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All Jamie Lee Curtis Movies Ranked

It’s rare for any actor to achieve breakout success with their first big-screen role, but thanks to John Carpenter and a certain iconic horror villain sporting a modified William Shatner mask, Jamie Lee Curtis did just that when she made her feature debut in 1978’s Halloween. She then solidified her Scream Queen status in films like Prom Night and The Fog, as well as a number of Halloween sequels, even as she switched gears to lend her talents to beloved comedies like Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. She even found time for family films (Freaky Friday) and action blockbusters (True Lies), proving her versatility extended far beyond simply surviving a slasher threat. To celebrate her eclectic career, we’ve collected all Jamie Lee Curtis movies and sorted them by Tomatometer. Read on to see where your favorites rank.

#34
Adjusted Score: 8.31%
Critics Consensus: A mirthless movie as fresh as last year's fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity.
Synopsis: After faithfully and happily celebrating Christmas their entire lives, and with their daughter Blair in Peru to serve a stint... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#33

House Arrest (1996)
10%

#33
Adjusted Score: 11.031%
Critics Consensus: Constructed out of cliches, thinly written characters, and fundamental misunderstandings of human nature, House Arrest is a dull (and borderline irresponsible) waste of a talented cast.
Synopsis: Kevin Pollak and Jamie Lee Curtis are a feuding couple locked in the basement by their kids in this high-concept,... [More]
Directed By: Harry Winer

#32

Virus (1999)
10%

#32
Adjusted Score: 11.468%
Critics Consensus: Despite its great special effects, this movie's predictability greatly undermines its intensity.
Synopsis: When the salvage tug Sea Star is caught unprepared in a violent storm, it slowly sinks, and the crew, led... [More]
Directed By: John Bruno

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 12.16%
Critics Consensus: The only thing this tired slasher flick may resurrect is nostalgia for when the genre was still fresh and scary.
Synopsis: Director Rick Rosenthal, who helmed the very first sequel to Halloween (1978), returns to the horror film series with this... [More]
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal

#30

You Again (2010)
18%

#30
Adjusted Score: 20.182%
Critics Consensus: You Again represents a rare opportunity to see some of Hollywood's finest female veterans together onscreen - and, unfortunately, wastes their talents almost completely.
Synopsis: Successful PR pro Marni heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers that he's marrying her high school arch... [More]
Directed By: Andy Fickman

#29

Perfect (1985)
19%

#29
Adjusted Score: 19.431%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a series of Rolling Stone articles by Aaron Latham, this romance was set in the world of L.A.'s... [More]
Directed By: James Bridges

#28

My Girl 2 (1996)
27%

#28
Adjusted Score: 27.016%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This sequel features a growing teenager (Anna Chlumsky) leaving her father (Dan Ackroyd) to visit an uncle in Los Angeles.... [More]
Directed By: Howard Zieff

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 29.243%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Young boy Chuck chooses to boycott his Little League baseball games to protest nuclear proliferation in this drama. His example... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#26

Drowning Mona (2000)
29%

#26
Adjusted Score: 31.201%
Critics Consensus: A whodunnit that stacks its lists of suspects with wasted character actors, Drowning Mona is a twee farce that will prompt audiences to tune out before the mystery is solved.
Synopsis: Rage, jealousy, murder, and Eastern European automotive engineering combine in this offbeat black comedy. Verplanck, NY, is a small town... [More]
Directed By: Nick Gomez

#25

Halloween II (1981)
28%

#25
Adjusted Score: 30.682%
Critics Consensus: Halloween II picks up where its predecessor left off - and quickly wanders into a dead end that the franchise would spend decades struggling to find its way out of.
Synopsis: Shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for... [More]

#24

Terror Train (1980)
38%

#24
Adjusted Score: 38.392%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During a New Year's party aboard a moving train, a college fraternity begins losing members and collecting corpses. It would... [More]

#23

Queens Logic (1991)
38%

#23
Adjusted Score: 26.898%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A group of friends reunite and reminisce on the eve of their pal Ray's (Ken Olin) wedding in this ensemble... [More]
Directed By: Steve Rash

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 44.12%
Critics Consensus: Despite hitting some sweet notes, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is little more than disposable family entertainment.
Synopsis: Chloe, a diamond-clad, bootie wearing Beverly Hills Chihuahua enjoys her luxurious lifestyle so much, she hardly notices Papi, a hilarious... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#21

Prom Night (1980)
48%

#21
Adjusted Score: 49.248%
Critics Consensus: Prom Night is an uneven slasher with a memorable Jamie Lee Curtis performance.
Synopsis: A conventional horror film with several jolting moments, Prom Night features Jamie Lee Curtis in one of her last "scream... [More]
Directed By: Paul Lynch

#20

Mother's Boys (1993)
43%

#20
Adjusted Score: 27.812%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this suspenseful horror movie, a mother deserts her family and suddenly returns years later, hell-bent for revenge. Mayhem ensues.... [More]
Directed By: Yves Simoneau

#19

Homegrown (1998)
44%

#19
Adjusted Score: 44.165%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this comedy thriller, set in northern California, inept but lovable pot farmers Jack Madsen (Billy Bob Thornton) and Carter... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Gyllenhaal

#18

My Girl (1991)
53%

#18
Adjusted Score: 53.504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Vada's (Anna Chlumsky) world is turned upside down when her widowed mortician father Harry (Dan Aykroyd) decides to marry... [More]
Directed By: Howard Zieff

#17

Halloween H20 (1998)
52%

#17
Adjusted Score: 54.948%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.
Synopsis: Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#16

Fierce Creatures (1997)
53%

#16
Adjusted Score: 54.31%
Critics Consensus: Fierce Creatures reunites A Fish Called Wanda's talented ensemble for a comedy that, while not without its moments, suffers from diminishing returns.
Synopsis: In this satirical and sexy film, New Zealand publishing-magnate Vince McCain has just purchased Marwood Zoo. When the zoo turns... [More]

#15

Forever Young (1992)
57%

#15
Adjusted Score: 57.997%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this three-hanky romantic melodrama, a test pilot, distraught over the death of his girlfriend, volunteers to be a subject... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#14

Spare Parts (2015)
55%

#14
Adjusted Score: 55.304%
Critics Consensus: Spare Parts is effective enough to do in a pinch for inspirational sports drama fans - although most of them will have seen these story beats hit more powerfully before.
Synopsis: SPARE PARTS is a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the... [More]
Directed By: Sean McNamara

#13

The Fog (1980)
74%

#13
Adjusted Score: 79.959%
Critics Consensus: A well-crafted return to horror for genre giant John Carpenter, The Fog rolls in and wraps viewers in suitably slow-building chills.
Synopsis: A weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#12

Blue Steel (1990)
73%

#12
Adjusted Score: 73.848%
Critics Consensus: Blue Steel's increasingly over-the-top story beggars disbelief, but this cop drama is elevated by an appealing cast and Kathryn Bigelow's stylish direction.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis plays Megan Turner, a rookie Manhattan cop whose first week on the job is enough to reduce... [More]
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

#11

True Lies (1994)
70%

#11
Adjusted Score: 72.851%
Critics Consensus: If it doesn't reach the heights of director James Cameron's and star Arnold Schwarzenegger's previous collaborations, True Lies still packs enough action and humor into its sometimes absurd plot to entertain.
Synopsis: Borrowing liberally from the French film La Totale, this is an action picture, domestic comedy, and political thriller rolled into... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron, Tony Scott

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 80.455%
Critics Consensus: The Tailor of Panama is a smart, darkly satirical thriller with exuberant performances from Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.
Synopsis: Harry Pendel, a Cockney ex-con who has reinvented himself as a popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama,... [More]
Directed By: John Boorman

#9

Veronica Mars (2014)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 83.706%
Critics Consensus: It might be a more entertaining watch for diehard fans of the show, but Veronica Mars offers enough sharp writing and solid performances to entertain viewers in the mood for a character-driven thriller.
Synopsis: On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While... [More]
Directed By: Rob Thomas (II)

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 80.794%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to strong performances and a steady directorial hand, Dominick and Eugene successfully navigates potentially tricky themes in thoughtful, compelling fashion without resorting to trite sentimentality.
Synopsis: Dominick Luciano (Thomas Hulce) is the mentally disabled twin brother of highly intelligent young intern Eugene (Ray Liotta). Anxious to... [More]
Directed By: Robert M. Young

#7

Halloween (2018)
79%

#7
Adjusted Score: 94.989%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 88.658%
Critics Consensus: Gentle and nostalgic, From Up on Poppy Hill is one of Studio Ghibli's sweeter efforts -- and if it doesn't push the boundaries of the genre, it remains as engagingly lovely as Ghibli fans have come to expect.
Synopsis: The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty... [More]
Directed By: Goro Miyazaki

#5

Daddy and Them (2001)
86%

#5
Adjusted Score: 23.121%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Billy Bob Thornton wrote, directed, and starred in this serio-comic look at the trials (literally and figuratively) of an eccentric... [More]
Directed By: Billy Bob Thornton

#4

Trading Places (1983)
87%

#4
Adjusted Score: 90.74%
Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Synopsis: The "nature-nurture" theory that motivated so many Three Stooges comedies is the basis of John Landis's hit comedy. The fabulously... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#3

Freaky Friday (2003)
88%

#3
Adjusted Score: 92.158%
Critics Consensus: Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan charm in Mark Waters' nicely pitched -- and Disney's second -- remake of the 1976 hit.
Synopsis: Dr. Tess Coleman and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Anna, are not getting along. They don't see eye-to-eye on clothes, hair, music... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII)

#2

Halloween (1978)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.402%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 98.742%
Critics Consensus: Smartly written, smoothly directed, and solidly cast, A Fish Called Wanda offers a classic example of a brainy comedy with widespread appeal.
Synopsis: An ambitious and sexy con artist uses every tool at her disposal to obtain a fortune in jewels stolen by... [More]
Directed By: Charles Crichton

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