Cameron Diaz is one of those actresses who just burst onto the screen completely out of the blue and suddenly become a marketable star. Following her debut in ‘The Mask (1994)’, she has gone on to do many different kinds of films, but is mostly known for her roles in comedies. After going through her entire filmography, I tried my best to judge her skills as an actress. Diaz has very good comedic timing, and is able to elicit a laugh out of the audience with just her on screen presence. She has a special charm that distinguishes herself from other people in the business. The characters she chooses to play in films are usually naive, confused, and gullible women who fall victim to trickery and/or are misdirected rather easily.
She has a tendency to go over the top at times, and mostly it does pay off really well, benefiting the film she is in. For example, in the 2003 movie ‘Vanilla Sky’ her performance highlights the eccentricity of her character, which provides a good explanation for the diabolical actions that she carries out. Other times Diaz can come off an annoying, visible throughout her 2014 film ‘Sex Tape’, where her performance feels unrealistic and needlessly overdone. Below are the top 10 of her best films, selected both by the quality of her performance and the quality of the film as a whole.
In recent years, she hasn’t really been in anything of merit worth mentioning on this list. In fact, the most recent of her films discussed below is one that was released over 10 years ago! Her films continue to perform well at the box office though, and this I believe is attributable to the aforementioned ‘charm’ that she displays in her pictures. I do hope that in the future, the projects she attaches herself to shed light on her many talents and prove that she really can act well when the role is right for her, as the following films have. With that said, here is the list of top Cameron Diaz movies, selected from her vast filmography. You can watch some of these best Cameron Diaz movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Shrek 2 (2004)
This is a fine example of a very good sequel that is almost as enjoyable as the original. (which is, as you may have guessed, a film that’s ranked a little higher on this list) It picks up from where the last film left of, but instead of piggybacking on the success of ‘Shrek (2001)’, a completely different plot is introduced with new characters, solutions, and jokes. ‘Shrek 2’ has to do with the classic situation of the boyfriend meeting ‘her’ parents for the first time, and the only difference here is that her parents are the king and queen ruling over the kingdom of Far Far Away. Oh, also the fact that their daughter, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and her husband Shrek (Mike Myers) are both green ogres. The film shows the awkwardness and confusions that ensue, and all of that contributes to building up a very entertaining movie.
While not as outstanding as the first, ‘Shrek 2’ is able to distinguish itself from all the other films in the series because of its level of imagination, which is far superior to even its predecessor, evident from its very creative third act (which almost works its ways into becoming a parody due to the many hilarious cultural references). Princess Fiona is given a lot more to do in this film, and Cameron Diaz does her part well. Characters like Puss In Boots and the Gingerbread Man also play a big part in making the film work. ‘Shrek 2’ went on to become the highest grossing film in all the Shrek movies and is the ninth highest grossing animated movie of all time.