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.

Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski are among those who have directed Jodie Foster at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Jodie Foster has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Sally Field and Lillian Gish in terms of fame and success.

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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jodie Foster Movies
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis, Garry Chalk

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jonathan 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 ...more

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Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno

Released: 1997

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

Released: 2002

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jodie Foster Movies
Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1976

Directed by: Martin 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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Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Michael 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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Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer, Sean Bean

Released: 2005

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Zoƫ Kravitz, Terrence Howard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Neil 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, ...more

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Little Man Tate Jodie Foster, Harry Connick, Jr.

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jodie 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith

Released: 1976

Directed by: Nicolas 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 ...more

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Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard 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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Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin

Released: 1976

Directed by: Gary 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, ...more

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Jodie Foster, Richard Gere, James Earl Jones

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon 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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Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Willem Dafoe

Released: 2006

Directed by: Spike 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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Jodie Foster, Bai Ling, Tom Felton

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Laura Dern, Randy Quaid

Released: 1980

Directed by: Adrian 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 ...more
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Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Martin 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 ...more

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Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz

Released: 2011

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Carnage is a 2011 black comedy-drama film directed by Roman Polanski, based on the Tony Award winning play God of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza. The screenplay is by Reza and ...more
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Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Mark Harmon

Released: 1988

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more
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Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Paul Williams

Released: 1976

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Celeste Holm, Warren Oates

Released: 1973

Directed by: Don 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, ...more

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Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes

Released: 1977

Directed by: Norman 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 ...more

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Jodie Foster, Rob Lowe, Seth Green

Released: 1984

Directed by: Tony Richardson

The Hotel New Hampshire is a 1984 comedy-drama film based on John Irving's 1981 novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Tony Richardson and stars Jodie Foster, Beau Bridges, ...more

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Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

Released: 2013

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more

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