While some fans may know her only as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter franchise, actress Emma Watson has been slowly expanding her filmography over the years, and has truly begun to shine as a performer.
This April 15th, the star will be turning 28. To celebrate her and all that she has accomplished, here are just a few of our favorite films from her catalogue.
Beauty and the Beast
Type: Fantasy, Family
Release Date: 2017
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Rating: 71% RT, 7.2/10 IMDb
When it was announced that Emma would be portraying the live-action version of Belle, no one was more skeptical than I. I couldn’t get the iconic Hermione Granger out of my head. But Emma proved us all wrong when the film premiered, bringing all of our childhood fantasies to life and slipping into the role so effortlessly.
The Bling Ring
Type: Crime, Biography
Release Date: 2013
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson
Rating: 59% RT, 5.6/10 IMDb
Emma proved once and for all that she is more than just a goody-two shoes when she starred in Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring, a film that tells the true tale of a group of obsessive fans that somehow manage to use the internet and social media to track celebs and use that knowledge to break into and rob their homes.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Release Date: 2012
Director: Stephen Chbosky
Starring: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller
Rating: 86%, 8/10 IMDb
The film, based on the novel of the same name, is a coming-of-age drama that hides a dark truth that lies beyond its captivating moments. Here, Emma portrays Sam, a character that our teenaged selves would have undoubtedly loved.
Type: Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Release Date: 2014
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Emma Watson, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly
Rating: 76% RT, 5.8/10 IMDb
When director Darren Aronofsky brought the biblical tale of Noah and the Ark to life, he aptly cast Russell Crowe in the lead role. Backing him up is a strong supporting cast of characters, including Emma Watson as Ila.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Type: Action & Adventure, Family
Release Date: 2004
Director: Alfonso Cauron
Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint
Rating: 90% RT, 7.9/10 IMDb
Without mentioning every single film in the Harry Potter franchise, we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Azkaban, the film in which Hermione got to punch that weasel Draco Malfoy right in the kisser. Not only that, she got an excellent storyline of her own that was instrumental in moving the plot forward.
This is the End
Type: Fantasy, Comedy
Release Date: 2013
Director: Evan Goldberg
Starring: Emma Watson, Seth Rogan, James Franco
Rating: 83% RT, 6.6/10 IMDb
A movie unlike any you’ve probably ever seen is This is the End. This James Franco-led picture is about a group of celebrities (all playing themselves) partying on the night that the world comes to a screeching halt.
My Week with Marilyn
Type: Drama, Biography
Release Date: 2011
Director: Simon Curtis
Starring: Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne
Rating: 83% RT, 7/10 IMDb
In this touching film about a depressed Marilyn Monroe falling for an unassuming production assistant, Watson is cast in a supporting role.
Type: Drama, Family
Release Date: 2008
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Starring: Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, Lucy Boynton
Rating: 100% RT, 6.8/10 IMDb
In 2008’s Ballet Shoes, Watson portrays one of three orphans who all have dreams of becoming ballerinas. As schmaltzy as it could have been, this film is actually quite lovely.
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