Top 5 Rachel McAdams Movies

Updated on June 28, 2020
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Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress who has been acting since 2001. She has starred in comedies, dramas, and love stories, and proven her talent, and fashion sense, in the variety of roles she has taken.


Unfortunately, many actors and actresses tend to become typecast and always seem to fall into the same kinds of roles. This didn't happen to McAdams; she has shown she is versatile in the movies she stars in, showing true talent. Here are her top 5 movies recommended for fans of her work.

5. Mean Girls (2004)

Mean Girls became an instant classic when it hit our screens in 2004. Although Lindsay Lohan was the star of the show, the movie was really made by Rachel McAdams' performance of Regina George, the queen of high school and a "plastic" girl of lipstick, gossip, and "rules of feminism".

McAdams was hot and blonde in Mean Girls and showed a funny yet scary side of what high school can really be like. Regina is extremely popular, almost sickeningly so - "Once, she punched me in the face. It was awesome!" - but behind the adoration of the worshipping fangirls is a level of fear, jealousy and dislike. Mean Girls is a great chick comedy that McAdams did a great job in and made the film an instant hit we'll have a difficult time forgetting.


4. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

The Sherlock Holmes movies starred Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law as the genius detective and his assistant, respectively. Downey Jr's performance as the witty and observant detective charmed audiences worldwide with laugh-out-loud moments and interesting twists. Rachel McAdams did her fair share of charming too with her role as Irene Adler, the equally intelligent old flame of Holmes who plays a relatively small, but vital role in the movie.

McAdams looked stunning in her Steampunk-esque attire and did a great job of being the captivating and rather sneaky Adler. Sherlock Holmes is one of her best movies.


3. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

The Time Traveler's Wife tells the story of a man who uncontrollably time travels; he first finds out when he transports from within his family's crashing car, killing his mother but leaving him alive. The story follows him always travelling to a meadow, where he meets a young girl named Clare. She grows up knowing him, and when she finds him as an adult, they are inseparable.

The Time Traveler's Wife is a very charming story and Rachel McAdams' performance is quite different to the previous movies mentioned. Her character, Clare Abshire, is a sweet, loving painter who adores her husband and longs for a family.

McAdams did a great job as Clare and really made the movie, a romantic drama, worth watching. This tear-jerker, which also stars Eric Bana, is a great film to watch with your mum.


2. The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook is another romantic movie but this time, Rachel McAdams' role is set in the 1940s. We get to see McAdams in sweet '40s attire, and hear her South Carolina accent as she charms her way into our hearts as the heartbroken, yet feisty, rich girl who falls for a labour worker.

Ryan Gosling accompanies McAdams in this adorable romance, and it's one of the best productions for both actors.


1. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Midnight in Paris tops this list as the best movie Rachel McAdams stars in. Although all five on this list are great, this fantastic film takes the lead for several reasons.

Owen Wilson, another great actor, is a scriptwriter whose real dream is to write novels and live in Paris. His fiancé (Rachel McAdams) hates this idea and demands to live in Beverly Hills or Malibu once they're married. Upon stumbling on a street alone after deciding to walk home in his beloved Paris, an odd taxi shows up and takes him on a journey... to the 1920s.

Rachel McAdams is more like a "villian" in this movie. She is a spoilt brat who demands a lot from her future husband and often makes catty remarks. Without giving too much away, McAdams did a great job of making us absolutely hate her character, Inez!

Midnight in Paris is an inspiring work for writers and hosts some fantastic quotes. It tops this list as the best movie Rachel McAdams appears in.


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These five movies are all great performances by McAdams and the actors that accompany her in these movies. Whether it's blonde or brunette, modern or old-fashioned, McAdams always seems to be able to pull of great roles and fashions. Let's hope we continue seeing her great talent in the future!

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    • poppyr profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Me too, she's very talented!

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      Enoch Kane 

      3 years ago from Ghana

      I realy like her movies


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