Kate Winslet Movies

Saturday, April 16 by Joshua Wade

Showcasing the exceptional talents and stunning beauty of one of cinema’s most promising actresses, these Kate Winslet movies exemplify the performer’s illustrious, award-winning career. Featuring moving, beautifully crafted films by iconic directors like Nancy Meyers, Peter Jackson and Alan Parker, these films are some of Winslet’s absolute finest and include standout performances by co-stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackie Earle Haley and Jim Carrey.

  1. “Heavenly Creatures” This 1994 drama about two girls who commit murder to protect their obsessive relationship was co-written, produced and directed by iconic filmmaker Peter Jackson. One of the best early Kate Winslet movies, this film was her screen debut and won her critical acclaim, as well as a number of prestigious independent film awards.
  2. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” A strange romantic fantasy film by Indie screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, this film stars Winslet and Jim Carrey as a couple who have their memories of one another erased after their relationship fails. This film is highlighted by Kaufman’s odd and impeccable writing as well as endearing performances by co-stars Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood.
  3. “Little Children” This effecting drama about the intersecting lives of two cheating spouses, a registered sex offender and a former police officer features incredible performances by a talented ensemble cast including Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly and Jane Adams. Both Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
  4. “The Holiday” A charming romantic comedy from acclaimed filmmaker Nancy Meyers, “The Holiday” is one of the best Kate Winslet movies of the past decade and features heartwarming performances by Winslet and Cameron Diaz as two women who exchange homes for the holidays. Highlighted by exceptional writing by Meyers, “The Holiday” features delightful performances by screen veteran Eli Wallach, Jude Law and an uncharacteristic Jack Black as Miles.
  5. “The Reader” One of the most acclaimed Kate Winslet movies to date, “The Reader” stars Winslet as a former Nazi guard who finds herself on trial for war crimes. The last film of legendary filmmaker Sydney Pollack, “The Reader” features stunning performances by young actor David Kross as well as Winslet, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Hannah Schmitz.
  6. “Revolutionary Road” One of the best Kate Winslet movies in recent years, this film stars Winslet along with “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio as a young married couple who struggle with their own demons while their empty marriage fails. Beautifully adapted by Richard Yates from his acclaimed debut novel, “Revolutionary Road” is brilliantly directed by Indie filmmaker Sam Mendes.
  7. “Holy Smoke!” One of the best of the earlier Kate Winslet movies, “Holy Smoke!” stars Winslet as a young girl who experiences a spiritual awakening in India, much to the shock and dismay of her traditional Australian family. Harvey Keitel gives a standout performance as the exit counselor hired to “save” her, only to develop a disturbing, obsessive fixation with his client.
  8. “Hideous Kinky” A visually stunning film from director Gillies MacKinnon, this sweeping epic stars Winselt as a struggling English single mother as she tries to build a life for herself and her children after moving to Morocco. Kate Winslet is mesmerizing in this gripping and emotional drama, backed by an impressive performance by Said Taghmaoui as acrobatic conman, Bilal.
  9. “The Life of David Gale” An underrated gem among Kate Winslet movies, this film was directed by iconic filmmaker Alan Parker and stars Kevin Spacey as the titular character, an opponent of capital punishment accused of the rape and murder of a colleague. Kate Winslet is at her absolute best as journalist Bitsey Bloom, hired by Gale to discover the truth behind his conviction.
  10. “Titanic” This over-the-top epic by director James Cameron features Winselt as Rose DeWitt Bukater, a young girl of privilege aboard the doomed liner who falls in love with a lower class artists played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Contrived and melodramatic, the film nonetheless features a stellar performance by Winslet as well as Kathy Bates as Molly Brown and Billy Zane as the film’s protagonist, callous socialite Cal Hockley.

- Joshua Duncan

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