The Best Kirsten Dunst Films, Ranked

Kirsten Dunst is an accomplished actress, showcasing her acting prowess in comedies, dramas, action pictures, and even superhero epics. As her latest project, Alex Garland’s controversial Civil War approaches release, it’s an ideal time to take a look at some of her most standout roles over the years. This list, in no particular order, highlights five of Dunst’s most memorable films.

Jumanji (1995)

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Joe Johnston directed the film adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s celebrated children’s story ‘Jumanji’, which continues to enthrall three decades after its initial release. Dunst stars as Judy, a young girl grappling with the loss of her parents, who is swept up in a perilous board game alongside her brother Peter, played by Bradley Pierce.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Sam Raimi, the director of the 2002 blockbuster hit Spider-Man, returned to create ‘Spider-Man 2’, a significant contribution to the superhero genre. Dunst portrays Mary Jane Watson, set against the backdrop of Peter Parker’s struggles in his personal life and his duty as a superhero. This film continues to hold its own, standing tall above many of its contemporary tales in the genre.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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Neil Jordan’s ‘Interview with the Vampire’ marked a crucial turning point in Dunst’s career, where she displayed her remarkable acting talent alongside Hollywood heavyweights Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Dunst embodies Claudia’s character, a child turned vampire grappling with the realities of immortality.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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In Michel Gondry’s romantic drama ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, Dunst portrays a minor yet pivotal character, Mary. She executes her role with aptitude, adding depth to this mesmerizing cinematic view through humor, heart, and sadness.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

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Sofia Coppola’s historical drama ‘Marie Antoinette’ sees Dunst in the challenging role of the titular young queen. The film captures the character’s complexity, from her extravagant lifestyle to personal struggles, offering a captivating cinematic experience.

Honorable Mentions

Other films worthy of mention include ‘Melancholia’ (2011) where Dunst delivered a haunting performance in an apocalyptic drama, ‘Bring It On’ (2000) which sees her as a high school cheerleading captain leading her team to a championship, ‘Dick’ (1999) an irreverent take on the Watergate scandal, and ‘Tower of Terror’ (1997) a Disney movie based on the Disneyland ride that features Dunst alongside Steve Guttenberg and Jan from The Office.

Dunst’s work in the second season of TV series ‘Fargo’ as Peggy Blumquist deserves special mention as one of her finest performances.

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Wrapping Up

Over the years, Kirsten Dunst has proven her mettle as an actress with noteworthy roles. As we look forward to her upcoming project, reflect on her work at HitPlay.

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