Life as a child star can be taxing. Juggling your studies while learning acting and starring in films and shows will make anyone miserable. Plus, things can get tougher if you are dealt a shitty hand from the start. So many child actors have been and continue to be exploited in the industry even today. So, be it good parenting or something else, it’s always good to see actors who had somewhat of a normal life and grew up to be decent people after starting their careers as child stars.
With the recent revelation that came from Jennette McCurdy’s memoir, “I Am Glad My Mom Died” and the unfortunate death of Aaron Carter, who were both child actors, it is evident that the industry still needs to change. Although just becoming a child actor doesn’t automatically curse your life. A healthy work environment with good guidance from one’s loved ones helps a lot in this scenario. Even Asa Butterfield of Sex Education fame started his acting career as a child actor, starring in movies like Hugo, Ender’s Game, and The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas.
Chloe Grace Moretz also saw her career start when she acted as Violet in the CBS series, The Guardian for two episodes. From then on, she started to appear in more television shows and movies, slowly building her portfolio. Her major break came in 2005 when she starred opposite Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George in the horror movie, The Amityville Horror. Her performance as Chelsea Lutz was highly praised by critics, earning her the Young Artist Award nomination. Her subsequent films were mostly independent type movies, helping in nurturing her skills as an actor.
In 2010, Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass came out flying high at the box office. The movie was a major success leading to another major break for Chloe Grace, who played Hit Girl in it. Fans and Critics alike were highly impressed by her acting in the film, some even regarding her as the main show-stealer. After that, Chloe Grace started receiving major roles in titles like Carrie, Dark Shadows, and Let Me In. Her latest work was in the Amazon Prime Video series The Peripheral, which was released worldwide on Oct 21 of this year.
Now you may be wondering, with a career spanning seventeen years till date, how do you find the best movies and shows of Chloe Grace Moretz? That’s where we swoop in and save you from all the unnecessary worrying and wondering. Better to save those precious brain cells for the gorgeous Chloe Grace Moretz rather than wasting them on such trivial things.
Best Shows and Movies of Chloe Grace Moretz
The end is near!! Don’t panic! Settle down. The end is near regarding the year 2022. A new year is just around the corner to make some impossible new year resolutions and never complete them. Then start the whole process again. Also, It’s the holiday season so better start downloading all the 38 Best Chloe Grace Moretz Shows and Movies to do a marathon watch. This one is at least doable than all those nigh impossible resolutions. So, bookmark us or just write down the names, here are our picks.
Chloe Grace Moretz’s latest work, the series, premiered on 21 October of this year on Amazon Prime. Created by Scott B. Smooth of The Ruins fame, it’s based on a book of the same name penned by the famous science-fiction author William Gibson.
Standing at a good 7.9 on IMDb, the story revolves around Flynne Fisher, a gamer who, through advanced VR technology, catches sight of some things she wasn’t meant to. Now she is in danger, and so is her family. An enjoyable experience from start to finish. You will not regret watching this one.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Sci-fi
Director: Alrick Riley, Vincenzo Natali
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, J.J Field, Gary Carr, Katie Leung
Run Time: Approx 73 minutes (Per Episode)
A terrifying one to watch, Suspiria (2018) is the remake of Dario Argento’s iconic horror movie of the same name. It was directed by Luca Guadagnino, the man behind Call Me By Your Name, and the recently released Bones and All. Starring Tilda Swinton in three different roles, Mia Goth as Sara Simms, Dakota Johnson as Susanna Bannion, and Chloe Grace as Patricia Hingle, Suspiria (2018) failed to overcome the success of the original but managed to establish itself as a great albeit disturbing movie.
The movie centers around Dakota Johnson’s character, Susanna Bannion, who goes to Berlin in the hopes of joining the renowned Markos Dance Company, unknown of the fact that it’s run by a coven of witches. An intriguing premise, to say the least, Suspiria (2018) is a must-watch for any horror movie buff.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Screenwriter: David Kajganich
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth
Run Time: 2 Hours 32 min.
The 5th Wave
Released in 2016 when Hollywood was still going crazy with YA novel adaptions, The 5th Wave was directed by J Blakeson. Chloe Grace plays the role of the protagonist of the movie, Cassie Sullivan, a teenager who is on a journey to search for her missing younger brother amid an alien invasion.
Fair warning, if you have read the book, expect some deviations. And if you haven’t, then you got nothing to worry about. Well, except for Chloe Grace being hunted by aliens and humans alike, If you just want some mindless entertaining YA stuff, The 5th Wave is the perfect movie for you.
Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Thriller, Mystery
Director: J Blakeson
Screenwriter: Susannah Grant, Jeff Pinker, Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Maggie Siff, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston
Run Time: 1 Hour 52 min.
My Friends Tigger and Pooh
Judging by the name, you may have already guessed by now what this one is based on and what it is. If, by some chance, you have not, My Friends Tigger and Pooh is a computer-animated television series developed by Walt Disney Television Animation. Running for three seasons with a total of sixty-three episodes, it had its original run from May 2007 to October 2010 on the Disney Channel.
Chloe Grace served as the main presenter in the series and also lent her voice to the character of Darby along with other prominent voice actors such as Dee Bradley Baker and Jim Cummings, voice-acting Buster and Winnie-the-Pooh, respectively. A major hit among kids aged between 2 and 5, it’s a wholesome, family-friendly show which you can enjoy with your kids and little siblings.
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Director: David Hartman, Don MacKinnon
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Cummings, Dee Bradley Braker
Rating: TV- Y
Run Time: 22 Minutes (Per Episode)
One of the best sitcoms of the 2000s, along with HIMYM, Modern Family, Flight of the Conchords, and The Office. 30 Rock was a major success that catapulted the careers of Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Jack McBrayer into further popularity. A show inspired by Tina Fey’s own experience as a writer on SNL, the series first premiered on NBC on October 2006 and went on to create seven seasons.
As is usual with American sitcoms, the show had various recurring and non-recurring guest actors like Jason Sudeikis, Chris Parnell, and Rachel Dratch (all three SNL veterans, by the way), among many others. Chloe Grace also went on to guest star as Kaylee Hopper, granddaughter of the media mogul Hank Hopper. A 14-year-old clever teenager, she plans to destroy Jack Donaghy and become the head of Kabletown, her grandfather’s business. Funny as hell, Chloe Grace is a treat to watch here as she shows her comedy chops.
Genre: Comedy, Satire, Farce
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan
Run Time: 22 Minutes (Per Episode)
The Amityville Horror
Based on the 1977 book of the same name by Jay Anson, it is inspired by the rather infamous “paranormal” activities experienced by the Lutz family in their 112 Ocean Avenue home, which was the same place where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents, two brothers, and his two sisters, and later on claiming to be possessed. This 2005 horror movie is the ninth major installment in the Amityville Horror series.
This film marks the debut of Chloe Grace Moretz in the role of Chelsea Lutz, one of the three children of the Lutz family. It also stars Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George as George and Kathy Lutz, respectively. Not the best film out there, but still enjoyable to a degree, The Amityville Horror needs a watch.
Director: Andrew Douglas
Screenwriter: Scott Kosar
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa George
Run Time: 1 Hour 29 min.
Another horror film on the list, The Eye, is a 2008 horror thriller directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud. If you are a horror movie enthusiast, you may have seen the famous 2002 original by the Pang Brothers. This is a Hollywood remake of that film.
We follow the story of a blind violinist named Sydney Wells, played by Jessica Alba, who has a cornea transplantation done to her eyes. While she starts recovering from her surgery, she notices that she is starting to see dead people. And the story spirals down from there as things start to get worse. The Eye (2008) is a good watch if you don’t mind getting the shit scared at night. And if you want to double the fun and screams, watch the original too.
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Xavier Palud, David Moreau
Screenwriter: Hillary Seitz, Sebastian Gutierrez
Cast: Jessica Alba, Chloe Grace Moretz, Alessandro Nivola
Run Time: 1 Hour 37 min.
500 Days of Summer
A nostalgia trip may hit hard with this seventh movie on this list. The 2000s was the decade of romance with movies like Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, The Notebook, Love Actually, and of course, 500 Days of Summer. A film about a man’s struggle against letting go of his love for his ex, it’s a heart-warming watch.
Joseph Gordan-Levitt plays Tom Hansen, the depressed ex-boyfriend of Summer Finn, played by the ever-so-charming Zoey Deschanel. Chloe Grace dons the role of Rachel Hansen, the younger half-sister of our protagonist. One of the best rom-coms of all time, 500 Days of Summer will leave you wanting more.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director: Marc Webb
Screenwriter: Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chloe Grace Moretz
Run Time: 1 hour 35 min.
Based on the master of horror, Stephen King’s book of the same name, which was released in 1974, Carrie(2013) happens to be a remake of the Brian De Palma-directed 1976 original Carrie. While both the book and the original movie were a huge success, commercially and financially, this 2013 remake failed to hit that mark.
Kimberly Peirce helmed the direction of this movie with Chloe Grace Moretz as our protagonist, Carrie White and Julianne Moore playing her mother, Margaret White, in the lead role. It mostly stays true to the story of the book and only changes the setting so that it suits a modern audience.
Director: Kimberley Pierce
Screenwriter: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Lawrence D. Cohen
Cast: Judy Greer, Julianne Moore, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ansel Elgort
Run Time: 1 Hour 39 min.
Few have such on-screen charisma and grandeur as Denzel Washington. From Philadelphia to The Book of Eli, the man oozes mastery over his skill. The Equalizer was his 2014 action film, directed by Antoine Fuqua of The Magnificent Seven fame.
The Equalizer is more of a vigilante-type action thriller, like John Wick and Kill Bill. It follows Robert McCall, a quiet and mysterious guy who decides to take matters into his own hands when he notices Teri (played by Chloe Grace), a teenage prostitute who he befriended early on bruised and manhandled. If you want Denzel Washington slow-gazing his way through a horde of bad guys while he brutally breaks necks and legs, you need to see this movie.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Action
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Screenwriter: Richard Wenk
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Marton Csokas
Run Time: 2 Hours 12 min.
Let Me In
This Matt Reeves-directed horror comedy is a remake of the Swedish film, Let The Right One In, which was released in 2008. By the way, if you are wondering if this is the same director as Batman (2022), then you are right. After doing the found-footage film, Cloverfield in 2008, which went on to receive rave reviews for its narrative and style, Let Me In was the next movie he directed.
Like Carrie(2013), Let Me In tries its best not to divert from its source as much as possible. Director Matt Reeves, who also wrote the screenplay of the movie, had to change the setting to New Mexico and alter the names of the two leads to reach a wider audience.
The story film revolves around a 12-year-old bullied boy named Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, who has made friends with a mysterious girl named Abby, who only comes out at night to meet him. Chloe Grace plays the role of Abby here, and she is great in this one. People who have enjoyed the original 2008 one will not be disappointed with this English remake.
Director: Matt Reeves
Screenwriter: Matt Reeves
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Cara Buono, Richard Jenkins
Run Time: 1 Hour 55 min.
A very confusing choice of title, to say the least. Georgia (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a soon-to-be mother who is fleeing from her country along with her boyfriend, Sam (Algee Smith), in the hopes of escaping somewhere safe and away from the war between Humans and AI. Released in 2021, Mother/Android was directed by first-time director Mattson Tomlin.
Do you want Post-Apocalyptic stuff? Do you want a movie that tears you up a little bit?? Mother/Android will be the answer to those questions. The name may be silly, but the movie is not. So, open that Netflix app and go watch it.
Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller, Mystery
Director: Mattson Tomlin
Screenwriter: Mattson Tomlin
Cast: Algee Smith, Chloe Grace Moretz, Raul Castillo
Run Time: 1 Hour 50 min.
The Addams Family (2019)
With the release of Jenna Ortega led Wednesday garnering high praise, many will be looking out for more Addams family-related content. The 2019 computer-animated adaption of the franchise is a good starting point if you don’t want to see the old 1964 live-action series or the 1991 movie. The franchise started as a comic written by Charles Addams in 1938, going on to become a major hit among the American audience.
The 1964 TV series was very instrumental in its success as a franchise, and since then, it has become a cultural icon. This 2019 computer-animated adaption was directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, while Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Finn Wolfhard, and Chloe Grace Moretz lend their voice to the members of the titular family.
In this adaption, we follow this eccentric yet lovely family to their new home in New Jersey, where a reality TV host is hellbent on demolishing their house to build a perfect neighborhood. A good-hearted family film, The Addams Family (2019) is a recommended watch for this Christmas season now that Halloween is over.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Screenwriter: Erica Rivinoja, Matt Lieberman
Cast: Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloe Grace Moretz, Javon Walton, Bill Hader
Run Time: 1 Hour 27 min.
The Addams Family (2021)
Well, you can make that Christmas viewing a double feature with the sequel. Released two years after the first one, the lovable Addams Family returns to take you on a ride this time. While not as good as its predecessor, the sequel still manages to tug your heartstrings with its cast of characters. Oscar Isaac once again voices Gomez Adams alongside Charlize Theron as Morticia Addams, Javon Walton replaces Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley Addams, and the queen of the hour, Chloe Grace Moretz, as Wednesday Addams.
This time the Addams Family goes on a road trip vacation together to get some family bonding time. But this is the Addams Family we are talking about! Normal is not a word they know of. Follow them on their hilarious adventures and shenanigans as the family tries to reconnect with each other. Voiced by an amazing cast as ever, The Addams Family (2021) delivers a loving ending to the franchise.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
Director: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Screenwriter: Ben Queen, Benji Samit, Dan Hernandez, Susanna Fogel
Cast: Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloe Grace Moretz, Javon Walton, Bill Hader
Run Time: 1 Hour 33 min.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
You have despised Greg Heffley on the pages of the book, and now you can do the same on screen. Thor Freudenthal helms the directorial role of this 2010 adaption of the massively popular series of the same name, written by Jeff Kinney. You have Zachary Gordon playing the main “protagonist” of the movie (deep down, we know its Rodrick, though), Greg Heffley with Chloe Grace Moretz, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick as Angie Steadman, Rowley Jefferson, and Rodrick Heffley, respectively.
The story centers around Greg as he starts middle school but has trouble fitting in with the others. Now he and his close friend, Rowley, must try to survive through the year and try not to become an outcast. A relatable scenario, to be honest, Diary of a Wimpy Kid does justice to the book it was adapted from.
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Screenwriter: Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, Jackie Fligo, Jeff Fligo
Cast: Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zachary Gordon, Rachel Harris, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron
Run Time: 1 Hour 32 min.
Tom and Jerry (2021)
Starting in the 1940s, Tom and Jerry are the most recognizable and iconic characters in animated cartoon history. Everyone knows this messy duo of cat and mouse and their shenanigans with each other. Now mischievousness has landed on modern television with the release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
Directed by Tim Story, not to be confused with Toy Story, the movie is in a live-action and cartoon animation format. Same as the iconic Bob Hoskins starrer, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Tom and Jerry center around the two titular characters and Kayla, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, and takes place majorly in a hotel where Jerry has set up his new home. Kayla, who got the job as a wedding planner in the hotel, hires Tom to catch the slippery mouse so that she can save her job. Hilarity ensues as the movie progresses while Tom tries his best to catch this arch-nemesis of his. Full of gags and slapstick humor, Tom and Jerry (2021) is a great family movie.
Director: Tim Story
Screenwriter: Kevin Costello
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Pallavi Sharda, Rob Delaney, Michael Pena
Run Time: 1 Hour 41 min.
Shadow in the Cloud
If you are a creature feature enthusiast, Shadow in the Cloud will certainly pique your interest. Set two years before the end of World War 2, Chloe Grace plays the role of Maude Garett, an RAF Pilot Officer who boards The Fool’s Errand with a mysterious package. Things soon take a turn for the worse when the B-17 bomber is attacked by a terrifying creature, and the crew finds out that the girl they are transporting isn’t who she is supposed to be.
Released in January 2021, Shadow in the Cloud was directed by Roseanne Liang with its story written by Max Landis, son of the famous An American Werewolf in London director, John Landis. An interesting watch, to say the least, Shadow in the Cloud will not disappoint you.
Genre: War, Horror, Action
Director: Roseanne Liang
Screenwriter: Roseanne Liang, Max Landis
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Taylor John Smith, Nick Robinson
Run Time: 1 Hour 23 min.
A movie about harmful obsession, Greta is a psychological thriller starring Chloe Grace as Frances McCullen and Isabelle Huppert in the titular role of Greta. Premiering on 6 September 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival, it garnered good reviews for its cast and its acting, while critics had issues with its pacing.
Greta follows the story of Frances McCullen, a waitress who has recently lost her mother. While on her job, she gets acquainted with Greta Hideg after returning her lost handbag. The two quickly develop a friendly relationship with one another. However, a shocking discovery leads to Frances cutting ties with the French widow. But Greta is not one to forget easily. Obsessed and deadly, she will do anything to keep Francis close to her.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Neil Jordan
Screenwriters: Neil Jordan, Ray Wright
Cast: Maika Monroe, Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zawe Ashton
Run Time: 1 Hour 38 min.
Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising
Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne return to face a new enemy this time – The Kappa Nu Sorority. Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller continues to direct the sequel to his 2014 movie. It saw its US release in May of 2016, garnering a box-office total of 108 million against a 35 million budget.
The Radner’s have joined forces with their one-time enemy Teddy Sanders from the first film, played by Zac Efron, to take down the new sorority next to them. But it isn’t going to be an easy task to do. Shelby Robek, played by Chloe Grace, has a few tricks up her sleeves too, and is not one to go down without a fight. Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising doesn’t miss the mark with its humor, becoming a fitting sequel to its predecessor. A must-watch indeed.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Screenwriter: Brendan O’Brien, Seth Rogen, Andrew Jay Cohen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg
Cast: Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco
Run Time: 1 Hour 32 min.
If I Stay
Chloe Grace gives one of the best performances of her acting career in this 2014 teen romance drama. Adapted from Gayle Forman’s young adult novel of the same name, If I Stay was directed by R.J Cutler, with Shauna Cross writing the screenplay of the movie. Upon its release, the movie was declared a box-office success, earning a worldwide 78.9 million in revenue.
If I Stay centers around Mia Hall, played by Chloe Grace, who is a talented cello player with hopes of enrolling in the renowned Julliard. One day on her way to meet her grandparents along with her parents and younger brother, the family meets with an accident. Mia has an out-of-body experience during the accident and is in a coma. Her grandparents and Adam, her boyfriend, wait for her to wake up. But things are not the same anymore, and now, she must choose – Leave or Stay.
Genre: Teen, Romance, Drama
Director: R.J. Cutler
Screenwriter: Shauna Cross
Cast: Jamie Blackley, Stacy Keech, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jakob Davies
Run Time: 1 Hour 46 min.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (English)
As you may have guessed by that name, The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a Japanese animated film produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli. Based on the 10th-century Japanese tale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, the movie had its release in November 2013 and went on to receive critical acclaim for its visuals and narrative. The usual hallmarks of a Studio Ghibli production.
If you already haven’t read the tale, the story is about a beautiful girl who was found inside a glowing bamboo by Sanuki no Miyatsuko, a bamboo cutter by trade. Believing her to be divine, he and his wife raise the baby as their own. The baby soon grows to be a lady of immense beauty and is formally named Princess Kaguya.
Nobels from far and wide want to marry her, but Kaguya isn’t so easily swayed. She hands them grand tasks to complete and says that she will be the wife of the one who completes his quest. But Kaguya simply isn’t who she thinks. She has a mystery behind her. One that you can discover by watching this masterpiece.
Genre: Anime, Fantasy
Director: Isao Takahata
Screenwriter: Riko Sakaguchi, Isao Takahata
Cast: Lucy Liu, James Marsden, Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan (English Dub)
Run Time: 2 Hour 17 min.
Produced by Charles B. Wessler mainly, Movie 43 is an anthology comedy with a vast ensemble cast. Names like Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Anna Farris, Chloe Grace Moretz, and so so so many more. Good thing it’s an anthology. Otherwise, people’s heads would explode from trying to remember so many characters.
Chloe Grace Moretz’s segment is called Middle school Date. Written by Elizabeth Wright Shapiro and directed by Elizabeth Banks, it deals with the topic of menstruation. Amanda, played by Chloe Grace, gets her first period during her first, middle school date with a boy named Nathan, played by Jimmy Bennett. Unknown to the nature of things and shit scared, the men of the house, which includes Nathan, his brother Mikey and Steve, their father, are clueless about what to do. An entertaining segment, Movie 43 is a good watch if you don’t mind some of the other unusual plots.
Director: Elizabeth Banks (For Middleschool Date Segment)
Screenwriter: Elizabeth Wright Shapiro (For Middleschool Date Segment)
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Patrick Warburton, Jimmy Bennett (For Middleschool Date Segment)
Run Time: 1 Hour 34 min.
Tim Burton’s 2012 dark fantasy movie Dark Shadows is based on the hit 1966 television series of the same name. It boasts an impressive ensemble cast, namely Johny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Jackie Earle Haley. The acclaimed British actor, Sir Christopher Lee, also had a small role in the movie, passing three after starring in it.
The story of Dark Shadows mainly revolves around Barnabas Collins, played by Johny Depp, who has been turned into a vampire and trapped in a coffin after breaking the heart of a witch named Angelique. Two hundred years later, he is freed, thanks to a construction crew working at the place where he was buried. Now free and yearning for revenge, Barnabas first needs to get his house in order. Gothic as ever with some great visuals, Dark Shadows might not be Tim Burton’s masterpiece, but it sure is one of his underappreciated movies.
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Director: Tim Burton
Screenwriter: Seth Grahame-Smith
Cast: Johnny Depp, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter
Run Time: 1 Hour 52 min.
One legendary director after another in this list, Hugo is a fantasy adventure drama with Martin Scorsese in the director’s chair. Very different from his usual gangster tough guy films, Scorsese, even outside of his comfort zone, delivers a praise-worthy film. Released in November 2011, it went on to receive 11 Academy Award nominations and won five. A testament to Scorsese’s directorial vision and passion for filmmaking.
The movie is an adaptation of the popular illustrator Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. John Logan, the screenwriter behind critically acclaimed movies like Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, Spectre and Skyfall, also served as the screenwriter behind this one. Hugo takes place in Paris in the 1930s, where a boy named Hugo Cabret, played by Asa Butterfield, lives alone with his drunk uncle after the passing of his father in a fire. The orphaned boy’s dream is to repair the broken automaton his father left him before his death and solve the mystery behind it.
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: John Logan
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Asa Butterfield
Run Time: 2 Hours 6 min.
Another movie that’s based on a famous book of the same name, Hick stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Ray McKinnon, Juliette Lewis, Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin, and Rory Culkin as its major casts. It was directed by Derick Martini with a screenplay by Andrea Portes, author of the book Hick is based on.
Chloe Grace Moretz acts as the main lead in the film, whose character, Luli McCullen, a 13-year-old runaway, is hitching a ride to go to Vegas. On her way, she meets with Eddie, played by Eddie Redmayne, the guy she is hitching from, and Glenda, played by Blake Lively. Soon things don’t turn out the same way she hoped, and Luli entangles herself in a messy situation. The movie, while not as great as the book, has its charm and merits. Just be mindful of some disturbing content in the film.
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Director: Derick Martini
Screenwriter: Derick Martini, Andrea Portes
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Alec Baldwin
Run Time: 1 Hour 42 min.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Everyone had read about the nursery tale of Jack and the beanstalk that grew as high as the sky when they were wee little lads. Director Gary J. Tunnicliffe turned that story into a 2009 comedy movie with help from screenwriters Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus.
This version of the tale has been slightly altered to mix well with modern themes and elements. Besides that, it remains largely identical to the original 1734 one. Jack and the Beanstalk feature a large cast of characters and stars James Earl Jones, Colin Ford, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lloyd, Gilbert Gottfried, and others. A fun and light-hearted tale, Jack and the Beanstalk do what it’s supposed to do – make the viewer laugh.
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family, Adventure
Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Screenwriter: Cindy Marcus, Flip Kobler
Cast: Gilbert Gottfried, Chloe Grace Moretz, Colin Ford
Run Time: 1 Hour 34 min.
Released in 2005 on the Hallmark Channel, Family Plan marks the feature film debut of Chloe Grace Moretz. As a child actor, her time in the movie is quite brief as she acts as the younger self of the main character. This TV film was directed by the late stuntman and director David S. Cass Sr.
Tori Spelling stars as the protagonist Charlie, a career-driven woman with ambitions of her own, alongside Greg Germann as her boss, Walcott. As with any other hallmark movie, Family Plan is a laid-back movie that you put on a Sunday afternoon when you just want to unwind.
Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Screenwriter: Richard Gitelson
Cast: Tori Spelling, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jordan Bridges, Greg Germann
Run Time: 1 Hour 36 min.
Texas Killing Fields
Chloe Grace Moretz in Texas Killing Fields
Written by Don Ferrarone and directed by Ami Canaan Maan, daughter of prominent director Michael Mann, Texas Killing Fields is a 2011 crime drama film. Danny Boyle, the man behind films like Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting, was set to direct this one but backed out due to some issues. And so the title went to Ami Canaan Mann.
Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan act as the main lead of the film, playing Detective Mike Souder and Brian Heigh, respectively. Their town is being terrorized by a serial killer who ups his game when he kidnaps Anne Sliger, played by Chloe Grace, making the two detectives reach for clues before another body is found. With a solid cast that gives a solid performance, Texas Killing Fields is not for the faint of heart.
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama
Director: Ami Canaan Mann
Screenwriter: Don Ferrarone
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sam Worthington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain
Run Time: 1 Hour 45 min.
The Poker House
This one is very painful. The Poker House is directed by Lori Petty and retells the story of her childhood. The movie was released in September 2008 but had a limited run. It stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Selma Blair in the lead role.
The Poker House is set in the 1970s and follows fourteen-year-old Agnes, played by Jennifer Lawrence, as she tries to take care of her two younger sisters, Bee and Cammie. Their mother is an alcoholic and a prostitute who has no interest in raising her three daughters. Surrounded by criminals and an uncaring mother, life is tough for Agnes and her sisters. Her situation is turned even grimmer when she is raped by her mother’s pimp. With no future for her or her sisters, Agnes has to now choose what to do.
Director: Lori Petty
Screenwriter: Lori Petty, David Alan Grier
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloe Grace Moretz, Selma Blair
Run Time: 1 Hour 33 min.
Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs
Same to The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Red Shoes and Seven Dwarfs is a foreign-language computer-animated movie. Created in South Korea by Locus Corporation, with Sung-ho Hong serving as both the writer and director of this movie, it saw its release in July 2019.
The movie is based on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fairy tale with a modern twist. Chloe Grace, Patrick Warburton, Jim Rash, and Gina Gershon lend their voices to this goofy tale of seven green dwarfs and an overweight princess. Perfect for a family fun time, Red Shoes and The Seven Dwarfs is a perfectly packaged fairy tale parody.
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Director: Hong Sung-ho
Screenwriter: Hong Sung-ho
Cast: Patrick Warburton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin, Gina Gershon
Run Time: 1 Hour 32 min.
Brain on Fire
This 2016 Chloe Grace starrer is a biographical movie about journalist Susanah Cahalan’s misdiagnosis and her struggles. It’s also based on her New York Times best-selling memoir, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. A journalist by profession for New York Post, Susanah was declared psychotic by her doctors, which later turned out to be a misdiagnosis.
In the film, Susannah Cahalan starts hearing voices along with a spur of strange behavior after she gets sick. As time progresses, her job as a writer in the New York Post suffers from her condition too. This prompts Susannah to seek out medical help, which leads to her getting misdiagnosed by the doctors. Now, only a few instances away from being admitted into a psych ward, it’s up to one doctor to help her. Touching and eye-opening, Brain on Fire manages to handle a sensitive subject quite well.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Gerard Barrett
Screenwriter: Gerard Barrett
Cast: Jenny Slate, Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie-Anne Moss, Thomas Mann
Run Time: 1 Hour 35 min.
A mystery-thriller directed by Gilles Pacquet-Brenner, the movie was released in the US on August 2015 by A24 as a limited theatrical run. Adapted from a book of the same name, written by Gillian Flynn, it has Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tye Sheridan, and Christina Hendricks in the lead roles.
Dark Places follows two timelines – one in the present day and another in 1985. Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was a victim of homicide committed by her brother when she was just an eight-year-old girl. After losing her mother and two elder sisters, Libby at present lives on the donation people send her, but that source is drying up fast. Soon she is approached by a man named Lyle Wirth, who runs a “True Crime” club.
He wants her to participate in his research and appear at his club to answer some questions about her late family and life, which Libby declines at first. However, after some convincing, she accepts the offer on the condition he pays her seven hundred dollars. As Libby uncovers more about the case and her brother, she starts to question her testimony which leads to Ben, her brother, getting arrested and sentenced. A proper adaption of Gillian Flynn’s story, Dark Places, is a recommended viewing.
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Screenwriter: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Tye Sheridan, Corey Stoll, Sterling Jerins
Run Time: 1 Hour 43 min.
Clouds of Sils Maria
Written and directed by Oliver Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria happens to be a multinational production, namely French, Swiss and German. It’s a 2014 drama that focuses on an actress’s struggle with insecurity. The film was critically acclaimed, winning several awards, including a Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress by Kristen Stewart, a first for an American actress to do so.
Taking place in the mountains of Sils Maria, Switzerland, the film centers around a famous middle-aged actress, Maria Enders, played by Juliette Binoche, whose role as Sigrid in the movie Maloja Snake cast her into the limelight. Now, twenty years later, she is approached by a prominent theater director who wants to revive the original play and offers Maria a role as Helena, Sigrid’s older lover in the play who takes her own life, according to Maria’s view of the ending.
Kristen Stewart’s character Valentine serves as Maria’s assistant, while Chloe Grace plays an American actress named Jo-Ann Ellis who has a history of massive scandals. A very deep and thoughtful watch, Clouds of Sils Maria deserves the wide acclaim it received.
Director: Oliver Assayas
Screenwriter: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chloe Grace Moretz, Juliette Binoche
Run Time: 2 Hour 3 min.
Premiering in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival, Laggies is a rom-com involving Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Ellie Kemper. Directed by the late Lynn Shelton and Andrea Seigel as the screenwriter, it received favorable reviews from the critics, who mainly praised the performances of the cast and its direction.
In Laggies, we follow Megan, a woman in her mid-twenties going through a quarter-life crisis as she realizes she doesn’t really have any goals in her life and is still in a relationship with her high school boyfriend. It also doesn’t help the fact that her boyfriend proposes to her at her friends wedding out of the blue.
Fed up with all these, she decides to stay at a young teenage girl’s house who she had made friends with previously. Annika, Megan’s teenage friend, however, fails in her methods and is caught by her father, Craig. And everything starts to get out of control as Craig develops feelings for Megan while she remains unsure about her marriage.
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Director: Lynn Shelton
Screenwriter: Andrea Seigel
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz
Run Time: 1 Hour 40 min.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Chloe Grace Moretz gives her best performance in this 2018 coming-of-age teen movie based on Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 novel of the same name. The movie deals with heavy topics like Gay Conversion Therapy and LGBTQ+ freedom. Desiree Akhavan directed the film and wrote its screenplay with Cecilia Frugiuele.
Taking place in the 1990s, we follow Cameron Post, a teenage girl living with her aunt after the death of her parents. After she is seen having sex with Corey Taylor, her girlfriend, by Cameron’s boyfriend, Aunt Ruth decides to send her niece to a gay conversion therapy center. Run by brother and sister duo, Dr. Lydia Marsh and Reverend Rick, the center is known as God’s Promise.
There Cameron makes friends with Jane Fonda and Adam Red Eagle, two teenagers like her who don’t believe in the center’s work. As she tries to adapt to her environment, several major incidents impact her life there and her friends. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is witty, charming, bittersweet, and, most of all – understanding. A must-watch in every regard.
Genre: LGBTQ+, Drama, Teen
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Screenwriter: Cecilia Frugiuele, Desiree Akhavan
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, Marin Ireland, Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr.
Rating: (Not Rated in US)
Run Time: 1 hour 31 min.
While Chloe Grace’s other ventures were very fruitful, it was her role as Hit Girl in the 2010 action-comedy Kick-Ass that catapulted her career’s rise. Adapted from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s similarly named comic, Kick-Ass stars Aaron Taylor Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasee, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, and Chloe Grace Moretz as the main cast. Since its release, the movie has turned into a cult classic for its unapologetic portrayal of superhero movies and no-nonsense style.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kick-Ass is about a nerdy teenager named Dave Lizewski who fights crime without having any powers or so and calls himself “Kick-Ass”. After a while, his crime-fighting ways reach the ears of a father-daughter superhero duo called Big Daddy and Hit Girl. The two are on a mission to kill Frank D’Amico, who was responsible for Big Daddy’s downfall as a cop, which led to his wife committing suicide. Another mysterious superhero called Red Mist joins them in their fight as things start to get complicated. Dark, original, and fun, Kick-Ass is what you need to watch if you have become tired of Marvel and DC’s superhero formula.
Genre: Comedy, Action
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriter: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
Cast: Aaron Taylor Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz
Run Time: 1 hour 57 min.
Sometimes things are just so damn good that you want seconds. The reception of Kick-Ass was so great that it prompted a sequel, called Kick-Ass 2 which was released in 2013. Matthew Vaughn didn’t return as director for this one, making way for Jeff Wadlow to direct the sequel and write the screenplay. The three main casts from the previous movie reprised their roles, with Jim Carrey and John Leguizamo joining for new roles.
Kick-Ass 2’s events take place four years after the first one as we see Dave retire and Mindy try to live a normal life. Chris D’Amico, Red Mist in Kick-Ass, however, is still planning to kill his arch-nemesis. Now that he is the head of his father’s business, Chris makes a supervillain gang of his own called Toxic Mega Cunts. Furthermore, he dons the supervillain name, The Motherfucker. Time’s running short for Dave and Mindy as The Motherfucker is out for retribution and will go to any lengths to see them dead. More brutal and savage, Kick-Ass 2 continues that dark superhero fun.
Genre: Comedy, Action
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow
Cast: Aaron Taylor Johnson, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz
Run Time: 1 hour 43 min.