15 Best Jodie Foster Movies of All Time

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7. The Accused (1988)

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The Accused is a crime drama featuring Jodie Foster and Kelly McGillis. The movie is the based on real life events. Sarah Tobias (Foster) suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night. A young courageous prosecutor (McGillis) attempts to bring the criminals to justice. The case is complicated due to earlier promiscuous history of Tobias.

Foster attended meeting of rape support groups in preparation for her role which paid off as she won an Oscar for Best Actress for her character in the film.


6. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

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The movie is the story of a resourceful 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs (Jodie Foster) who moves in a quiet seaside community with her secluded father.

Nobody from the town has seen much of her father and she appears to live alone. When the inquisitive neighbors attempt to investigate, strange and odd things begin to happen to them.

Although, she had already made a name for herself in Taxi Driver (coming up on our list), she was praised for her maturity and solid portrayal.

Jodie Foster won the Best Actress at 1978 Saturn Awards. She actually celebrated her 13th Birthday during the shooting of the film.


5. Carnage (2011)

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Carnage is a black comedy narrating the story of two sets of parents who hold a formal meeting after their sons get into a fight. The meeting progressively turns into a nightmare, as both sets of parents quickly delve into childish behavior.

The reasons stem from their deep seated emotional scarring due to societal and familial background. The movie was praised for the simple portrayal of the four characters with no forced clichés.

Jodie Foster was nominated for Best Actress at 2012 Golden Globes for her role in the film. The movie featured 3 Oscar Winners and an Oscar Nominee in the cast.


4. Contact (1997)

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Based on the Carl Sagan’s novel of the same name, Contact is the story of Dr. Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway (Jodie Foster) who is working to find the signs of alien life. When an alien signal relays the schematics of an inter-stellar travel machine, Ellie is chosen to be the first person to make contact.

The movie explores the boundaries and difference between empirical evidence, belief system, spirituality, and religion.

The movie was a worldwide success with a revenue of $ 171 million. Carl Sagan was slated to appear in the movie but died of pneumonia before his role was to be filmed.


3. Inside Man (2006)

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Featuring the famous track “Chaiyya Chaiyya” by A.R. RahmanInside Man is the battle of the wits between a mastermind criminal (Clive Owen), a dedicated detective (Denzel Washington), a New York power broker (Jodie Foster) and a famous charitable banker with questionable past (Christopher Plummer).

During the apparent robbery of a bank, behind the scene machinations are at work and only become clear as the motivations are brought into light.

Spike Lee was praised for adding his flare to the material. Even though Foster had a limited role in the film, the cast as a whole was praised for their performances.


2. Taxi Driver (1976)

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Argued by some to be one of the most memorable roles of Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver is a crime drama depicting the story of an emotionally and mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro).

Bickle abhors the debauchery seen on the streets while he works as a night shift taxi driver. Taking a liking to a teenage runaway and prostitute Iris (Foster), his misguided attempt to correct the bad of the society leads him into fits of violent rage.

Foster was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film. The movie led to John Hinckley Jr.’s twisted fascination with Jodie Foster.

Hinckley attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to impress Jodie Foster and was found not guilty due to insanity.


1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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With the most memorable movie villains of all time, The Silence of the Lambs is the story of a young FBI cadet Clarice (Foster) who must elicit the help of the infamous imprisoned serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to catch a new serial killer on the loose.

With time running out, she must engage in psychological games of quid pro quo with Lecter to save the life of the kidnapped victim.

The movie features one of the most chilling and engrossed performances by Anthony Hopkins. Although, he only appears in the film for 15 minutes, the American Film Institute named “Hannibal Lecter” as the Number 1 movie villain of all time.

The movie won 5 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Writing at 1992 Academy Awards.


Honorable Mentions:

We can’t resist mentioning these epic performances of Jodie Foster  as well:

  • Sommersby (1993)
  • Nell (1994)
  • Flightplan (2005)


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