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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: 8945%
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: Finally alone for the holidays, Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to eschew the Christmas traditions... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#33

House Arrest (1996)
10%

#33
Adjusted Score: 11377%
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: When Janet Beindorf (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her husband, Ned (Kevin Pollak), announce their separation, their two kids decide to... [More]
Directed By: Harry Winer

#32

Virus (1999)
12%

#32
Adjusted Score: 13764%
Critics Consensus: Despite its great special effects, this movie's predictability greatly undermines its intensity.
Synopsis: Caught in a typhoon, a tugboat commanded by Robert Everton (Donald Sutherland) comes across a mysterious near-deserted ship. Excited to... [More]
Directed By: John Bruno

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 11736%
Critics Consensus: The only thing this tired slasher flick may resurrect is nostalgia for when the genre was still fresh and scary.
Synopsis: He's back for more... When a group of teens win a contest to spend a night in Michael Myers' childhood... [More]
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal

#30

You Again (2010)
19%

#30
Adjusted Score: 22275%
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: High school was hell for Marni (Kristen Bell), so she is horrified to learn that her brother's fiancee is Joanna,... [More]
Directed By: Andy Fickman

#29

Perfect (1985)
18%

#29
Adjusted Score: 18812%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Rolling Stone reporter (John Travolta) seduces an aerobics instructor (Jamie Lee Curtis) while doing a story on health clubs... [More]
Directed By: James Bridges

#28

My Girl 2 (1993)
27%

#28
Adjusted Score: 27602%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) is a 13-year-old girl searching for identity and independence. For a class project, she must write... [More]
Directed By: Howard Zieff

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 31425%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Average American boy Chuck Murdock (Joshua Zuehlke) goes on a school outing to a nuclear weapons facility, where he learns... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#26

Drowning Mona (2000)
29%

#26
Adjusted Score: 31482%
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: The recently deceased Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and... [More]
Directed By: Nick Gomez

#25

Halloween II (1981)
33%

#25
Adjusted Score: 37217%
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: After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr.... [More]
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal

#24

Terror Train (1980)
44%

#24
Adjusted Score: 44876%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During a hazing, a fraternity of pre-med students has a particularly sinister prank in store for one their more timid... [More]
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

#23

Queens Logic (1991)
30%

#23
Adjusted Score: 29605%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Buddies with their own problems surround a bridegroom (Ken Olin) who's starting to have second thoughts.... [More]
Directed By: Steve Rash

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 43425%
Critics Consensus: Despite hitting some sweet notes, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is little more than disposable family entertainment.
Synopsis: Chloe (Drew Barrymore), a pampered Chihuahua from Beverly Hills, gets an unwelcome taste of the real world when she gets... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#21

Prom Night (1980)
48%

#21
Adjusted Score: 49695%
Critics Consensus: Horror aficionados might have a ball with Prom Night, but a lack of mystery and inability to capitalize on the dance hall setting makes for a generic night of mayhem.
Synopsis: This slasher movie follows a relentless killer who is out to avenge the death of a young girl who died... [More]
Directed By: Paul Lynch

#20

Mother's Boys (1994)
43%

#20
Adjusted Score: 25785%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Sexy but unstable wife and mother Jude (Jamie Lee Curtis) walked out on her family three years ago. Now, just... [More]
Directed By: Yves Simoneau

#19

Homegrown (1998)
44%

#19
Adjusted Score: 44243%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Marijuana growers Jack (Billy Bob Thornton), Carter (Hank Azaria) and Harlan (Ryan Phillippe) are looking at a big payoff for... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Gyllenhaal

#18

My Girl (1991)
52%

#18
Adjusted Score: 53071%
Critics Consensus: My Girl has a mostly sweet story and a pair of appealing young leads, but it's largely undone by its aggressively tearjerking ending.
Synopsis: Tomboy Vada Sultenfuss (Anna Chlumsky) has good reason to be morbid: her mother died giving birth to her, and her... [More]
Directed By: Howard Zieff

#17
Adjusted Score: 57696%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.
Synopsis: Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) finds herself... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#16

Fierce Creatures (1997)
53%

#16
Adjusted Score: 54470%
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: After multimillionaire Rod McCain (Kevin Kline) buys a London zoo, the staff is pressured to make higher profits or face... [More]

#15

Forever Young (1992)
54%

#15
Adjusted Score: 55417%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After his true love (Isabel Glasser) falls in a coma, test pilot Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) undergoes suspended animation in... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#14

Spare Parts (2015)
56%

#14
Adjusted Score: 56669%
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: With the help of their high school's newest teacher (George Lopez), four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they... [More]
Directed By: Sean McNamara

#13

The Fog (1980)
75%

#13
Adjusted Score: 82085%
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: Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#12

Blue Steel (1990)
75%

#12
Adjusted Score: 76629%
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: When rookie cop Megan Turner (Jamie Lee Curtis) kills a convenience store robber, she does not notice when psychopathic commodities... [More]
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

#11

True Lies (1994)
71%

#11
Adjusted Score: 74795%
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: Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down... [More]
Directed By: James Cameron

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 78888%
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)
80%

#9
Adjusted Score: 86056%
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: With her graduation from law school imminent, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is interviewing with prestigious New York law firms when... [More]
Directed By: Rob Thomas

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 78197%
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: Two brothers -- Eugene (Ray Liotta), an ambitious medical student, and Nicky (Tom Hulce), a mentally challenged garbage worker --... [More]
Directed By: Robert M. Young

#7

Halloween (2018)
79%

#7
Adjusted Score: 100662%
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: It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 89918%
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: Yokohama teens try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished.... [More]
Directed By: Goro Miyazaki

#5

Daddy and Them (2001)
86%

#5
Adjusted Score: 24725%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Welcome to America's Heartland, home of hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves... and Claude (Billy Bob Thornton) and Ruby (Laura Dern) Montgomery.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Bob Thornton

#4

Trading Places (1983)
88%

#4
Adjusted Score: 92982%
Critics Consensus: Featuring deft interplay between Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places is an immensely appealing social satire.
Synopsis: Upper-crust executive Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) and down-and-out hustler Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) are the subjects of a... [More]
Directed By: John Landis

#3

Freaky Friday (2003)
88%

#3
Adjusted Score: 93190%
Critics Consensus: Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan charm in Mark Waters' nicely pitched -- and Disney's second -- remake of the 1976 hit.
Synopsis: Single mother Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her teenage daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) couldn't be more different, and it... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#2

Halloween (1978)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105113%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 101928%
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: British gangster George Thomason (Tom Georgeson) and his hapless aide, Ken Pile (Michael Palin), draft a pair of arrogant Americans,... [More]