While Russell is best known for her television role in the late-'90s teen drama Felicity and her start on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1991, she's done a fair number of films over her 20+ year career.
We thought we'd put it to movie fans to vote on which movie you thought featured her best performance and overall story.
Here's a few clips and trailers from her various films. We left off Eight Days a Week (for the NSFW see-through T-shirt sequence), The Upside of Anger, Dead Man's Curve (lack of clips), TV movies and series roles (including Felicity) out.
Take a look and then vote in the poll and sound off below.
Butterfly: A Grimm Love Story
Russell plays a graduate student in Germany who researches a cannibal killer for her thesis, becomes obsessed with her subject and plunges into a similar lifestyle.
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
The third installment in the Honey franchise, Russell plays babysitter Mandy who joins Nick Szalinski as they search for the Szalinskis' toddler Adam, who after an experiment grows into a giant.
Mad About Mambo
Russell plays the love interest in this rom-com about a Catholic high school student who tries to prefect his soccer skills by practicing dance.
Mission: Impossible III
Russell joins Tom Cruise in the third installment of the blockbuster franchise as Ethan Hunt is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer. The film won Russell a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Actress" in a drama/action movie.
Easily her most critically praised performance, Russell plays a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep South. She meets a newcomer to her town (Nathan Fillion) and falls into an unlikely relationship with him. She also has a unique skill of creating pies based on her emotions. This film was also Andy Griffith's next to last feature film role before his death last summer.
An orphaned musical prodigy (Freddie Highmore) tells the tale of how he uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Russell, who learned to play the cello for the role.
Russell joins the list of unlikely Adam Sandler love interests in this 2008 family comedy about a hotel handyman whose life changes when the stories he tells his niece and nephew being to magically come true.
Leaves of Grass
Russell co-stars with Edward Norton, who plays dual roles as an Ivy League professor who is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown where his pot-growing twin brother has devised a plan to take down a local drug lord.
Here she plays Brendan Fraser's wife in a drama chronicling a family's efforts to find a researcher who might have a cure for their children's rare genetic disorder.
While the film starred David Duchovny as a goat herder/"botanist," Vera Farmiga and Graham Phillips, Russell played Ty Burrell's pregnant wife. The film was based on the novel by Mark Poirier.