In honor of this week’s third anniversary of ‘Lady Bird,’ here are the top five films to watch now from star Saoirse Ronan!
Written by: Tea Kingley – November 5th, 2020 2:21 pm pst
Believe it or not, it’s already been three years since Lady Bird was released! The critically acclaimed film stars Saoirse Ronan, who got her start as a child actor, earning her first Oscar nomination at only age 13! Now, the Irish actress has racked up a total of four Oscar nominations, although she hasn’t won one yet, at 26 years old that is still a very impressive feat. She’s sure to continue down this path as an acting powerhouse. In case you’ve missed some of her best work from all across her career, here are the top five Saoirse Ronan films that you must watch!
To start, we have Hanna, a 2011 action thriller directed by Joe Wright whom you may know from Pride & Prejudice, Atonement (another Saoirse Ronan film, but we’ll get to that one later), and Darkest Hour. Hanna is about a girl (Ronan) who was raised in the wilderness by her ex-CIA operative father to become an assassin. Cate Blanchett plays the antagonist, a current CIA agent who tries to kill Hanna and her father. This film has exhilarating action sequences, great performances from Ronan and Blanchett, and a powerful ending. It is a great movie to watch if you’re in an action kinda mood.
Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Next up is the terrific Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). The film takes place largely in the titular hotel, and has many odds and ends in a sprawling but engaging story. In fact, the film tied with Birdman for the most nominations and wins at that year’s Academy Awards! Featuring an ensemble cast with big names such as Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, and more (including, of course, Saoirse Ronan in an especially touching role) and supported by Wes Anderson’s signature quirky and aesthetically pleasing style, I would highly recommend The Grand Budapest Hotel for a fun watch complete with meaningful themes.
Credit: Universal Pictures
If you love period dramas and haven’t watched Atonement yet, I have one question for you, what are you waiting for?! The 2007 film is what got Saoirse Ronan her first Oscar nomination, acting as a young girl who mistakenly accuses a man of a crime he did not commit. The film then follows the consequences of this over six decades starting in 1935, spanning WWII and beyond, it also has a twist ending that will have you crying for sure. Atonement is an unbelievably great film, I would highly recommend giving it a watch.
Credit: Sony Pictures
Next up is Saoirse Ronan’s most recent film, Little Women (2019). Another period film based on the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, a young aspiring writer who is learning to make her own way in the world while a part of her desperately tries to hold onto her childhood. The ensemble cast also features Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, and more. The film is Greta Gerwig’s second writer-directorial effort. Although this is the seventh adaptation of the original novel, it is certainly the best, earning a total of six Academy Award nominations and one win. Little Women is an incredible film, and you should definitely watch it if you haven’t already.
Coming in at number one is none other than Lady Bird! Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut (which she also wrote) is a funny, touching, and real coming of age story following Ronan as a high school senior at a Catholic school and ending with the beginning of her freshman year in college. The film explores love, academics, friendship, and family, and is something that all young women will likely relate to. When I watched Lady Bird for the first time, I felt it was the most realistic coming of age film I’d seen in awhile, and critics agree, with the film earning five Oscar nominations and a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes (notoriously, it had a 100% and was the best reviewed movie ever on the website until one man wrote a negative review). The cast also features Laurie Metcalf, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, and more. It is a must watch for people of all demographics if you ask me.
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Although I haven’t seen it so I can’t fairly rank it, I have to include Brooklyn (2015), the film that earned Saoirse Ronan her second Oscar nom and her first for a lead role. The film follows Ronan as an Irish woman who moves to New York and is forced to choose between her old life in Ireland and her new one in America. The film is a romantic period drama, and was nominated for two additional Oscars including one for Best Picture. If you haven’t watched it yet… don’t worry, I’m in the same boat, but it’s at the top of my watchlist and I hope it’s on yours now too!
About The Author:
Tea Kingley is a senior at Emerson College who is majoring in Marketing and Film. She is passionate about all things entertainment and loves being both in front of the camera and a member of the crew. Tea also enjoys marketing, social media, and writing. She’s a TV, movie, and pop culture aficionado. Tea is always eager to discuss the latest releases and news.
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