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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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    Enchanted

    Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon

    Released2007

    Directed byKevin Lima

    Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. Written by...  more

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    American Hustle

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    American Hustle is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early...  more

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    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

    Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, the...  more

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    Arrival

    Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

    Released2016

    Directed byDenis Villeneuve

    Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang. It stars Amy Adams, Jeremy...  more

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    Her

    Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde

    Released2013

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Her is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze. The film's musical score was composed by Arcade Fire, with the cinematography...  more

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    The Master

    Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2012

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of Freddie...  more
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    Sunshine Cleaning

    Amy Adams, Emily Blunt

    Released2008

    Directed byChristine Jeffs

    Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy-drama film starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. Directed by Christine Jeffs and written by Megan Holley, the film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on...  more
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    The Fighter

    Amy Adams, Christian Bale

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid O. Russell

    The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell. Fledgling boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older...  more

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    Trouble with the Curve

    Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Lorenz

    Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and John Goodman. The film revolves around an...  more

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    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    Amy Adams, Mark Strong

    Released2008

    Directed byBharat Nalluri

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The screenplay by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy is based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Winifred...  more
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by...  more

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    Julie & Julia

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia...  more

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    Leap Year

    Amy Adams, John Lithgow

    Released2010

    Directed byAnand Tucker, Michael Rowe

    Leap Year is a 2010 Irish-American romantic comedy film directed by Anand Tucker and written by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan. Loosely based on I Know Where I'm Going, and It Happened One Night the...  more

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    Underdog

    Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen

    Released2007

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

    Underdog is a 2007 American live-action comedy superhero film based on the 1960s cartoon series of the same name. The film was directed by Frederik Du Chau and stars Peter Dinklage as Dr. Simon...  more

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    Nocturnal Animals

    Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2016

    Directed byTom Ford

    Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. A divorced art gallery owner (Amy Adams) reads...  more

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    Released2009

    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is a 2009 American adventure comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, and starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Christopher Guest and...  more

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    The Muppets

    Katy Perry, Lady Gaga

    Released2011

    Directed byJames Bobin

    The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin....  more
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human,...  more

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    Junebug

    Amy Adams, Jill Wagner

    Released2005

    Directed byPhil Morrison

    Junebug is a 2005 American comedy-drama film directed by Phil Morrison. It was released on August 3, 2005 and stars Embeth Davidtz, Amy Adams, Benjamin McKenzie, and Scott Wilson. It was filmed in...  more
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    The Wedding Date

    Amy Adams, Debra Messing

    Released2004

    Directed byClare Kilner

    The Wedding Date is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Clare Kilner and starring Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, and Amy Adams. Based on the novel Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young....  more

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    Released2008

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    Cruel Intentions 2

    Amy Adams, Mimi Rogers

    Released2000

    Directed byRoger Kumble

    Cruel Intentions 2 is the 2000 American comedy-drama prequel to Cruel Intentions and was released direct-to-video. It was written and directed by Roger Kumble, who was also responsible for the first...  more

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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill

    Released2016

    Directed byZack Snyder

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman (Ben...  more

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    The Woman in the Window

    Amy Adams, Julianne Moore

    Released2020

    Directed byJoe Wright

    The Woman in the Window is a 2020 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Joe Wright, based on A.J. Finn's 2018 novel of the same name. An agoraphobic developmental psychologist (Amy Adams)...  more

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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