There’s no doubt that Rachel McAdams is one of our favourite movie actresses. For over 15 years, she has been lighting up our screens with performances ranging from the heartbreaking, the fierce to the damn right iconic, proving that she is a supremely versatile actress who can tackle any role which comes her way.
In celebration of her birthday (November 17), we’ve rounded up five of the best Rachel McAdams movies which you need to binge-watch.
5. Game Night
2018 comedy Game Night sees Rachel star alongside Jason Bateman as a married couple who are competitive gamers. The movie follows them and their group of friends whose game night turns into a real-life mystery after one of them is kidnapped by apparent burglars. If you’re looking for a little madness which will leave you laughing all night long then this film is for you!
Disobedience tells a tale of forbidden love between star crossed lovers Ronit (Rachel Weisz) and Esti (McAdams). Ronit returns to her strict Orthodox Jewish community for her father’s funeral, and as the story unfolds, we learn why she was estranged from her father and ostracised from the community. Both Rachels deliver heartbreaking and beautiful performances in this film, which received its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
3. The Notebook
The Notebook is without doubt one of the most iconic rom-coms of the modern age, with Rachel starring alongside Ryan Gosling in the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel of the same name. It’s a movie which tugs at your heart strings, makes you cry until you’re struggling for breath, and makes you want to kiss someone in the pouring rain even 15 years on from its original release.
Spotlight saw Rachel take on the role of Sacha Pfeiffer, a real life investigative journalist who was one of the group of reporters who exposed the Roman Catholic church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse. This hard hitting role earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2016. Whilst she didn’t win her individual award, the movie itself was named as Best Picture that year.
1. Mean Girls
When thinking of Rachel McAdams and her movie career, the first film that always comes to mind is Mean Girls, where she played the iconic Regina George. Despite the movie being over 15 years old, it was a career launching moment for Rachel and a role which will most definitely stay with her until the end of time. Her so fetch portrayal of queen bee Regina has sparked countless memes over the years and we’ll forever be obsessed with this movie.