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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Carol is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. In 1950s New York, aspiring photographer Therese Belivet ...more
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Blue Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.
Blue 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
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Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen
Elizabeth 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
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Notes on a Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy
Notes 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 ...more
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Elizabeth: The Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne
Elizabeth: 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 ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fel... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The 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
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The Aviator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Kate Beckinsale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani
The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan and produced by Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, and Charles Evans, Jr.. It ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The 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 ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The 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
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The Curious Case of Benjamin B... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning
The 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 ...more
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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves
The 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. ...more
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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon
The 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, ...more
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Babel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning
Babel 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 ...more
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I'm Not There is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore
I'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 ...more
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Heaven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Stefania Rocca
Heaven 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
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Coffee and Cigarettes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi
Coffee and Cigarettes is the title of three short films and a 2003 feature film by independent director Jim Jarmusch. The film consists of 11 short stories which share coffee and cigarettes as a ...more
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
The 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 ...more
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The Hobbit trilogy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Orlando Bloom
The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of ...more
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Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell
Cinderella 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 ...more
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.
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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer
The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is ...more
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Charlotte Gray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon
Charlotte 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 ...more
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Bandits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, January Jones
Bandits 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
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Little Fish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill
Little Fish is a 2005 Australian film directed by Rowan Woods and written by Jacquelin Perske. It was filmed in and around Sydney, in Cabramatta and in Fairfield. The film was developed and ...more
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cate Blanchett Movies of All Time, Ranked Best to Worst
Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan
Hanna 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