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List of Winona Ryder Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
44
7
Edward Scissorhands
TV-14
44
7

After the premature death of his creator, Edward, an artificial humanoid, is left with scissor blades for hands. He is discovered by kind-hearted saleswoman Peg, who welcomes him into her home. He quickly wins affection in the neighborhood and falls in love with Peg's teenage daughter, but his luck turns when he is framed for a robbery.

As:
Cast
Role:
Kim
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Drama
2. Beetlejuice (1988)
48
5
Beetlejuice
PG
48
5

Barbara and Adam Maitland find themselves haunting their beloved house after they die in a car crash and are stuck in a limbo. They attempt to scare away the new owners, the Deetzes, but fail miserably, following which they hire the miscreant bio-exorcist Betelgeuse, who secretly plans to unleash chaos in the mortal world.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Annie McEnroe
3. Heathers (1988)
45
1
Heathers
R
45
1

Veronica is part of her high school’s most popular clique that is run by three Heathers; Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, and Heather McNamara. She soon grows tired of their cruelty to other students and befriends a newcomer called J.D. Together they plan to take revenge; but to her horror each time their target dies. Soon she realizes that J.D is purposely killing those he does not like. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Veronica
Director:
Michael Lehmann
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
4. Black Swan (2010)
22
4
Black Swan
R
22
4

When the production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet demands a ballerina who can portray both the pure White Swan and the dark sensual Black Swan, Nina is the first choice; however, she faces competition from Lily who is better suited to play the Black Swan. As she struggles to keep the role for herself, Nina loses her hold on reality and herself.

As:
Cast
Role:
Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan
Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Sebastian Stan, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey
5. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
30
1
Girl, Interrupted
R
30
1

This psychological drama, based on author Susanna Kaysen's memoir, is an account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital following a nervous breakdown when she was 18 years old. Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, she struggles to cope with her stay at the institution with fellow patients, especially the controlling sociopath Lisa.

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Susanna
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Drama, Biography
6. Star Trek (2009)
19
5
Star Trek
PG-13
19
5

The eleventh film in the Star Trek film franchise, it follows the rebellious James T. Kirk and Spock on board the newly commissioned USS Enterprise, as they attempt to prevent a Romulan—Nero—from future from creating black holes and destroying the United Federation of Planets.

As:
Cast
Director:
J.J. Abrams
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
7. Dracula (1992)
26
3
Dracula
R
26
3

In the 15th century, Vlad Dracula returns from a war to find that his wife has committed suicide. In the 19th century, he returns as the client of solicitor Jonathan Harker, whose fiancé Mina, he believes is the reincarnation of his wife. Dracula captures Jonathan and wreaks havoc, especially on Mina’s friend Lucy. Now Lucy’s friends and a vampire killer, Van Helsing, decide to end his terror.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mina Murray / Elisabeta
Genres:
Horror
8. Little Women (1994)
24
1
Little Women
PG
24
1

Little Women is a family drama film, which tells the story of the March sisters, and their struggles to live and grow in a 19th century America that is struck by the Civil War, after their father leaves to fight for the Union Army. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jo March
Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Genres:
Family, Drama, Romance
9. Night on Earth (1991)
12
1
Night on Earth
R
12
1

Night on Earth is an anthology comedy drama film, which tells us the story of five different cab drivers in five different cities, and the bond they form with their passengers during their journeys on the same eventful night. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Corky
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Gena Rowlands, Rosie Perez, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lisanne Falk
10. The Age of Innocence (1993)
16
1
The Age of Innocence
PG
16
1

This romantic drama film revolves around a lawyer, Newland Archer, who is happily engaged to May. His life however turns upside down when he meets and falls in love with her cousin, a woman separated from her husband. 

As:
Cast
Role:
May Welland
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
11. Mermaids (1990)
26
2
Mermaids
PG-13
26
2

Set in the 1960s, the film features unpredictable single mother Rachel Flax who moves to Massachusetts with her two daughters. As shoe-store owner Lou Landsky starts courting Rachel, teenager Charlotte, who feels unsettled with constant changes, hopes for stability. Charlotte wants to be a nun, but falls for the church-handyman Joe. A near-tragedy with younger Kate challenges the family’s relationship, but also brings them closer.

 

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlotte Flax
Director:
Richard Benjamin
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Christina Ricci, Bob Hoskins, Cher, Michael Schoeffling
12. Looking for Richard (1996)
8
1
Looking for Richard
PG-13
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Alec Baldwin, Harris Yulin, Madison Arnold
13. The Crucible (1996)
17
2
The Crucible
PG-13
17
2

The Crucible is a historical drama film, which tells the story of John Proctor, a married man, who decides to break off his affair with his young lover, Abigail Williams. She leads other local girls in an occult rite to wish death upon Elizabeth, Proctor’s wife, but when the ritual is discovered, the girls try to frame Elizabeth for witchcraft. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Abigail Williams
Director:
Nicholas Hytner
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Joan Allen, Paul Scofield, Bruce Davison
14. The House of the Spirits (1993)
12
2
The House of the Spirits
R
12
2

Based on a novel of the same name, this drama film is set during the military dictatorship in Chile. It revolves around the life of a young woman named Clara, and her husband Esteban Trueba and his political career.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Bille August
Genres:
Romance, Drama
15. The Iceman (2012)
7
1
The Iceman
R
7
1

Cold-blooded murderer and contract killer Richard Kuklinksi has managed to keep his professional life a secret from his wife and two daughters. When he is suspended from his killing business, he teams up with another mob hitman Pronge. But his increasing paranoia and rage threaten to unravel the life he has carefully built. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Deborah Pellicotti
Director:
Ariel Vromen
Genres:
Thriller, Biography, Drama, Action, Crime
16. Lucas (1986)
11
3
Lucas
PG-13
11
3

Lucas Blye is a nerdy and smart teenager studying in high school. He is frequently targeted by bullies. His life takes a turn when he befriends a new girl named Maggie, whose love interest Cappie protects him from harassment. He soon starts falling for Maggie, and joins the high school football team in an effort to impress her.

As:
Cast
Role:
Rina
Director:
David Seltzer
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Piven, Kerri Green, Courtney Thorne-Smith
17. Zoolander (2001)
12
1
Zoolander
R
12
1

Dimwitted Derek Zoolander is devastated after he fails to win the top male fashion model honor and is disowned by his family for being unable to assist his father and brothers in the coal mines. Fashion mogul Jacobim Mugatu gives him a new lease of life, but is actually planning to brainwash him into assassinating Malaysia's Prime Minister.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
19. Experimenter (2015)
8
1
Experimenter
PG-13
8
1

Experimenter is a biographical drama film which revolves around Stanley Milgram, a well known social psychologist who had conducted a series of radical behavior experiments at Yale University, which were meant for measuring conformity, conscience as well as free will.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alexandra 'Sasha' Milgram
Director:
Michael Almereyda
Genres:
History, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Anthony Edwards, John Leguizamo, Kellan Lutz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jim Gaffigan, John Palladino
20. Homefront (2013)
9
2
Homefront
R
9
2

Trying to escape his past as an undercover DEA agent, Phil Broker moves to a small Louisiana town with his daughter. Unfortunately, when he becomes the target of drug dealer, Gator Bodine, and his past catches up with him, he must take up arms to save himself and his daughter. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Gary Fleder
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jason Statham, Frank Grillo, James Franco, Izabela Vidovic, Kate Bosworth, Marcus Hester
23. Alien Resurrection (1997)
15
2
Alien Resurrection
R
15
2

The fourth installment of the Alien film series, the movie is set in  2379, two hundred years after the events of Alien 3. Ellen Ripley is cloned and an Alien Queen is surgically removed from her body, leading to the creation of a hybrid who turns violent and kills the Alien Queen. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Call
Director:
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Horror
Star Cast:
Sigourney Weaver, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Ron Perlman
24. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
12
1
Great Balls of Fire!
PG-13
12
1

Great Balls of Fire! is a musical drama biography film which is about the life of pianist Jerry Lee, who had achieved a lot of popularity due to his skills. However, his controversial marriage to his 13 year old cousin causes public uproar and leads to his downfall.

As:
Cast
Role:
Myra Gale Brown
Director:
Jim McBride
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Music
Star Cast:
Dennis Quaid, Peter Edward Cook, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Tobolowsky, John Doe
25. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
6
1
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
R
6
1

Based on a novel of the same name, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a romantic comedy film which chronicles the life of Pippa Lee, who is the youngest child and the only girl in her large Christian family. The film shows how she deals with several of her hardships in life.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sandra Dulles
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
26. The Last Word (2008)
7
1
The Last Word
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlotte
Director:
Geoffrey Haley
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ray Romano, Wes Bentley, Gina Hecht, A.J. Trauth
28. Mr. Deeds (2002)
16
2
Mr. Deeds
PG-13
16
2

Small-town pizzeria owner Longfellow Deeds suddenly inherits shares worth $40 billion in a media conglomerate and is tricked into an affair by tabloid reporter Babe Bennett. However, he gives up his fortune after learning about Babe's true identity, but must return to take the company back from manipulative businessman Chuck Cedar to save its workers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Babe Bennett
Director:
Steven Brill
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jared Harris, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Allen Covert, Peter Gallagher
29. Destination Wedding (2018)
10
1
Destination Wedding
R
10
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Victor Levin
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Dj Dallenbach, Ted Dubost , D. Rosh Wright
30. S1m0ne (2002)
5
1
S1m0ne
PG-13
5
1

Filmmaker Viktor Taransky needs a hit to revive his declining career. But the leading star of his next film quits and he is unable to find a suitable replacement. Then he digitally creates ‘Simone,’ an unreal but realistic-looking actress who becomes a star overnight. So it becomes difficult for him to reveal the reality and has to struggle to hide her non-presence. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Nicola Anders
Director:
Andrew Niccol
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
31. Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
10
2
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dinky Bossetti
Director:
Jim Abrahams
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Carla Gugino, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins, Thomas Wilson Brown, Joan McMurtrey
34. Autumn in New York (2000)
14
3
Autumn in New York
PG-13
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlotte Fielding
Director:
Joan Chen
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
40. Lost Souls (2000)
6
1
Lost Souls
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Maya Larkin
Director:
Janusz Kaminski
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
John Hurt, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Wynter, Ben Chaplin
41. Boys (1996)
5
1
Boys
PG-13
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Patty Vare
Director:
Stacy Cochran
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
Chris Cooper, James Le Gros, Lukas Haas, John C. Reilly, Skeet Ulrich
42. The Letter (2012)
3
1
The Letter
R
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Martine
Director:
Jay Anania
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
James Franco, Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland, Katherine Waterston
43. Water Pills (2009)
6
1
Water Pills
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Carrie
Director:
Blake Soper
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Bella Thorne, Colleen Camp, Lindsay Sloane, Garret Dillahunt, Jasmine Jessica Anthony
44. The Day My God Died (2003)
7
2
The Day My God Died
R
7
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Herself - Narrator
Director:
Andrew Levine
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Tim Robbins, Anuradha Koirala
45. Square Dance (1987)
6
2
Square Dance
PG-13
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gemma
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Rob Lowe, Trace Adkins, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Deborah Richter
46. Welcome (2007)
4
2
Welcome
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cynthia
Director:
Kirsten Dunst
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
John Hawkes, Alexandra Gold Jourden

TV Movie(s)

2. When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)
6
1
When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lois Wilson
Director:
John Kent Harrison
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Barry Pepper, Rosemary Dunsmore, John Bourgeois, Paul Popowich

Animation(s)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
A Scanner Darkly
R
Plot:

In a near-future America where one-fifth of the population is addicted to the drain damaging drug, Substance D, Bob Arctor works as an undercover agent known only by his codename 'Fred'. As Bob himself becomes addicted and schizophrenic while trying to cozy up with drug dealer Donna, Fred's senior officer orders him to begin invasive surveillance on Bob.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Animation, Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Crime
Star Cast:
Frankenweenie (2012)
Frankenweenie
PG
Plot:

Victor, a school boy, is heartbroken after losing his pet dog Sparky in a car accident, but succeeds in reviving him using science experiment. Getting a wind of this, his school-friends blackmail him into sharing the secret and then resuscitate their own dead pets. The ‘monster’ Sparky creates fright in the neighborhood, and soon the town is swarming with more such ‘monsters.’ 

As:
Cast
Role:
Elsa Van Helsing
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Tom Kenny, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, Charlie Tahan

TV Shows and Videos

Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (1990)
Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
As:
Cast
Director:
Marty Callner
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:
The Killers: Here with Me (2012)
The Killers: Here with Me
As:
Cast
Role:
Wax Girl
Director:
Tim Burton
Genres:
Short, Horror, Fantasy, Music
Star Cast:
Craig Roberts, Aiko Horiuchi, The Killers, Sabrina Lecordier

Winona Ryder Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Age of Innocence Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1994