10 Best Kate Winslet movies
Kate Winslet is a widely-renowned actor. She has played a wide variety of roles—especially in the realm of romance films. She frequently gives deep, grounded and emotional performances. From Titanic to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Whether it be box office record-breaking hits or smaller, independent fare—Winslet has made defining films about love stories her bread and butter. However, her range extends well beyond that, and you’ll find the best of her work in any genre below.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
The 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s well-regarded novel is directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain). In the film, Winslet plays Marianne Dashwood, while Emma Thompson (also the film’s writer) plays Elinor Dashwood. The two are sisters who, following the passing of their father, are left without any wealth and must seek suitors of their own.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is perhaps the quintessential Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) film. Directed by Michel Gondry (Be Kind Rewind, The Green Hornet), it is a dizzying, non-chronological film in which a man (Jim Carrey) and a woman (Winslet) who both seek to have the memory of their relationship erased—to very bizarre results.
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James Cameron’s (Aliens, Terminator) film about a romance on the titular ill-fated vessel rocketed Winslet and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio into super-stardom. They both give sturdy performances in the film—which has a gigantic scale and blew past previous box office records.
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The film Contagion by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Logan Lucky) imagines a global pandemic and the people impacted by it. Winslet plays Epidemic Intelligence Officer Dr. Erin Mears. Soderbergh’s film is extremely stressful and very well paced.
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Revolutionary Road — directed by Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, Skyfall)—marks the second collaboration in front of the camera with DiCaprio. It is a period piece in which they play a mid-2th-century American couple who try to resist typical suburban life. Winslet won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for her performance.
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Mildred Pierce (2011)
Winslet brought her talent to HBO with their mini-series Mildred Pierce—an adaptation of the 1941 novel, which was previously adapted into a film in 1945 with Joan Crawford in the titular role. This time, Winslet fills the role of the eponymous Mildred Pierce. The series documents Pierce’s life as a struggling single mother during the Great Depression.
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Steve Jobs (2015)
In the Aaron Sorkin-written, Danny Boyle-directed biopic about Steve Jobs—the late founder of Apple—Winslet plays Joanna Hoffman, one of Apple’s marketing executives as well as a confidant to Jobs. It is a solid film in which Winslet gives perhaps the best performance.
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Little Children (2006)
In the somewhat forgotten film Little Children, Winslet plays a mother in a loveless marriage and feel aimless. She begins to have an affair with a similarly rudderless stay-at-home father (Patrick Wilson). His wife (Jennifer Connelly) becomes suspicious of the affair. Their stories intersect with a local disgraced cop (Noah Emmerich) as well as a sex offender (Jackie Earle Haley). A number of critics lauded Winslet for her turn in the film.
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Finding Neverland (2004)
Marc Forster (Kite Runner, Christopher Robin)’s Finding Neverland dramatizes the life of J.M. Barrie (played by Johnny Depp), the author of Peter Pan. The film illustrates his friendship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet) and her four sons — who together inspired him to create his seminal work.
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The Mountain Between Us (2017)
The Mountain Between Us is a drama starring Winslet and Idris Elba. They are two travelers stranded in the Utah wilderness after their pilot suffers a stroke and crashes the small plane. It is a relatively thrilling drama about survival.
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