Emma and the 10 greatest Gwyneth Paltrow movies of all time

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 10: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) /
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5. The Talented Mr. Ripley

Original Release Date: The Talented Mr. Ripley first premiered on December 12, 1999 at the Fox Bruin Theater in Los Angeles before opening nationwide on Christmas Day.

Box Office Earnings: The film enjoyed a successful theatrical run, earning a respectable $128.8 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million.

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Critical Acclaim: Upon release, The Talented Mr. Ripley received mostly positive reception from critics and holds an 83% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While critics praised the film for its intelligence as a thriller, some found fault in the film’s pacing and runtime. During awards season, the film picked up five Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations, ultimately winning none of the 10 major awards it was up for.

About the Role: Paltrow plays a minor role in The Talented Mr. Ripley, which stars Matt Damon as the titular Tom Ripley, who makes a life out of his talents of bending the truth, forging signatures, and impersonating others. When wealthy playboy Dickie Greenleaf’s (Jude Law) father asks Tom to travel to Italy and convince Dickie to come home, Tom’s suddenly enamored with the luxurious life Dickie leads — and Dickie himself. Tom infiltrates Dickie’s life with his fiancée Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), but they never anticipate the extremes Tom will go to have their lifestyle.

Simply the Best: Even though Paltrow isn’t the leading character, much less a pivotal one, she’s one of the brightest spots in The Talented Mr. Ripley. From the scene where she dons an animal print hat and coat to the emotionally tense scene with her final showdown with Tom, she lights up the screen. Not to mention, she and Jude Law have effortless chemistry.

However, the film takes place in the 1950s, but there’s something about her presence that’s so modern and ’90s that it takes you out of the period. But that’s why we love her: She’s insanely watchable and fascinating.