Updated On: February 14, 2024 by   Esraa Mahmoud   Esraa Mahmoud  

Florence Pugh is a name that has become synonymous with raw talent, captivating performances, and fearless choices. In just a few short years, she has gone from starring in a Swedish cult horror film to gracing the silver screen in Hollywood blockbusters. Her journey is one of dedication, passion, and an undeniable ability to captivate audiences with her every move.

Florence Pugh has been making a name for herself in Hollywood so impressively and steadily! From the critically acclaimed horror film Midsommar to the costume drama from everyone’s favourite Greta Gerwig, Little Women to an Oscar nomination and a place on the Forbes list, the actress has regularly given the audience enough reasons to remember her name.

The charismatic British actress Florence Pugh managed to grab the audience’s interest with her impeccable acting skills and unique charm. The big star has already attracted a lot of attention, not only from audiences but also from critics. Though she is of young age, Florence has built quite a remarkable career with some memorable films, and she keeps adding to the list!

Since the release of her debut film “The Falling” in 2014, she has secured her status as one of the world’s most in-demand and talented performers. 2019 was a particularly successful year in the young actress’ career as she received her first Oscar and BAFTA nomination for her role as Amy March in the new adaptation of Little Women.

Best Florence Pugh Movies!

The actress’ diverse biography includes roles in thrillers, biopics, comedies, detectives, mystery pictures and classic screen adaptations. In 2021, Florence Pugh became part of the Marvel universe by playing superagent Elena Belova. In 2022, the actress was once again in the spotlight for her role in the film Don’t Worry Darling, and in 2023, it was the turn of the highly acclaimed Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. While we celebrate the star she is becoming, let’s have a look at the best Florence Pugh movies.

The Falling (2014)

Abby and Lydia are best friends studying at the same boarding school. The main characters were inseparable friends, trying to do everything together. However, the girls were different in character.

 While Lydia was somewhat complex and suffered from frequent panic attacks, Abby became aware of her sexuality early on, which she skillfully used for personal gain.

But unexpectedly, the girls’ lives begin to undergo serious changes, and unexplained events occur at the boarding house, as the students begin to faint frequently and feel ill for no apparent reason. But the friends have their own theory as to what’s going on.

Lydia is played by Macey Williams, known for her role as Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, and Abby is played by Florence Pugh. For Florence, the role of Abby was her first film work, and she earned nominations for Best Debut at the London Film Critics’ Society and London Film Festival awards.

Lady Macbeth (2016)

This 2016 historical drama, based on the short story of the same name by Nikolai Leskov, tells the story of a young woman named Catherine, played by Florence Pugh. She is forced to live with an unloved man twice her age for the sake of a roof over her head and status in society. However, after falling in love with a poor young lad, Catherine realises what is most important to her.

The film Lady Macbeth (2016) received critical acclaim from film critics and audiences alike. It has an approval rating of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a consensus that praises the film’s toughness, historical accuracy, and Florence Pugh’s performance as the titular character.

At the time, the British actress was not that well-known, so Lady Macbeth was, in a sense, a breakthrough film for Pugh, in many ways shaping her reputation as an actress who fits perfectly into the historical era.

The Commuter (2018)

Michael McCauley is a former policeman who now commutes to work every day on the same train. One day, while on the train, the man notices a mysterious woman from whom he receives a rather unusual proposal. Threats, hidden agendas, and a ticking clock turn his usual journey into a desperate race for survival. But amongst the hardened criminals and shadowy figures, Gwen, played by Pugh, emerges as a beacon of unexpected complexity.

The movie starred an impressive cast, including Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson. Pugh, then a rising star, brought a youthful energy that disrupted the film’s gritty atmosphere. Initially presented as a carefree college student, Gwen quickly reveals a hidden intelligence and resilience. As Michael delves deeper into the conspiracy, Gwen becomes his unlikely confidante, providing crucial information and challenging his assumptions. 

Pugh’s performance as Gwen was praised by critics and audiences, who noted her natural charisma and screen presence. Pugh was already an acclaimed actress for her roles in Lady Macbeth (2016) and The Little Drummer Girl (2018), and The Commuter was one of her first mainstream Hollywood films. Pugh shared most of her scenes with Neeson, and the two had a good chemistry on screen. 

King Lear (2018)

Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, King Lear, was adapted for TV screens in 2018. This time, the textbook plot unfolded in our time. The ageing King Lear, played by Anthony Hopkins, is forced to divide his kingdom among his three daughters.

However, the size and scale of the inheritance will depend on the loyalty of the girls to their father. It is worth noting that the show has an unusually strong cast, as the two daughters of Hopkins’ character were played by Emma Thompson and Emily Watson.

Amazingly, even then, novice actress Florence Pugh was not lost among the more experienced and venerable colleagues as she played Cordelia, the youngest daughter of King Lear. Pugh’s performance as Cordelia was widely praised by critics and audiences, who noted her emotional range, her chemistry with Hopkins, and her ability to convey the character’s integrity, compassion, and courage.

King Lear was a critical and commercial success, receiving positive reviews from critics and viewers. It was nominated for 13 awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, and won four awards, including a BAFTA TV Award for Best Single Drama. 

Outlaw King (2018)

Another historical Florence Pugh movie, but this time about the Scottish King Robert the Bruce, who ruled in the fourteenth century. Scottish Lord Robert de Bruce and his father swear allegiance to King Edward I of England as suzerain of Scotland. Soon, Robert’s father dies, and in the meantime, a rebellion against the English breaks out in the country. Robert decides to break his oath and fight for Scottish independence.

The film is based on real events that took place in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries in Britain. Many of the characters, including Elizabeth de Bourgh, actually existed. Florence Pugh’s partner in the film was Chris Pine.

Florence Pugh played the role of Elizabeth de Burgh, goddaughter of the King of England and daughter of an English marshal. She is given in marriage to Robert after he is sworn in to cement the union of England and Scotland. Elizabeth is intelligent, has her own opinions and is not afraid to make choices. Over time, the couple develops feelings for each other, and Elizabeth, despite her background, supports Robert’s decision to oppose England.

Despite the streaming platform Netflix’s project receiving highly controversial reviews, the British actress’ performance delighted audiences and industry professionals alike.

Elizabeth de Burgh was the only female character in the film, which gave Pugh a bigger spotlight exposure. Among other things, de Bourgh was the perfect embodiment of feminism in a world of brutal patriarchy—a bold and outspoken woman who was never afraid to speak her mind, even if it contradicted the King.

The Time it Takes to Get There (2019)

The short film, which is only 11 minutes long, came about thanks to a poster competition. The competition was run by Adobe among American students. According to the terms, participants drew a poster for a non-existent film, and based on the best one, they had to make a real picture.

The winning entry was the work of Boston University student Sam West. Zach Braff, known for his role as J.D. in the TV series Clinique, wrote the script and directed the film. Florence Pugh shared the screen with the star Alicia Silverstone in the short film.

The film is set in the nineteenth century. Pugh plays Lucille, a popular influencer, and Silverstone is her overbearing manager. However, the influencer’s life is far from joyous: Lucille is forced to advertise products she doesn’t like and has to smile even when she feels bad.

Midsommar (2019)

One of the best films of 2019, Ari Aster’s Midsommar was a real triumph for Florence Pugh’s acting career. The plot unfolds around a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a pagan festival. As the story progresses, the characters realise that they are faced with a violent cult.

Pugh played the troubled young woman named Deni, who suffers from panic attacks after the tragic deaths of her parents and younger sister. The impeccably written script and truly mesmerising cinematography helped the actress to fully immerse herself in the inner darkness of her character, creating a blinding and tragic image on the screen.

Little Women (2019)

The Oscar-winning historical drama, based on the classic work of Louisa May Olcott, tells the story of the March sisters growing up during the American Civil War. It’s worth noting that previous adaptations of the book have mainly focused on the story of Jo March.

However, Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation has brought the characteristics of each of the heroines to the screen. Florence Pugh gets the role of Amy March, the youngest in the family. Unlike her sisters, Amy has never had a particularly malleable disposition and then and now shows all the charms of his capricious nature.

She was traditionally considered the least favourite of the March sisters. However, the actress was able to break unpleasant stereotypes built around Amy. In the new interpretation, Gerwig Pugh managed to completely reinvent her, making her a more subtle and dramatic character—an Oscar nomination is vivid proof of this.

Little Women has received positive reviews from film critics and has grossed $216.9 million at the box office. The American Film Institute and Time magazine listed it as one of the ten best films of 2019. Little Women received six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, winning Best Costume Design. Florence was nominated for an Academy Award and a Bafta Award for her brilliant on-screen portrayal of the role of Emmy March.

Black Widow (2021)

The summer of 2021 saw the premiere of Black Widow, the second film in the Marvel universe to feature a female superheroine. The feminist message was one of the key factors that attracted the actress to this project.

Black Widow was released in the US on 9 July 2021 and set several box office records, grossing over $379 million worldwide as well as $125 million on Disney+. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the acting (including Pugh) and the action scenes.

Florence Pugh’s character, Elena Belova, became the second heroine of the modern comic book era to wear the Black Widow moniker. Elena became a spy and assassin while studying in the Red Room and was originally an enemy of Natasha Romanoff, trying to kill her, but they later became allies.

Audiences loved her character: Cinema Blend even rated her most memorable lines, naming Pugh the film’s best part.

Florence Pugh also appeared as Belova in the Hawkeye series (2021). The series received positive reviews, with critics particularly praising the street action scenes and the chemistry between the main characters.

Don’t Worry Darling (2022)

The psychological thriller, set in California in the 1950s, follows Alice and Jack, who lives in a perfect corporate town. While husbands spend every day at work at Victory, their wives spend their time enjoying the beauty and luxury of their community.

Their lives are perfect, and the company caters to the needs of every resident. All it asks for in return is discretion and unquestioning commitment to Victory.

But one day, cracks begin to appear in their perfect world, revealing glimpses of something massively sinister lurking beneath an attractive facade. And Alice has questions – what exactly are they doing in this place, and who exactly are they?

Florence Pugh played the role of Alice in the film, which, according to some, was meant to be played by Olivia Wilde, the director of the film.  As per Wilde, the film is inspired by the films The Trueman Show (1998) and Inception (2010). The film marks the second collaboration between Pugh and Chris Pine. Don’t Worry Darling won the Fanheart3 Award at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in 2022.

 Oppenheimer (2023)

Now we come to the cherry on top: the highly-acclaimed film Oppenheimer (2023). Oppenheimer (2023) is an epic biographical thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. It stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project—the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. 

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer (2023) is more than just a film about the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb. It’s a haunting exploration of the human cost of scientific progress, the complexities of morality in the face of unimaginable power, and the lasting shadow of a decision that forever altered the course of history.

The film also features a standout performance by Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, Oppenheimer’s psychiatrist. Pugh brings a quiet intensity to the role, highlighting the psychological impact of the Manhattan Project on those involved. Her interactions with Oppenheimer add further depth to his character, exploring the emotional toll of his decisions and the lasting trauma he carries.

The film received critical acclaim, with praise for Nolan’s direction, Murphy’s performance, the cinematography, the editing, the score, and the historical accuracy. The film was also a commercial success, grossing $955.8 million worldwide against a budget of $100 million. The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and it previously won four BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Awards. The film was widely regarded as one of the best films of 2023 and one of Nolan’s best works!

There are many things that make Florence Pugh stand out as an actress. Her talent is undeniable, but it’s her fearlessness and willingness to take risks that truly set her apart. Pugh is also a chameleon on screen. She can seamlessly transform from a wide-eyed innocent to a hardened warrior, all while maintaining a sense of vulnerability that makes her characters relatable. Pugh has a magnetic presence that draws audiences in and keeps them glued to the screen.

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