If you’re in the mood to watch the best Cate Blanchett movies of all time, you’ll want to start with the top-ranked films below (with trailers). Since the mid-1990s, Cate Blanchett has appeared in plenty of blockbusters, earning awards and accolades along the way. Her highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. In fact, according to some sources, the lifetime gross of her films is exceeds $3 billion.
Blanchett was born in Melbourne to an Australian mother and Texan father, who died of a heart attack when Blanchett was 10. She spent her childhood in Melbourne and eventually attended and dropped out of the University of Melbourne. After playing an American cheerleader in an Egyptian boxing movie while overseas, Blanchett enrolled and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
During the early and mid-1990s, she landed mostly stage and television work. It wasn’t until 1997 that she had a supporting role in the movie Paradise Road. Her first major role was portraying Elizabeth I in the 1998 international hit Elizabeth. For that role, Blanchett received numerous awards and nominations. Many regard it as being one of the best Cate Blanchett movies of all time.
Then she went on to star in one of the most popular movies of all time, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since then, some other top Cate Blanchett movies have included Babel, Hot Fuzz, and Notes on a Sandal. Her more recent filmography includes the Marvel blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, in which she plays in the villain Hela and The Hobbit series of movies.
So what are the best Cate Blanchett movies of all time? Is it really her first movie, Elizabeth? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Blanchett movies below. Trailers have been included below if you want a preview. If you think the best Cate Blanchett 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 Cate Blanchett movies should be as a comprehensive as possible.
Directed by: Woody AllenBlue Jasmine is a 2013 American dark comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite who falls into hard times and has to move in to her... more
Directed by: Shekhar KapurElizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth I of England, alongside Geoffrey Rush,... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first... more
Directed by: Shekhar KapurElizabeth: The Golden Age is a 2007 sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur and produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. It stars Cate Blanchett in the title role... more
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Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the... more
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Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second... more
Directed by: Richard EyreNotes on a Scandal is a 2006 British psychological thriller-drama film, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller. The screenplay was written by Patrick Marber and the film was... more
Directed by: David FincherThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American romantic fantasy drama film directed by David Fincher. The storyline by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord is loosely based on the 1922 short story of... more
Directed by: Anthony MinghellaThe Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, the... more
Directed by: Joe WrightHanna is a 2011 action thriller film that contains prominent fairy tale elements, directed by Joe Wright. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the title character, a girl raised in the wilderness of... more
Directed by: Kenneth BranaghCinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt Disney... more
Directed by: Peter JacksonThe Hobbit: There and Back Again retitled to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 fantasy adventure film written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and one more and directed... more
Directed by: Todd HaynesI'm Not There is a 2007 biographical musical film directed by Todd Haynes, inspired by the life and music of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Six actors depict different facets of Dylan's public... more
Directed by: Gillian ArmstrongCharlotte Gray is a 2001 British–Australian–German drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and adapted from the novel of the same name by Sebastian Faulks. It is set in Vichy France during World War... more
Directed by: Joel SchumacherVeronica Guerin is a 2003 Irish biographical film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role. The screenplay by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue focuses on Irish... more
Directed by: Sam RaimiThe Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. Other... more
Directed by: Oliver ParkerAn Ideal Husband is a 1999 film based on the play An Ideal Husband of the same name written by Oscar Wilde. The film stars Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Oscar... more
Directed by: Ridley ScottRobin Hood is a 2010 action film written by Brian Helgeland and directed by Ridley Scott. Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett will open the 2010 Cannes... more
Directed by: Gillian ArmstrongOscar and Lucinda is a 1997 romantic drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Ciarán Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. It is based on the 1988 Booker Prize-winning... more
Directed by: Alejandro González IñárrituBabel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The film portrays multiple stories taking... more
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Directed by: Tom TykwerHeaven is a 2002 thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer, starring Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi. Co-screenwriter Krzysztof Kieślowski intended for it to be the first part of a trilogy, but... more
Directed by: Barry LevinsonBandits is a 2001 American crime-comedy romantic drama film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. Filming began in October 2000 and ended in... more