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List of Sarah Paulson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
19
5
12 Years a Slave
R
19
5

The movie is adapted from the memoirs of Solomon Northup, an Afro-American violinist who lived freely in New York in 1841 when two conmen kidnapped and sold him into slavery. For twelve years, he is forced to work in plantations and bear the abusive behaviour of his masters. His hope for release comes when he meets Canadian abolitionist Bass.

As:
Cast
Director:
Steve McQueen
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
2. Blue Jay (2016)
26
3
Blue Jay
26
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Amanda
Director:
Alex Lehmann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Duplass, Clu Gulager, James Andrews, Harris Benbury
3. Carol (2015)
25
3
Carol
R
25
3

Aspiring photographer, Therese Belivet, runs into the glamorous Carol Aird while working at Frankenberg's department store in Manhattan. When the two women later develop a bond, it blossoms in love and relationship. But Carol’s bitter divorce proceedings threaten the relationship with heartbreak. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Abby Gerhard
Director:
Todd Haynes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
4. Serenity (2005)
13
6
Serenity
PG-13
13
6

Over 500 years in the future, humanity has colonized a new solar system in which the alliance of inner planets is up against the independent outer planets. The crew of spaceship Serenity cross paths with a psychic passenger who reveals a dangerous secret to them.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
5. Mud (2012)
15
4
Mud
PG-13
15
4

Two teenagers Ellis and Neckbone discover fugitive Mud, wanted for murder ,living in a boat on a small island in the Mississippi River. They agree to help him reunite with his lover Juniper. But things take a violent turn when the family of the man he killed arrives to take revenge.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Jeff Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
6. Bird Box (2018)
22
3
Bird Box
R
22
3

When people see a mysterious supernatural force, they turn mad and kill themselves. After five years of avoiding the force, Malorie, Tom and two children set out on a journey that will lead them to safety. However, with Tom dead, Malorie finds herself on the treacherous journey alone with the kids and has to ensure they complete it blindfolded.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jessica
Director:
Susanne Bier
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
7. The Post (2017)
12
4
The Post
PG-13
12
4

Focusing on the life of newspaper heiress and publisher Katharine Graham, this historical political thriller film highlights the challenges she has to face after the deaths of her husband and her father. The film was chosen by the National Board of Review as the best film of 2017. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
History, Biography, Thriller, Drama
8. Griffin & Phoenix (2006)
13
3
Griffin & Phoenix
PG-13
13
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Peri
Director:
Ed Stone
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Dermot Mulroney, Fred Armisen, Amanda Peet, Blair Brown, Alison Elliott
9. Run (2020)
19
2
Run
PG-13
19
2

hloe is a teen girl dependent on a wheelchair, whose mother is quite overprotective. She is not allowed to check the mail, and she is kept isolated inside her house. Eventually, she begins to suspect that her mother might be hiding some terrible secrets from her, and decides to investigate the matter herself.

As:
Cast
Role:
Diane Sherman
Genres:
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
10. Bug (2002)
11
6
Bug
11
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ed Begley Jr., John Carroll Lynch, Segun Ajaga, Megan Cavanagh, Grant Heslov
11. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
13
4
Martha Marcy May Marlene
R
13
4

After spending two years with a cult in the Catskills, Martha flees and goes to her older sister, Lucy, and her husband, Ted. She doesn’t reveal anything about her absence, but is haunted by memories, and feels increasingly paranoid that the cult is after her. Though her family wants to help her, for Martha, the demarcation between reality and delusion keeps diminishing. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Sean Durkin
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Olsen, Hugh Dancy, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet
12. The Other Sister (1999)
12
2
The Other Sister
PG-13
12
2

The Other Sister is a romantic comedy film which revolves around a young woman Carla, who has a mild psychological disability. She returns home to her overprotective mother, after completing her schooling, and shortly after, falls for a young man named Daniel, who has a similar condition.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
14. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
9
4
The Notorious Bettie Page
R
9
4

Following a gang rape and a failed marriage, Bettie Page begins her career as a model in New York City. She dreams of becoming an actress but ends up gaining notoriety as a fetish model. After a series of missed opportunities and failed relationships, she also has to deal with an investigation on the kind of influence she will have on youth, thanks to her provocative photo shoot!

As:
Cast
Role:
Bunny Yeager
Director:
Mary Harron
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jared Harris, Norman Reedus, Gretchen Mol, Chris Bauer, Cara Seymour
15. Diggers (2006)
9
2
Diggers
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Katherine Dieckmann
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton
16. What Women Want (2000)
10
3
What Women Want
PG-13
10
3

Playboy chauvinistic advertising executive Nick Marshall finds out, following an accident, that he can hear women's thoughts. Despite being irritated to learn how many people around him dislike him, he uses his newfound power to repair his relationships and advance his career at the expense of his boss, Darcy McGuire, until he falls in love with her.

As:
Cast
Director:
Nancy Meyers
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
17. Down with Love (2003)
12
3
Down with Love
PG-13
12
3

In 1962, an aspiring feminist author, writes a book on disadvantages of love, encouraging women to seek fulfillment in independence and achievement and also teaching them to enjoy free sex. As expected, most men are uncomfortable with her ideas, one among them being a playboy journalist, who decides to prove she is a fraud. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Vikki Hiller
Director:
Peyton Reed
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Chris Parnell, Renée Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce, Rachel Dratch
18. Lost Girls (2020)
10
3
Lost Girls
R
10
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Liz Garbus
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gabriel Byrne, Amy Ryan, Lola Kirke, Oona Laurence
20. New Year's Eve (2011)
7
2
New Year's Eve
PG-13
7
2

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.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
21. Held Up (1999)
11
1
Held Up
PG-13
11
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Steve Rash
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jamie Foxx, Nia Long, Barry Corbin, John Cullum, Jake Busey
22. The Spirit (2008)
9
1
The Spirit
PG-13
9
1

Central City’s rookie cop Denny Colt, who is killed on duty by ruthless Octopus, returns as ‘The Spirit’ to hunt down his killer and to clear the crime from his city. Octopus is out to destroy the city to obtain the secret of immortality. During the pursuit of his nemesis, Spirit encounters a bevy of beauties, some of whom could prove treacherous. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Frank Miller
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller, Fantasy
24. #twitterkills (2014)
10
3
#twitterkills
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah Pendersen
Director:
Brett Sorem
Genres:
Short, Thriller, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sunah Bilsted, Nathan Parsons, Seth Bailey, Darren Capozzi
25. Swimmers (2005)
12
2
Swimmers
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Doug Sadler
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tara Devon Gallagher, Robert Knott, Cherry Jones, Shawn Hatosy
26. Whose Dog Is It Anyway? (2009)
11
2
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Emma
Director:
Cindy Chupack
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Christina Brucato, Maria Dizzia, Steven Rishard
27. After-School Special (2011)
10
3
After-School Special
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Woman
Director:
Jacob Chase
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Wes Bentley, Sam Cohen, Moira O'Nan, Kaleigh Howland
28. Levitation (1997)
10
1
Levitation
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Acey Rawlin
Director:
Scott D. Goldstein
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Benjamin Heflin, Christopher Boyer, Cassandra Ray, Ernie Hudson
29. The Time Being (2012)
8
2
The Time Being
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah
Director:
Nenad Cicin-Sain
Genres:
Mystery
Star Cast:
Corey Stoll, Frank Langella, Jeremy Allen White, Wes Bentley
30. Fairhaven (2012)
9
1
Fairhaven
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Kate
Director:
Tom O'Brien
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Chris Messina, Rich Sommer, Alexie Gilmore, Natalie Gold

TV Movie(s)

1. November Christmas (2010)
11
3
November Christmas
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Beth Marks
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Karen Allen, Elizabeth McLaughlin
3. Game Change (2012)
9
2
Game Change
TV-MA
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jay Roach
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Peter MacNicol
4. The Long Way Home (1998)
11
2
The Long Way Home
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Leanne Bossert
Director:
Glenn Jordan
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Lemmon, Kristin Griffith, Garwin Sanford, Rosemary Dunsmore
6. Friends at Last (1995)
8
3
Friends at Last
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Diana - Age 21
Director:
John David Coles
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Colm Feore, Julie Khaner, Megan Bouchard
7. Shaughnessy (1996)
9
1
Shaughnessy
9
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Ray Rhodes
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Michael Jai White, Matthew Settle, Linda Kozlowski, Tom Bower
8. A Christmas Wedding (2006)
9
3
A Christmas Wedding
TV-PG
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Emily
Director:
Michael Zinberg
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Dean Cain, Eric Mabius, Richard Blackburn, Reagan Pasternak
9. Metropolis (2000)
6
3
Metropolis
6
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael M. Robin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jenni Baird, John Berczeller, Keith Carradine, Carolyn M. Doyle

Animation(s)

Abominable (2019)
Abominable
PG
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Dr. Zara
Director:
Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Eddie Izzard, Chloe Bennet, Joseph Izzo , Albert Tsai

TV Shows and Videos

Puppy Love (2008)
Puppy Love
As:
Cast
Director:
Cindy Chupack, Patrice Dinhut, Amy Harris, Jason Reilly, Julie Rottenberg
Star Cast:
Famke Janssen, Bruce Altman, J.T. Arbogast, Mikki Baloy, Heather Burns
Jack & Jill (1999)
Jack & Jill
As:
Cast
Role:
Elisa Cronkite
Director:
David Petrarca, Mel Damski, Michael Pavone, Dennie Gordon, Michael Katleman
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Berkley, Tom Bosley, Jaime Pressly, Amelia Heinle, Ivan Sergei, Amanda Peet, Justin Kirk
The D.A. (2004)
The D.A.
As:
Cast
Role:
Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Lisa Patterson
Director:
Michael M. Robin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bruno Campos, Peter Outerbridge, Cheryl White, Felicity Huffman
Cracker (1997)
Cracker
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Cragg, John D. Hancock, Ian Toynton, Perry Lang
Genres:
Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Josh Hartnett, Mariska Hargitay, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Pastorelli, Carolyn McCormick
Leap of Faith (2002)
Leap of Faith
As:
Cast
Role:
Faith Wardwell
Director:
Michael Spiller, Adam Bernstein, Alex Graves, Nicole Holofcener, Joanna Kerns
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jill Clayburgh, Lisa Edelstein, Regina King, Ken Marino
Real Life (1998)
Real Life
As:
Cast
Role:
Lucy
Star Cast:
Jeremy Sisto, Nia Peeples, Susan Floyd, Patrick Van Horn

Sarah Paulson Awards

Golden Globe Awards
American Crime Story Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 2017
Primetime Emmy Awards
American Crime Story Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie 2016