26 Undertaking Betty
In the movie 'Undertaking Betty', Naomi Watts portrayed the character of Meredith Mainwaring. The film is a black comedy and the plot of the film involves a woman, whose husband is cheating on her, to fake her own death in order to be together with her lover.
25 The Bleeder
Naomi Watts starred in the 2016 biographical drama film 'The Bleeder', playing the role of Linda, the wife of Chuck Wepner (played by Liev Schreiber). The film tells the story of Wepner, the real-life inspiration for the Rocky Balboa character, and his rise to fame as a professional boxer.
24 J. Edgar
Naomi Watts played Helen Gandy in the 2011 biographical drama film 'J. Edgar', directed by Clint Eastwood. She starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who played the title character, J. Edgar Hoover.
23 Funny Games
Naomi Watts plays a helpless mother in 'Funny Games', a thriller about two young men terrorizing a family on vacation. Her performance is gripping and heartbreaking.
22 The International
Naomi Watts starred as Eleanor Whitman in the 2009 espionage thriller 'The International'. The film follows Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) as they investigate a powerful bank’s activities.
21 The Book of Henry
Naomi Watts stars as Susan Carpenter in the 2017 drama film 'The Book of Henry'. She plays the single mother of two boys, one of whom is the titular Henry, played by Jaeden Martell.
20 I Heart Huckabees
Naomi Watts stars as Dawn Campbell in the 2004 comedy film 'I Heart Huckabees'. She plays a businesswoman who hires a pair of "existential detectives" to help her find the meaning of life. Her character is driven, ambitious and highly competitive, often coming into conflict with the detectives' more relaxed and philosophical views.
In the film 'Stay', Naomi Watts takes on the role of Lila Culpepper, a deeply troubled and enigmatic character. Lila is the girlfriend of a psychiatrist, played by Ewan McGregor, who is trying to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide.
18 Boss Level
In the movie 'Boss Level', Naomi Watts plays the character of Jemma Wells, a brilliant scientist and former military researcher. Her role is pivotal to the film's time-loop narrative, as she holds the key to protagonist Roy Pulver's (played by Frank Grillo) predicament.
17 Penguin Bloom
In the movie 'Penguin Bloom', Naomi Watts stars as Sam Bloom, a woman whose life is changed when she finds an injured magpie whom she names 'Penguin'. Through the experience of caring for the bird, Sam is able to find a renewed sense of hope and joy.
16 Fair Game
In the film 'Fair Game', Naomi Watts portrays real-life former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson. Plame's life unravels when her covert identity is exposed by the U.S. government in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson's (played by Sean Penn) criticism of the Iraq War.
15 The Assassination of Richard Nixon
In 'The Assassination of Richard Nixon', Naomi Watts portrays Marie Andersen Bicke, the wife of Samuel Bicke (played by Sean Penn), a deeply troubled salesman who becomes obsessed with assassinating President Richard Nixon. Watts delivers a compelling performance as Marie, capturing the emotional turmoil of a woman trapped in a deteriorating marriage with a husband spiraling into madness.
Naomi Watts starred in the 2002 David Lynch film, 'Rabbits'. She plays the role of Suzie, a woman living in a surreal world populated by humanoid rabbits. The film follows the daily lives of the rabbits as they interact with each other and the mysterious Suzie.
In the film 'Demolition', Naomi Watts plays the character Karen Moreno, a customer service representative who becomes emotionally entangled with the protagonist, Davis Mitchell (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). She forms an unlikely connection with Davis, who is coping with the loss of his wife.
In the movie 'Flirting', Naomi Watts plays the character Janet Odgers, a fellow student at an Australian boarding school. Watts's role is a supporting one but crucial in the film's exploration of adolescent relationships and identity.
11 The Glass Castle
Naomi Watts stars as Rose Mary Walls in 'The Glass Castle', a 2017 drama based on the memoir of the same name by Jeannette Walls. The film follows the Walls family, led by an eccentric and dysfunctional father, played by Woody Harrelson, and their difficult life together. Watts portrays Rose Mary as a woman struggling to keep her family together despite her husband's alcoholism and irresponsible behavior.
10 Dangerous Beauty
In the film 'Dangerous Beauty', Naomi Watts plays the role of Giulia De Lezze, the best friend of the main character, Veronica Franco, portrayed by Catherine McCormack. Giulia is a supportive and spirited confidante to Veronica, who becomes a courtesan in 16th-century Venice to escape a loveless marriage.
9 The Ring
Naomi Watts plays the lead role of Rachel Keller in the 2002 horror film 'The Ring'. She is a journalist who investigates the mysterious death of her niece and discovers a cursed videotape that brings death to anyone who watches it.
8 King Kong
Naomi Watts starred as Ann Darrow in the film 'King Kong'. She played an aspiring vaudeville actress who is kidnapped by a movie producer and taken to Skull Island, where she is the object of the giant gorilla's obsession.
7 Mother and Child
In the film 'Mother and Child', Naomi Watts takes on the role of Elizabeth, a complex and emotionally scarred woman who gave up her daughter for adoption years ago. Watts delivers a poignant performance, portraying Elizabeth as a closed-off and successful lawyer haunted by the past.
6 St. Vincent
In the movie 'St. Vincent', Naomi Watts portrayed the character Daka Parimova, a pregnant Russian sex worker who is friend of the lead character Vincent MacKenna (played by Bill Murray).
5 The Painted Veil
Naomi Watts starred as Kitty Fane in the 2006 drama 'The Painted Veil'. The movie is about a married couple, Kitty and Walter Fane (Edward Norton), who move to China in the 1920s due to Walter's work. After discovering that Kitty has had an affair, Walter forces her to accompany him to a remote village in the country, where a cholera epidemic is raging. As the two try to cope with their new situation, they soon realize that the only way to survive is to work together.
4 Lo Imposible
Naomi Watts was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2012 film Lo imposible. She was praised for her performance, with critics noting her "vulnerability and fortitude".
3 Eastern Promises
In the film 'Eastern Promises', Naomi Watts plays the character Anna Ivanovna Khitrova, a British-Russian midwife who becomes entangled in London's dangerous Russian mafia underworld.
2 21 Grams
Naomi Watts starred as Cristina Peck in '21 Grams'. The film follows three different people, who are affected by a tragic accident that connects their lives. Watts' character is the wife of a terminally ill man, and she struggles with her faith and her husband's impending death.
1 Mulholland Drive
In the film 'Mulholland Drive', Naomi Watts portrays the character Betty Elms, a hopeful young actress who arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of stardom. Betty's role serves as a central anchor to the movie's complex narrative. As the story unfolds, Betty becomes entangled in a mysterious and surreal journey, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.