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Elisabeth Moss: 10 of her finest movies


Oh how i love this lady!. Seriously, i’m not just saying (and writing this) because i’m a huge fan of Handmaid’s Tale (although i am), i was a fan of hers even back in the 90’s when she was a child/teenage actress. She was a president’s daughter, she was a mental institution patient and of course Peggy Olson.

Moss is currently back in the role of Offred in the second season of Handmaid’s Tale (she’s also a producer on the Hulu show), and the show is just as good as it was when we left it last year. The actress is best known for her TV work, but i’d like to make short trip down memory lane list and remind you of her finest movie projects too. Elisabeth has some great movies and i just feel the need you need to know them and of course go the extra mile and see some of them. Trust me… They’re great.

About that… Here’s my pick of Elisabeth Moss’s 10 best movies.

Imaginary Crimes (1994)

Director: Anthony Drazan
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Fairuza Balk, Kelly Lynch, Elisabeth Moss….
Fun fact about the movie: Although they portrayed teenagers, Fairuza Balk (Sonya Weiler) was twenty-years-old (just one year older than teenage), and Elisabeth Moss (Greta Weiler) was twelve-years-old (just one year shy of teenage) in 1994.

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Director:  James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall
Fun fact about the movie:Five actresses from the film had guests stints on the television show Grey’s Anatomy (2005). Clea Duvall, Elizabeth Moss, Jillian Armenante, Mary Kay Place and KaDee Strickland appeared in its spinoff, Private Practice (2007).

The Missing  (2003)

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood…
Fun fact about the movie: Tommy Lee Jones  and Cate Blanchett have both appeared in films about Howard Hughes. Jones played Hughes in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), and Blanchett played Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004).

Listen Up Philip (2014)

Director:  Alex Ross Perry
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce….
Fun fact about the movie:The character Ike is inspired by the author Philip Roth.

The One I Love (2014)

Director: Charlie McDowell
Stars: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson …
Fun fact about the movie:The filming location is Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen’s home. Photos of the guest house can be found in a Houzz article titled “Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen’s Guesthouse Brims With Charm.”

Queen of Earth (2015)

Director: Alex Ross Perry
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit …
Fun fact about the movie: Elisabeth Moss and Alex Ross Perry have previously worked together on Listen Up Philip (2014).

Meadowland (2015)

Director: Reed Morano
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi…
Fun fact about the movie: Olivia Wilde was cast but then got pregnant. The director’s response was to postpone filming thinking that becoming a parent would only benefit the film.

High-Rise (2015)

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller…
Fun fact about the movie: Elizabeth Moss said that the most difficult thing for her when preparing for High-Rise (2015) was to speak in a convincing British accent since she was American.

Mad To Be Normal (2017)

Director: Robert Mullan
Stars: David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon …
Fun fact about the movie: Laing’s views (played by David Tennant) on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the chemical and electroshock methods becoming the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day. Taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of mental illness, Laing regarded schizophrenia as a theory not a fact. Though associated in the public mind with anti-psychiatry he rejected the label.

The Square  (2017)

Director:  Ruben Östlund
Stars: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West …
Fun fact about the movie:In one scene, a man with Tourette’s syndrome yells at a reporter. Östlund said this was inspired by a true incident at a Swedish theatre, and was depicted without fear of insensitivity, since he said all people are satirized in his work.



  1. Kasia 2 May, 2018 at 18:18 Reply

    I’m a fan of Elizabeth Moss too. I enjoyed her work on Mad Men and of course now on Handmaid’s Tale. But I’ve never seen any of these movies. They all seem artsy. I might check some of them out.

    • filmsane 3 May, 2018 at 06:31 Reply

      Same 😉 And thanks for visiting Filmsane…. 🙂 I’m enjoying the second season of Handmaid’s Tale, but from her film portfolio i’d recommend The One I Love… However i’d like to check out Mad To Be Normal (2017) once again this weekend 😉 Both me and my fiancee are free, so a film marathon is in order 🙂

  2. Jennifer Prince 4 May, 2018 at 18:34 Reply

    Oh my! I had no idea she was in so many things. I just remember her from Mad Men – such a great show and love the time period.

    • filmsane 4 May, 2018 at 20:11 Reply

      Right? She’s an awesome actress 😉 and needs to be in more movies 😉 Thanks for visiting Filmsane BTW 🙂 Hope to see you on my blog more often 😉

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