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List of Winona Ryder Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Black Swan (2010)
52
14
Black Swan
R
52
14

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
2. Star Trek (2009)
42
12
Star Trek
PG-13
42
12

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
3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
38
10
Edward Scissorhands
TV-14
38
10

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
4. Night on Earth (1991)
12
4
Night on Earth
R
12
4

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
5. Beetlejuice (1988)
28
8
Beetlejuice
PG
28
8

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
6. Dracula (1992)
19
7
Dracula
R
19
7

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
7. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
19
6
Girl, Interrupted
R
19
6

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
8. Little Women (1994)
10
4
Little Women
PG
10
4

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. Looking for Richard (1996)
8
3
Looking for Richard
PG-13
8
3

Looking for Richard is a documentary drama film which explores the lasting impact of William Shakespeare in pop culture. The film focuses on his highly regarded play ‘Richard III’.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Alec Baldwin, Harris Yulin, Madison Arnold
10. Heathers (1988)
14
5
Heathers
R
14
5

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
11. The Age of Innocence (1993)
10
4
The Age of Innocence
PG
10
4

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
13. Lucas (1986)
8
3
Lucas
PG-13
8
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:
Charlie Sheen, Corey Haim, Gary Cole, Jeremy Piven, Kerri Green, Courtney Thorne-Smith
14. The Iceman (2012)
10
5
The Iceman
R
10
5

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
15. The Crucible (1996)
8
4
The Crucible
PG-13
8
4

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
16. Mermaids (1990)
8
4
Mermaids
PG-13
8
4

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
18. Experimenter (2015)
7
4
Experimenter
PG-13
7
4

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)
11
6
Homefront
R
11
6

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
22. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
6
4
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
R
6
4

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
23. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
6
4
How to Make an American Quilt
PG-13
6
4

Finn is a young graduate student who is going to get married to her fiancé Sam shortly. She visits her grandmother’s place, where she hears stories of romance and sorrow from her elders, as they are making a quilt.

As:
Cast
Role:
Finn
Director:
Jocelyn Moorhouse
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
24. Alien Resurrection (1997)
17
10
Alien Resurrection
R
17
10

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
25. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
6
4
Great Balls of Fire!
PG-13
6
4

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
26. The Last Word (2008)
6
3
The Last Word
R
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlotte
Director:
Geoffrey Haley
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ray Romano, Wes Bentley, Gina Hecht, A.J. Trauth
27. S1m0ne (2002)
8
5
S1m0ne
PG-13
8
5

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
28. Destination Wedding (2018)
6
4
Destination Wedding
R
6
4

Destination Wedding is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Frank and Lindsay, two miserable wedding guests, who meet while on their way to a destination wedding. Despite their verbal sparring, they form a connection with one another, and later they have to eventually decide whether they wish to stay with one another or not.

As:
Cast
Director:
Victor Levin
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Dj Dallenbach, Ted Dubost , D. Rosh Wright
29. Sex and Death 101 (2007)
5
4
Sex and Death 101
R
5
4

Just a week before his marriage, Roderick receives an email which contains the names of 101 women, out of which 29 whom he has slept with. He decides to complete the list and eventually breaks up with his fiancée. The last on the list is a woman who has been getting rid of men guilty of sex crimes.      

As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Waters
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
30. The Darwin Awards (2006)
5
4
The Darwin Awards
R
5
4

The Darwin Awards is an adventure comedy film which revolves around a former cop and an insurance investigator, who travel throughout the country to investigate some bizarre insurance claims.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Finn Taylor
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Joseph Fiennes, David Arquette, Juliette Lewis, Josh Charles, Kevin Dunn
31. Mr. Deeds (2002)
11
8
Mr. Deeds
PG-13
11
8

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, Steve Buscemi, Jared Harris, John Turturro, Allen Covert, Peter Gallagher
32. Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
5
4
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
PG-13
5
4
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)
5
4
Autumn in New York
PG-13
5
4

Will Keane, a successful nearly-50 restaurateur, is a womanizer with no belief in love or commitment. When he meets the 22-year-old free-spirited Charlotte Fielding, who reveals her terminal illness after their first night together, he finds himself getting intrigued by unpredictable Charlotte. The blooming love brings unexpected changes….she tries to fight for her life, while love teaches him to accept responsibilities of life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlotte Fielding
Director:
Joan Chen
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
38. Boys (1996)
4
4
Boys
PG-13
4
4
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
40. Lost Souls (2000)
4
4
Lost Souls
R
4
4

Lost Souls is a horror thriller film which revolves around a prediction by a priest, stating the devil is going to take human form. A group that has been investigating this matter, starts to believe that the man who will be possessed is going to be Peter, a writer studying serial killers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Maya Larkin
Director:
Janusz Kaminski
Genres:
Thriller, Horror, Drama
Star Cast:
John Hurt, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Wynter, Ben Chaplin
41. The Letter (2012)
2
3
The Letter
R
2
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Martine
Director:
Jay Anania
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
James Franco, Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland, Katherine Waterston
42. Water Pills (2009)
9
2
Water Pills
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Carrie
Director:
Blake Soper
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Bella Thorne, Colleen Camp, Lindsay Sloane, Garret Dillahunt, Jasmine Jessica Anthony
43. When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)
6
3
When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
6
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lois Wilson
Director:
John Kent Harrison
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Barry Pepper, Rosemary Dunsmore, John Bourgeois, Paul Popowich
44. Square Dance (1987)
5
4
Square Dance
PG-13
5
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Gemma
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Rob Lowe, Trace Adkins, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Deborah Richter
45. Welcome (2007)
4
4
Welcome
4
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Cynthia
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
John Hawkes, Alexandra Gold Jourden

Narrator/Dubbing

The Day My God Died (2003)
12
3
The Day My God Died
R
12
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Narrator
Role:
Self - Narrator (voice)
Director:
Andrew Levine
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Tim Robbins, Anuradha Koirala

Animation Movies

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
9
4
A Scanner Darkly
R
9
4

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)
9
4
Frankenweenie
PG
9
4

Victor is heartbroken after losing his pet dog, Sparky, in a car accident, but succeeds in reviving him using a 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, Voiceover
Role:
Elsa Van Helsing (voice)
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Animation, Family
Star Cast:
Martin Short, Martin Landau, Tom Kenny, Catherine O'Hara, Charlie Tahan

Special Appearance/Cameo

Zoolander (2001)
14
7
Zoolander
R
14
7

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, uncredited
Role:
Winona Ryder (uncredited)
Director:
Genres:
Comedy

TV Shows

The Killers: Here with Me (2012)
6
2
The Killers: Here with Me
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Wax Girl
Director:
Genres:
Short, Horror, Fantasy, Music
Star Cast:
Craig Roberts, Aiko Horiuchi, The Killers, Sabrina Lecordier
Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (1990)
6
2
Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
6
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Marty Callner
Genres:
Music, Short
Star Cast:

Winona Ryder Awards

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