Alicia Silverstone's best movies include Clueless, Blast from the Past, and True Crime
We all know about Clueless, but Alicia Silverstone is famous for more than that. So what are her best movies? What else has she done? We found the answer, and it’s a little weird.
Alicia Silverstone’s career dates back three decades, with her first acting role being on The Wonder Years. Aside from Clueless, that might have been her career-high mark because after that, she appeared in the not-great 1993 thriller The Crush.
Sure, after The Crush, she made Clueless, but she also made a lot of other movies, far too many of which aren’t even as good as Batman & Robin. These are Alicia Silverstone’s best movies (seriously this is as good as it gets), ranked one through ten…
1. Clueless (1995)
By far the best role on Alicia Silverstone’s best movies list. While the movie was also a massive hit for Silverstone, she embodied the character Cher that she played in the film and truly brought it to life. Clueless told the story of Cher, a very shallow yet rich and socially acceptable student at Beverly Hills High.
When we first meet Cher, we see how superficial she is, though we soon come to realize there is more depth to her than what she is showing. She actually has a charm and intelligence that helps her through her trying high school days and since she fancies herself a matchmaker, she begins with two teachers. Is anyone ready for a Clueless 2?
2. Batman & Robin (1997)
While the film itself did not score high in the Batman universe, one of Alicia Silverstone’s best movies included her portrayal of Barbara Wilson/Batgirl and was a bright spot in the film. The film was the fourth and final film in the Warner Bros. first go around with the Batman movies. This one brought in George Clooney to star as Batman, with Chris O’Donnell returning as Dick Grayson/Robin.
The film is notable for having Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy. As Barbara Wilson, Alicia Silverstone is the niece of Alfred Pennyworth, here played by Michael Gough, who played the same role in Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and this one, Batman & Robin. When Barbara loses her parents, she is taken under the wings of Alfred at Wayne Manor, where she becomes one of the superheroes.
3. The Crush (1993)
One of Alicia Silverstone’s best movies was when, at 17 years old, she filmed cult classic The Crush. In it, she plays Darian Forrester, a 14-year-old who develops a serious crush on a new tenant, Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes). Darian immediately makes her intentions clear to Nick.
Nick, a 28-year-old writer who has come to a new city to work for a magazine, makes it clear to Darian that nothing between them will ever happen, although Darian continues to push. Now angry at the rejection, Darian turns her attention to attacking his property and his friends, and goes so far as to accuse him of sexual assault, which Nick gets arrested for. It is an intense thriller that Alicia Silverstone shines in.
4. Blast from the Past (1999)
Blast from the Past stars Brendan Fraser as Adam Webber, a man who has spent his entire life living in a fall-out shelter. Believing the world had been hit with nuclear war (in actuality, it was a plane crash into their home), Adam and his family fled to their shelter, only to stay for 35 years, which is the length of time Adam’s father believes it would take for nuclear radiation to dissipate.
When the fallout shelter unlocks 35 years later, Adam makes his way to the surface, where he meets Eve Rustikov (Silverstone), a young lady that Adam asks to help him find a wife. Of course, the more Eve helps, the closer the two become. This ends up one of Alicia Silverstone’s best movies because of the back-and-forth between the two leads.
5. Excess Baggage (1997)
The ‘90s were a solid decade for the actress seeing as how that is where many of Alicia Silverstone’s best movies happened. In Excess Baggage, Silverstone is not feeling the love from her father, so instead of confronting him on this, she decides to stage her own kidnapping. She puts herself in the back of her fancy BMW, taping her hands and mouth, but not before calling the police to come to rescue her.
As she is waiting for the police, an actual car thief (Benicio del Toro) steals the car with her inside. Hijinks and a little bit of romance ensues. The film is bolstered by Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson, and Harry Connick Jr.
6. Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
As far as Alicia Silverstone’s best movies, this Scooby-Doo sequel is a fun one…for kids. This one returns Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Linda Cardellini as Velma. It also introduces Seth Green as Velma’s love interest and Alicia Silverstone as Heather Jasper Howe, the woman who turns a city against those “meddling kids.”
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is notable because the film was directed by Raja Gosnell (Never Been Kissed, Big Momma’s House) and written by none other than DC Studio’s new co-chief, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).
7. The Babysitter (1995)
This time, Alicia Silverstone becomes the object of obsession. She stars as Jennifer, a teenager who has been hired to babysit the children of Harry and Dolly Tucker. Harry, though, oftentimes fantasizes about Jennifer, to the point that it is causing problems for him.
Meanwhile, Jennifer’s ex-boyfriend Jack still has feelings for her, although she broke it off with him because of his constant pressure to have sex. Things begin to get out of control when Jack and his troublemaking friend decide to stalk Jennifer at the Tucker’s house, while Harry’s obsession turns deadly.
This is one of Alicia Silverstone’s best movies because of the tension and tone.
8. Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000)
Kenneth Branagh wrote and directed this musical comedy that is based on the works of William Shakespeare. The film stars Alicia Silverstone as the Princess of France, who arrives in Navarre in order to discuss matters of state. Love begins to bloom between courtiers and handmaidens and the King of Navarre himself falls in love with the Princess of France.
But love is fleeting for all as the death of the King of France requires one full year of mourning, forcing love to wait. Does it? Can it? It is possible that some love can stand the test of time. This was one of Alicia Silverstone’s best movies even in a very different role for the actress.
9. True Crime (1996)
True Crime is a film that never made it to theaters, going straight to home video. In this one, Silverstone plays Mary Giordano, a senior at a Catholic school. She loves mystery novels and detective magazines, which has given her the inspiration to become a cop, much like her father who was killed in the line of duty years back.
Mary hears about a case of a serial killer of a few teenagers, some of whom were her classmates. She decides to start her own investigation, which gets her into trouble with her father’s old partner. Of course, Mary doesn’t stop investigating and soon she is on the radar of the serial killer.
10. Beauty Shop (2005)
Beauty Shop is the 2005 spin-off of the Barbershop franchise, one in which Queen Latifah’s Gina Norris was introduced. This time, Latifah’s Gina has moved with her daughter, Vanessa, to Atlanta so her daughter can attend a private music school. After a disagreement with her boss, Gina decides to quit and open up her own beauty shop.
Alicia Silverstone is Lynn, the only white hair stylist at Gina’s new place, and someone who naturally has trouble fitting in. She also finds herself in more trouble when she starts a relationship with James, another hair stylist that works for Gina. The comedy also stars Kevin Bacon, Djimon Hounsou, Alfre Woodard, Andie McDowell, and Mena Suvari.
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