Jessica Chastain has steadily established herself as a key player in Hollywood over the last decade. Chastain has developed a flair for playing powerful and sophisticated women who often have significant inner difficulties because to her work with famous directors such as Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, and Guillermo Del Toro. Chastain has gotten two Oscar nominations since breaking into the spotlight, and her third could be on the way owing to the recent release of The Eyes of Tammy Faye, in which she underwent a radical change to play the famous televangelist.
Below are top 10 films of Jessica Chastain to watch.
1. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Director- Kathryn Bigelow
Following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, the CIA began questioning suspected Al-Qaeda agents all around the world in an attempt to track down bin Laden. Maya assists her erratic colleague Dan in acquiring intelligence. That will help put bin Laden to justice after arriving at a CIA black site. Also witnessing the cruel interrogation procedures firsthand. Countless false leads and dead ends over the next decade make the search appear more useless than ever. Meanwhile, a slew of suicide bombs across the Middle East. Europe suggest that Al Qaeda isn’t about to go down without a fight. Then, just when it appeared like the trail of clues had run dry, Maya comes upon an old piece of evidence. That leads her to a suspect who may work directly for the guy accused of organising the deadliest act of terrorism ever perpetrated on American soil.
2. Salome (2013)
Director- William Dieterle
Salome is an experimental film based on Oscar Wilde’s theatre play of the same name. The voice of John the Baptist, who is imprisoned by Herod, the ruler of Judea, can be heard echoing through the jail. Forecasting that Salome, Herod’s wife’s daughter, will do something horrible. Salome is drawn to John because of his voice. She makes an attempt to kiss him. John, on the other hand, rejects Salome and accuses her mother of having an illicit relationship with Herod. Herod asks Salome to dance for him on the royal terrace. Also, promising to give her whatever she desires as a reward. Salome dances and asks Herod to bring her John’s head.
3. The Martian (2015)
Director- Ridley Scott
The brave crew of the Ares III expedition safely lands on the parched red terrain of the faraway planet Mars in the year 2035. A violent space storm forces them to abandon the ambitious expedition. The injured botanist Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars by friends and colleagues. The stranded astronaut, alone on a desolate asteroid 140 million miles from Earth and with few resources. He must do everything in his ability to survive, while surprising satellite photographs indicate Mark is still alive. Now it’s up to NASA’s creative minds to come up with a viable answer.
4. The Tree of Life (2011)
Director- Terrence Malick
The formative years of middle-aged Jack O’Brien’s life in suburban Waco, Texas in the 1950s with his parents and two younger brothers, R.L. and Steve, affected him greatly. It is mostly the dispute between his parents that is giving him emotional distress, particularly with his father. Although both of his parents loved him and his siblings, they showed it in various ways, often at odds with one another. His mother was overly compassionate and nurturing. She sought to instil in her children a sense of wonder about the universe.
His father was unyielding and would not accept disobedience since he wanted to practically prepare his children for a challenging future. Internal tensions over what he did and what he intended to achieve in life also affected Mr. O’Brien’s behaviour. Jack’s present thoughts also include memories of his brother R.L., who was slain in military service at the age of nineteen.
5. Molly’s Game (2017)
Director- Aaron Sorkin
Molly Bloom, a former competitive skier, goes to sunny Los Angeles to start over after a tragic injury ends her bright sporting career. She robs her of a long-coveted Olympic medal. Molly will soon discover the quickest path to success and the closest thing to a vocation. On running a high-stakes poker gaming business for deep-pocketed celebrities, well-heeled businesses, and the elite, once she arrives. And with that, a powerful poker hostess’ gambling empire is established; nonetheless, there is always a narrow line between triumph and disaster. Molly will have to work hard for sympathy now that her sole hope is in the expert hands of sceptical New York lawyer Charlie Jaffey.
6. Crimson Peak (2015)
Director- Guillermo del Toro
Edith Cushing, the young daughter of wealthy businessman Carter Cushing, is visited by her recently deceased mother’s black. A deformed ghost who warns her, “Beware of Crimson Peak,” near Buffalo, New York, in 1887. Sir Thomas Sharpe, an English baronet who has travelled to the United States with his sister, Lucille. In order to seek investors for his clay-mining innovation, meets Edith, a promising author, in 1901. Cushing rejects Thomas’ proposition, unimpressed by Sharpe’s prior efforts to raise finance. Edith’s mother’s spirit appears to her once more, this time with the same warning. Both Edith’s father and her childhood friend, Dr. Alan McMichael, disapprove of Thomas and Edith’s sexual relationship. Mr. Cushing contacts Mr. Holly, a private investigator, who uncovers unsavoury information about the Sharpes.
7. The Help (2011)
Director- Tate Taylor
Skeeter Phelan is an aspiring writer in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s. She has just graduated and has returned home after landing a position writing a futile daily column in the local paper. When she returns home, she discovers that Constantine Jefferson, her nanny and family’s maid, has vanished. Skeeter sees an opportunity to write a book for a New York editor about the relationship of black maids with Southern society. Minny Jackson is dismissed unfairly by the pompous Hilly Holbrook. A leader in the prejudiced upper society, and Minny chooses to recount her storey after finding work with the outcast Celia Foote. Soon after, eleven more maids agree to be questioned by Skeeter, who also reveals Constantine’s true identity. Jackson’s high society will never be the same after the publication of “The Help.”
8. Interstellar (2014)
Director- Christopher Nolan
Cooper, an ex-science engineer and pilot, is tethered to his farming land with his daughter Murph and son Tom in the near future in the American Midwest. A violent sandstorms damage Earth’s crops. The people of Earth understand that their time on the planet is coming to an end as food becomes scarce. Cooper is asked to go on a daring trip with a few other scientists through a wormhole. After stumbling onto an N.A.S.A. base near his home because of his scientific intellect and ability to control aircraft unlike the other crew members. Cooper must choose between staying on Earth and risking never seeing his children in order to save the human race by finding another livable planet while Earth decays.
9. The Debt (2010)
Director- John Madden
The espionage drama begins in 1997, when Rachel Singer and Stephan Gold, both retired Mossad secret agents, gets a disturbing news about their former comrade David Peretz. Because of the task they conducted in 1965, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel in East Berlin, all three have been revered by their country for decades. The team’s mission was completed—or was it?—with great peril and at enormous personal cost. With spectacular action and surprise revelations, the suspense builds in and across two different time periods.
10. Texas Killing Field (2011)
Director- Ami Canaan Mann
Souder is a murder detective in a small Texas town. His partner, Detective Heigh, a transplanted New York City cop. They follow a cruel serial killer who dumps his victims’ mangled bodies in a nearby swamp known as ‘The Killing Fields.’ Despite the fact that the swampland crime scenes are outside of their authority, Detective Heigh is determined to solve the terrible killings. He decides to investigate the crimes despite his partner’s warnings. Soon after, the killer switches tactics and begins stalking the detectives. Also taunting them with plausible clues at crime scenes while maintaining one step ahead of them. When Ann, a well-known local girl, goes missing, the detectives find themselves in a race against time to discover the culprit and preserve Ann’s life.