When it comes to female Hollywood icons, Anjelica Huston is among the best and a triple-threat. She’s an actress, director, producer, author, and former fashion model that has been in the limelight for decades. She’s played a witch, Morticia Addams, and an evil stepmother – it’s safe to say she’s done a lot in her career so far and deserves to be celebrated for it. Like many other Hollywood icons, Huston has had her success, but of course, there are certain films that have earned rave reviews from their viewers.
The most successful films of Huston’s might come as a surprise to some fans, but nonetheless, they all show her ability to transform into any character with elegance and ease, as she’s one of the best in the business.
9 Prizzi’s Honor – 86% (1985)
Prizzi’s Honor stars Anjelica Huston, Huston’s former boyfriend Jack Nicholson, and Kathleen Turner. The novel-turned film tells the story of Charley Partanna, played by Nicholson, who is a hit-man that works for the Prizzi’s, one of the richest crime families in the country. Huston played Maerose Prizzi, the estranged daughter of the family.
Unknown to Charley, the Prizzi’s hire a freelance agent named Irene Walker, who is set to kill someone who double-crossed the family. It’s then that Charley and Irene get to know each other and fall in love, making their jobs that much harder. The film Prizzi’s Honor was a bit special for Anjelica, as her actual father John Huston directed it. Prizzi’s Honor is also one of Nicholson’s most prized films in his career.
8 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 90% (2019)
Usually, when a third movie comes out in a franchise, it can sometimes lean towards cheesiness and forced storylines, but when John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum debuted, it was anything but. Fans already know that Keanu Reeves starred as John Wick and the audience got a treat when they realized Anjelica Huston played a small part, as well.
Even though she wasn’t in the movie for very long, her part as The Director certainly stays with the audience, as she mastered it and played it perfectly.
7 The Grifters – 90% (1990)
The Grifters debuted in 1990 as a crime thriller drama that told the story of a woman named Lilly Dillion, played by Huston, who is a bookie at the local track. After a botched con job, her son is put in the hospital after a particularly nasty beating. Lilly realizes how much she cares for her son, which in turn, results in a domino effect of unfortunate circumstances.
Lilly realizes her son’s girlfriend, Myra, is suspicious, and it’s then when Lilly tries to get her son to quit the grifting game. The Grifters also stars John Cusack as Roy Dillon and Annette Bening as Myra Langtry.
6 Ever After: A Cinderella Story – 91% (1998)
Ever After: A Cinderella Story, turns Charles Perrault’s classic story into a full-fledged Hollywood film and it did incredibly well among the masses. Starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, the story begins as The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of Grande Dame, who speaks of the fabled story of the cinder girl that was her ancestor.
Told in flashbacks, the story starts with eight-year-old Danielle, who recently lost her beloved father. She’s left with her evil stepmother Rodmilla, played by Huston, and her rotten stepsisters. Not all is lost when she has an encounter with Prince Henry, who strikes an interest in her.
5 The Witches – 93% (1990)
Recently recreated with Anne Hathaway, The Witches is a classic film about a young boy and his grandmother who stay at a hotel in England that is hosting a witch convention. The boy’s curiosity gets the best of him as he checks out the convention and runs into trouble when he realizes why the witches are there.
The witches are planning on ridding England of all children and it’s up to the little boy to stop them, even if he might not be himself. Starring Anjelica Huston as Miss Ernst and also as Grand High Witch, her portrayal as a nasty woman who hates children in The Witches is spot on and gets the whole witch bit right.
4 The Dead – 93% (1987)
The Dead is a 1987 drama film directed by John Huston, written by his son Tony Huston and starring his daughter, Anjelica. This was an international co-production as it filmed in Ireland, the UK, the United States, and West Germany. It was adapted from a 1914 short story with the same name and tells the story of an Epiphany party held by two quirky sisters and their niece.
The story mainly focuses on Gabriel Conroy, played by Donal McCann, and his wife Gretta, played by Huston, who recently discovers an incident with a deceased lover.
3 Manhattan Murder Mystery – 93% (1993)
Directed, written, and starring Woody Allen, Manhatten Murder Mystery tells the story of Larry and Carol, a New York couple who’ve just sent their son off to college. They make friends with an older couple down the hall and within days, they find out the wife has passed away. Carol becomes suspicious of the husband, as he isn’t acting right for a grieving husband.
Carol wants to investigate, while her husband doesn’t, and the film turns into an amateur murder mystery. Anjelica stars as Marcia Fox, a client of Larry’s, that helps him in relieving his wife’s suspicions.
2 50/50 – 93% (2011)
While Anjelica Huston has been prized for her older films, 50/50 is one that is more recent. Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is a comedic drama centered around a 27-year-old man named Adam, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who learns he has cancer. The film follows his journey in beating the disease and the support he has around him.
Anjelica Huston plays Diane, Adam’s mother, who is there for her son every step of the way, while realizing what is most important in life at a time that’s so delicate.
1 Crimes And Misdemeanors – 94% (1989)
Without a doubt, one of Anjelica Huston’s best performances is Dolores Paley in Crimes and Misdemeanors. This is another film that was directed and written by Woody Allen, and it tells the story of an ophthalmologist named Judah, who has a mistress that threatens to reveal their infidelities to his wife.
Anjelica Huston plays the role of Dolores Paley, the mistress who is all but forcing Judah to marry her. Judah turns to his shady brother, who might have a solution to the problem. In another life, Cliff Stern, played by Allen, is a filmmaker who is having his own marital problems with his wife, which is more or less leading to divorce.
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