Here’s a fun fact: Julianne Moore has never won an Oscar. Injustice, right? The 54-year-old actress has been nominated four times—Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), and The Hours (2002)—and her filmography is sprawling with award-worthy performances. Most recently, her role in this year’s Still Alice, which hits theaters today, has jumpstarted the Best Actress buzz once again. Understandable, because when it played at this year’s AFI Film Festival, there wasn’t soul in the audience who didn’t bawl while watching Moore playing a linguistics professor whose life unravels as she develops Alzheimer’s. The truth is, Moore can take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion with any old role. For further proof, take a look at all of her films currently streaming on Netflix.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 original take on Stephen King’s batshit crazy coming-of-age novel is a classic, and no one should ever mess with a classic. However, Moore, as Carrie’s ultra-religious mommy dearest, shoulders a film that was doomed from the beginning. Here, she writhes, screams, and psychobabbles to the heavens above like an actress making the best out of a bad situation.
The English Teacher (2013)
The hot-for-teacher trope is at the forefront here as Michael Angarano plays a failed playwright who returns to high school to put on a production under the guidance of his former instructor (Moore). The production crumbles as sexual tension turns their professional relationship into a physical one.
Don Jon (2013)
Moore goes cougar in this rom-com about a sex-addicted Lothario, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, seeking a monogamous relationship. The cast is rounded out by Scarlett Johansson, dolled up as a New Jersey princess, Tony Danza as as the quintessential guido’s dad, and Brie Larson as JGL’s little sis in her easiest role yet—the girl says like, two words.
Moore and the rest of the cast weigh in on how JGL pulled double duty as director and star:
What Maisie Knew (2012)
An aging rock icon (Moore) still holding onto the dream and a free-spirited art dealer (Alexander Skarsgard) separate after failing to cope with middle-aged domesticity. Their young daughter is left in the wake of their divorce, where she’s forced to adapt to her parents’ petty custody battle and their respective rebound lovers.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
There’s no such thing as domestic bliss. At least, not if you believe this movie. Annette Bening and Moore play Nic and Jules, a married couple whose life is thrown for a loop when their son Laser (they’re a hippie L.A. duo, go figure), played by Josh Hutcherson, begins searching for his sperm donor. Once his biological dad (Mark Ruffalo) enters the picture, Laser isn’t the only one questioning his identity.
30 Rock (2009-2013)
Moore joined the fourth season of 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy’s high school crush, Nancy. However, unlike the powersuited intellectuals Donaghy finds himself tangoing with, she’s a down-home Catholic brosephine with a thick Boston accent. As Nancy, Moore drags Alec Baldwin’s character through love triangles, threesomes, and heartache in a recurring role that lasts through the seventh season.
A Single Man (2009)
The directorial debut of clothing designer Tom Ford means you know the film was bound to be stitched together beautifully. Colin Firth plays a gay man in the 1960s who seeks solace in his dearest friend (played by Moore), after the accidental death of his lover forces him to the brink of suicide. The film begins with his resolve to end his life, and tracks of the moments that lead up to it, but chance encounters with beautiful strangers leaves him questioning his intent.
Racial tension, child kidnapping, tumultuous secret affairs—THE feel-good movie on your Netflix, amiright? Okay, no, but Moore does share top-billing with Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a detective on the hunt for Moore’s character’s missing son.
The Forgotten (2004)
Imagine being told that the life you remember isn’t the life you’ve actually been living. That’s what Moore deals with in this film about a mother who loses her son in a plane crash, only to be informed one morning that she never had a child to begin with. This sets her on a path to prove she isn’t a crazy spinster.
The Hours (2002)
Meryl Streep, Moore, and Nicole Kidman star in this adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Spanning three different generations, the women are connected by Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. Streep plays a modern women prepping a party for her AIDs-stricken best friend; Moore steps into the role of an unhappy 1950s housewife seeking companionship in the arms of another; and Kidman stars as the mental illness-stricken Woolf, trudging through her next book.
World Traveler (2001)
One way to cope with the challenges life throws at you? Pack your bags and hit the road, sparing no one. That’s what happens here: Billy Crudup stars as a big city dad who abandons his family to take a road trip to find himself. Along the way, he meets a few colorful characters, one of which is played by Moore, who show him how shitty his decision was.
The Shipping News (2001)
According to this adaptation of Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News, it’s never too late to start your life over again. After his wife abandons him, a broken-hearted father (Kevin Spacey) moves him and his daughter to Newfoundland, where he discovers his talent for reporting and a second chance at love with a town local (Moore).
An Ideal Husband (1999)
Cate Blanchett, Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver, Moore—those are just a few Hollywood heavyweights that bring this Cannes Film Festival delight to life. An adaptation of the comedic Oscar Wilde play of the same name, the film follows a successful government official (Everett) in London whose sordid past is used by a former flame (Moore) to blackmail him.