Julianne Moore. This beautiful red-head is among the finest actresses of her generation, moving easily between being a major movie star and hugely gifted actress. That she finally won an Oscar for one of her lesser performances is a demonstration of how much the Academy loves her, as they recognized they had been foolish in not honouring her before.
I remember seeing Moore in The Fugitive (1993) a summer blockbuster, small role, but the star quality was leaping off the screen. Later that year she gave an Oscar worthy supporting performance in Short Cuts (1993), Robert Altman great film, bravely doing a scene naked from the waist down with Matthew Modine. She all but burned a whole in the screen with her indignation in the sequence.
It was her work in the powerful indie film Safe (1995) that launched her, displaying to Hollywood and the world this was one of those once in a lifetime, brilliant actresses to be treasured. In the last twenty-two years she has given an array of stunning performances, earning great acclaim, Oscar nominations, critics awards, and finally that long overdue Academy Award.
Her greatest work remains with two directors, Todd Haynes for whom she gave her greatest performance in Far from Heaven (2002) and again in Safe (1995) and Paul Thomas Anderson, for whom she was brilliant in Boogie Nights (1997) and even more so in Magnolia (1999).
If I was handing out the Oscars, the lady would have won two supporting awards, each for her work with Anderson, and once for Best Actress for her soaringly braves performance in Far from Heaven (2002). Her work is for the ages, but then, like Jane Fonda, and Meryl Streep before her, so is she. Here is the list of top 10 Julianne Moore films. You can watch some of these best Julianne Moore movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
1. Far from Heaven (2002)
As Kathy, she seemingly has it all. Her loving husband who works for a successful company, beautiful children, lovely homes good friends, an extraordinary wardrobe, everything fifties suburbia had to offer. Her clothes seem colour coordinated with the autumn Colors that decorate the leaves on the trees around her home. But taking her hard-working husband dinner one night, she finds him kissing a man in his office. Their world shattered, they work on their marriage, but like it or not, he is a homosexual at a time when society shunned such things. Worse, she befriends her black landscaper, a gentle towering man who connects with her too. When her husband leaves her for a much younger boy, her world is rocked, held in place only by her friendship with her landscaper. Seen together, gossip begins, he is terrorized by his own people and decides to leave town. They love one another, no question, they are without question soul mates unable to be with one another because of society and racism. Moore is breathtaking in the film, like a deer caught in the headlights, but she cannot deny her feelings for this man. Simply astonishing, and she is surrounded b brilliant work from the entire cast.