Every Helen Hunt Movie, Ranked By Fans

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Every Helen Hunt Movie, Ranked By Fans
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Over 400 movie fans have come together to vote on this list of the best Helen Hunt movies. Known for her incredible range and ability to bring depth and nuance to every role she plays, Helen Hunt has been captivating audiences since the early ‘80s. From heartwarming romantic comedies to intense dramas, Hunt’s filmography is filled with memorable performances that have endeared her to audiences worldwide.

Helen Hunt first gained recognition for her role in the hit sitcom Mad About You, but it was her work on the big screen that truly cemented her status as a Hollywood icon. With over three decades of experience in the industry, she has starred alongside some of cinema’s biggest names and earned numerous awards for her outstanding performances.

The films on this list represent some of Helen Hunt’s finest moments on screen. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to her work, there’s something here for everyone. So sit back, relax, and get ready to discover why Helen Hunt remains one of the most beloved actresses working today.

Most divisive: One Night at McCool's
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  • As Good as It Gets
    1
    Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
    112 votes
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: James L. Brooks
    In the heart of New York City, As Good as It Gets unravels a story of unlikely friendships and personal growth. Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson), an irascible novelist with obsessive-compulsive disorder, finds his life intertwined with that of Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a hardworking waitress, and Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear), his gay artist neighbor. Directed by James L. Brooks, this comedy-drama explores their evolving relationships amidst trials and tribulations. Nicholson and Hunt's performances earned them Academy Awards for Best Actor and Actress respectively, while the film itself was nominated for Best Picture.

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  • Twister
    2
    Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes
    94 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Jan de Bont
    Twister is a high-stakes, adrenaline-fueled ride through the world of storm chasing. Bill Harding (Bill Paxton), a seasoned meteorologist, teams up with his estranged wife Jo (Helen Hunt), an equally passionate and fearless tornado researcher. Their mission? To deploy their revolutionary weather research device right in the heart of dangerously unpredictable cyclones. The movie, directed by Jan de Bont, delivers a gripping tale of science, nature's fury, and human resilience. Aided by an ensemble cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Ruck, Twister is an action-packed thriller where the weather is the ultimate antagonist.

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  • What Women Want
    3
    Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei
    78 votes
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Nancy Meyers
    In the romantic comedy What Women Want, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), a chauvinistic advertising executive, gains an unexpected ability to hear women's thoughts after a freak accident. While initially disconcerted, he realizes this newfound skill can be used to his advantage both in his personal life and at work, especially with his tough boss Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt). As he navigates through this peculiar situation, Nick begins to understand and respect women in a way he never has before, leading to an unforeseen transformation. The film interestingly explores themes of gender dynamics and empathy.

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  • Pay It Forward
    4
    Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment
    83 votes
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Mimi Leder
    In the heartwarming drama Pay It Forward, young Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) is inspired by a social studies assignment. His teacher, Eugene Simonet (Kevin Spacey), encourages students to think of an idea to change the world and put it into action. Trevor's grand plan is a benevolent chain reaction of good deeds, which he calls 'pay it forward'. The boy's actions ripple outwards, affecting his hardworking single mother Arlene (Helen Hunt) and the wider community. A tale of simple acts sparking monumental changes, this film explores the power of kindness in unexpected ways.

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  • Cast Away
    5
    Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
    91 votes
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
    In the gripping survival drama Cast Away, audiences are introduced to Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a FedEx executive whose life takes an unexpected turn when his plane crashes over the Pacific. Stranded on a deserted island, Chuck is forced to confront the harsh realities of survival. He battles isolation, despair, and the elements, with only a volleyball named Wilson for company. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this film showcases Hanks in one of his most memorable roles, earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. With its stark portrayal of human resilience, Cast Away remains a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit of man against nature's unyielding forces.

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  • The Sessions
    6
    John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
    57 votes
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Ben Lewin
    Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver (Annika Marks) scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Green (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.

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