The top 10 best Emma Stone movies
Emma Stone is one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, known for her ability to portray a wide range of characters with nuance and depth. Over the course of her career, Stone has delivered many standout performances that have earned her critical acclaim, box office success, and numerous accolades – including multiple Oscar awards.
From comedies to dramas to musicals, she has proven her acting skills time and time again, making her one of the most sought-after actors in the industry today with a large fanbase eager to see her next role.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 10 performances of Emma Stone from LaLa Land to The Help and Birdman to Superbad.
So, if you’re ready, let us begin…
The best Emma Stone performances
La La Land (2016)
Stone’s performance in La La Land is arguably her most well-known role, and for good reason. In this musical drama, she plays Mia, an aspiring actress who falls in love with a jazz pianist named Sebastian, played by Ryan Gosling. Stone’s portrayal of Mia is both vulnerable and strong, as she navigates the ups and downs of her career while pursuing her dreams of becoming a successful actress. Stone won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance, cementing her status as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in this critically acclaimed hit.
The Help (2011)
The Help is a powerful drama that explores the lives of African American maids in the 1960s, and Stone’s portrayal of Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is a standout performance in a standout movie. As a journalist who decides to write a book about the experiences of the maids, Stone’s character becomes an ally to these women and helps to shine a light on their struggles. Stone’s performance is nuanced and empathetic, and she brings a sense of authenticity and sincerity to the role that makes her character one of the most memorable in the movie.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Stone’s role in Birdman is a departure from many of the roles she’d been seen in before, but she delivers an outstanding performance nonetheless. As Sam, the daughter of a former actor who is struggling to mount a comeback on Broadway, Stone brings a level of complexity and depth to the character that is both impressive and surprising. Her performance is raw and emotional, and she holds her own alongside veteran actors like Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Stone’s performance earned her an Oscar nod in the Best Supporting category.
Easy A (2010)
In Easy A, Stone plays Olive Penderghast, a high school student who becomes the subject of a rumour after pretending to have sex with her gay best friend. Stone’s performance is both hilarious and heartfelt, as she navigates the complexities of teenage life with wit and charm. Her comedic timing is impeccable, and she brings a sense of authenticity to the role that makes her character relatable and endearing. A relatively early film in Stones’s filmography – this is one that helped to put her on the map as a big star.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
In this romantic comedy, Stone stars opposite Ryan Gosling as Hannah, a law student who falls in love with a charming womaniser. Stone’s performance is both charming and witty, as she navigates the ups and downs of love and romance with humour and grace. Her chemistry with Gosling is palpable, and the two actors bring a level of authenticity to their characters’ relationship that makes it feel both believable and relatable. Of course they would go on to star opposite each other again in LaLa Land a few years later.
Zombieland is a horror-comedy that features Stone in the role of Wichita, a survivor of a zombie apocalypse who teams up with three other people to find safety. Stone’s performance is both tough and vulnerable, as she navigates the dangers of a post-apocalyptic world with humor and grit. Her chemistry with her co-stars is excellent, and she brings a level of depth to the character that makes her one of the most memorable in the movie.
The Favourite (2018)
In The Favourite, Stone plays Abigail Masham, a servant who climbs the ranks at the court of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman. Stone’s performance in this historical drama is both cunning and captivating, as she manipulates those around her to gain power and influence. Her chemistry with Colman is outstanding, and the two actresses bring a level of complexity and nuance to their characters’ relationship that is both fascinating and compelling. Stone was once again Oscar-nominated for this film, and her co-star Olivia Colman won Best Actress.
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
In Battle of the Sexes, Stone portrays tennis legend Billie Jean King, who takes on Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell, in a highly publicised tennis match. Stone’s performance is both powerful and vulnerable, as she grapples with issues of gender equality and her own sexuality. Her chemistry with Carell is excellent, and the two actors bring a level of humour and humanity to their characters that make the movie both entertaining and thought-provoking. Even if you don’t like tennis, this is a movie that will have you captivated.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
In this superhero blockbuster, Stone plays Gwen Stacy, the love interest of Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield. Stone’s performance is both charming and intelligent, as she brings a level of depth to the character that is often missing in superhero movies. Her chemistry with Garfield is excellent, and the two actors bring a sense of authenticity to their characters’ relationship that makes it feel both relatable and genuine.
Superbad is a coming-of-age comedy that features Stone in a small but memorable role as Jules, the object of affection for two high school boys. Stone’s performance is both funny and endearing, as she brings a level of warmth and humour to the character that makes her stand out in an already hilarious movie. Even in this early role, Stone showed her ability to deliver memorable performances and make a lasting impression on audiences. It was to become a launchpade for much bigger roles in the near future.
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