As Emmy season begins to kick into high gear, it’s hard not to think of one of television’s most beloved actresses: five-time Emmy winner Betty White. White died on December 31, 2021, less than a month shy of her 100th birthday.
Mainly known for her work on The golden girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Showand Hot in ClevelandWhite was also a consistent supporting actor in film until 2019. For those who miss the beloved star, these films represent the best of Betty White’s film career, ranked according to IMDb.
ten You Again (2010) – 5.7
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This 2010 comedy starring Kristin Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver tells the story of Marni (Bell) who discovers that her brother is going to marry his high school bully, while her mother (Curtis) discovers that her high school enemy (Weaver ) is a relative of the bride. In this film, directed by Andy Fickman, White plays Bell’s adorable grandmother.
Although not the highest ranked film in his filmography, You again features ever-reliable work from Betty White, who has the final say at the end of the film when she meets her old high school nemesis, played by Cloris Leachman. The comic success of the ending hinges on White’s performance as her charming attitude gradually fades. Her dry delivery to Leachman in which she says “I missed your funeral last year” is perfect.
9 Lake Placid (1999) – 5.7
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Perhaps the most surprising part of the 1999 cult horror film Lake Placid is Betty White’s second turn as a widow living on a lake terrorized by a giant crocodile. In one particularly bizarre moment, White is seen feeding a cow to the large monster.
Although her performance in the film is brief, it is arguably the most memorable part of the film, which was written by big little lies scribe David E. Kelley. Even the film’s critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that “Betty White’s delightful supporting turn may be worth the price of admission alone.” Part of what makes a Betty White performance so special is how she injects a refreshing sense of humor into even the most surprising of circumstances or, in this case, genres.
8 Problem (2019) – 5.8
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Betty White’s very last film role was a voice-over performance in the Netflix animated film Difficulty, in which she plays Mrs. Sarah Vanderwhoozie, the owner of the main character, her dog (played by rapper Big Sean). The film was released in early 2020 and also featured the voices of Pamela Adlon and Snoop Dogg.
While White’s highly recognizable voice is always a delight to hear, there’s one particularly odd moment in Difficulty it makes it particularly odd that this is White’s last project. In one scene, a pre-recorded video of White’s character includes the triumphant statement, “Hello everyone. I have some sad news…I’m dead!” What was probably originally intended to be a comedic moment might read differently now. However, White’s engaging reading may also provide insight into his uncanny ability to find levity in tragedy.
seven The Story of Us (1999) – 5.9
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by Rob Reiner Our history takes elements from many of his previous films, the most obvious of which is When Harry Met Sally. This non-linear take on a fifteen-year marriage and the various therapy sessions required to hold the marriage together stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Bruce Willis in a strong dramatic performance.
White’s role in Our history is a brief cameo in which the two central characters fight in bed and hear the voices of their respective parents arguing and adding to the noise. Even in the smallest roles, Betty White has always managed to make the most of those moments, including a memorable quip in which she tells Jayne Meadows, who plays Michelle Pfeiffer’s mother, that her face is tight.
6 Hard Rain (1998) – 5.9
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This controversial 1998 film starring Morgan Freeman, another recognizable voice actor, and Christian Slater functions as both a disaster movie and a heist movie. Downpour follows an armored truck driver (Freeman) and his former partner’s nephew as they team up against a gang in the midst of a deluge of epic proportions.
As Lake Placid, this film is not exactly what one would expect from a Betty White film. Here, she plays half of an elderly couple who are unwilling to evacuate their town despite the weather conditions. Once again, White proves that she can apply her natural on-screen charisma to any type of film, whether it’s a comedy, an animated film or an epic disaster film. .
5 The Lorax (2012) – 6.4
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Betty White lent her voice to the 2012 adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax. This animated movie also featured Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito as the main character. Like the original children’s book, the film features themes related to environmental neglect.
White played Grammy winner Norma, the grandmother of Ted Wiggins (Efron). In one particularly special scene, Grammy Norma makes a comment at the dinner table expressing her resentment for the way she is treated for being old just before asking where her teeth went, picking them up and putting them back in. his mouth. White’s humor blends well here with the physical comedy of the animation.
4 The Proposal (2009) – 6.7
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Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds proved to be a strong team in this 2009 rom-com, which was released the same year Bullock premiered her Oscar-winning film. The blind side. In ProposalMargaret (Bullock), a “boss from hell”, must marry her employee Andrew (Reynolds) in order to avoid deportation.
White has always done a great job in romantic comedies. It’s the kind of genre that welcomes his sense of wit. In ProposalWhite plays another grandma, though this time she’s having a bit more fun, especially when her character is singing in the woods with Bullock or faking a heart attack. Proposal remains an easy to watch and very enjoyable comedy.
3 Ponyo (2008) – 7.6
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Oscar-winning master of animation Hayao Miyazaki is perhaps best known for his films Taken away as if by magic, My neighbor Totoro, and other Studio Ghibli creations. However, audiences shouldn’t forget his 2008 adventure film Ponyowhich follows the story of a young boy’s relationship with a special goldfish.
Ponyo features Miyazaki’s hand-drawn animation style and techniques, which have received universal critical acclaim. White was part of an impressive English dub cast with Tina Fey and Cate Blanchett. She plays an elderly woman living in a senior center with another co-star from The Mary Tyler Moore ShowCloris Leachman.
2 Advice and Consent (1962) – 7.7
The oldest film on this list is Otto Preminger’s 1962 film Advice & Consent, which stars Henry Fonda as a polarizing candidate for US Secretary of State. The film is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Allen Drury.
In this tense political drama, a young Betty White played Senator Bessie Adams of Kansas. While some elements of this movie haven’t aged well, White’s on-screen confidence as a senator in a male-dominated arena remains compelling and compelling to watch 60 years later. It’s also a treat to see White in a role that couldn’t be more different from the comedic persona she would later adopt.
1 Toy Story 4 (2019) – 7.7
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The highest-rated movie on IMDb of all Betty White films is the fourth installment of the Disney/Pixar classic toy story series, released in 2019. The film reunites Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) as they attempt to bring Bonnie’s new toy, Forky, back to him.
toy story 4 marked one of Betty White’s last roles and in this case it was actually a guest appearance. White plays one of Bonnie’s oldest overlooked toys, a toy tiger conveniently credited as Bitey White. Despite the brevity of the role, Bite White’s ironic name suggests his involvement in the Pixar film was special for the filmmakers. As with all of his film performances, White often brought an undeniable levity, charm, and commitment to any size role.
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