Today, acclaimed actress Amy Adams turns 40, and in celebration of her incredible and critically praised career, we take this opportunity to look at some of her most beloved films.
Adams has been nominated for five Oscars, and has played everything from a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist. Here are her seven best-reviewed films, according to their Rotten Tomatoes score.
The film follows Madeleine, an art dealer, whose very presence throws the lives of her middle-class, North Carolina in-laws into chaos. Amy Adams plays a childlike and naive pregnant girl who is amazed by her sister-in-law's seemingly glamorous life. This was really Adams' breakthrough performance and the first film to snag her an Oscar nomination.
Mark Wahlberg stars as the eponymous fighter, Micky Ward, whose career is almost managed into the ground by his drug addicted brother. Adams plays a bartender named Charlene who starts a romantic relationship with Micky. This film scored Adams another Oscar nomination.
In her second film directed by David O. Russell – after The Fighter – Amy Adams stars opposite Christian Bale as a sexy con-artist who teams up with the government to go after possibly corrupt politicians. Adams was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in this film as well.
Adams stars as Princess Giselle, an animated Disney princess who is thrust into a live-action world through a magic portal, and must learn the hard way that the physics and logic of an animated universe don't work in real-life New York.
In Her, Joaquin Phoenix stars as the lonely writer Theodore who falls in love with and develops a relationship with Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), his super-smart household operating system/computer with artificial intelligence. Adams plays a character named Amy who is Theodore's close friend and former love interest.
Gary (Jason Segel) and his girlfriend Mary (Adams) travel to L.A. with Gary's brother, who happens to be a muppet. When they get to the old Muppet studios, they are tasked with helping Kermit and the gang revive their old show, and must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater.
In this film, based on real-life events, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the naturally gifted conman Frank Abagnale Jr. who goes around pretending to be various professions and conning his way into different social circles. On his tail is diligent FBI agent Carl Hanratty, played by Tom Hanks. During the course of his years of running from authorities, Frank falls in love with a Southern debutante and hospital candy striper named Brenda, played by Adams. He tries to leave his conman life behind him, but must flee when Hanratty gets too close. Adam's role in Catch Me If You Can is a smaller one, but she managed to blow it out of the water and it was one of her first roles to really elevate her profile.