Rachel Weisz's Birthday: Her 15 Best Movies, Ranked from Worst to Best

10 Sunshine
Paramount Classics

7. Sunshine (1999). Total score: 71.76%. 
Directed by: István Szabó. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle, Miriam Margolyes, Mark Strong. 
Plot summary: The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.
What the critics said: "This is a movie of substance and thrilling historical sweep, and its three hours allow Szabo to show the family's destiny forming and shifting under pressure." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. 

11 Disobedience
Bleecker Street Media

6. Disobedience (2017). Total score: 72.79%. 
Directed by: Sebastián Lelio. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola. 
Plot summary: A woman returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
What the critics said: "A riveting story about love, happiness and difficult choices. Flawless performances from Weisz and McAdams." Rafer Guzman, Newsday

12 About a Boy
Universal Pictures

5. About a Boy (2002). Total score: 72.91%. 
Directed by: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz. Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz. 
Plot summary: A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.
What the critics said: "About a Boy is better than a feelgood movie, it's a feel-great movie—genuinely clever, affecting when you least expect it to be and funny from start to finish." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

13 The Deep Blue Sea
Music Box Films

4. The Deep Blue Sea (2011). Total score: 73.21%. 
Directed by: Terence Davies. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Ann Mitchell, Simon Russell Beale. 
Plot summary: The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.
What the critics said: "Weisz gives a heartbreaking performance; her Hester spirals into doom, hungry for the physical pleasures she has found." Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer. 

14 The Lobster
A24

3. The Lobster (2015). Total score: 76.51%.
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos. Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Jessica Barden, Ashley Jensen, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux. 
Plot summary: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
What the critics said: "Rachel Weisz ... is perfectly cast as the only person in this world with the normal capacities for warmth, empathy and desire." A.O. Scott, New York Times

15 The Constant Gardener
Focus Features

2. The Constant Gardener (2005). Total score: 77.14%.
Directed by: Fernando Meirelles. Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy. 
Plot summary: A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
What the critics said: "Meirelles clearly trusts his actors, particularly Fiennes and Weisz: The plot of The Constant Gardener is fairly intricate, but in the end, the story is told mostly in their faces." Stephanie Zacharek, Salon. 

16 The Favourite
Fox Searchlight Pictures

1. The Favourite (2018). Total score: 83.75%. 
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos. Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult. 
Plot summary: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
What the critics said: "Lanthimos' renegade devilry turns a period piece into a bawdy, brilliant triumph. Expect Oscar to bow down to Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and the mighty Olivia Colman as Queen Anne for bringing a #MeToo punch to 18th-century British politics." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone