The 10 Best Rachel McAdams films

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Rachel McAdams is one of our favourite actresses and here's why we love her...

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Everybody loves a bit of Rachel McAdams right?

The actress has conquered Hollywood with a mix of chick flick to more serious roles and it's safe to say she is going to have a long and wonderful career in Tinseltown.

Marking her appearance in Terence Malick's latest To the Wonder, here is a rundown of the ten defining performances of Rachel's still-growing career.


To the Wonder (2013)



In cinemas now, McAdams' role in Terence Malick's romantic drama more than solidifies her status as the acting superstar she is known for being. Although her performance is brief, her screen presence resonates, with the actress stating she worked closely with the director, touring the character's local town in Oklahoma to research for the role. Her character, horse ranch worker Jane, is said to be based on Malick's current wife.


Mean Girls (2004)



Rachel McAdams' career-making performance came this popular teenage high-school film from the noughties. Her role as Regina George, leader of clique The Plastics, was the film's best, her character one of the most memorable on-screen bitches in recent memory.


The Notebook (2004)



Another film from 2004 that gained stratospheric popularity, The Notebook was THE romantic drama of noughties. Starring alongside Ryan Gosling, McAdams played Allie Hamilton, one half of a couple who fall in love in the 40s – a story narrated in the present by an elderly man to a fellow nursing home resident.


Wedding Crashers (2005)



Returning to comedy films, Rachel McAdams plays it straight alongside Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan in Wedding Crashers, a hilarious yarn about two men who crash weddings to meet women. Her portrayal of Claire Cleary, the object of Wilson's affections, and daughter of Christopher Walken's politician, helped win her the acclaim of being branded 'the next Julia Roberts.'


Red Eye (2005)



Turning her attention to the thriller genre, McAdams starred in Wes Craven's Red Eye, an enjoyably gripping ride in which her character Lisa Reisart is embroiled in an assassination plot by Cillian Murphy's chilling terrorist whilst onboard a flight to Miami. A film that some people think helped to solidify her nomination in the first ever Rising Star category at the BAFTAs!


State of Play (2009)



Following a 2-year break, Rachel McAdams' return to screens was welcomed by all heralding her appearance in the political thriller State of Play, alongside an impressive cast ranging from Russell Crowe to Helen Mirren and (her To the Wonder co-star) Ben Affleck. Critics praised her performance as junior political reporter Della Frye.


Sherlock Holmes (2009)/Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)



With only one franchise on Rachel McAdam's filmography, Sherlock Holmes is a great one to be a part of, playing female lead Irene Adler in Guy Ritchie's film, love interest to Robert Downey Jr.'s incarnation of the London detective. Third wheel to the escapades of Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson (Jude Law,) McAdams provides bravura in a role that would have been forgettable in the hands of many other actresses – returning for a cameo role in 2011 sequel A Game of Shadows.

The Time Traveller's Wife (2009)



In another epic romance flick, Rachel joined the cast of the film based on a best-selling book about a love that transcends time. No matter what character Rachel plays she has a brilliant ability of making sure that every female in the audience emphasises with what she is going through. Amazing!


Midnight in Paris (2011)



Reuniting with Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson, her role as Inez in Oscar-nominated Midnight in Paris was impressively written specifically for her by directing legend Woody Allen. Allen has stated that he wanted to give her the opportunity to play something other than "beautiful girls," with Inez being overwhelmingly pretentious and oppressive; leaving it for McAdams to prove she can play against type.


The Vow (2012)



Based on a True Story, Rachel alongside Channing Tatum in yet another romance flick with a twist. The film begins with a car accident which puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. Rachel does a great job telling the story of one woman's twist of fate.

To The Wonder is out in cinemas on 22 February 2013

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