Ranked! Winona Ryder’s 20 best films
From the turkeys to the triumphs, Ryders 30-year career has taken her from the too-bad-to-be-missed depths of The House of the Spirits to some much more intriguing choices
20. The House of the Spirits (1993)
In any career spanning three decades, there are bound to be turkeys, and Ryder has had her share. But the gloopy Autumn in New York (2000) is beaten in the too-bad-to-be-missed stakes by this laughable magical-realist clunker. Highlights include Ryders witless voiceover (To me, life itself has become the most important thing) and Meryl Streep levitating a table.
19. Simone (2001)
This high-concept tale about film-maker (Al Pacino), who creates a synthetic, programmable starlet, is not as smart as it thinks. Ryder plays a leading lady prone to tantrums.
18. Mermaids (1990)
The film of the No 1 single! Theres not much more to this coming-of-age comedy than The Shoop Shoop Song. Ryder was an 11th-hour replacement for Emily Lloyd as one of Chers daughters (Christina Ricci is the other) in a film beset with production difficulties. The credited director, Richard Benjamin, was its third after Lasse Hallstrm and Frank Oz.