Ever since she broke onto the movie scene with The Princess Diaries franchise, Actress Anne Hathaway has taken Hollywood by storm. From her Oscar-winning rendition in the film adaptation of Les Misérables to the chick flick, Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway's acting career has always been an enjoyable experience.
It's also her birthday! To celebrate, we've ranked our top ten faves from Hathaway's filmography portfolio. Enjoy!
Princess Diaries (2001)
How could we not start with the movie that kick-started Anne Hathaway's career? This chic flick exudes early 2000s realness! It features a makeover montage, Julie Andrews as Grandmere, a musical scene from a beloved pop-star and a girl learning she's from a long line of royalty! There's a reason this nostalgic movie made Hathaway into the famous actress she is today. Besides, her 'Shut Up!' moment is iconic!
Les Misérables (2012)
How many of you out there knew that Anne Hathaway is a classically trained (and stellar!) soprano? The actress's portrayal as Les Misérables tragic heroine, Fantine, is, for lack of better words, utterly marvellous! Her raw and emotional rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' truly conveys Fantine's anger, humiliation and despair. Just like previous divas in theatre adaptations, Hathaway sang live in a single take. Now that is a talent!
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
Let's give a shoutout here. Anne Hathaway was robbed of an Oscar Award for her performance in Rachel Getting Married! Hathaway is heartbreaking as the recovering drug addict, Kym Buchman, who is on temporary leave from rehab to attend her sister's wedding. Hathaway's performance is uncomfortable, dark and as a whole, a marvel to watch.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Now, it's a difficult feat to one-up leading actresses Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. Nevertheless, Anne Hathaway as the young college graduate, Andy, knocks it out of the park. Witty dialogue paired with the actress in stylishly killer outfits? What more can you want?
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Here's another cult-classic that you would have watched during your 'tween' years! Hathaway is a gem as the titular protagonist, Ella, the young girl cast with the gift of obeying every single command she receives. The concept has its funny and dark moments, poking fun at the stereotypical fairytale genre, with Hathaway giving her most charming performance to date!
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The heart-wrenchingly tragic story of two cowboys aside, can we raise a glass to our Anne Hathaway as Rodeo Queen, Lureen Newsome?
Despite her small part, Hathway's portrays Jack Twist's spouse with flying colours. Hathaway's character is far from the innocent Southern Belles of the early 80s. She's an independent woman, she speaks her mind, runs a successful business and has a passion for numbers. We could have happily had a spinoff film of a Hathway as the business-savvy single mother with her business she loves on the side!
The Cat Returns (2002)
If you didn't grow up with The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted, you would have grown up with Studio Ghibli's whimsical animated tale, The Cat Returns. Anne Hathaway voices highschool student, Haru, a young girl who's mundane life is flipped outside down when she saves a cat from being run over. As with her live-action roles, Hathaway gives a fantastic performance in her voiceover role, giving her animated character a genuine realness.
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
Remember the time when Anne Hathaway did all those period films? The early 2000s flick, Nicholas Nickleby is one of them! In our opinion, this is by far her best period film, before Becoming Jane. Playing Nicholas Nickleby's love interest, Hathway makes a marvellous Madeline Bray in demeanour, looks and sweetness.
Becoming Jane (2007)
We admit, the movie itself was lacklustre but Anne Hathaway's portrayal as the beloved writer, Jane Austen, was out of this world. And, my goodness her wardrobe! The plot itself seemed 'too perfect', very unlike Austen's romance novels and style. Nevertheless, Becoming Jane should be considered a top favourite on 'best romance films of the 2000s' just for Anne Hathaway's stellar performance.
Get Smart (2007)
Okay, if you didn't leave the theatre with your muscles aching from laughing, then there's something wrong with you. Playing off Steve Carrell's hilarious mannerisms, Hathaway's straight-edge character proves the perfect foil! Another exceptional performance from Anne!