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List of Sarah Paulson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
14
4
12 Years a Slave
R
14
4

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. Serenity (2005)
11
4
Serenity
PG-13
11
4

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:
Joss Whedon, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin
3. Blue Jay (2016)
18
3
Blue Jay
18
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Amanda
Director:
Alex Lehmann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Duplass, Clu Gulager, James Andrews, Harris Benbury
4. Carol (2015)
17
3
Carol
R
17
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:
5. Mud (2012)
12
3
Mud
PG-13
12
3

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. The Post (2017)
10
2
The Post
PG-13
10
2

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
7. Griffin & Phoenix (2006)
11
2
Griffin & Phoenix
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Peri
Director:
Ed Stone
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Dermot Mulroney, Fred Armisen, Amanda Peet, Blair Brown, Alison Elliott
8. Bug (2002)
11
4
Bug
11
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ed Begley Jr., John Carroll Lynch, Segun Ajaga, Megan Cavanagh, Grant Heslov
9. Bird Box (2018)
15
3
Bird Box
R
15
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:
10. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
11
4
Martha Marcy May Marlene
R
11
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
11. Run (2020)
10
2
Run
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Diane Sherman
Genres:
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
13. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)
9
4
The Notorious Bettie Page
R
9
4
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)
8
3
What Women Want
PG-13
8
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)
10
3
Down with Love
PG-13
10
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, Chris Parnell, Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce, Rachel Dratch
18. Lost Girls (2020)
9
2
Lost Girls
R
9
2
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)
9
1
Held Up
PG-13
9
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
23. The Runner (2015)
6
2
The Runner
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Kate Haber
Director:
Austin Stark
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen, Wendell Pierce
24. #twitterkills (2014)
9
3
#twitterkills
9
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)
10
2
Swimmers
10
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)
10
2
Whose Dog Is It Anyway?
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Emma
Director:
Cindy Chupack
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Christina Brucato, Maria Dizzia, Steven Rishard
27. After-School Special (2011)
9
2
After-School Special
9
2
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)
9
1
Levitation
9
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:
Frank Langella, Corey Stoll, 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)

31. November Christmas (2010)
10
3
November Christmas
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Beth Marks
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Karen Allen, Elizabeth McLaughlin
33. 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
34. The Long Way Home (1998)
9
2
The Long Way Home
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Leanne Bossert
Director:
Glenn Jordan
Genres:
Family, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Lemmon, Kristin Griffith, Garwin Sanford, Rosemary Dunsmore
36. 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
37. Shaughnessy (1996)
8
1
Shaughnessy
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Ray Rhodes
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Matthew Settle, Linda Kozlowski, Tom Bower, Michael Jai White
38. A Christmas Wedding (2006)
8
3
A Christmas Wedding
TV-PG
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Emily
Director:
Michael Zinberg
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Eric Mabius, Richard Blackburn, Dean Cain, Reagan Pasternak
39. 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
Role:
Dr. Zara
Director:
Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman
Genres:
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Chloe Bennet, Eddie Izzard, Joseph Izzo , Albert Tsai

TV Shows and Videos

Deadwood (2004)
Deadwood
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Director:
Ed Bianchi, Daniel Minahan, Davis Guggenheim, Gregg Fienberg, Mark Tinker
Genres:
Crime, Western, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Nick Offerman, Kim Dickens, Paula Malcomson, Kristen Bell, Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker
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:
Tom Bosley, Jaime Pressly, Amelia Heinle, Elizabeth Berkley, 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:
Mariska Hargitay, Josh Hartnett, 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