Top 10 Claire Danes roles

Claire Danes is celebrating another Emmy nomination for her role in Homeland. Danes started to become a household name when she starred in the TV show My So Called Life. Danes quickly rose to fame in Romeo + Juliet, which also featured a young Leonardo DiCaprio, and more recently in the critically acclaimed Temple Grandin .

Danes is able to express a wide range of emotions and connect with the audience in large and small roles. Danes has always been a popular name in Hollywood but now she has entire dedicated fan base because of her work on Homeland.

Image courtesy of Claire Danes is counting down the top ten Claire Danes roles, in honor of her Emmy nomination. From romantic roles like Shopgirl to the cult following of her TV show My So Called Life, Danes has shown her range as an actress and how she has developed that skill set over the years. Will Danes take home the Emmy for Homeland? Did your favorite Claire Danes role not make the list? Comment below and add your favorite.

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10. Shopgirl

The romantic film features Claire Danes and Steve Martin in a modern love story. Danes shines in the lead role and shows her ability to do comedic work as well.

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9. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The third Terminator film in the franchise featured Claire Danes as the main female lead and she was able to show off her action skills in this empowering role. Danes had large shoes to fill following that of Linda Hamilton in the original Terminator but Danes held her own and left her own impression on the action franchise.

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8. Me and Orson Welles

Me and Orson Welles featured Danes and Zac Efron in the main roles of this indie film. Even though the film was not a box office success, Danes impressed opposite Efron and added a lot of emotion and heart to the film.

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7. The Family Stone

The Family Stone was a breakout family comedy success that featured a variety of stars including; Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton along with Danes. This was an impressive all-star lineup of female acting power and Danes stood out in the crowd.

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6. The Hours

The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Danes in a supporting role. The acting was impressive from all of the leading ladies but Danes was able to impress in her smaller role and stand out on screen amongst some of Hollywood’s greatest.

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5. The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker featured a young Matt Damon playing a lawyer who was going after a health insurance company. The movie was based off of a John Grisham novel and Damon showed off what acting skills he had but his leading lady in the film was Danes who also impressed because of how she reacted to Damon’s acting on screen and how created a character that audiences were able to connect with.

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4. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin was a TV movie special that was released back in 2010. Danes played Grandin who was an American doctor that focused on studying animal science along with being a professor. Grandin was also autistic and was able to overcome many obstacles to become the master of her field. Danes brought this character to life on the small screen and received critical acclaim for how accurate her performance of this real life role model was.

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3. Romeo + Juliet

Romeo + Juliet featured a very young Leonardo DiCaprio and Danes performing this classic play in modern times. Even though the couple was featured in modern times, they were speaking in the traditional Shakespearean language. It was an interesting approach to this classic love story.

Danes and DiCaprio had chemistry on screen and brought these characters to life in a new way or a whole new generation of movie goers.

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2. Homeland

Danes found success on the small screen once again with Homeland, which has become a huge hit on Showtime. Danes is celebrating another Emmy nomination for her role as Carrie Mathison.

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1. My So-Called Life

My So-Called Life featured a very young Danes but she was able to show her acting range and develop a cult fan following because of this TV show. The show was only on for a limited amount of time but fans loved the storytelling and character development.

If My So-Called Life was airing today, it would most likely become a Netflix original because of fan demand for more episodes.

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