Here are some must-watch Naomi Watts movies

An actor par excellence, she is a delight to watch on screen

Naomi Watts is a British actress with exemplary acting talent. Watts began her acting career with commercials on the television and then in 1986 with the Australian drama For Love Alone, which is based on Christina Stead’s 1945 best-selling novel of the same name. In the following years, Watts went on to work on television again and appeared in Australian sitcoms Hey Dad..! Brides of Christ, Home and Away. It was in 2001, with director David Lynch’s psychological thriller Mulholland Drive, portraying the role of an aspiring actress, that she came to international prominence. Here is a list of a few of Naomi Watts’ movies that you must watch.

Fair Game

This 2010 biographical political drama stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn in the leading role and is based on Valerie Plame’s 2007 memoir Fair Game and Joseph C. Wilson’s 2004 memoir The Politics of Truth. The story of the film, just like the book, revolves around Valerie Plame, portrayed by Watts, who is with the Central Intelligence Agency, and this secret is known outside to only her husband and parents. Her husband, Joseph C. Wilson, essayed by Sean Penn, is a diplomat who most recently has served as the U.S. ambassador to Gabon. But somehow, Plame’s identity is leaked, and the story of the film takes an uphill turn.


This 2016 biographical sports drama is directed by Philippe Falardeau and co-written by Liev Schreiber – who also stars in the title role. The film also stars Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Michael Rapaport, Morgan Spector, and Catherine Corcoran, besides Naomi Watts. The film is the narration of the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, and most importantly, it depicts his 1975 title fight with the heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali – this turn inspired Sylvester Stallone’s character and screenplay for the 1976 film Rocky.

Ellie Parker

This 2005 comedy-drama stars Naomi Watts in the title role. The actress is essaying the role of a young woman who is struggling to be an actress in the dream city of Los Angeles. The film in the initial stage of shooting was to be a short film, but writer-director Scott Coffey made it into a feature-length film over four years. The film is, in a way, semi-autobiographical based in part on Watts’ own struggles as an actress.

A few others of her movies are The Ring, 21 Grams; I Heart Huckabees, King Kong, Eastern Promises, The International, The Impossible, Birdman, St. Vincent, Ned Kelly, While We’re Young, The Glass Castle, Luce, the Divergent franchise, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, and Flirting. A few other of Watts’ television series are the mystery drama Twin Peaks and the limited biographical series The Loudest Voice.

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