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The 20+ Best Gwyneth Paltrow Movies of All Time, Ranked

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The best Gwyneth Paltrow movies of all time prove that she’s one of the top actresses of her generation. Since the 1990s, 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.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow. Her first acting role was in a TV film directed by her father, which was followed by two film roles and several more TV movies. Her breakthrough role was the 1996 movie Emma, in which she played the title character.

Since then, Gwyneth Paltrow has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and Jon Favreau. She has costarred with other A-list actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Jennifer Aniston .

Needless to say, Gwyneth Paltrow has been in a lot of blockbusters, including Iron Man 3, Mordecai, and more. Because of that, people often debate each other over what the greatest Gwyneth Paltrow movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Gwyneth Paltrow films to end the squabble once and for all.

So what are the best Gwyneth Paltrow movies of all time? Is it Enchanted or The Fighter? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Gwyneth Paltrow movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Gwyneth Paltrow 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 Gwyneth Paltrow movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

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  • Contagion1
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    Contagion

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an...  more

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  • Seven2
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    Seven

    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1995

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars...  more

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  • Iron Man3
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    Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard

    Released2008

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics...  more

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums4
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2001

    Directed byWes Anderson

    The Royal Tenenbaums is a 2001 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and...  more

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  • Hard Eight5
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    Hard Eight

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1996

    Directed byPaul Thomas Anderson

    Hard Eight is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film written and directed by Paul Thomas...  more
  • Possession6
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    Possession

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Headey

    Released2002

    Directed byNeil LaBute

    Possession is a 2002 American/British romantic/mystery drama film written and directed by Neil...  more

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  • Shallow Hal7
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    Shallow Hal

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Shallow Hal is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, and Jason...  more

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  • Sliding Doors8
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    Sliding Doors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeanne Tripplehorn

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Howitt

    Sliding Doors is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by...  more

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  • View from the Top9
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    View from the Top

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Christina Applegate

    Released2003

    Directed byBruno Barreto

    View from the Top is a 2003 American romantic comedy film directed by Bruno Barreto, and stars...  more

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  • Iron Man 310
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    Iron Man 3

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

    Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced...  more

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  • Sylvia11
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    Sylvia

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig

    Released2003

    Directed byChristine Jeffs

    Sylvia is a 2003 British biographical drama film directed by Christine Jeffs and starring...  more
  • The Avengers12
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    The Avengers

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • Hook13
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Iron Man 214
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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel...  more

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  • Austin Powers: Goldmember15
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    Austin Powers: Goldmember

    Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles

    Released2002

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of...  more

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley16
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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett

    Released1999

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and...  more

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  • Proof17
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    Proof

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Proof is a 2005 American drama film directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow,...  more

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  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow18
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    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2004

    Directed byKerry Conran

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a 2004 American science fiction action adventure film...  more

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  • Emma19
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    Emma

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

    Released1996

    Directed byDouglas McGrath

    Emma is a 1996 period film based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. Directed by...  more

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  • The Anniversary Party20
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    The Anniversary Party

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline

    Released2001

    Directed byJennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming

    The Anniversary Party is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written, directed, produced by, and...  more
  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle21
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    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham

    Released1994

    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a 1994 American film scripted by screenwriter/director...  more
  • Two Lovers22
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    Two Lovers

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2008

    Directed byJames Gray

    Two Lovers is a 2008 American romantic drama film, taking its inspiration from Fyodor...  more
  • Thanks for Sharing23
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    Thanks for Sharing

    Gwyneth Paltrow, P!nk

    Released2012

    Directed byStuart Blumberg

    Thanks for Sharing is a 2012 drama film written by Stuart Blumberg, Matt Winston and directed...  more
  • Running with Scissors24
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    Running with Scissors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2006

    Directed byRyan Murphy

    Running with Scissors is a 2006 American black comedy film based on Augusten Burroughs' 2002...  more

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  • Malice25
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    Malice

    Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Becker

    Malice is a 1993 American thriller film directed by Harold Becker. The screenplay by Aaron...  more

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