An actor of unceasing caliber and dazzlingly multi-talented persona, Emma Thompson has always been an enigma. She can be a complete crowd-pleaser, playing the broadest comic moments with an infectious effortlessness; but can also exhibit bone-dry wit and irony with towering finesse. In other moments, her searing vulnerable performances might just melt the coldest of hearts. She has had her misfires, of course, but that doesn’t permit anyone from dismissing the breathtaking range of this utterly versatile actor, a serene presence in the film industry, calling whom an underrated treasure would be an understatement.
With that said, here is the list of top Emma Thompson movies, carefully selected from her impressive filmography. You can also stream some of these Emma Thompson films on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
5. In the Name of the Father (1993)
When you are in a Daniel Day-Lewis film, it’s exceedingly hard to stand out. And with the brief amount of screen-time allotted to Thompson, it’s nearly impossible. But while Day-Lewis’s painfully realistic depiction showcases the horrors of the IRA era, Thompson manages to imbue the film with hope and heart. Yes, there shall always be injustice in the world; the wrongfully convicted might have to spend years in prisons without a glimmer of optimism, but there are people out there, fighting for others, at whatever the personal cost, relentlessly, until justice has been served. Thompson’s fiery performance underscores that in the most humane and profound fashion.