Jodie Foster Movies

Jodie Foster directing George Clooney in her latest movie....Money Monster

Jodie Foster directing George Clooney in her latest movie….Money Monster

Want to know the best Jodie Foster movies?  How about the worst Jodie Foster movies?  Curious about Jodie Foster’s box office grosses or which Jodie Foster movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Jodie Foster movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences or which one got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

If CAWBAA (Child Actors Who Became Awesome Adults) had a Board of Directors….Joining Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ron Howard, Jason Bateman and Neil Patrick Harris on the board would be Jodie Foster.  When I was 16, I was proving that I was not mature enough to have a driver’s license.  By the time Jodie Foster was 16, she had 41 IMDb acting credits, had appeared in two Martin Scorsese movies, had hosted Saturday Night Live and was an Oscar® nominated actress.

Jodie Foster (1962-) is a two time Best Actress Oscar® winner, director and producer.  She has been appearing in movies for over 40 years.  During that time she has also won three Golden Globes®, three BAFTAs (British Oscars) and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.  She is one of the best actresses of not only her generation but of all generations.  So when I was looking at my Request page I saw three people (Michael, Wife of Cogerson and DP184) had requested a movie page her….I realized a Jodie Foster UltimateMovieRankings page was way overdue.

Her IMDb page shows 75 acting credits from 1969-2016. This page will rank 36 Jodie Foster movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Her television appearances and movies not released in theaters in North America were not included in the rankings.

Jodie Foster in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort Jodie Foster movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Jodie Foster movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Jodie Foster movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Jodie Foster movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Jodie Foster movie received.
  • Sort Jodie Foster movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Jodie Foster Table

  1. Ten Jodie Foster movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 27.77% of her movies listed. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Jodie Foster movie grosses $64.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  24 of Jodie Foster’s movies are rated as good movies…or 66.66% of her movies.  Taxi Driver (1976)is her highest rated movie while Siesta (1987) is her lowest rated movie.
  4. Eleven Jodie Foster movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 30.55% of her movies.
  5. Three Jodie Foster movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 8.33% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  16 Jodie Foster movies scored higher than that average….or 44.44% of her movies.  The Silence of the Lambs (1991) got the the highest UMR Score while Siesta (1987) got the lowest UMR Score.
Jodie Foster in 1997's Contact

Jodie Foster in 1997’s Contact

Possibly Interesting Facts About Jodie Foster

1. Alicia Christian Foster (1966-) was born in Los Angeles, California.  Her three siblings insisted on calling her Jodie….I think they got their way.

2.  Jodie Foster’s path to stardom…Cliff Notes style.  At the age of three she was a model.  This led to commericials including being the Coppertone girl.  By six she was appearing on prime time television shows.  At nine she started appearing in motion pictures like 1972’s Napoleon and Samantha with Michael Douglas and 1973’s Tom Sawyer.  Martin Scorsese cast her in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) and then he cast her in her star making role…..1976’s Taxi Driver.  And the rest as they say….is history.

3.  Jodie Foster put her acting career on hold to attend Yale University.  She majored in literature and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. During her time at Yale was stalked by John Hinckley, who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan to impress her.

4. Jodie Foster has been nominated for four acting Oscars®.  Her first nomination was for Best Supporting Actress in Taxi Driver.  She won two Best Actress Oscars®…..first for 1988’s The Accused and then for 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.  Her fourth and final nomination was a Best Actress nomination for 1994’s Nell.  She has received 7 Golden Globe® nominations…winning twice….The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs.

5. Jodie Foster has been married one time.  She married Alexandra Hedison in 2014.  She has two sons.

6. Jodie Foster was voted the 57th “Greatest Movie Star” of all time by Entertainment Weekly.    Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 “Sexiest Stars” in film history.  Her role in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs was ranked as “the 6th greatest hero” by the American Film Institute.

7.  Jodie Foster considers her role in Nell (1994) as her best performance. Her favorite actors are Robert DeNiro, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando and Humphrey Bogart. Her favorite actresses are Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Katharine Hepburn.  The Deer Hunter is her favorite movie.

8.  Roles Jodie Foster turned down or was seriously considered for:  Elizabeth Shue part in Adventures in Babysitting,  Julia Roberts role in Pretty Woman,  Elizabeth McGovern’s part in Once Upon A Time In America, Nicole Kidman role in To Die For, Molly Ringwald’s roles in The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink,  Tatum O’Neal’s role in The Bad News Bears, and Meg Ryan role in Sleepless in Seattle.

9.  There is an asteroid named after her…..it is called 17744 Jodiefoster.

10.  Check out Jodie Foster‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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12 thoughts on “Jodie Foster Movies

  1. I like Jodie Foster but I’ve only seen a few of her films. From your list I’ve counted 11 films seen and she was very good in all of them. Favorites include Taxi Driver, Silence of the Lambs, Maverick and Contact. I haven’t seen Nell either. The most recent Blu-ray I’ve bought with Foster appearing was Elysium. I remember seeing Panic Room at the cinema, David Fincher. She was also good in Flightplan. I didn’t know there was an asteroid named after her, that’s pretty cool. Voted Up.

    1. Hey Steve…..my tally is 19….probably 20…as I think I saw Candleshoe with my grandmother in theaters….but I remember nothing about the movie. But that was 37 years ago when I was a kid…..for some reason I was not keeping track of all the movies that I watched. I like all of your Top 4….no complaints on Silence being 1st? That actually might be the widest gap between 1st and 2nd place in my scoring system….30 plus points….the difference would rank 20th on her table and Silence would still be number one. Don’t we all have asteroids named after us…..mine is 1,245,766,653,673,143,132 Cogerson….lol. Thanks as always for checking out my latest.

      1. Silence of the Lambs at no.1 is fine, it won all those Oscars, but Taxi Driver should have been no.2 at least, one of the most highly rated films of the 70’s and for many film buffs rated higher than Lambs. Maverick was a fun movie, but should it be so high on the charts?
        I’ve never seen Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More, Jodie must have been very young.

        1. Taxi Driver got third….Maverick’s additional $100 million at the box office gave it the edge over Taxi Driver. Taxi Driver gets it’s kudos when looking at critic audience rating….then it is just a tick behind Silence of the Lambs. As for Maverick ….her 2nd biggest hit….and her 10th best reviewed movie….the only category it struggled was in the awards column…with just a single Oscar nomination. Thanks for the thoughts on my rankings.

  2. Thanks Cogerson. You spelled my name wrong, though. It hurts in the same way that making fun of my southern accent might… If you were the kind of person to do that, and if I had a southern accent.

  3. Hello – I have seen a lot of her movies and I liked her in NELL and my favorite is CONTACT. I thought Contact was a very good movie – you could believe her in that role. Thanks again for another good job – informative. THANKS.

    1. Hey BERN1960….I have actually not see Nell…..but I will have to check that one out. Contact is one that is due for a revisit. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the nice compliment…both are greatly appreciated.

    1. Hey Tigger……I think you are correct. Lohan is probably not in the association. She is in The Freaky Friday alumni though….lol.

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