The 10 Best Performances Of Winona Ryder

by rui_garces_7 | created - 25 May 2013 | updated - 25 May 2013 | Public

Due to problems of socialization at school, her parents enrolled her in the American Conservatory Theater at age 12, and the following year she auditioned for "Desert Bloom" but she was not accepted. Interestingly she was called to participate in the film "Lucas" by David Seltzer, and when he asked for a name that appears on the credits, she adopted the name Winona Ryder, due of an album Mitch Ryder of her father. But it was with the films "Beetle Juice" by Tim Burton, and "Heathers", who made her a Hollywood Star. A curious fact is that she had to give up of a role in "The Godfather Part III" due to a respiratory infection caused by exhaustion, to enter another great success of Tim Burton's, "Edward Scissorhands". Over time, and thanks to her dedication to each role, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in "The Age Of Innocence" and for Best Actress in "Little Woman".

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1. Little Women (1994)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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87 Metascore

The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

Votes: 40,396 | Gross: $50.08M

2. The Age of Innocence (1993)

PG | 139 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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83 Metascore

A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Linda Faye Farkas

Votes: 40,236 | Gross: $32.20M

3. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 138,403 | Gross: $28.87M

4. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Horror

7.5
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57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 160,006 | Gross: $82.52M

5. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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74 Metascore

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall

Votes: 392,110 | Gross: $56.36M

6. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 31,409 | Gross: $7.34M

7. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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70 Metascore

When a recently-deceased ghost couple find their now-vacant home invaded by an obnoxious family, they hire a sleazy ghost who gets rid of humans to help them.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 212,935 | Gross: $73.71M

8. Heathers (1988)

R | 103 min | Comedy

7.3
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73 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 69,560 | Gross: $1.11M

9. Mermaids (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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56 Metascore

An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Michael Schoeffling

Votes: 24,357 | Gross: $35.42M

10. Reality Bites (1994)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn

Votes: 39,386 | Gross: $20.98M