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

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List Rules Vote 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.

Cate Blanchett is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Joel Schumacher. Is Cate Blanchett your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Rosamund Pike and Geoffrey Rush films lists too.

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Carol Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

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Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.

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Elizabeth Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen

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Notes on a Scandal Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy

132 23
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Elizabeth: The Golden Age Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne

129 27
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

113 27
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Aviator Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani

104 26
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

105 27
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The Gift Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves

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Babel Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning

83 18
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I'm Not There Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore

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Cinderella Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell

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The Talented Mr. Ripley Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

68 18
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Coffee and Cigarettes Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi

61 17
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Heaven Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Stefania Rocca

58 18
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

69 28
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The Missing Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer

63 28
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Bandits Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones

49 18
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Charlotte Gray Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon

44 15
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Little Fish Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill

57 26
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Veronica Guerin Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Ciarán Hinds

57 24
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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe

49 24
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Robin Hood Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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Paradise Road Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Julianna Margulies

57 31
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Hanna Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan

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Oscar and Lucinda Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Wilkinson

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An Ideal Husband Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver

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The Shipping News Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey

30 14
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Pushing Tin Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, John Cusack

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cate Blanchett, Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf

37 24
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The Monuments Men George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

40 31
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The Good German George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire

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Ponyo Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

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Hot Fuzz Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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The Man Who Cried Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett

15 11
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Parklands Cate Blanchett, Tony Martin, Layton Morrison

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Bangers Cate Blanchett, Lynette Curran

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In the Company of Actors Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Aden Young

15 12
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Thank God He Met Lizzie Cate Blanchett, Frances O'Connor, Richard Roxburgh

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Knight of Cups Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

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Weightless Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

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Song to Song Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender

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Stories of Lost Souls Keira Knightley, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett

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Police Rescue Cate Blanchett, Gary Sweet, Zoe Carides