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The Best Amy Adams Movies

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The best Amy Adams movies of all time prove that she’s one of the top actresses of her generation. Since the early 2000s, she has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. Her highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as her lifetime box office gross exceeds $1 billion.

Amy Adams was born in Vicenza, Italy to a military family that moved around the world from base to base for several years, eventually settling in Colorado. Her parents eventually divorced and 1985 and Adams went on to live with her mother at the age of eighteen. After graduating high school, Adams began work as a dancer in playhouses and dinner theaters for the next few years until she landed a small role in the film Drop Dead Gorgeous. After moving to Los Angeles in 1999, she started having small roles and guest starring on shows like That ‘70s Show, The Office, and Smallville.

One of her first big movie roles was in the indie movie Junebug, in which she played a cheerful pregnant woman. While that movie was not widely released, it is regarded as one of the best Amy Adams movies and the role did get her noticed. From that point, she went on to star in several movies in supporting roles. Then she went on to play Lois Lane in Man of Steel, which is one of the most important characters in comics. Amy Adam then reprised the role in the sequel Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and will probably return to the character in the future.

So what are the best Amy Adams movies of all time? Is it Enchanted or The Fighter? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Amy Adams movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Amy Adams role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Amy Adams movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 


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    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon
    Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film,...  more

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    #134 of 534 The Best Animated Films Ever#85 of 357 The Best Musical Movies Of All Time

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    American Hustle

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
    American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was...  more

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    #238 of 306 The Best Ensemble Movies#39 of 123 The Best Mafia Films Of All Time

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    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
    Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize...  more

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    #70 of 174 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#28 of 135 The Best Movies Based On Plays

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    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
    Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by...  more

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    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde
    Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and...  more

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    #552 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#24 of 53 The Saddest Romance Movies That Will Make You Cry

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    The Master

    Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix
    The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas...  more
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    Sunshine Cleaning

    Amy Adams, Emily Blunt
    Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy-drama film starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Directed by...  more
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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale
    The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell....  more

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    #1222 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#39 of 301 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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    Trouble with the Curve

    Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood
    Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring...  more

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    #15 of 112 The All-Time Best Baseball Films#52 of 57 The Best Sports Romance Movies

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    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    Amy Adams, Mark Strong
    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The...  more
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio
    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of...  more

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    Leap Year

    Amy Adams, John Lithgow
    Leap Year is a 2010 Irish-American romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker and written...  more

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    #91 of 126 The Greatest Date Movies Of All Time#92 of 387 The Greatest Romantic Comedies Of All Time

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    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film...  more
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    Nocturnal Animals

    Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal
    Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom...  more

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    #124 of 231 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#29 of 136 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics...  more

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    #33 of 156 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made#945 of 1,139 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga
    The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin....  more
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    The Wedding Date

    Amy Adams, Debra Messing
    The Wedding Date is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Clare Kilner and starring...  more

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    #6 of 44 The Worst Movies Released on Valentine's Day#22 of 25 If Your Partner Suggests Any Of These Movies, They Want An Engagement Ring

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    Amy Adams, Jill Wagner
    Junebug is a 2005 American comedy-drama film directed by Phil Morrison. It was released on...  more

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    #552 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#64 of 99 The Best Movies About Art & Artists

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    Julie & Julia

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
    Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron...  more

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    #124 of 782 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#170 of 376 The Best Movies Based On Books

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    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen
    Underdog is a 2007 American live-action comedy superhero film based on the 1960s cartoon...  more

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    #57 of 71 The Funniest Superhero Movies Ever Made#12 of 22 The Worst Live-Action Movies Based on Cartoons

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    Cruel Intentions 2

    Amy Adams, Mimi Rogers
    Cruel Intentions 2 is the 2000 American comedy-drama prequel to Cruel Intentions and was...  more

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    #5 of 20 Movie Prequels Nobody Asked For (Or Even Needed)#6 of 10 The Best Twincest Movies

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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder,...  more

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    #65 of 116 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made#36 of 72 The Very Best DC Comics Movies

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    Standing Still

    Amy Adams, Mena Suvari
    Standing Still is a 2005 romantic comedy film written by Matthew Perniciaro and Timm Sharp,...  more
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    Serving Sara

    Amy Adams, Elizabeth Hurley
    Serving Sara is a 2002 romantic comedy film which stars Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, and...  more
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    Amy Adams, Christina Ricci
    Pumpkin is a 2002 romantic dark comedy film starring Christina Ricci. It is a story of...  more