Nicole Kidman is among the most gifted actresses of her generation, blessed with the talents of a character actor and looks of a movie star. It might have been easy to miss her talent as an actress if one did not look beyond the beauty, if she did not take risks and pull us close to her. The first time I really appreciated Kidman was as a moll in Billy Bathgate (1992), a book I adored, a film I loathed with the exception of Kidman who though rough around the edges was often luminous.
Four years later she won a Golden Globe, raves from critics and was robbed of an Oscar nomination for her superb work in To Die For (1995) a pitch performance black comedy with Kidman as a Cherry sociopath graduating to murder. She became a major movie star through the nineties, one half of the most powerful couple in the business as Mrs. Tom Cruise, struggling to hold onto her own identity in the Cruise vortex. It ended in 1999, after the brutally long shoot of Kubrick last film Eyes Wide Shut (199). The parting was shocking because no one saw it coming, one day they were smiling, the next Cruise, not Kidman, had filed for divorce.
She seemed liberated, free in her art and we got great from her as she forged a career as one of the most daring and consistently interesting actresses in film. Elizabeth Taylor proved many years ago great beauties could act, and Kidman, like so many others followed that golden path.
Kidman has never looked back, she has her Oscar, several other nominations and is well liked in Hollywood, things Cruise cannot lay claim too. She transcended the divorce, channelled her pain into art, and became one of the best at work. Lead or supporting it is all about character with her, and that is what makes special.
Without further ado, here is the list of top Nicole Kidman movies, selected from her impressive filmography. You can watch some of these best Nicole Kidman movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Lion (2012)