5 Best Marisa Tomei Movies
Hailing from Brooklyn, actress Marisa Tomei is an American actress through and through. After spending many decades establishing herself as an important and worthy actress across film and television, Tomei was cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a younger, more involved Aunt May to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. She’s worthy of such greater roles, though. Judging by her possession of an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and three SAG Awards, it’s clear that Tomei is a notable and impressive performer. Starting with the sitcom A Different World back in the late 80s and early 90s, Tomei slowly rose to fame for her willingness to portray characters with complicated lives and gripping personalities. Looking back over her career, it’s clear that this has worked out very well for her.
Darren Aronofsky seems to have a knack for directing actresses in award-winning performances. From Requiem for a Dream to Black Swan to The Wrestler, the leading women in his films always receive more praise than the film itself. Tomei in The Wrestler is the greatest example of this. For too long, Tomei was delivering great performances in less-great films. Aronofsky finally gave her a film that matched her talent. It remains the best thing she’s ever done.
In the Bedroom
Written and directed by Todd Field, In the Bedroom sees Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei giving a crime drama their absolute best. The two actresses are both spectacular in almost everything they do, and In the Bedroom is a much better movie for having them as its two female leads. It’s lesser-known, but it’s worth seeking out for Tomei especially.
My Cousin Vinny
An American comedy driven by two hilarious performances from Joe Pesci and Ralph Macchio, My Cousin Vinny sees Marisa Tomei playing the girlfriend to Pesci’s underdog lawyer. The movie sees Pesci and Tomei attempting to win a court case in the Deep South after their friends have been falsely accused of a crime. Nearly thirty years later, it’s perhaps the funniest thing Tomei has done thus far.
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Legendary director Sidney Lumet’s final film, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead is a crime drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, and Albert Finney. With a cast like this, there’s no denying the film has a whole lot going for it. Tomei seems to fit right in when it comes to films like this, so she is effortlessly wonderful here.
Love Is Strange
Telling the story of a couple who had to wait years and years to get married, Love Is Stranger sees Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as older newlyweds who face problem after problem in the weeks since tying the knot. Tomei shows up in a supporting role as Lithgow’s nephew’s wife, brightening up an already lighthearted dramedy in a way only she knows how to do. It’s the most recent entry on the list, and one of the most delightful overall.
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