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List of Zooey Deschanel Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
51
13
(500) Days of Summer
PG-13
51
13

This romantic comedy tells the story of Tom Hansen, an architect who is looking for the woman of his dreams. He falls for Summer Finn, his boss’s new assistant, a woman, who doesn’t believe in romance or true love. 

Role:
Summer
Starring:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Gray Gubler, Minka Kelly, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz
Directed By:
Marc Webb
2. Almost Famous (2000)
32
10
Almost Famous
R
32
10

Inspired by writer-director Cameron Crowe's boyhood experiences, the film records the coming of age story of 15-year-old rock music enthusiast William Miller, who receives an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to write about up-and-coming band Stillwater. Despite his mother's concerns about drug usage and raunchy language, he joins the band on an enlightening tour that changes his life.

Role:
Anita Miller
Directed By:
Cameron Crowe
3. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
22
7
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
R
22
7

Adapted from 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, this epic crime drama film, has won multiple awards for its cinematography. It tells the story of how outlaw, Jesse James is assassinated by his jealous recruits Charley and Robert Ford. However, their plan backfires as they neither receive the prize money the governor had promised nor fame for killing Jesse!   

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger
Directed By:
Andrew Dominik
4. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
19
7
Bridge to Terabithia
PG
19
7

Jesse Aarons, who is targeted at the school, finds a friend in the new girl, Leslie Burke. Together, they create a fantasy world of ‘Terabithia,’ an enchanted kingdom where they enjoy many adventures to escape their everyday troubles. When a sudden tragedy drowns Jesse in grief, the magic of Terabithia, and everything learnt from Leslie help him get over the pain. 

Role:
Ms. Edmunds
Starring:
Directed By:
Gabor Csupo
5. Elf (2003)
21
9
Elf
PG
21
9

A baby boy accidentally lands up with the elves at the North Pole and grows up with them as Buddy. When he realises that he is not one of them, he sets out to meet his biological father, Walter, in New York who has no idea about his existence. As Buddy tries to figure out his place in world, he also spreads Christmas happiness amongst the New Yorkers.

Directed By:
6. Mumford (1999)
10
4
Mumford
R
10
4

The titular psychologist gains popularity among the residents of Mumford despite a plot hatched by two rival pyschotherapists to denounce him.

Starring:
Martin Short, Jason Ritter, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard
Directed By:
Lawrence Kasdan
7. Manic (2001)
11
5
Manic
R
11
5

Lyle Jensen is a teen who suffers from sudden and violent outbursts. Eventually, he is committed to the Northwood Mental Institution, in the juvenile wing. He starts interacting with some of the other patients, who also suffer from varieties of serious problems.   

Starring:
Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Maggie Baird, Blayne Weaver
Directed By:
Jordan Melamed
8. Yes Man (2008)
25
12
Yes Man
PG-13
25
12

A recently divorced man, disillusioned by life, decides to say 'yes' to every opportunity that comes his way no matter what it may be. Yes Man is a romantic comedy based on a book of the same name.

Role:
Allison
Starring:
Jim Carrey, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Darby, John Michael Higgins
Directed By:
Peyton Reed
9. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
17
8
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
PG
17
8

After trying to delay the demolition of his house, hapless Arthur Dent discovers that his friend Ford Prefect is an alien and that his entire home planet will be destroyed later that day. Prefect saves him at the right moment by hitchhiking on an alien spaceship, and guides him through an intergalactic adventure to restore Earth.

Role:
Trillian
Directed By:
Garth Jennings
10. All the Real Girls (2003)
7
3
All the Real Girls
R
7
3
Role:
Noel
Starring:
Danny McBride, Shea Whigham, Maurice Compte, Paul Schneider
Directed By:
David Gordon Green
11. The Go-Getter (2007)
6
3
The Go-Getter
R
6
3
Role:
Kate
Starring:
Judy Greer, Nick Offerman, Jena Malone, Lou Taylor Pucci, M. Ward
Directed By:
Martin Hynes
12. Our Idiot Brother (2011)
10
6
Our Idiot Brother
R
10
6

Good-hearted but dim-witted and easy-going Ned Rochin is arrested for selling marijuana to a uniformed police officer. On parole, Ned is forced to rely on his three more successful sisters, Miranda, Natalie, and Liz. While initially creating chaos in their lives, Ned actually helps them to become better people. 

Starring:
Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Elizabeth Banks, Bob Stephenson, Nick Sullivan
Directed By:
Jesse Peretz
13. The Good Girl (2002)
8
4
The Good Girl
R
8
4

Justine is a 30 year old girl working in a Texas discount store, who is quite dissatisfied with her routine life and her lazy, pot-smoking husband. Her life takes a turn when she meets a young man who considers himself as the incarnation of Holden Caulfield. 

Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Deborah Rush, Mike White
Directed By:
Miguel Arteta
14. Big Trouble (2002)
7
4
Big Trouble
PG-13
7
4

Big Trouble is an American crime comedy film which revolves around the lives of several people in Miami. Their lives get complicated due to a mysterious valuable suitcase. At the same time, it also changes their lives for good.

Starring:
Tim Allen, DJ Qualls, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Johnny Knoxville, Ben Foster, Patrick Warburton
Directed By:
Barry Sonnenfeld
15. The Good Life (2007)
6
3
The Good Life
R
6
3
Role:
Frances
Starring:
Drea de Matteo, Donal Logue, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Paxton, Chris Klein
Directed By:
Stephen Berra
16. Eulogy (2004)
7
4
Eulogy
TV-MA
7
4

Eulogy is a black comedy film which revolves around three generations of a dysfunctional family who gather in Rhode Island, in order to attend the funeral of the family patriarch. Things get complicated because each of them are trying to hide secrets of their own.

Role:
Kate Collins
Starring:
Ray Romano, Famke Janssen, Debra Winger, Hank Azaria, Kelly Preston, Jesse Bradford, Glenne Headly
Directed By:
Michael Clancy
17. Winter Passing (2005)
6
4
Winter Passing
R
6
4

Winter Passing is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Reese Holden, a struggling actress working as a bartender, who return to her family home after a long time. She is surprised to see that two people are living with her father, an ex-graduate student and an aspiring musician.

Role:
Reese Holden
Starring:
Will Ferrell, John Bedford Lloyd, Deirdre O'Connell, Darrell Larson
Directed By:
Adam Rapp
18. Gigantic (2008)
6
4
Gigantic
R
6
4

A mattress salesman, Brian Weathersby, plans to adopt a Chinese baby. However, when he meets Harriet at the store he falls for her and finds his life has become contemplative and complicated.

Role:
Happy Lolly
Starring:
John Goodman, Ed Asner, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, Paul Dano
Directed By:
Matt Aselton
19. Flakes (2007)
5
4
Flakes
5
4
Role:
Miss Pussy Katz
Starring:
Christopher Lloyd, Aaron Stanford, Ryan Donowho, Carol Sutton
Directed By:
Michael Lehmann
20. The New Guy (2002)
6
5
The New Guy
PG-13
6
5

Unpopular high school senior Dizzy Harrison decides to start anew, so gets himself expelled from school, transforms into a cool guy with the help of prison inmates, and joins new school as Gil Harris. Now a well-liked guy with several friends, he courts popular cheerleader Danielle and helps the football team, but then he comes face-to-face with his old schoolmates in football match. 

Role:
Nora
Starring:
Eliza Dushku, Henry Rollins, Lyle Lovett, DJ Qualls, Jerod Mixon
Directed By:
Ed Decter
21. Failure to Launch (2006)
9
6
Failure to Launch
PG-13
9
6

35 years old Tripp still lives with his parents Al and Sue. Having had enough of this, they hire a professional Paula to induce him to leave home. However, Paula ends up falling in love with him. When Tripp finds out about Paula’s manipulation, he ends their relationship. But a happy ending might still be in the cards. 

Role:
Kit
Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katheryn Winnick, Patton Oswalt, Kathy Bates, Bradley Cooper
Directed By:
Tom Dey
22. Your Highness (2011)
9
8
Your Highness
R
9
8

Two princes – the courageous elder Fabious and the cowardly younger Thadeous - set out to rescue former’s fiancé Belladonna after she is abducted by a vicious wizard. Together with a beautiful female warrior, who has her own motives, the princes overcome numerous challenges to save the bride of the heir apparent and the kingdom itself.

Starring:
James Franco, Natalie Portman, Damian Lewis, Danny McBride, Rasmus Hardiker
Directed By:
David Gordon Green
23. Rock the Kasbah (2015)
5
4
Rock the Kasbah
R
5
4

Things change for a music manager going through bad times, when he comes across a teenage girl having an extraordinary voice. He decides to get her to compete in a talent show on television.

Role:
Ronnie
Starring:
Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Leem Lubany
Directed By:
Barry Levinson
24. Live Free or Die (2006)
4
4
Live Free or Die
R
4
4
Starring:
Aaron Stanford, Judah Friedlander, Paul Schneider, Peter Anthony Tambakis
Directed By:
Gregg Kavet, Andy Robin
25. The Driftless Area (2015)
4
4
The Driftless Area
R
4
4
Role:
Stella
Starring:
Frank Langella, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, John Hawkes
Directed By:
Zachary Sluser
26. The Happening (2008)
13
14
The Happening
TV-MA
13
14

In an apocalyptic future, humanity is being plagued by an airborne neurotoxin, purportedly released as a defense mechanism by plants, which is driving people to mass suicide. Science teacher Elliot Moore, his wife Alma, and his colleague's daughter Jess struggle to survive from the intangible threat, but are on the verge of giving in.

Role:
Alma Moore
Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, M. Night Shyamalan, Kristen Connolly, Alan Ruck, Ashlyn Sanchez
Directed By:
27. Abandon (2002)
4
4
Abandon
PG-13
4
4

After her boyfriend disappears all of a sudden, Katie is stressed and frustrated as her past continues to haunt her. However, two years later, when she is trying to complete her thesis and get a job, things take a turn, when he reappears again in her life.

Role:
Samantha Harper
Starring:
Charlie Hunnam, Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Melanie Lynskey, Tony Goldwyn, Fred Ward
Directed By:
Stephen Gaghan
28. Sweet Friggin' Daisies (2002)
9
2
Sweet Friggin' Daisies
9
2
Role:
Zelda
Starring:
Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jonathon Maggio, Jordan Maggio, Beverly Peele
Directed By:
Jesse Wigutow
29. Raving (2007)
6
3
Raving
6
3
Role:
Katie
Starring:
Bill Irwin, Marcia DeBonis, Michael Wright, Valerie Filipovna
Directed By:
30. It's Better to Be Wanted for Murder Than Not to Be Wanted at All (2003)
6
3
It's Better to Be Wanted for Murder Than Not to Be Wanted at All
6
3
Role:
Gas Station Girl
Starring:
Laura Harris, Marco Leonardi, Devon Alan
Directed By:
Marcel Sarmiento
31. CineMash: Sid and Nancy (2009)
6
3
CineMash: Sid and Nancy
6
3
Role:
Sid Vicious
Starring:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directed By:
Marc Webb
32. Whatever We Do (2003)
5
3
Whatever We Do
5
3
Role:
Nikki
Starring:
Robert Downey Jr., Tim Roth, Scott Bloom, Amanda Peet
Directed By:
Kevin Connolly
33. House Hunting (2003)
5
3
House Hunting
5
3
Role:
Christy
Starring:
Paul Rudd, Terry Kinney, Felicity Huffman
Directed By:
Amy Lippman

TV Shows

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
31
6
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
TV-14
31
6
Starring:
Eva Longoria, Fred Armisen, Katey Sagal, Kyra Sedgwick, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Andy Samberg
Directed By:
Frasier
14
3
Frasier
TV-PG
14
3
Starring:
James Spader, James Earl Jones, Mako Iwamatsu, Missi Pyle, Billy Crystal, Ann Cusack, Pauley Perrette
Directed By:
Drunk History
8
2
Drunk History
TV-14
8
2
Starring:
Jack Black, Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Michael Cera, Jake Johnson, Crispin Glover, Jim Carrey
Directed By:
Jeremy Konner
The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection (2005)
8
2
The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection
8
2
Starring:
Dexter Holland, Greg K, Noodles, Atom Willard
Directed By:
McG, Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, Samuel Bayer, Dave Meyers
Weeds
15
4
Weeds
TV-MA
15
4
Starring:
Page Kennedy, Holland Roden, Justin Chatwin, Carrie Fisher, Jane Lynch, Alanis Morissette, Linda Hamilton
Directed By:
Craig Zisk, Michael Trim, Scott Ellis, Julie Anne Robinson, Eric Jewett
Bones
18
5
Bones
TV-14
18
5
Starring:
Danny Trejo, Adam Baldwin, Laz Alonso, Ben Savage, Noel Fisher, Indira Varma, Ryan O'Neal
New Girl
22
7
New Girl
TV-14
22
7
Role:
Jess Day
Starring:
Lisa Bonet, Dermot Mulroney, Odette Annable, Adam Brody, Josh Gad, Katie Cassidy, Justin Long
Directed By:
Trent O'Donnell, Erin O'Malley, Jake Kasdan, Fred Goss, Max Winkler
Awards:
ASCAP Film And Television Music Award for Top Television Series
Tin Man
8
3
Tin Man
TV-PG
8
3
Role:
DG
Starring:
Alan Cumming, Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Robertson, Neal McDonough, Raoul Max Trujillo
Directed By:
Nick Willing
The Offspring: She's Got Issues (1999)
6
3
The Offspring: She's Got Issues
6
3
Role:
The Girl (uncredited)
Starring:
Dexter Holland, Greg K, Noodles, The Offspring
Directed By:
Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton
Cracking Up
5
3
Cracking Up
5
3
Starring:
Molly Shannon, Amy Sedaris, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman, Minka Kelly, Jake Sandvig, Christopher McDonald
Directed By:
Miguel Arteta, Marc Buckland, Greg Mottola, Penelope Spheeris, Chris Weitz
Havin' a Summah (2010)
5
3
Havin' a Summah
5
3
Starring:
Neil Campbell, Howard Kremer, Deanna Cheng, Paul Danke
Directed By:
Neil Mahoney
Veronica's Closet
4
3
Veronica's Closet
4
3
Starring:
Kirstie Alley, Billy Connolly, RuPaul, Tia Carrere, Jay Leno, Anna Nicole Smith, Scott Baio
Directed By:
Robert Berlinger, Shelley Jensen, Alan Rafkin, Joe Regalbuto, Michael Lembeck
The New Guy on New Girl with Zooey Deschanel (2012)
4
3
The New Guy on New Girl with Zooey Deschanel
4
3
Role:
Zooey Deschanel
Starring:
Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Elizabeth Meriwether, Jake Kasdan
Directed By:
Osmany Rodriguez, Matt Villines

Animation Movies

The Simpsons
28
4
The Simpsons
TV-14
28
4
Starring:
Liam Neeson, Penn Jillette, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen, Garry Marshall, Max von Sydow, Allison Janney
Directed By:
American Dad!
12
4
American Dad!
TV-14
12
4
Starring:
Jean Smart, Sarah Silverman, Kate Mulgrew, Kevin Durand, LL Cool J, Tom Kenny, Nathan Fillion
Directed By:
The Wonderful World of Disney
7
2
The Wonderful World of Disney
7
2
Starring:
Sarah Hyland, Wayne Brady, Victor Garber, Connie Britton, Christina Pickles, Ricki Lake, Judd Nelson
Directed By:
Surf's Up (2007)
8
4
Surf's Up
PG
8
4

Rock-hopper penguin Cody Maverick, a passionate surfer, travels from hometown Shiverpool, Antarctica, to Pen Gu Island to participate in the most important competition ‘Big Z Memorial Surf Off,’ held in honor of Cody’s idol Big Z. He wants to win to earn appreciation and respect, but a meeting with a hermitic old surfer, Geek, makes him realize the true meaning of winning. 

Role:
Lani Aliikai (voice)
Starring:
Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Heder
Directed By:
Chris Buck, Ash Brannon
Trolls (2016)
8
4
Trolls
PG
8
4

Small, colorful, and eternally happy creatures, the Trolls have only one thing to worry about, avoid being eaten by the mean, monstrous creatures, Bergens. The Bergens can only be happy by consuming Trolls. When some Trolls are captured by the Bergens, it is up to Princess Poppy and the pessimistic Troll Branch to recuse their friends. 

Role:
Bridget (voice)
Starring:
Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Russell Brand, John Cleese, Jeffrey Tambor, Kunal Nayyar
Directed By:
Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Zooey Deschanel Awards

ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
New Girl Top Television Series 2013