From playing a princess in distress to 'Forrest Gump''s Jenny, is there anything Robin Wright can’t do? We say no. As she plays an animated version of herself in the new sci-fi drama ‘The Congress,’ let’s look back at some of her memorable roles.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1984)
Princess Buttercup is the role that helped put Wright on the map and make this movie a modern classic.
While this comedy-drama-action hybrid is all over the map, Wright’s performance helps ground the film – especially when she’s opposite the late Robin Williams.
Forrest Gump (1994)
We can see why Forrest Gump fell so hard for Jenny. Twenty years later, her performance gets all the boxes of chocolate.
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE (1999)
Wright goes the Nicholas Sparks route in this adaptation of his popular novel, playing a reporter who finds the titular message and then its author, Kevin Costner.
Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are front and center in this film, playing superhero and villain respectively, but don’t forget Wright’s understated work as the hero’s estranged wife.
THE PLEDGE (2001)
Directed by ex-husband Sean Penn, Wright goes full Method – altering her hair and teeth – as Jack Nicholson’s obsessive cop risks losing his mind in the search of a missing girl.
Wright’s first foray into motion capture reunited her with ‘Gump’ director Robert Zemeckis to bring this staple of many college reading lists to the big screen.
STATE OF PLAY (2009)
Before ‘House of Cards,’ Wright got a taste of power in Washington, D.C. in this slow-burn political thriller, based on the UK miniseries of the same name.
Wright plays Spike Jonze’s current wife – and Brad Pitt’s ex – in this Oscar-winning film, which somehow makes both baseball AND math exciting to watch.
Wright clearly has a thing for dark and disturbing films. Exhibit A: This gripping drama about corrupt L.A. cop Woody Harrelson.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011)
Wright trades in the brooding everything of ‘Rampart’ for David Fincher’s black-on-black adaptation of the popular Swedish book about murder. Lots of it.
HOUSE OF CARDS (2013-2014)
Yeah, it’s a TV series, but Netflix’s popular show about absolute power corrupting absolutely everyone in Washington delivers big-screen drama – and award-worthy work from Wright.
A MOST WANTED MAN (2014)
Come for Wright’s extended cameo in this Euro-set espionage thriller. Stay for a career-best performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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