Winona Laura Horowitz, popularly or professionally known as Winona Ryder, is an iconic figure of actresses of late 80s, 90s, and early 2000s and also one of the most loved actresses for Gen Xers and for some millennial (I’m including myself), then and now. Notably, the stunning actress that she is, Ryder has numerous great movies to her credit. Although she had a hiatus for a few years and had been almost out of the limelight for more than a decade, Ryder has still been there, doing her own thing with a few minor roles in movies including the Black Swan.
The very recent Stranger Things has been named Ryder’s big comeback. Given the talent she possesses, Ryder has never stopped resonating with the audiences. And with her role in Stranger Things, she has reportedly gained a whole new generation of fans. Then there are people like me who watched the series the first time only to watch Winona Ryder in it.
With her unique on-screen persona and extraordinary acting ability, Ryder has already given us movies we all love (most of which are now classic movies) and I’m listing 7 Winona Ryder movies one should never miss:
1. Girl, Interrupted
A psychological drama film, Girl, Interrupted is based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir about her stay at a mental institution. Ryder plays the character of Kaysen and the movie also stars other actresses such as Angelina Jolie (who won an Oscar for her role in the movie), Brittany Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg.
A cult film, Heathers is a 1988 dark teen comedy. Winona Ryder plays Veronica, “one of the most popular girls at Westerburg High School in Sherwood, Ohio”. She is part of the popular clique, along with three others who are all named Heather.
3. Edward Scissorhands
A story of Edward (Johnny Depp), an artificial man having scissor blades instead of hands and who is an unfinished creation. He falls in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), the teenage daughter of a suburban family who takes him in with them.
4. Little Women
One of the best movies based on Louisa May Alcott‘s 1868 novel of the same name and watching Winona as Jo March is delightful. She was even nominated for an Academy Award for her role.
A 1988 horror fantasy-comedy movie, Beetlejuice is one of the most entertaining movies out there. Winona plays the goth daughter Lydia who is an aspiring photographer.
6.Bram Stoker’s Dracula
It’s based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker and Winona plays Mina Harker and Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker. Winner of 3 Oscars, this gothic/vampire horror film is simply splendid.
7. Black Swan
Then Of course, the Black Swan.