Since Nicole Kidman’s film debut in 1983, Kidman’s films have grown in popularity and commercial success. But what is it about the actress that makes her movies so appealing to watch? Her filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including musicals, comedies, and horror films.
The Australian actress consistently pushes herself to be the pinnacle of the group, and onlookers can always count on her for a captivating and distinctive performance. Her films are all unique and she often chooses to participate in projects that are completely different from what she has done before.
These are the best Nicole Kidman movies:
10. Genius (2016)
Genius is a riveting drama about the confused connection between famed book editor Maxwell Perkins and novelist Thomas Wolfe, played by Colin Firth and Jude Law respectively, while not being Kidman’s most well-known or recognized film to date.
The film is based on a factual story, or at least on real characters. Authors like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald were discovered by Perkins, a real-life editor who flourished in the 1800s. In the film, Firth portrays him admirably, and Kidman’s supporting role as Wolfe’s lover also deserves credit.
IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
Starring: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: Michael Grandage
9. Eyes Wide Close (1999)
Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926 novella ‘Dream Story’, Stanley Kubrick’s classic suspenseful film Eyes Wide Shut follows Tom Cruise’s character Bill Hartford as he attempts to join a secret masked society to restore the spell from his failed marriage.
Like Schnitzler’s original story, the film has a lot to say about marriage, love, and human connections. Kubrick’s precise and thoughtful direction elevates all these subjects. In the movie, the real-life couple Kidman and Cruise have great chemistry and both deliver outstanding performances.
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
8. Far Away (1992)
Another 1990s Cruise/Kidman romance drama Far and Away focuses on the romance of Joseph and Shannon, two Irish immigrants living in America. Set in the deep south of the 1890s, the film combines aspects of romance and western genres.
Of course, Kidman and Cruise play off each other beautifully throughout the film, and the relationship between their characters is quite intriguing and believable. The plot is based on the experiences of these characters, constantly emphasizing their close relationship and inherent flaws.
IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson
Directed by: Ron Howard
7. To Die For (1995)
To die for, a comedy/drama based on the life of Pamela Smart, with Nicole Kidman alongside Matt Dillon and Joaquin Phoenix. The film shows that Suzanne, a woman played by Nicole Kidman, will do just about anything to fulfill her ambition to become a newsreader.
Gus Van Sant, who directed the film, was more known in the 1990s for his sombre dramas like My Own Private Idaho and Good Will Hunting, so it came as a surprise when it turned out to be one of the best mockumentary comedies. ever. The best part of the film is undoubtedly Kidman’s hilariously distorted portrayal of Suzanne.
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
6. Dead Still (1989)
In Dead Calm, Kidman plays Rae Ingram, a girl who has a terrifying vacation experience that leads to a kidnapping, a broken marriage and a moment in her life from which she will never recover. Many consider it one of the best psychological thrillers of its time, and it was one of the last films Kidman worked on in Australia.
Sam Neill portrays her husband John Ingram in the film opposite Kidman, and their relationship is very tense and complicated. This complicated relationship is made into something completely captivating and intriguing, which doubles the pleasure of watching the movie.
IMDb Rating: 6.8/10
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
5. Leo (2016)
Saroo Brierly, played by Dev Patel in the touching biographical film Lion, sets out on a journey to find his family after being estranged from them as a small child. In a very touching supporting role, Kidman portrays his adoptive mother Sue.
Patel’s performance in Lion was something of a breakthrough role for him; up to that time, his best-known appearances as a young child were in the Best Picture-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and the British cult comedy Skins. In Lion, the actor does a great job and his journey is guaranteed to appeal to all types of audiences.
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Directed by: Garth Davis
4. The Hours (2002)
Three ladies looking for deep meaning in their lives are the main characters of The Hours. Virginia Woolf, a writer, is one of these ladies, while the other two are futuristic women who find solace in the lines of her book “Mrs. Dalloway’.
The film has a lot to say about gender and independence while at the same time conveying an important story in a completely original and distinctive way. The biographical story of a legendary woman is seamlessly interwoven with the fictional story of two contemporary women in search of meaning.
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Starring: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore
Directed by: Stephen Daldry
3. The Deceived (2017)
The Beguiled, a film by Sofia Coppola, tells the story of a wounded Civil War soldier who is adopted by a student at a girls’ boarding school. However, the arrival of the man causes a wave of lust, desire and envy among the schoolgirls.
kidman portrays Martha Farnsworth, the headmistress of the school, delivering an incredibly dramatic and distinctive performance that perfectly matches the film’s tense and gothic tone. Each actor gives their best to this intensely personal subject, making it a film unlike any other.
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
2. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The romantic relationship between cabaret diva Satine and the English poet Christian is the subject of the Baz Luhrmann-directed musical Moulin Rouge! Unsurprisingly, the film is set in the Moulin Rouge, the largest cabaret venue in Paris.
The film is often cited as one of the best cinematic musicals of the 2000s, probably due to its unwavering dedication to style and flair. A poignant connection and realistic people take center stage in this incredibly glossy and joyful film, which combines vibrant colors and polished photography to convey the story.
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
1. The Others (2001)
Nicole Kidman plays distraught mother Grace Stewart as she moves her two children to a supposedly haunted Jersey house in one of her first horror performances. One of the major horror films of the 2000s, The Others, revived the supernatural subgenre after a brief hiatus in the 1990s.
Kidman has a great performance as the protagonist, skillfully expressing the fear and anxiety of having to defend your children from what appears to be a terrible evil spirit. Never giving audiences a chance to catch their breath, the film is now known for its shocking turn in the third act.
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Directed by: Alejandro Amenabar
That only applies to the big screen. In recent years, kidman has performed exceptionally well on several high-profile television shows, earning a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for “The Undoing” and winning an Emmy for her nuanced performance in “Big Little Lies.” In addition to her four Oscar nominations to date, Kidman has also received ten nominations for Golden Globe films and nine Screen Actors Guild nominations.