Jodie Foster is definitely one of the biggest names working in Hollywood today. Most of her films garner wide critical and public acclaim and her performances are spot-on. She broke into the spotlight with a role that I’d describe as ‘never-seen-before-in-cinema’ playing the astonishing pre-adolescent prostitute Iris in Taxi Driver alongside Robert De Niro and has never looked back since. Here is a list of the top Jodie Foster movies, selected from her vast filmography. You can watch some of these best Jodie Foster movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. The Brave One (2007)
Jodie Foster loves to carry films. Her distinct gift is that she always plays as smart as her character. She inspires with authenticity, humanity and sheer will. This standard revenge tale about a woman seeking cold blooded revenge on the people who assaulted her is no exception. This film is about the way violence strips you of your identity and changes you irrevocably. It explores in detail how you can become someone even you can’t recognise in the bathroom mirror when loss, grief, anxiety, terror and depression take over. Surprisingly, there are also some lighter moments in the film, which are well-appreciated by the audience since they do not cross the fine line for humour in a movie as dark as this.
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11. Flightplan (2005)
Although many consider ‘Flightplan’ to be just a version of ‘Panic Room’ which takes place in the air, it does have some merits. While the film as a whole is generally mediocre with a convoluted plot, Jodie Foster again excels with a brilliant performance. When Kyle Pratt discovers that her daughter has disappeared from a flight and no one remembers that she even existed, she faces a ‘Twilight Zone’ style dilemma while trying to convince everyone on the plane that her daughter was not just a figment of her imagination. ‘Flightplan’ also has its share of unique cinematography, with obscure camera angles and visually pleasing slow-motion shots which don’t add much meaning to the scene. The plot might not be an original one but it’s simplicity makes it a good one-time watch.
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