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10 Best Jessica Lange Movies You Must See

June 9, 2018
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Growing up, the 1976 King Kong was one of my favourite films to watch. At the time it was scary, mysterious and would transport any young kid to an alternate world where monsters and fantasy lived. Jessica Lange was the star of the film and she has since always been a part of what cinema is to me.

The gorgeous blonde went on to further enchant the world with so many other films that followed and is now a legend in everyone’s books. 4 decades after her debut in King Kong, Lange has gone on to establish herself as one of the finest actresses of all time. With several Oscar and Golden Globe Nominations, there is no denying the talent she possesses. Here’s the list of top Jessica Lange films.

 

10. Sweet Dreams (1985)

Sweet Dreams is a 1985 American biographical film which tells the story of country music singer Patsy Cline. The film stars Jessica Lange as Cline and Ed Harris plays her lover. Lange was praised widely for her performance and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for best actress.

Sweet Dreams is a beautiful tribute and celebration of the life of Patsy Cline who we learn intimately about in the film. The two leads are fantastic as Jessica Lange delivers a charming and expressive job while Harris is persuasive and mesmerising.

 

9. Normal (2003)

Normal is a 2003 drama film produced by HBO Films and is written and directed by Jane Anderson. Anderson adapted it from her own play Looking for Normal. The film was an official selection at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Normal is one of the most underrated films on the list and deserved to be talked about more. The film is directed with sincerity and restraint by Anderson. The charm and humour carry the film all the way to the very end. Powerful performances from Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson as well.

 

8. Blue Sky (1994)

Blue Sky is a 1994 American drama film, about a nuclear coverup, and the last film by veteran filmmaker Tony Richardson. The film follows Hank Marshall, an Army Engineer who faces many issues in both his personal and professional life due to his volatile wife. The film won critical praise and Jessica Lange went on to win both the Oscars and golden Globes for Best actress.

The chemistry between Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Lange is contagious as both deliver masterful work. The moments of genuine emotion and sadness, along with the powerful yet humorous dialogues makes this film a fine drama.

 

7. All That Jazz (1979)

All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical drama film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay, by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse and is loosely based on the latter’s life and experience in some aspects. The film is about a man(Roy Scheider) who struggles to handle his chaotic life that involves Broadway musical and editing a film.

It is a great depiction of the toll the daily grind of putting together a new show takes on a director, and the tension to produce original art. Roy Scheider gives a very convincing performance that is wry yet sensitive.

 

6. Country (1984)

Country is a 1984 American drama film which follows the trials and tribulations of a rural family as they struggle to hold on to their farm in the 1980s America. The film stars Jessica Lange and her then real life husband Sam Shepard.

Country is a film that is compelling and tells an important story about the pain and anguish of a modern day farm family. Shepard and Lange both give effective performances and Lange receives a well deserved nomination for her portrayal as Jewell Ivy.

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