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10 Best Anne Hathaway Movies of All time

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Anne Hathaway was born on November 12, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. Her breakthrough performance was in the brief tv show Get Real (1999). Whereas she rose to prominence in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its follow-up. Anne met with stardom swiftly at the start of her career. It was an instance of art mimicking life, as in the movie, a teenage high school student discovers she is a princess and is thrust into the spotlight. 

The acting bug was always there in her system. After all, she was named after William Shakespeare’s wife. Also, her mom was an actress who had to give up her profession to start a family. Her mother’s final role before starting a family was in “Les Misérables.” Several years later, Hathaway would be selected in that same part for the film adaptation of the musical drama her mother played in. Amazingly, she received an Oscar for her role as Best Supporting Actress.

Hathaway has had an unusually broad career, working in almost every genre. Let’s have a peek at her professional background in this blog. Below is the list of the 10 best Anne Hathaway movies.   

Les Misérables

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Les Misérables 

Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg

Star cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway

IMDB rating: 7.5

Runtime: 2 hrs.38 mins

Les Misérables is a 2012 epic historic musical movie built on the 1985 West End English version of Boublil and Schönberg’s 1980 French musical. It was originally developed from Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel with the same title. Many critics commended the director, special effects, music, and entire cast – with Jackman, Hathaway, Redmayne, Seyfried, and Samantha Barks being frequently singled out for appreciation.

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean was pursued by the cruel inspector Javert for years after breaking parole. He offers to look after the daughter of a factory worker(Anne) after her death. Their lives are eternally altered as a result of their choices.

The Intern (2015)

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The Intern

Director: Nancy Meyers

Writer: Nancy Meyers

Star cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo

IMDB rating: 7.1

Runtime: 2 hr.1 min

The Intern is an American buddy comedy film produced by Warner Bros. on September 25, 2015. Critics gave it blended ratings, but it became a box office smash, collecting $195 million globally on a $35 million budget. The film won the Movie for Grownups Award in the category of Best Comedy.

Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower, has realized that retiring isn’t what everybody says. So, securing a chance to return to the field, he accepts a position as a senior intern at Jules Ostin’s(Anne) digital fashion brand.

One Day

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One Day 

Director: Lone Scherfig

Writer: David Nicholls

Star cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson

IMDB rating: 7.0

Runtime: 1 hr.47 mins

The 2011 romantic drama, One Day is built on Nicholls’ 2009 novel with the same title. The film garnered both favorable and unfavorable reviews from critics earning the Jury Prize for Best Film.

Its story follows Emma(Anne) and Dexter, who spent their college graduation night together. Since then, they met on the same date to see each other progress in life. 

Get Smart (2008)

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Get Smart 

Director: Peter Segal

Writer: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember, Mel Brooks

Star cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin

IMDB rating: 6.5

Runtime: 1 hr.50 mins

It’s a 2008 American action-espionage comedy modeled on the TV series of the same title by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Critics gave Get Smart mixed reviews. However, it was a financial triumph, grossing $230 million compared to its $80 million budget. In addition, Anne Hathaway was nominated for the Blimp award for Favorite Movie actress. 

Maxwell Smart, a brilliant but inept spy for the CONTROL agency, is partnered with Agent 99(Anne). They are entrusted with thwarting a terrorist assault by rival espionage organization KAOS.

The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada 

Director: David Frankel

Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna, Lauren Weisberger

Star Cast: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Adrian Grenier

IMDB rating: 6.9

Runtime: 1 hr.49 mins

The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 American comedy-drama film modeled on the 2003 novel with the same title by Lauren Weisberger. Critics gave the movie positive reviews praising the cast’s performance. For their portrayals, Hathaway and Blunt received positive feedback and accolades. 

In New York, Andrea Sachs(Anne), a simple and innocent recent journalism grad, is employed as the assistant to Miranda Priestly. She is the influential and sophisticated boss of the Fashion Show magazine.


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Director: Rodrigo García

Writer: Ronnie Christensen

Star cast: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse

IMDB rating: 5.8

Runtime: 1 hr.33 mins

It is a romance mystery thriller that premiered on October 24, 2008, by TriStar Pictures in the US. The film received mixed ratings from critics applauding Anne Hathaway’s performance. 

It’s a story of a grief counselor (Anne) dealing with a group of plane accident survivors. She discovers herself at the center of a mystery when her patients start to vanish one by one.

Ella Enchanted (2004)

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Ella Enchanted 

Director: Tommy O’Haver

Writer: Laurie Craig, Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith

Star cast: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes

IMDB rating: 6.3

Runtime: 1 hr,36 mins

It’s a 2004 fantasy comedy partially modeled on the same-titled 1997 novel by Gail Carson Levine. The film earned mixed reviews upon its release, while critics praised Hathaway’s performance in the picture. 

Ella(Anne) is in a spell that requires her to be subservient at all times, which she must conceal from her stepfamily. She just wants to safeguard the prince of the realm, her friend whom she likes.

Princess Diaries

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The Princess Diaries 

Director: Garry Marshall

Writer: Meg Cabot, Gina Wendkos

Star cast: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo

IMDB rating: 6.3

Runtime: 1 hr.55 mins

It’s a 2001 American coming-of-age comedy partly modeled on the same-titled 2000 young adult novel by Meg Cabot. The picture was a surprising commercial success, generating more than $165 million globally. Despite receiving divided reviews for its storyline and themes, critics appreciated Hathaway’s performance. As a result, the movie was considered among the most successful films of 2001.

Mia Thermopolis(Anne) has recently learned that she is the natural successor to Genovia’s kingdom. She attempts to handle the course of her sixteenth year with the help of her pals, Lilly and Michael Moscovitz.

Bride Wars (2009)

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Bride Wars 

Director: Gary Winick

Writer: Greg DePaul, Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael

Star cast: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice Bergen

IMDB rating: 5.4

Runtime: 1 hr.29 mins

Bride Wars is an American romantic comedy that premiered in theatres on January 9, 2009. Critics criticized the film but praised Hathaway’s performance, yet it was a blockbuster hit, earning $114.7 million against a $30 million investment. In 2015, a Chinese version with the same title was launched.

When two best friends Liv and Emma(Anne), plan their wedding on the exact same Day, they turn into competitors.

Havoc (2005)

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Director: Barbara Kopple

Writer: Stephen Gaghan, Jessica Kaplan

Star cast: Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby

IMDB rating: 5.4

Runtime: 1 hr.25 mins

Havoc is an American crime drama film released on DVD on November 29, 2005. The film garnered an average rating, with some critics applauding Hathaway’s performance. The actress even received the DVDX Award for Best Actress (in a DVD Premiere Movie).

Its story follows two privileged suburban girls, Allison(Hathaway) and Emily, who battle with East Los Angeles’ Latino thug culture.



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