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The Best Jodie Foster Movies

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List of the best Jodie Foster movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Jodie Foster appeared in Martin Scorsese's 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore two years before receiving her breakout role in the director's cutting-edge film Taxi Driver. Jodie Foster's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Jodie Foster movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Jodie Foster movies will be at the top of the list. Jodie Foster has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Jodie Foster movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Jodie Foster films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Jodie Foster role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Jodie Foster performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items include everything from Nell to The Silence of the Lambs.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Jodie Foster movies?" and "What are the greatest Jodie Foster roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Foster's award-winning work, you might also enjoy our list of best Mel Gibson movies and best Anthony Hopkins movies.


  • 1

    The Brave One

    Jodie Foster, Zoë Kravitz


    Directed byNeil Jordan

    The Brave One is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan, produced by Joel Silver, and starring Jodie Foster. It was released in the United States on September 14, 2007....  more
  • 2

    Little Man Tate

    Jodie Foster, Harry Connick


    Directed byJodie Foster

    Little Man Tate is a 1991 drama film directed by and starring Jodie Foster. The film marked her directorial debut. It tells the story of a seven-year-old child prodigy, Fred Tate, who struggles to...  more
  • 3

    The Silence of the Lambs

    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn,...  more

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  • 4


    Jodie Foster, Laura Dern


    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    Foxes is a 1980 American teen drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and written by Gerald Ayres. The film stars Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid and Cherie Currie. The original...  more

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  • 5

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen son...  more
  • 6

    The Accused

    Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis


    Directed byJonathan Kaplan

    The Accused is a 1988 American drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan, loosely based on the the real-life event involving Cheryl Araujo in New Bedford, Massachusetts and the resulting trial which...  more
  • 7


    Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story...  more

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  • 8

    Panic Room

    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is invaded....  more

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  • 9

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster


    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City soon after the end of the Vietnam War, the film...  more

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  • 10

    Bugsy Malone

    Jodie Foster, Scott Baio


    Directed byAlan Parker

    Bugsy Malone is a 1976 British-American musical film, directed by Alan Parker. Set in Chicago, the film is loosely based on events from the early 1920s to 1931 during Prohibition, specifically the...  more

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  • 11


    Jodie Foster, David Niven


    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Candleshoe is a 1977 Walt Disney Productions live action family film and heist film based on the Michael Innes novel Christmas at Candleshoe and starring Jodie Foster, Helen Hayes in her last big...  more

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  • 12

    Tom Sawyer

    Jodie Foster, Celeste Holm


    Directed byDon Taylor

    Tom Sawyer is a 1973 American musical film adaptation of the Mark Twain boyhood adventure story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, starring Johnny Whitaker as Tom, Jodie Foster as Becky Thatcher, and...  more
  • 13


    Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer


    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Flightplan is a 2005 mystery-thriller film directed by German film director Robert Schwentke and starring Jodie Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Erika Christensen, Kate Beahan, Greta Scacchi, and Sean Bean....  more

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  • 14


    Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson


    Directed byMichael Apted

    Nell is a 1994 American drama film starring Jodie Foster as a young woman who has to face other people for the first time after being raised by her mother in an isolated cabin. The film also...  more

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  • 15

    Nim's Island

    Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler


    Directed byMark Levin, Jennifer Flackett

    Nim's Island is a 2008 American-Australian adventure-fantasy film directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin and starring Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, and Gerard Butler. The story is based on the...  more

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  • 16

    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane

    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen


    Directed byNicolas Gessner

    The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is a 1976 Canadian-French film directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, and Scott Jacoby. It was written...  more

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  • 17

    Five Corners

    Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins


    Directed byTony Bill

    Five Corners is a 1987 American low budget crime drama film starring Tim Robbins, Jodie Foster, John Turturro, and Rodney Harvey. It was directed by Tony Bill. It depicts 48 hours in the lives of a...  more
  • 18

    Stealing Home

    Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt


    Directed bySteven Kampmann, William Porter

    Stealing Home is a 1988 romantic drama film movie, starring Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster with Jonathan Silverman, Harold Ramis and William McNamara in major roles. The film was directed by Steven...  more
  • 19

    The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

    Jodie Foster, Jena Malone


    Directed byPeter Care

    The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is a 2002 independent comedy-drama film directed by Peter Care. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Jodie Foster, and Vincent D'Onofrio. The...  more
  • 20


    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster


    Directed byRichard Donner

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel...  more

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  • 21

    Inside Man

    Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington


    Directed bySpike Lee

    Inside Man is a 2006 American thriller film directed by Spike Lee, and written by Russell Gewirtz. The film centers on an elaborate bank on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. It stars Denzel...  more

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  • 22


    Jodie Foster, Richard Gere


    Directed byJon Amiel

    Sommersby is a 1993 romantic drama film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman and James Earl Jones. The story is adapted from the historical account of 16th...  more

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  • 23


    Uma Thurman, Jodie Foster


    Directed byKatherine Dieckmann

    Motherhood is a 2009 independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann and starring Uma Thurman....  more
  • 24

    Freaky Friday

    Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten


    Directed byGary Nelson

    Freaky Friday is a 1976 American fantasy comedy film directed by Gary Nelson and starring Barbara Harris as Ellen Andrews, Jodie Foster as her daughter Annabel, and John Astin as her husband, Bill...  more

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  • 25

    Anna and the King

    Jodie Foster, Bai Ling


    Directed byAndy Tennant

    Anna and the King is a 1999 biographical drama film loosely based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which give a fictionalised account of the diaries of Anna Leonowens. The story concerns...  more

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