Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams will probably spend the rest of her career trying to shed The Notebook, but she’s doing a pretty good job.  The film that made her a star also gave her a slight reputation as a serious actress; the kind the gets consigned to rom coms for the rest of their career (Meg Ryan Syndrome).  McAdams has bucked hard against that preconception of her, turning in excellent dramatic work in State of Play, True Detective, and her Oscar-nominated turn in Spotlight.  She’s a gifted comedienne and extremely likable in films like Game Night and Morning Glory.  Those dual gifts are on full display i my favorite film of her’s (Spotlight is better, but you don’t really watch it on a lark): the very underrated About Time.  She’s also joined Doctor Strange’s corner of the MCU and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchises in recurring roles.

Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies

1. Spotlight (2015) Sacha Pfiffer
2. About Time (2013) Mary
3. Doctor Strange (2016) Dr. Christine Palmer
4. Sherlock Holmes (2009) Irene Adler
5. Game Night (2018) Annie
6. Wedding Crashers (2005) Claire Cleary
7. State of Play (2009) Delia Frye
8. True Detective Season 2 (2015, HBO) Det. Ani Bezzerides
9. Morning Glory (2010) Becky
10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Irene Adler
Honorable Mention: The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) Clare

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in About Time

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (0): None

Oscar Nominations (1): Spotlight (2016)

Benedict Cumberbactch and Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange

Golden Globe Wins (0): None

Golden Globe Nominations (0): None

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in Game Night

Emmy Wins (0): None

Emmy Nominations (0): None

Rachel McAdams in True Detective Season 2

My Favorite McAdams Scene:
“An Unusual Operation” from Doctor Strange (2016)


Next Film: McAdams is attached to Sherlock Holmes 3 to reprise her role as Irene Adler in 2019.  The film has not been officially announced, nor has Doctor Strange 2, but it’s likely we’d see McAdams reprise her MCU role there too.
Rachel McAdams in Sherlock Holmes

3 thoughts on “Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies”

  1. I never would have thought of doing column on her. She just never registered on my radar. But thinking back on the films you listed (I’ve seen most of them), yeah, she’s pretty swell!

    I saw BP again yesterday. Did my part to help move it past a billion dollars. From weird cattle on Naboo to armored rhinoceri, trying to CGI a human rider onto an animal never works, and they need to stop trying. But the rhinoceri were the only part of the film that seemed overblown, and looked fake. Otherwise, I was not wrong the first time, I was not simply blinded by all the surface glitter. BP is nothing like DK, but sits just behind it on my list of all-time superhero movies.

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