Franks, James Roday, Stephen Surjik, John Badham
Key and Peele (2012)
Key and Peele
TV-14
Starring:
Tatyana Ali, Milana Vayntrub, Tricia Helfer, Keke Palmer, Wayne Brady, Brenda Song, Kumail Nanjiani
Directed By:
Payman Benz, Peter Atencio
Castle Rock (2018)
Castle Rock
TV-MA
Role:
Molly Strand
Starring:
Sissy Spacek, Mamie Gummer, Scott Glenn, Terry O'Quinn
Directed By:
Daniel Attias, Michael Uppendahl, Ana Lily Amirpour
Drive (2007)
Drive
Role:
Wendy Patrakas (7 episodes, 2007)
Starring:
Cindy Williams, Nathan Fillion, Emma Stone, Alan Ruck, Kristin Lehman, Rochelle Aytes, Taryn Manning
Directed By:
Greg Yaitanes
Our Ex-Wife (2016)
Our Ex-Wife
Role:
Sara (1 episode, 2016)
Starring:
Peter Egan, Robert Webb, Victoria Hamilton, Hugh Bonneville
The L Word (2004)
The L Word
TV-MA
Starring:
Eric Roberts, Jessica Capshaw, Janina Gavankar, Jane Lynch, Snoop Dogg, Ossie Davis, Elizabeth Berkley
Directed By:
Rose Troche, Angela Robinson, Ilene Chaiken, Lynne Stopkewich, Tricia Brock
Memphis Beat (2010)
Memphis Beat
Starring:
Lauren German, DJ Qualls, Juliette Lewis, Veronica Cartwright, Holland Roden, Giovanni Ribisi, Tamlyn Tomita
Directed By:
John Fortenberry, Randy Zisk, Michael Katleman, Aaron Lipstadt
Togetherness (2015)
Togetherness
TV-MA
Role:
Michelle Pierson (16 episodes, 2015-2016)
Starring:
Hilarie Burton, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Lieberstein, John Ortiz
Comanche Moon (2008)
Comanche Moon
Starring:
Indira Varma, Elizabeth Banks, Karl Urban, Troy Baker, Adam Beach, Val Edward Kilmer, Steve Zahn
Directed By:
Simon Wincer
Two and a Half Men (2003)
Two and a Half Men
TV-14
Starring:
Heather Locklear, Cloris Leachman, Odette Annable, Charlie Sheen, Marin Hinkle, Judy Greer, Helena Mattsson
Directed By:
James Widdoes, Gary Halvorson, Pamela Fryman, Jeff Melman, Rob Schiller
Girlboss (2017)
Girlboss
TV-MA
Starring:
Britt Robertson, Norm MacDonald, Louise Fletcher, RuPaul, Ellie Reed, Johnny Simmons, Alphonso McAuley
Directed By:
Christian Ditter, Jamie Babbit, Amanda Brotchie, Steven K. Tsuchida
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017)
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
TV-MA
Starring:
Jai Courtney, Jason Schwartzman, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Alyssa Milano