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Lost In Translation (2003)
This starmaking turn for Johansson paired her with Bill Murray as an artless college graduate with time to kill and an ex-Ghostbuster to kill it with. The result was her finest performance to date: guileless, wise beyond her years and a perfect vessel for her director's marital anxieties. Question is: what //does// Bob whisper to her at the end?

Ghost World (2001)
The versatile New Yorker slotted neatly into Terry Zwigoff's merrily miserabilist world as Becky, a high-school grad with a way with boys but no clear avenue forward in life. Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi attracted most of the critical notice, but Johansson, more awkwardly beautiful back then, is more than noteworthy too.

Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003)
A muse to a director or two herself, here Johansson performs the role for Jan Vermeer (Colin Firth) with an immaculate blend of purity and meekness as a Dutch maid with sparkly eyes. There are very few people who can pull off a 16th century bandana. Fortunately, she's one of them.

The Prestige (2006)
You could make a strong case for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but The Prestige, another Rebecca Hall pairing, is an equally effective showcase for Johansson's talents. She excels in the Debbie McGee role as assistant to Hugh Jackman's magician, double-dealing her way around 19th century London.

Under The Skin (2013)
Chef looks a bit like a mini Marvel reunion, with Johansson, RDJ and Jon Favreau all aboard, but Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin is the one we've got our eyes on. Scar-Jo plays an alien targeting Scottish men – like Species by way of the EDL.

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1 He's not an avenger but he should be.
You should've listened to Chris Hemsworth and put Tom Hiddleston on this list. More

Posted by leilihawk on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 15:51

2 SLJ = Moss?
Whenever I see a picture of SLJ from Unbreakable, I can't help but think of Moss from The I.T. Crowd More

Posted by dctuck on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:55

how can anybody let alone a movie magazine forget to mention his scary as hell performance as a crackhead for spike lee More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:25

4 P U N C T U R E
chris evans stole scenes in THE ICEMAN and was oscar worthy imo in PUNCTURE More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:11

5 Ruffallo should have got an Oscar for Zodiac
My fave film of the last few years and he is the standout. Criminally ignored by the Academy. Would agree that Scar-Jo is the weak point of The Prestige though I generally like her. More

Posted by spideed2 on Monday October 7, 2013, 13:05

6 RE: A Few Alternatives?
Oh QuietLife , you are hilarious! My goodness. Just picked myself up off the floor. Time to refund my Eddie Izzard tickets and scour the Empire forum for your posts instead. On a serious note, I'd take Sherlock Holmes over Weird Science any day of the week. I wonder if you were even alive when that was out?! More

Posted by Hillsman on Sunday September 29, 2013, 16:39

Renner did some pretty great roles! Loved Dahmer! He did a small part in James Gray's The Immigrant this year. Looking forward to seeing him in American Hustle (what a great cast!) I think he's going to be phenomenal in Kill the Messenger (acc. to some interviews I've read...) More

Posted by Liam2013 on Friday September 27, 2013, 16:47

8 Scarlett Johansson's pink underwear...
I remember Empire printed my question to Sofia Coppola years ago when I asked about the opening shot of Lost In Translation; thanks for that!! Anyway; love Johansson but I thought she was a massive weak point in The Prestige opposite Batman, Wolverine and Alfred. Just saying! More

Posted by waltham1979 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:14

9 Hemsworth
Without IMDB, I can't name more than 4 films for Thor. More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:10

10 Nice List
Evans in Sunshine was one of my favourite performances from him, he worked well as the voice of reason when others were suggesting radical plans that would jepordize the mission. Samuel L Jackson has too many films to list here, he is just great! I enjoyed Renner in 28 Weeks Later and Ruffalo in Shutter Island. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:05

11 Samuel L. Jackson
More importantly, this list is missing Snakes on a Plane! More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee on Thursday September 26, 2013, 07:21

12 Samuel L. Jurassic Park
Should be on this list. More

Posted by d0m_l on Thursday September 26, 2013, 00:15

13 Chris Evans has a few better movies than cellular
Im sure Evans would of prefered 1000 times if you put Puncture instead of Cellular, also The Iceman, and Snowpiercer More

Posted by exile31094 on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 18:12

14 RE: A Few Alternatives?
I think it says "Finest Career Moments" not "Average Career Moments"! More

Posted by QuietLife on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 15:11

15 A Few Alternatives?
RDJ - Sherlock Holmes FFS!! Evans - Push Renner - Bourne Jackson - The Negotiator More

Posted by Hillsman on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:35

changing lanes over Pulp Fiction?!?!? are you on crack??? More

Posted by themanfromunkle on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:10

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