15 Best Jodie Foster Movies of All Time

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A successful child star with an Oscar Nomination to her name at the age of 13, Jodie Foster has enjoyed equal success in her later career. Following are the 15 best Jodie Foster movies of all time:


15. The Hotel New Hampshire (1984)

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The Hotel New Hampshire is a comedy drama based on a novel of the same name by John Irving. The movie depicts the struggles of Win Berry (Beau Bridges) and his wife Frannie Berry (Jodie Foster) as they try to raise their 5 children whilst attempting to run a number of small business.

Critics admired the maturity of the performance by Foster in the role of Frannie. Despite the older age of the character she portrayed, Foster’s impression was vivid and life-like.

The movie won the Best Foreign Film award at SESC Film Festival in Brazil. “Queens” was originally slated to perform the sound track of the film but were replaced during the production.


14. Five Corners (1987)

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Five Corners is a thriller drama of a paroled convict (John Turturro) who has returned to stir up trouble in his old neighborhood. He stalks his once-near rape victim, Linda (Jodie Foster) and the person who used to protect her, Harry (Tim Robbins).

This leads to twisted game of cat and mouse. The movie was praised by critics for the performances of Foster and Robbins in their portrayal of the clean and raw human social emotions. The theme music of the movie was created by “The Beatles”.


13. Little Man Tate (1991)

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Little Man Tate is the story of a child prodigy, Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) and the struggles of his working class single mother, Dede Tate (Jodie Foster).

Fred is highly gifted with genius level mathematical and reading skills at the age of 7. Dede struggles to make sure that Fred gets all the chances to showcase his abilities, whilst protecting his emotional and psychological needs.

Jodie Foster won the Best International Actress Award at the 1992 Jupiter Awards for her depiction of Dede. Foster considered the story to represent an autobiography of her earlier life and chose to direct after Joe Dante resigned due to creative differences.


12. Elysium (2013)

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Elysium is a sci-fi action drama directed by Neill Blomkamp. Set in the year 2154, the wealthy of the world have escaped the ruined Earth to reside in Elysium, a giant space station. The poor are left to struggle for food, health and water on a resource constrained and overpopulated earth.

The movie depicts the story of one-man Max (Matt Damon) who attempts to bring equality to both worlds. Foster plays the role of the harsh Defense Secretary Delacourt whose sole purpose is to maintain the exclusivity of the Elysium.

The movie grossed $286 million on the world-wide box office. William Fichtner’s character is seen writing code in Assembly Language which interestingly is valid and can be run on Intel based computers.


11. The Beaver (2011)

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The Beaver is a drama film directed by Jodie Foster starring her and Mel Gibson. The movie depicts the struggle of depressed CEO of a nearly bankrupt company who, after several unsuccessful suicide attempts, adopts a puppet beaver to attempt to convey his emotions.

Jodie Foster plays the role of his supportive wife who bolsters his spirits and helps rebuild his life. Critics praised the performance and the well balanced direction of Foster in the movie. Jim Carrey and Steve Carell were each slated to play the lead role but the eventual role went to Mel Gibson.


10. Panic Room (2002)

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Panic Room is a crime drama thriller directed by David Fincher starring Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart and Forest Whitaker.

Foster plays a recently divorced mother who has a diabetic pre-teen daughter Sarah(Stewart). Whilst visiting their newly purchased house, they are attacked and take shelter in a specially designed panic room.

With the time running out and Sarah showing signs of low sugar level, they attempt to outwit the criminals to get to safety.

Although, the movie was filmed after 9/11 but WTC can be seen in the background in some of the introductory scenes.


9. Bugsy Malone (1976)

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Bugsy Malone is a British musical gangster film starring 13-year-old foster in one of her earlier roles. The film portrays the life story of real life gangster, George ‘Bugs’ Moran, with the role of the gangsters being played by the children.

Instead of guns and bullets, the ‘violence’ is depicted by spraying the victim with cream. All the cast was 16 or under at the time of the filming. Critics praised the child cast in their vivid performances. The movie was nominated for Best Music at 1977 Oscars.


8. Maverick (1994)

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Maverick was one of the earliest joint performance of Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson. The film features Mel Gibson as Maverick, an avid gambler and attempts to collect money to enter a prestigious gambling tournament. He teams up with Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster).

The duo attempts to charm, con and bamboozle to get the money. The critics lauded Foster’s performance and her on-screen chemistry with Gibson. Mel Gibson actually learned how to draw the gun from a holster via special lessons before the filming started.

The movie was nominated for a Best Costume Design Award at 1995 Oscars.