Brianna Sidonie Desaulniers, known professionally as Brie Larson is an American Actress and filmmaker. She has many accolades to her name including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is known for her powerful roles and almost all her movies have been hit with the world! She briefly dabbled in music career as well and released an album titled “Finally Out of P.E.”
She is also a gender equality activist and an advocate for sexual assault survivors, Larson is vocal about political and social issues. In this article, we bring you some of her best work as an actress. Here are 15 of the best Brie Larson movies that are a must-watch!
1. Room (2015)
Storyline: After years of being held captive in an isolated shed by a kidnapper, Joy and her little son, Jack, managed to escape the confinement and gain freedom. Brie Larson plays the lead role of “Ma” in the movie.
The woman is held captive for seven entire years and her five-year-old son is born in captivity. The film also stars Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy. For her part, Brie Larson researched intensively on trauma and nutrition. Cited as one of the best films of the year, “Room” received numerous awards and nominations. At the 88th Academy Awards, the movie received four nominations, including, Best Picture and winning Best Actress for Larson. It also won nine Canadian Screen Awards and seven Irish Film & Television Awards. Larson won the BAFTA for Best Actress. The movie is rated an 8.1/10 on IMDb and a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
2. Captain Marvel (2019)
Storyline: Amidst a mission, Vers, a Kree warrior, gets separated from her team and is stranded on Earth. However, her life takes an unusual turn after she teams up with Fury, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Brie Larson plays the starring role of Carol Danvers, also known as, Captain Marvel, in the movie. Captain Marvel is the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Set in 1995, the story follows Danvers as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien civilizations. The movie was the first female-led superhero film to pass the billion-dollar mark. It ranks at the fifth-highest-grossing film of 201. A sequel is scheduled to release on July 8th, 2022. The movie is rated a 6.9/10 on IMDb and a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Runtime: 2 hours 5 minutes
3. Unicorn Store (2017)
Storyline: After failing out of art school and taking a humdrum office job, a whimsical painter gets a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of adopting a unicorn. Brie Larson can be seen playing the character of Kit in the movie.
Besides Brie Larson, the movie also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Karan Soni, Mamoudou Athie, Mary Holland and Hamish Linklater. The film received mixed reviews with critics praising the performances and Larson’s potential as a filmmaker while some lamented the screenplay as too “immature” and “whimsical”. The movie is rated a 5.5/10 on IMDb and a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie is Brie Larson’s debut as a director and filmmaker.
Director: Brie Larson
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
4. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Storyline: After Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, disintegrates half of the universe, the Avengers must reunite and assemble again to reinvigorate their trounced allies and restore balance. Brie Larson can be seen playing the part of Captain Marvel in this superhero movie where superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc, unite to fight evil and save the world. It is the twenty-second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
The film received numerous awards and nominations, including a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 92nd Academy Awards, three nominations, at the 25th Critics’ Choice Awards (winning two), and a nomination for Special Visual Effects at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. The movie is rated an 8.4/10 on IMDb and a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
Runtime: 3 hours 2 minutes
5. 21 Jump Street (2012)
Storyline: Schmidt and Jenko are high school friends who go on to become police officers. The two friends go undercover as students in order to bust a drug ring and find the source of a synthetic drug. Brie Larson plays the role of Molly Tracey in the movie.
A sequel, 22 Jump Street was released on June 13th, 2014 and a female-led spin-off is currently in development. The movie is rated a 7.2/10 on IMDb and an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes
6. The Spectacular Now (2013)
Storyline: Sutter, a popular party animal unexpectedly meets the introverted Aimee after waking up on a stranger’s lawn. As Sutter deals with the problems in his life and Aimee plans for her future beyond school, an unexpected romance blossoms between them. Brie Larson can be seen in the role of “Cassidy” in the movie.
The movie also stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Tim Tharp about a high school senior grappling with alcoholism. The movie is rated a 7.1/10 on IMDb and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: James Ponsoldt
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
7. Free Fire (2016)
Storyline: In Boston in the 1970’s a black market weapon deal between Chris, the buyer Vernon, the dealer, goes terribly wrong and turns into a large-scale shootout. Brie Larson plays the role of Justine in the movie.
“Free Fire” is a 2016 British black comedy-action film. The movie is rated a 6.4/10 on IMDb and a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Ben Wheatley
Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
8. Don Jon (2013)
Storyline: New Jersey bartender Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) knows what’s important: his friends, his family his car, his church, his sexual conquests- and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won’t be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything. Brie Larson plays the role of Monica in the movie.
The movie was originally titled “Don Jon’s Addiction”. The movie also stars Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore with Rob Brown, Glenne Headly and Tony Danza in supporting roles, besides Brie Larson. The movie is rated a 6.5/10 on IMDb and a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
9. Just Mercy (2019)
Genre: Legal Drama/Drama
Storyline: After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18 year old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life. Brie Larson plays the role of Eva Ansley in the movie.
The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by Stevenson. The movie is rated 7.5/10 on IMDb and an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Runtime: 2 hours 17 minutes
10. The Gambler (2014)
Storyline: Jim Bennett, a literature professor, is addicted to gambling. His dangerous fixation soon lands him in trouble and pits him against his worst enemies. Brie Larson plays the role of Amy Phillips in the movie.
The screenplay by William Monahan is based on the 1974 film “The Gambler”, written by James Toback. It features George Kennedy’s final film performance before his death in 2016. The movie is rated a 6/10 on IMDb and a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
11. Basmati Blues (2017)
Storyline: A young scientist is sent to India to sell genetically modified rice, but has a change of heart when she discovers that the project will destroy the farmers she was supposedly sent to help. Instead, she teams up with a local farmer and together they try to sabotage the project and save the day. Brie Larson plays the lead as Linda in the movie.
The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on February 9th, 2018, by Shout! Studios. The movie is rated a 3.6/10 on IMDb and a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Dan Baron
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
12. Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
Storyline: Zach Galifianakis hits the road to do celebrity interviews to restore his reputation. The movie is a spin-off of the web series of the same name. The movie was released on September 20th, 2019, on Netflix. Brie Larson appears in the movie as herself. The movie is rated a 6.1/10 on IMDb and a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Scott Aukerman
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
13. The Glass Castle (2017)
Storyline: Based on a memoir, four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children’s brilliant and charismatic father captures their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drunk, he is dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want to take on work of raising a family. Brie Larson plays the role of Jeannette Walls in the movie.
Jeannette had a very tumultuous past with toxic parents and an unstable lifestyle and though she is able to bring herself up in the world, she grapples with her true identity. The movie is rated a 7.1/10 on IMDb and a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
14. Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Storyline: A crew that reaches Skull Island, to map it, are attacked by a humongous ape. The survivors then regroup to find out more about the ape, the island’s natives and underground monsters. Brie Larson plays the tole of Mason Weaver in the movie. Weaver is a photojournalist.
The movie was praised for its visual effects, action and performances. The movie is rated a 6.6/10 on IMDb and a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Runtime: 2 hours
15. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Storyline: Scott Pilgrim meets Ramona and instantly falls in love with her. But when he meets one of her exes at a band competition, he realizes that he has to deal with all seven of her exes to woo her. In the movie, Brie Larson plays the role of Envy Adams, the famous ex-girlfriend. The movie is rated a 7.5/10 on IMDb and an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Director: Edgar Wright
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes