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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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    Standing Still

    Amy Adams, Mena Suvari

    Released2005

    Directed byMatthew Cole Weiss

    Standing Still is a 2005 romantic comedy film written by Matthew Perniciaro and Timm Sharp, directed by Matthew Cole Weiss....  more
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    Charlie Wilson's War

    Julia Roberts, Amy Adams

    Released2007

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 American biographical comedy-drama film, recounting the true story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson who partnered with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos to launch...  more

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    Serving Sara

    Amy Adams, Elizabeth Hurley

    Released2002

    Directed byReginald Hudlin

    Serving Sara is a 2002 romantic comedy film which stars Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley, and Bruce Campbell. Joe Tyler is a process server who is given the assignment to serve Sara Moore with divorce...  more
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    Pumpkin

    Amy Adams, Christina Ricci

    Released2002

    Directed byAnthony Abrams, Adam Larson Broder

    Pumpkin is a 2002 romantic dark comedy film starring Christina Ricci. It is a story of forbidden love between a developmentally-handicapped young man and a sorority girl. The film was directed by...  more
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    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with...  more

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    Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Patrick Jann

    This film is a 1999 American black comedy film directed by Michael Patrick Jann and starring Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Allison Janney, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, and Amy...  more

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    Psycho Beach Party

    Amy Adams, Kathleen Robertson

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Lee King

    Psycho Beach Party is a 2000 comedy horror film based on the off-Broadway play of the same name, directed by Robert Lee King. Charles Busch wrote both the original play and the screenplay. As the...  more
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    Love & Distrust

    Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2010

    Directed byLorraine Bracco, Daisy Gili, Warner Loughlin, Diana Valentine, Eric Kmetz

    Love & Distrust is a 2010 direct-to-video romance film starring Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams, Sam Worthington, Robert Downey, Jr. and James Franco. The movie includes 5 unique short films, following...  more
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    The Slaughter Rule

    Amy Adams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2002

    Directed byAlex Smith, Andrew J. Smith

    The Slaughter Rule is an independent film, released in 2002 and starring Ryan Gosling and David Morse. The movie, set in contemporary Montana, explores the relationship between a small-town high...  more
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    On the Road

    Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart

    Released2012

    Directed byWalter Salles

    On the Road is a 2012 adventure drama film directed by Walter Salles. It is an adaptation of the 1957 novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Garrett...  more
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    Released2006

    Directed byLiam Lynch

    Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a 2006 American musical comedy film about comedy rock duo Tenacious D. Written, produced by and starring Tenacious D members Jack Black and Kyle Gass, it is...  more
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    Released2009

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    Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party

    Mena Suvari, Stephen Tobolowsky

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert Brinkmann

    Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party is a 2005 documentary about Stephen Tobolowsky in which he tells stories from his life. The actor, who is usually in a supporting role, takes center stage in the...  more
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    The Last Run

    Amy Adams, Fred Savage

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Segal

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    Moonlight Serenade

    Amy Adams, Moon Bloodgood

    Released2009

    Directed byGiancarlo Tallarico

    Moonlight Serenade is a 2009 romance musical directed by Giancarlo Tallarico and starring Amy Adams....  more