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List of Winona Ryder Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Black Swan (2010)
55
16
Black Swan
R
55
16

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.

Role:
Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan
Directed By:
Darren Aronofsky
2. Star Trek (2009)
44
17
Star Trek
PG-13
44
17

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.

Directed By:
J.J. Abrams
3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
49
10
Edward Scissorhands
TV-14
49
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.

Role:
Kim
Directed By:
4. Night on Earth (1991)
14
5
Night on Earth
R
14
5

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. 

Role:
Corky
Directed By:
Jim Jarmusch
5. Beetlejuice (1988)
37
8
Beetlejuice
PG
37
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.

Starring:
Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Annie McEnroe
Directed By:
6. Dracula (1992)
25
8
Dracula
R
25
8

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.

Role:
Mina Murray / Elisabeta
Directed By:
7. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
23
8
Girl, Interrupted
R
23
8

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.

Role:
Susanna
Directed By:
James Mangold
9. Looking for Richard (1996)
9
5
Looking for Richard
PG-13
9
5

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’.

Starring:
Aidan Quinn, Alec Baldwin, Harris Yulin, Madison Arnold
Directed By:
10. Heathers (1988)
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6
Heathers
R
23
6

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. 

Role:
Veronica
Starring:
Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
Directed By:
Michael Lehmann
11. The Age of Innocence (1993)
12
6
The Age of Innocence
PG
12
6

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. 

Role:
May Welland
Starring:
Michelle Pfeiffer, Thomas Gibson, Jonathan Pryce, Martin Scorsese, Geraldine Chaplin, Joanne Woodward, Alexis Smith
Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
12. The House of the Spirits (1993)
14
4
The House of the Spirits
R
14
4

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.  

Starring:
Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Antonio Banderas, Vincent Gallo, Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Directed By:
Bille August
13. Lucas (1986)
12
4
Lucas
PG-13
12
4

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.

Role:
Rina
Starring:
Charlie Sheen, Corey Haim, Jeremy Piven, Gary Cole, Kerri Green, Courtney Thorne-Smith
Directed By:
David Seltzer
14. The Iceman (2012)
12
6
The Iceman
R
12
6

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. 

Role:
Deborah Pellicotti
Starring:
Ray Liotta, James Franco, Michael Shannon, David Schwimmer, Chris Evans
Directed By:
Ariel Vromen
15. The Crucible (1996)
11
5
The Crucible
PG-13
11
5

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. 

Role:
Abigail Williams
Starring:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison
Directed By:
Nicholas Hytner
16. Mermaids (1990)
14
5
Mermaids
PG-13
14
5

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.

 

Role:
Charlotte Flax
Starring:
Christina Ricci, Bob Hoskins, Cher, Michael Schoeffling
Directed By:
Richard Benjamin
17. Reality Bites (1994)
11
4
Reality Bites
PG-13
11
4

Reality Bites is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of an aspiring videographer working on a documentary about the unvoiced lives of her friends, roommates as well as herself.  

Role:
Lelaina Pierce
Starring:
Ethan Hawke, Keith David, Swoosie Kurtz, Anne Meara, David Spade, Ben Stiller, Renee Zellweger
Directed By:
18. Experimenter (2015)
8
5
Experimenter
PG-13
8
5

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.

Role:
Alexandra 'Sasha' Milgram
Starring:
Anthony Edwards, John Leguizamo, Kellan Lutz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jim Gaffigan, John Palladino
Directed By:
Michael Almereyda
19. Turks & Caicos (2014)
10
3
Turks & Caicos
TV-PG
10
3
Role:
Melanie Fall
Starring:
Christopher Walken, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Hansel Piper, Dylan Baker
Directed By:
David Hare
20. Homefront (2013)
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6
Homefront
R
13
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. 

Starring:
Jason Statham, Frank Grillo, James Franco, Izabela Vidovic, Kate Bosworth, Marcus Hester
Directed By:
Gary Fleder
21. Celebrity (1998)
7
5
Celebrity
R
7
5

Celebrity is a comedy-drama film which revolves around a divorce couple, Lee and his insecure wife named Robin. After splitting, their lives change drastically as one’s life becomes a failure and the other one finds happiness and success.

Starring:
Ian Somerhalder, Famke Janssen, Charlize Theron, Hank Azaria, Aida Turturro, Bebe Neuwirth, Wood Harris
Directed By:
22. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
6
5
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
R
6
5

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.

Role:
Sandra Dulles
Starring:
Robin Wright, Maria Bello, Julianne Moore, Blake Lively, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci, Alan Arkin
Directed By:
23. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
6
5
How to Make an American Quilt
PG-13
6
5

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.

Role:
Finn
Starring:
Dermot Mulroney, Anne Bancroft, Adam Baldwin, Esther Rolle, Jean Simmons, Lecy Goranson, Claire Danes
Directed By:
Jocelyn Moorhouse
24. Alien Resurrection (1997)
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11
Alien Resurrection
R
17
11

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. 

Role:
Call
Starring:
Sigourney Weaver, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Ron Perlman
Directed By:
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
25. Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
7
5
Great Balls of Fire!
PG-13
7
5

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.

Role:
Myra Gale Brown
Starring:
Dennis Quaid, Peter Edward Cook, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Tobolowsky, John Doe
Directed By:
Jim McBride
26. The Last Word (2008)
7
3
The Last Word
R
7
3
Role:
Charlotte
Starring:
Ray Romano, Wes Bentley, Gina Hecht, A.J. Trauth
Directed By:
Geoffrey Haley
27. S1m0ne (2002)
8
6
S1m0ne
PG-13
8
6

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. 

Role:
Nicola Anders
Starring:
Jason Schwartzman, Evan Rachel Wood, Al Pacino, Jim Rash
Directed By:
Andrew Niccol
28. Destination Wedding (2018)
9
4
Destination Wedding
R
9
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.

Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Dj Dallenbach, Ted Dubost , D. Rosh Wright
Directed By:
Victor Levin
29. Sex and Death 101 (2007)
6
4
Sex and Death 101
R
6
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.      

Starring:
Simon Baker, Indira Varma, Julie Bowen, Patton Oswalt, Zachary Gordon, Sophie Monk, Mindy Cohn
Directed By:
Daniel Waters
30. The Darwin Awards (2006)
5
5
The Darwin Awards
R
5
5

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.  

Starring:
Joseph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, David Arquette, Josh Charles, Kevin Dunn
Directed By:
Finn Taylor
31. Mr. Deeds (2002)
16
8
Mr. Deeds
PG-13
16
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.

Role:
Babe Bennett
Starring:
Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, Jared Harris, John Turturro, Allen Covert, Peter Gallagher
Directed By:
Steven Brill
32. Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
6
4
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
PG-13
6
4

Roxy Carmichael, a movie star, is returning to her hometown in Ohio after a long time. The whole town is excited for her return. Meanwhile, an orphan is convinced that Carmichael is her biological mother, and that the actress is going to reclaim her upon her return.  

Role:
Dinky Bossetti
Starring:
Carla Gugino, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins, Thomas Wilson Brown, Joan McMurtrey
Directed By:
Jim Abrahams
33. 1969 (1988)
5
5
1969
R
5
5
Role:
Beth
Starring:
Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Downey Jr., Bruce Dern, Mariette Hartley
Directed By:
Ernest Thompson
34. Autumn in New York (2000)
6
4
Autumn in New York
PG-13
6
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. 

Role:
Charlotte Fielding
Starring:
Richard Gere, Vera Farmiga, Elaine Stritch, Anthony LaPaglia
Directed By:
Joan Chen
35. The Dilemma (2011)
7
5
The Dilemma
PG-13
7
5

This black comedy film revolves around two business partners who are also friends since childhood. After one of them discovers that the other’s wife’s is having an affair, things turn nasty between them. 

Role:
Geneva
Starring:
Kevin James, Vince Vaughn, Talulah Riley, Jennifer Connelly, Queen Latifah, Channing Tatum
Directed By:
36. The Ten (2007)
5
5
The Ten
R
5
5

The Ten is an anthology film which tells us ten short stories, each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments that are mentioned in the Christian Holy book The Bible.

Role:
Kelly La Fonda
Starring:
Jessica Alba, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Liev Schreiber, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis
Directed By:
David Wain
37. The Informers (2008)
5
5
The Informers
R
5
5

This suspense drama film takes us to Los Angeles in the 1980s and tells the story of a group of self-absorbed hedonists who try to navigate through their lives without any moral compass.

Starring:
Billy Bob Thornton, Katy Mixon, Brad Renfro, Rhys Ifans, Chris Isaak, Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger
Directed By:
Gregor Jordan
38. Boys (1996)
7
4
Boys
PG-13
7
4
Role:
Patty Vare
Starring:
Chris Cooper, James Le Gros, Lukas Haas, John C. Reilly, Skeet Ulrich
Directed By:
Stacy Cochran
39. Stay Cool (2009)
6
4
Stay Cool
PG-13
6
4
Role:
Scarlet Smith
Starring:
Sean Astin, Chevy Chase, Brian Austin Green, Josh Holloway, Hilary Duff, Mark Polish
Directed By:
Michael Polish
40. Lost Souls (2000)
6
4
Lost Souls
R
6
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.

Role:
Maya Larkin
Starring:
John Hurt, Ben Chaplin, Philip Baker Hall, Sarah Wynter
Directed By:
Janusz Kaminski
41. The Letter (2012)
3
4
The Letter
R
3
4
Role:
Martine
Starring:
James Franco, Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland, Katherine Waterston
Directed By:
Jay Anania
42. Water Pills (2009)
10
2
Water Pills
10
2
Role:
Carrie
Starring:
Bella Thorne, Colleen Camp, Lindsay Sloane, Garret Dillahunt, Jasmine Jessica Anthony
Directed By:
Blake Soper
43. When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story (2010)
6
3
When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
6
3
Role:
Lois Wilson
Starring:
Barry Pepper, Rosemary Dunsmore, John Bourgeois, Paul Popowich
Directed By:
John Kent Harrison
44. Square Dance (1987)
6
4
Square Dance
PG-13
6
4
Role:
Gemma
Starring:
Rob Lowe, Trace Adkins, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Deborah Richter
Directed By:
Daniel Petrie
45. Welcome (2007)
5
4
Welcome
5
4
Role:
Cynthia
Starring:
John Hawkes, Alexandra Gold Jourden
Directed By:

Narrator/Dubbing

The Day My God Died (2003)
12
3
The Day My God Died
R
12
3
Role:
Self - Narrator (voice)
Starring:
Timothy Francis Robbins, Tim Robbins, Anuradha Koirala
Directed By:
Andrew Levine

Animation Movies

The Simpsons
22
3
The Simpsons
TV-14
22
3
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Ron Howard, Frankie Muniz, Werner Klemperer, Ted Danson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Russell Brand
Directed By:
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
7
2
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
TV-PG
7
2
Starring:
Jon Stewart, Joy Behar, Kathy Griffin, Carrie Fisher, Rodney Dangerfield, Wanda Sykes, Lisa Kudrow
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.

Starring:
Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Rory Cochrane
Directed By:
Richard Linklater
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.’ 

Role:
Elsa Van Helsing (voice)
Starring:
Tom Kenny, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara, Charlie Tahan
Directed By:

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.

Role:
Winona Ryder (uncredited)
Starring:
Paris Hilton, Milla Jovovich, Billy Zane, James Marsden, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge, Emma Bunton
Directed By:
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
6
3
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
R
6
3

Sarah is the young mother of a seven year old boy named Jeremiah. She is unable to be a good mother to him, as she not only provides him with drugs, but she also uses her lovers as an excuse to eventually abandon him and disappear to Atlantic City. Upon learning about this, Jeremiah’s grandmother takes him to a West Virginian radical Christian cult which is led by his grandfather.

Role:
Psychologist (uncredited)
Starring:
Asia Argento, Marilyn Manson, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse
Directed By:

TV Shows

Friends
37
5
Friends
TV-14
37
5
Starring:
Alexis Arquette, Sean Penn, Elinor Donahue, Greg Kinnear, Danny DeVito, Christine Taylor, Aisha Tyler
Directed By:
Stranger Things
45
5
Stranger Things
TV-14
45
5
Role:
Joyce Byers
Starring:
Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, Finn Wolfhard, Matthew Modine, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer
Directed By:
Shawn Levy, Andrew Stanton, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
The Larry Sanders Show
8
1
The Larry Sanders Show
TV-MA
8
1
Starring:
Carol Burnett, Jerry Stiller, Roseanne Barr, Bernadette Peters, Bill Maher, Drew Carey, Lori Loughlin
Directed By:
Strangers with Candy
8
2
Strangers with Candy
TV-14
8
2
Starring:
Ellen Pompeo, Will Ferrell, Stephen Colbert, David Cross, Amy Sedaris, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd
Directed By:
Peter Lauer, Danny Leiner, Juan José Campanella, Dan Dinello
Show Me a Hero
7
2
Show Me a Hero
TV-MA
7
2
Starring:
Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina, Oscar Isaac, Jim Belushi, Peter Riegert, Natalie Paul, Carla Quevedo
Directed By:
Paul Haggis
Independent Lens
7
2
Independent Lens
7
2
Starring:
America Ferrera, Stanley Tucci, Terrence Howard
Directed By:
Drunk History
7
2
Drunk History
TV-14
7
2
Starring:
Elizabeth Olsen, Ronda Rousey, Charlie Day, Nathan Fielder, Nick Offerman, Gabourey Sidibe, Jake Johnson
Directed By:
Jeremy Konner, Derek Waters
Masterpiece Contemporary
7
2
Masterpiece Contemporary
7
2
Starring:
Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Walken, David Tennant, Helena Bonham Carter
The Killers: Here with Me (2012)
6
2
The Killers: Here with Me
6
2
Role:
Wax Girl
Starring:
Craig Roberts, Aiko Horiuchi, The Killers, Sabrina Lecordier
Directed By:
Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (1990)
7
2
Cher: The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
7
2
Starring:
Christina Ricci, Cher
Directed By:
Marty Callner

Winona Ryder Awards

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