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Emma Stone’s Ten Best Roles

Emma Stone

The Actress of a Generation

Emma Stone is an American Actress and producer who has been acting for many years. She has been in many roles aging from teen to adult. In 2005 she got her first role as Laurie Partridge in the New Partridge Family. However, she wasn’t marked as a star until 2010 when she got a leading role as Olive in Easy A alongside Amanda Bynes and Penn Badgley. Emma is the recipient of many esteemed awards such as an Oscar, Academy Award, and a Golden Globe. Stone has even turned down roles like Margot from the Menu and Meg March from Little Women. Stone married her husband, American Comedian and Writer, Dave McCary in 2020. Stone and McCary have a young daughter named Louise Jean McCary.

Despite the fact that she has so many roles, only ten can be marked as her best. Arguably one of the best actresses of her time, not all of Emma’s best roles does she appear as the star, but still gives exceptional performances. If you have missed any of her movies you are truly missing out, but especially the ones on this list are a must see! Here are Emma Stone’s ten best roles.

10. Zombieland 

Starting at number ten, not her best role, but her performance is still amazing, Zombieland. Zombieland follows a virus that’s turning people into zombies and the humans that are battling to survive the undead. Four survivors, Tallahassee, Columbus, Whichita, and Little Rock, use a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies on a journey to find a safe location, reported to exist in Los Angeles. Stone played Whichita in this 2009 American post-apocalyptic zombie comedy film. The film is one of many favorited zombie movies and even earned itself a sequel, Zombieland 2 which was released in 2019 where Stone does reprise her role to kill more zombies. The film was directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Stone starred alongside other big names such as Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Murry and Woody Harrelson. Zombieland grossed $102 million in the box office and was the highest grossing zombie film until 2013 when it was overrun by World War Z. The Zombieland sequel grossed over $125 million in the box office, surpassing the original.

9. The House Bunny


The House Bunny is a 2008 comedy romance which follows a playboy bunny named Shelley Darlingson. For years, Darlingson lived a perfect life in Hugh Hefner’s mansion. At twenty-seven years old, she’s removed from the house, reaching the age limit to be a playboy bunny. Adventuring out into the real world is challenging after losing her luxurious life, but she makes her way onto a college campus. There, Shelley attempts to join a sorority. Shelley does reach this goal by joining the so-called losers known as Zeta Alpha Zeta. Shelley uses her playboy bunny skills to help the girls get the attention of their male classmates and strengthen their confidence in front of men. Darlingson is played by Anna Faris and is joined by Emma Stone as Natalie Williams, Colin Hanks, and Kat Dennings. The film was directed by Fred Wolf and made over $70 million in the box office. This is not as serious as Stone’s other roles and she isn’t a lead which definitely impacts its placing on this list. The role itself is a little overdone. Stone plays the nerdy girl that guys don’t look at, but if she just took off her glasses, put her hair down, and dressed differently they would love her. The script itself is also a little lacking so it was a decent movie, but not the best it could be and Stones had much better roles.

8.  Aloha 

BAD: Emma Stone as Allison Ng in 'Aloha'

Emma Stone is definitely famous for her romantic comedy roles and this movie is no exception. Stone leads the movie as Allison Ng. Aloha stars A Star is Born’s Bradley Cooper as military contractor Brian Gilcret who is on assignment in Oahu, Hawaii. Gilcrest reconnects with an ex-girlfriend, Tracy Woodside who is currently married to her husband, an Air Force Recruit. Gilcrest also hangs out with Allison Ng who is a hard-headed fighter pilot and keeps an eye on Gilcrest. Through their journey, Brian begins catching feelings for Ng and his conversations with Tracy reveal a shocking truth from their past. The film was released in 2015 and was directed by Cameron Crowe. With Stone and Cooper, the film also stars Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, and Danielle Rose Russell. The audience rating was not as good as ratings for other films Stone has starred in, but her performance is still noteworthy. The film only grossed a little over $26 million on a $37 million budget, but again this does not impede Emma’s role in the movie. This is not one of Stone’s best roles and that probably has to do with the film itself because it wasn’t that great as compared to other romance movies or other Stone films. However, Stone still delivers a great performance which is very telling of her as an actress,

7. The Croods


The Croods is an all star cast with familiar faces like Nicholas Cage from National Treasure and Ryan Reynolds from Deadpool. The Cartoon family adventure film follows the prehistoric family known as the croods who are currently living in a dangerous time period. Following the normal caveperson experience, Grug, his wife Ugga, their daughter Eep, son Thunk, youngest daughter, and sassy grandmother, Gran, gather food during the day and stay protected in their cave by night. Guy, an evolved caveman who Grug does not like because he fears change, challenges their everyday lifestyles. Guy and Eep share a curiosity for the outside world which threatens the life Grug has built for his family. Stone stars in this movie as Eep which was released in 2013. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. This film also earned over $587 million in the box office, giving the movie its sequel The Croods 2 which was released in 2020 and earned $216 million in the box office. The sequel was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Many actresses might not be willing to do a cartoon role or even a role for a kids movie because they think it’s beyond them as an actress. Stone is not one of those people. She seems to do roles based on how she feels about the character and always gives it her all.

6. The Help 

Emma Stone co-stars in this historical drama alongside Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Released in 2011, but set in 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl comes home from college in the hopes of pursuing a career as a writer. Turning heads of the whole community, Skeeter interviews the black women who have careers taking care of the rich and successful white families in the neighborhood. Aibileen, the housekeeper of Skeeter’s best friend, is the only person Skeeter can convince to be interviewed at first. Through working with Aibileen, more women gain the strength to come forward with stories to tell. This is certainly different from a lot of the movies Stone has done in the past, but her role as Skeeter might be the most impactful. This is also a bit of a different role from the comedies Stone usually performs in, which truly shows her depths as an actress. It also shows that she cares about doing the roles that mean something and send a message. She isn’t a “just for entertainment” actress. The film made $216 million in the box office and made over $5.5 million on opening day which topped the box office.

5. Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love is a romantic comedy that was released in 2011. Emma Stone was not a lead in this movie, but her character was impactful nonetheless. The film follows Cal Weaver who is living what man would describe as the “American Dream” as he checks all the boxes of a good life: a decent job, a great home, wonderful children, and a beautiful wife, Emily. Cal learns that Emily has cheated on him with a co-worker which causes his perfect life to fall apart. Jacob Palmer, a self proclaimed woman expert, mentors the 40 something year old Cal to follow in his chick magnet footsteps. The film stars Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Zoey King, and Ryan Gosling. Making $145 in the box office, Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the best romantic comedies and there’s no doubt that a big part of that is Emma Stone being a part of the cast. This film shows that as much as she can do serious roles with lots of emotion, but she can also do the comedic roles which not every actress can do.

4. The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise 

Due to the fact that Stone has had so many roles, it didn’t seem fair to limit the list by separating the Spiderman movies. Stone plays the love interest of Andrew Garfield’s spiderman as Gwen Stacy. There are two movies in the franchise. The first movie in the franchise came out 2012 and the second came out in 2014. The Amazing Spider-Man is the retelling of the Spiderman story which was originally from comic books and then was made into a movie in 2002 starring Tobey MaGuire. The Amazing Spider-man is about an intelligent teenage boy named Peter Parker that was abandoned by his parents and was raised by his aunt May. Peter is trying to figure out who he is and also catch the eye of his crush Gwen Stacy. Peter finds a briefcase that belonged to his father which leads him on a journey to find out about his family history. Ending up at Oscorp labs, Peter’s neck is bitten by a spider which allows him to become a superhero that protects his city known to all as Spiderman. Stone is arguably the best leading lady in the Spiderman movies. This is definitely highlighted by Stone’s emotional depth as an actress. She’s really great at making people believe she’s feeling every role that her character is feeling.

3. Easy A

Easy A, the role that made Emma Stone’s name to the world, is a modern retelling of the Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. Emma Stone’s character Olive is a goody-two-shoes who lies about losing her virginity on a truly uneventful weekend to appease her popular best friend. The school gossip finds out about the rumor and spreads it around the whole school. Now, Olive is the most talked about student, but for a reputation that doesn’t define her at all. She even begins to dress scandalously and wears an “A” on her chest to live up to her reputation. Woodchuck Todd seems to be the only person to see her true self through the rumors. The film is directed by Will Gluck and made $75 million in the box office. It definitely became a household favorite for young teens from its release in 2010 and is still prominent today. Stone’s role really captured the life of the average teenage girl which many films and actresses struggle with. Most people probably wouldn’t have taken the lie as far as Olive’s character did or lied at all, but spending a weekend doing practically nothing is very relatable for a teenage girl that Stone showed very well. Stone stars with Gossip Girl and You actor, Penn Badgley as well as What A Girl Wants and She’s the Man actress, Amanda Bynes.

2. La La Land

La La Land is the movie that gave Stone her Oscar for best actress. La La Land is the 2016 film following the story of Sebastian and Mia who are brought together by common wishes to pursue a life they love. Set in modern day Los Angeles, success puts pressure on the two artists’ romance. They come to find that the lives they worked so hard to get are what just might cause them to lose each other. La La Land is a romance and a musical that Stone stars in alongside Ryan Gosling and John Legend. The movie was directed by Damien Chazelle and made $472 million in the box office. The film has 33 nominations in 2017 and won 18 awards. It won an Academy Award for the original song “City of Stars,” production design, directing, cinematography, original score and of course, Emma Stone’s actress in a leading role. Many believe that acting in a romantic comedy is the easiest form of acting, however, this could not be further from the truth. Acting in a romance movie is a roller coaster of emotions. It can be very difficult making the whole world believe a person is in love with someone when they really aren’t. Plus, sometimes crying on cue is involved which many actresses can never master. Stone does an excellent job of making viewers believe she is in love with Gosling and truly puts herself in the role through all the ups and downs of being in a relationship. The argument can certainly be made that this is her best film, however, Mia is very close to her best role.

1. Cruella

The Live-Action Disney Villian movie adapted from 101 Dalmations released in 2021 is Emma Stone’s best role. She has played a lot of different characters before, but this one tops it all. The Live-Action gives us a background into Cruella’s life as a child which allows the viewer to sympathize with the villain. Stone acts alongside Emma Thompson and Mark Strong. Cruella follows Estella who is a young and precocious con artist who wants to take over the fashion industry. Befriending two thieves who admire her and her taste for perversity, the group take to the streets of London. Once Estella meets Baroness Von Hellman, fashion icon, Estella’s evil side surfaces and sets out to get back at those who wronged her as Cruella de Vil. This film won the Academy Award for best achievement in costume design. Emma Stone was nominated for best leading actress in a comedy or musical, however, she lost it to Rachel Zegler from West Side Story. Stone really dives deep into her performance as a villain. Stone seems to truly become the character and every emotion that Cruella has, is fully conveyed to the audience even without words. Cruella is Emma Stone’s number one role because her performance is just truly astounding.

Cruella (2021) Official Trailer

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