Emma Stone’s 10 Best Roles: Ranked According to IMDb

Emma Stone is the finest actress of this generation. Born as Emily Jean Stone, this young-lady has an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. for Best Actress in her name. She started off her acting passion in the theater production of The Wind in the Willows in 2000. After moving to LA, Emma did an unaired episode of In Search of the New Partridge Family. 

Her first film was Superbad in 2007. She gained wider recognition in  Zombieland followed by the 2010 teen comedy Easy A. The romantic-comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, followed by The Help were Emma’s stepping stones to success.

Emma won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for playing an aspiring actress in the romantic musical La La Land, opposite Ryan Gosling. She was last seen reuniting with Jonah Hill in Netflix dark comedy miniseries Maniac (2018), followed by the comedy sequel Zombieland: Double Tap in 2019.

Emma has been around for nearly 20 years, and the wide array has films she has done has made her an absolute favorite. In 2017, Emma was the highest-paid actress in the world. Today we decided to do the 10 best films according to IMDb that Emma Stone has done. Here we go!

The Help (8.1)

The Help: Emma’s period drama film over racism.

The Help is a 2011 period drama film.

The film was graced with four Academy Awards nominations, but it was also marred with controversy. It was criticized for portraying the white savior complex. The movie is based in the 1963 Civil Rights Movement.

Stone plays the aspiring journalist Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan who writes a book by the name “The Help.” She wrote the memoirs of black women who worked as house helpers in the homes of whites in Jackson, Mississippi. While her parents have plans of marriage for her, Skeeter wants to do so much more with her life than just marriage.

The Help is directed by Tate Taylor and is based on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel of the same name.

La La Land (8.0)

La La Land: marked Emma Stone’s Oscar win.

La La Land is a 2016 American romantic comedy musical film.

The movie is the most successful film that Emma Stone has been a part of. Not only did it grab huge cash at the box office, but it also landed several nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and the rest.

Emma stars opposite Ryan Gosling as a young girl who wants to pursue acting in LA and Ryan plays a Jazz artist who wants to open his own Jazz club. The two fall in love but separate over minor career issues. Emma plays Mia and Ryan plays Sebastian. Years later, Emma becomes a successful actress, mother of a baby and Seb has opened his own Jazz bar in LA. La La Land is a visual treat. It is emotional and has a lot of dance numbers too.

La La Land is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, who picked up an Academy Award for Best Director for it.

Birdman (7.7)

Birdman: Emma Stone plays Sam.

Birdman is a 2014 American black comedydrama film. 

The movie is about a dying Hollywood actor who was is best known for playing the superhero named Birdman. He can’t seem to get a grip over his current state of affairs as he is focusing on a Broadway adaptation. He struggles and aches to do a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.

Birdman is directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson, aka Birdman. Emma plays a recovering drug addict, Sam.

The movie was a major hit at the Academy Awards. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.

Superbad (7.6)

Superbad: Emma Stone’s earliest film.

Superbad is a 2007 American coming-of-age teen comedy film.

The movie stars Emma as Jules, who is the host of a party. She is kissed unwantedly by Seth. The story is about Jonah Hill and Michael Cera who play Seth and Evan respectively. While the two are about to graduate high school, they want to lose their inhibitions

Emma’s brief part in the movie landed her major comedy roles soon after. Easy A being one of them.

The Favourite (7.6)

The Favourite: Emma’s finest acting to this day.

The Favourite is a 2018 period black comedy film.

The movie stars an ambitious Abigail Masham, a girl who lands at the Court of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Initially, she looks for petty jobs, but her ambition and her drive to oust her cousin, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) has her conniving vicious plans.

The Favourite landed Emma a nomination for Supporting Actress. However, Olivia Coleman won Best Actress at the Academy Award, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs, for her incredible and apt portrayal of Queen Anne.

The Favourite is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Zombieland (7.6)

Zombieland: does a funny take on post-apocalyptic zombie plot.

Zombieland is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic zombie comedy film.

The movie got a sequel in the previous year, but the first one continues to be the original best. Emma Stone stars along with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin in the post-apocalyptic zombie comedy. People proudly call Zombieland the greatest zom-com since Shaun Of The Dead. The four take a road trip across the Southwestern United States to safe a safe haven, a place free from the zombie terror.

Zombieland is directed by Ruben Fleischer. An incredibly funny take with an engrossing storyline that made Zombieland such a hit with the audiences. A sequel to this, called Zombieland: Double Tap, was released on October 18, 2019.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (7.4)

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Emma plays a heartwarming young girl navigating career, love, and family.

 Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy film.

The movie is a treat to fans of Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, the legend Julianne Moore. The plot centers around Steve Carell who has been recently divorced by Julianne’s character. He wants to emasculate himself and discover his manhood again. That is where Ryan Gosling jumps in, to help him pick up women at bars. Emma plays his daughter, Hannah Weaver who is dating Ryan without knowing what he does for a living.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon also feature in the supporting cast of the movie. The film was a whopping hit, grossing over $142 million at the box-office.

Crazy, Stupid, Love marks audiences’ obsession with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s pair.

The Croods (7.2)

The Croods: Emma voices Eep Crood.

The Croods is a 2013 American computer-animated adventure comedy film.

It is the tale set in the fictional prehistoric Pliocene era also known as “The Croodaceous.” Just a fictionalized setting to call a prehistoric period that contains fictional prehistoric creatures). Emma voices Eep Crood, the daughter of Grug and Ugga (voiced by Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener).

The story begins when a caveman’s authority as a “Leader of the Hunt” is challenged by the arrival of a prehistoric genius. He has some new tricks or revolutionary inventions up his sleeve. The Croods is in search of a new home, they trek through a dangerous land in search of a new home.

The Croods is co-written by John Cleese. The rest of the voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, and Randy Thom.

Easy A (7.1)

Easy A: Emma plays a bold girl named Olive.

Easy A is a 2010 American comedy film.

Easy A is such a hilarious comedy and all the characters perfectly fit in this movie. Emma Stone plays a schoolgirl Olive who lies to her best friend about a little romp in the sack with college boys. As a result of which she gains a reputation around.

Turns out she is just lying about every romp in the sack adventure, she just does it to make money off of boys. Easy A is directed by Will Gluck, and written by Bert V. Royal.

The movie stars Emma Stone as the lead. Stanley Tucci, and Patricia Clarkson play her parents. The rest of the cast consists of Thomas Haden Church, Dan Byrd, Amanda Bynes (is the lead antagonist, the Christian school girl), Penn Badgley, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Aly Michalka, and Malcolm McDowell.

Easy A‘s screenplay was loosely based on the 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Amazing Spider-Man (6.9)

The Amazing Spider-Man: is based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man.

The Amazing SpiderMan is a 2012 American superhero film.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield spread together in The Amazing SpiderMan. The movie begins with Peter Parker being bitten by a genetically altered spider. He starts to mutate into a superhero, by gaining newfound, spider-like powers. Thus begin the adventures of Spider-Man to save his city from the machinations of the reptilian enemy.

The rest of the cast included Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field.

The Amazing SpiderMan was directed by Marc Webb. It was based on a screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves.

Emma plays Gwen Stacy in the movie, Peter’s classmate and love interest.

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