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The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated September 14, 2019 5.1k votes 842 voters 46.6k views50 items

List RulesVote for what you think are the best Cate Blanchett movies, regardless of reviews or how big her role.

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. 

If you are a fan of Blanchett’s dramatic roles, you might also enjoy our list of the best Sharon Stone movies and best Scarlett Johannson movies.

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  • Elizabeth1
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    Elizabeth

    Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig

    Released1998

    Directed byShekhar Kapur

    Elizabeth is a 1998 biographical film written by Michael Hirst, directed by Shekhar Kapur, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Blue Jasmine2
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    Blue Jasmine

    Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin

    Released2013

    Directed byWoody Allen

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring3
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    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Notes on a Scandal4
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    Notes on a Scandal

    Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Eyre

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  • Carol5
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    Carol

    Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

    Released2015

    Directed byTodd Haynes

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  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age6
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    Elizabeth: The Golden Age

    Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen

    Released2007

    Directed byShekhar Kapur

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  • The Aviator7
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    The Aviator

    Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King8
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley9
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers10
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Gift11
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    The Gift

    Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett

    Released2000

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button12
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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2008

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Babel13
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    Babel

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

    Released2006

    Directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu

    Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and... more on Wikipedia
  • Cinderella14
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    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2015

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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  • Hanna15
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    Hanna

    Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

    Released2011

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • I'm Not There16
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    I'm Not There

    Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

    Released2007

    Directed byTodd Haynes

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  • The Missing17
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    The Missing

    Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • Bandits18
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    Bandits

    Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett

    Released2001

    Directed byBarry Levinson

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  • Heaven19
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    Heaven

    Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi

    Released2002

    Directed byTom Tykwer

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  • The Hobbit trilogy20
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    The Hobbit trilogy

    Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace

    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug21
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2013

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies22
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly

    Released2014

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou23
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    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray

    Released2004

    Directed byWes Anderson

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  • Little Fish24
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    Little Fish

    Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving

    Released2005

    Directed byRowan Woods

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  • Coffee and Cigarettes25
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    Coffee and Cigarettes

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray

    Released2003

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

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