Anne Hathaway started her Hollywood career with comedies and rom-coms, and proved her versatility by taking up action adventures and adult dramas. But, there is something extremely endearing about the Oscar-winning actor that binds all her performances together.
Watch her play a recovering alcoholic in Rachel Getting Married or the prostitute Fantine in Les Miserables for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and you will see just how much effort she puts into each role. It’s to her credit that she manages to shine even in movies where she is not the central figure. If you haven’t already watched most of her films, we suggest you get on to the following ones, pronto.The Princess Diaries (2001)
Almost every little girl wishes to be a princess someday and in Mia Thermopolis’s case, the wish actually comes true. Anne Hathaway’s debut film as a shy teenager who comes to know that she is the heir to the throne of a European kingdom, was a runaway success and established her as a bankable actor. Based on a YA novel by author Meg Cabot, the film also stars veteran actor Julie Andrews.
A little-known fact is that although Liv Tyler was the front-runner for the role of Mia, Hathaway bagged it because director Garry Marshall’s granddaughters thought the latter’s hair was more ‘princess-like’.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarThe Intern (2015)
It’s hard to look away when Academy award winner Robert De Niro comes on screen. On top of that, he’s playing the memorable role of a 70-year-old intern at a fashion magazine in this one. But it’s to Hathaway's credit that she manages to shine even when the spotlight isn’t on her. Playing Ben’s (De Niro’s) boss, Jules, who has a successful career but is also an unorganised workaholic fighting on many fronts, she is a brilliant combination of strength and vulnerability. Last we heard, Deepika Padukone and Rishi Kapoor were to star in the Indian adaptation of the movie but because of the latter’s demise, Kapoor’s role may be recast.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoGet Smart (2008)
There’s a goofy side to Hathaway that has rarely been explored on screen, but in Get Smart, she finally gets the chance to portray it. Hathaway plays Agent 99, a veteran super spy who has to partner with a bumbling Maxwell Smart (Steve) to save the world once again. The gorgeous actor barely has to make an effort to dominate the screen. The tagline of the film goes ‘Saving the world… and loving it’. She seems to be loving it for sure.
Streaming on NetflixBride Wars (2009)
We’re not fans of women turning against each other. But Hathaway and Kate Hudson, who play besties-turned-foes as they find out their wedding dates are clashing, make this sabotage-fest a fun watch. From Emma (Hathaway) tampering with Liv’s (Hudson's) hair-dye to make it blue, to Liv making Emma’s tan turn bright orange, the pranks are mostly juvenile. Watch it if you’re in the mood for a flick that’s endearing and funny in equal measure.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoThe Devil Wears Prada (2006)
It isn’t possible to compile a list of Anne Hathaway movies without including this comedy-drama based on a book of the same name. Sure, this movie belongs out and out to the wonderful Meryl Streep, the ‘devil’ in the title—the powerful fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly—but Hathaway more than holds her own in front of Streep. If you love fashion, the casual name-dropping and the glimpse into the working of a fashion magazine make it a treat to watch.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarThe Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The final instalment in director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy sees Bruce Wayne resume his role as Batman and save Gotham city from nuclear destruction. Lending him company this time, is cat burglar and femme fatale Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, who brings a sense of playfulness in the otherwise intense proceedings. Her magnetic performance in the film was appreciated by critics and the audience alike, winning her a couple of awards for a role she has called “the most physically demanding I have ever played”.
Streaming on NetflixOcean’s 8 (2018)
The Ocean’s trilogy was all about the cool, slick guys planning heists. But with Ocean’s 8, a bunch of fiesty women come together to plan a heist. Amidst an all-female cast comprising Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Cate Blanchett among others, it’s Hathaway playing the role of a famous actor who seems to be having the most fun here.
Streaming on NetflixInterstellar (2014)
Wormholes and black holes may not exactly be everyone’s cup of tea, but Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is for everyone. The maverick filmmaker’s space odyssey saw Hathaway playing Amelia, a NASA astronaut and scientist who is caught between her feelings and professional responsibilities. It must have definitely not been an easy role to play, but her nuanced performance won her quite a few positive reviews.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoAlice In Wonderland (2010)
A visual treat of a film, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is a dark adventure fantasy tale, loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll’s fantasy story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Hathaway plays the White Queen, a role she has described as “punk-rock vegan pacifist”. Since the White Queen comes from the same gene pool as the Red Queen, she suffers from an inherent fear of giving in to her dark side. The actor does a fine job of bringing out those dual feelings to the screen.
Streaming on Disney+ HotstarLove & Other Drugs (2010)
Hathaway reunited with her Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Gyllenhaal to play Maggie Murdock, a free-spirited artist who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The adult romance is set at the dawn of the age of Viagra and while there is quite a bit of nudity in the movie, this is a film you want to watch for the sarcastic and playful chemistry between Maggie and Jamie, Gyllenhaal's character. Hathaway received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role in this one.
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