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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. 

Amy Adams is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson. Is Amy Adams your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Rosamund Pike and Amy Poehler films lists too.

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Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin 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. ...more

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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: John 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, ...more

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Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

Released: 2010

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, John Lithgow, Matthew Goode

Released: 2010

Directed by: Anand 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christine 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 ...more
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Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake

Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven 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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Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

Released: 2013

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Directed by: Denis 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Jill Wagner, Benjamin McKenzie

Released: 2005

Directed by: Phil 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 ...more
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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nora 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bharat 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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Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

Released: 2013

Directed by: Spike 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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Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more
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Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shawn 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 ...more

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Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez

Released: 2011

Directed by: James Bobin

The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

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Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon

Released: 2016

Directed by: Tom 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) ...more

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Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike 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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Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney

Released: 2004

Directed by: Clare 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael 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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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Adam 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 ...more

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Amy Adams, Mena Suvari, James Van Der Beek

Released: 2005

Directed by: Matthew Cole Weiss

Standing Still is a 2005 romantic comedy film written by Matthew Perniciaro and Timm Sharp, directed by Matthew Cole Weiss.
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Amy Adams, Taylor Momsen, Jay Leno

Released: 2007

Directed by: Frederik 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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Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Zack 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 ...more

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