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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. 

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
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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#136 of 600 The Best Animated Films Ever #54 of 223 Musical Movies With the Best Songs #80 of 186 The Best Movies for Tweens

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Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro
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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#875 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #330 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #379 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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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#272 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #162 of 231 The Best Movies for Women #533 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
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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#249 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #89 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman
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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#14 of 33 Great Movies About Sad Loner Characters #74 of 241 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck #36 of 70 The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made

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Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin
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, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg
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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#1,047 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #56 of 239 The Best Movies Based on True Stories #196 of 241 Critically Acclaimed Movies That Kinda Suck

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Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams
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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#134 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made #100 of 170 The Greatest Date Movies of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner
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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#2 of 59 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In January 2020 #128 of 186 The Best Movies for Tweens #160 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Amy Adams, Jill Wagner, Benjamin McKenzie
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, Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake
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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#75 of 180 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #17 of 90 The All-Time Best Baseball Films #77 of 158 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

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Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand
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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#449 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #46 of 66 The Best Movies About Getting Dumped #34 of 113 The Best Screwball Comedies

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Amy Adams, John Lithgow, Matthew Goode
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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#1,275 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #137 of 808 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #17 of 25 If Your Partner Suggests Any Of These Movies, They Want An Engagement Ring

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Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller
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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#280 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #501 of 992 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #96 of 116 The Best Native American Movies

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Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez
The Muppets is a 2011 comedy film directed by James Bobin.

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#170 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #390 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #63 of 106 The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

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Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch
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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#42 of 59 Every Movie Coming To Netflix In January 2020 #141 of 347 The Best Movies Based On Books #38 of 231 The Best Movies for Women

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Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
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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#1,023 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #218 of 307 The Best Movies for Men #861 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
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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#166 of 257 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #116 of 156 The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made #19 of 177 The Very Best Movies of 2016, Ranked

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Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks
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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#1,381 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #124 of 307 The Best Movies for Men #21 of 54 The Funniest Comedy Movies About Politics

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Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley
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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#244 of 630 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #181 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #783 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams
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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#547 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #61 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #91 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney
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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#1,052 of 1,204 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #4 of 40 The Worst Movies Released on Valentine's Day #9 of 25 If Your Partner Suggests Any Of These Movies, They Want An Engagement Ring

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Amy Adams, Mena Suvari, James Van Der Beek
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
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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#113 of 139 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #12 of 22 The Worst Live-Action Movies Based on Cartoons #158 of 183 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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