Best Jessica Chastain Movie and TV Roles

Best Jessica Chastain Movie and TV Roles

Great movies and tv series need great actors which is probably why Jessica Chastain is in such high demand. The Californian native is well able to churn out the hits and 2021 looks like another bumper year.

Currently starring in the TV series, Scenes From A Marriage, Chastain finds herself opposite Oscar Isaac (Triple Frontier) in the remake of Ingmar Bergman's 1973 series about the breakdown of a relationship.

An intense look at love, hate, monogamy and divorce through the eyes of a modern American couple, the show has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic with critics and audiences praising it for its nuanced and realistic portrayal of a marriage in deep trouble.

Of course, this isn't Chastain's first critically acclaimed piece of work. Her well-documented career has led to two Oscar nominations with 123 nominations across all awarding bodies resulting in a staggering 88 wins.

Consistently excelling is no mean feat so here we take a look at Jessica Chastain's best movie roles.

Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, for which she was nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, the movie starred Chastain in the lead role of Maya Harris.

A fictional CIA intelligence analyst, Harris leads the nearly decade-long international manhunt for Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks.

A hit with the critics and the box office, Zero Dark Thirty gave Jessica Chastain her second Oscar nomination and first in the Leading Actress category in 2013. Unfortunately, she lost out to Jennifer Lawrence who won for Silver Linings Playbook.

Molly's Game

Written by the legendary Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game is the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game.

Unlike many fans of the game who can hop online and play any time they like on GGPoker, Bloom ran an underground game and quickly became an FBI target.

She created a poker empire for Hollywood celebrities, athletes, business tycoons, and the Russian mob but its exposure landed her in court and facing serious prison time. The film earned Chastain a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama.

The Help

A movie that landed Jessica Chastain her first-ever Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress Category, The Help is a 2011 period drama film written and directed by Tate Taylor. It is based on Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name.

The movie boasts an incredible cast that includes Viola Davis, Cicely Tyson, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer, and Emma Stone. The story focuses on aspiring journalist Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) and her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi.

Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids, exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families. A terrific movie that should be high on everybody's watch list.

The Tree Of Life

The Palme d'Or winner at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, The Tree Of Life is another cracker starring Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

Written and directed by Terrence Malick the film is very much a fantasy drama that chronicles the origins and meaning of life.

It is the story of a Texas family in the 1950s and the life journey of the eldest son, Jack (Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

The Martian

Starring Matt Damon, he plays an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead. Relying on his ingenuity he must find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive and can survive until a potential rescue.

Directed by Ridley Scott and set in 2035, Chastain takes on the role of Commander Melissa Lewis, geologist and the Ares III mission commander. She is in charge of the space mission that mistakenly believes that astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is dead and leaves him behind on Mars.

With seven Oscar nominations, The Martian is a high octane sci-fi adventure drama that audiences love. So much so it scores 8/10 on IMDB from over 797K ratings!

So there you have five stellar movies in which Jessica Chastain absolutely shines. So the next time you're not sure what to watch give one of them a go and you won't be disappointed.

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