Whether she is playing an animated villain or eating some vegan pie, Rooney Mara has an intensity and magnetism that make her one of the most exceptional actors of the moment.
As we gear up for Mara’s latest role in Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Close-up Culture have picked out our favourite films featuring this uniquely captivating performer.
10) Her (2013)
Similar to her role in Garth Davis’ 2017 film Lion, Mara shines with limited screen time as the childhood sweetheart Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) must learn to let go of.
9) The Social Network (2010)
As Erica Albright, Mara gives a memorable open to The Social Network as she breaks up with future tech giant Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).
8) Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)
Few animated villains bring the chills like Mara’s voicing of creepy aunts – The Sisters – in this Laika Entertainment hit.
7) Side Effects (2013)
Mara gives a brilliantly curious lead performance in this twisty and under-rated Steven Soderbergh thriller.
5) Una (2016)
In an intense role opposite Ben Mendelsohn, Mara is raw and unflinching in her portrayal of a sexual abuse victim who confronts her abuser several years later.
4) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Mara pulls off a remarkable transformation to be the most compelling element of David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s acclaimed book.
3) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)
David Lowery’s stunningly shot romantic-drama showcases the incredible talent of Mara and Ben Affleck.
2) A Ghost Story (2017)
Mara, Affleck and Lowery team up once again for a truly special cinematic experience in which Mara makes pie-eating a gripping and highly-emotional watch.
1) Carol (2015)
Mara matches the brilliance of Cate Blanchett with an utterly irresistible performance in Todd Haynes’ alluring romantic-drama.
What is your favourite Rooney Mara film?