Updated On: February 29, 2024 by   Esraa Mahmoud   Esraa Mahmoud  

With excellent acting skills and now venturing into directing, American actress Olivia Wilde has built a household name in a short time. Olivia Wilde was born into the family of famous television producer Claude Coburn, a British journalist and writer. She is a passionate writer, taking her pen name after Oscar Wilde, one of her favourite authors.

Olivia started her career in the film industry as an assistant director for casting. As an actress, she rose to fame after her role in the hit TV series House (2004), an ingenious medical series, interesting both medically and as a cinematic work.

Olivia played the role of one of House’s second team doctors; she starred in the series from 2012 to 2017. Since then, not much time has passed, but the beautiful actress has managed to get starring roles in several successful films.

Olivia has been featured four times in Maxim magazine’s Hot 100: 61st place in 2005, 97th in 2008, number one in 2009 and fifth in 2012. In 2009, she was voted by Maxim magazine as the sexiest woman in the world.

Olivia Wilde’s Best Movies!

Wilde’s filmography includes some gems that are definitely stuck in many minds. Taking a trip down the filmography lane, here are some of the best Olivia Wilde movies.

Conversations with Other Women (2005)

The movie follows a couple who get reunited at a wedding after many years. While they try to start over with a one-night stand, things take a much more passionate and exciting direction! Can they put the past behind them and move on to new and beautiful experiences?

The movie starred Helena Bonham and Carter Aaron Eckhart, and Olivia played the role of one of the bridesmaids in the film.

Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas (2006)

Bickford Schmeckler is a talented college student who likes to write down all his cool, brilliant ideas in a notebook.

One day, his notebook gets stolen, and while Bickford looks for it, he has to come out of his comfort zone and communicate with a lot of people, which is not something he is used to.

Meanwhile, bookstore owners read the book and decide to print it out after falling in love with its content! Soon, many people read Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas, and the success of the book takes Bickford’s life in a whole new direction!

Olivia played the role of Sarah Witt in the film, and she received the awards of Best Actress from The Comedy Festival in 2006 and the Rising Star Award from the Vail Film Festival.

Tron: Legacy (2010)

Twenty-seven-year-old tech genius Sam Flynn investigates his father’s disappearance, who has vanished mysteriously. Soon, Sam finds himself in a virtual world full of gladiatorial games and survival races, which his father had created.

That’s where Sam finds him, with a damaged mind, as well as a unique ally born in the digital world. Together with the mysterious ally, the father and son embark on a perilous journey for life through an increasingly dangerous virtual universe.

Olivia practised parkour and capoeira in preparation for her role as Quorra and impressed even the stuntmen with her martial arts abilities. She was nominated for the Best Breakout Star award at the MTV Movie Awards for her role and the Choice Movie Breakout Female at the Teen Choice Awards.

In Time (2011)

Set in the future, humans find a way to stop ageing after turning 25, and time is the only currency used there. All that is needed is to maintain the genetic code and prolong it permanently. However, not everyone can afford it— only the rich can buy eternal youth.

Will Salas is a poor man but not one to give up. Unfairly accused of murder, Will tries to prove his innocence. As fate would have it, he finds himself forced to take hostage Sylvia, a rich girl from high society. Now, will have to go on the run and risk every minute to save his life.

In the film, Olivia played the role of Rachel Salas, who is a seemingly young girl in her early twenties, but in reality, a mother of a 28-year-old son. Rachel is kind and funny, single-handedly raising her son, whom she loves more than anything in the world and is willing to do anything for

Olivia Wilde played the mother of Justin Timberlake’s character, who is three years older than Olivia in real life.

This is the second collaboration between Olivia Wilde, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Vincent Carteiser, as they all worked in the movie Alpha Dog in 2006

Rush (2013)

Formula One is a famous racing car competition whose ‘golden age was in the 1970s. In 1976, Niki Lauda was the unchallenged leader of the race, especially after driver Fittipaldi switched teams.

However, things took a different turn with Fittipaldi being replaced by a young, up-and-coming rookie driver, James Hunt, who very quickly began to gain the lead. Lauda, on the other hand, had an accident on the track and suffered severe facial burns but was back on track a few weeks later to battle Hunt for the championship title. The film takes a closer look at their famous rivalry.

Olivia played the role of the famous supermodel Suzy Miller, Hunt’s glamorous and free-spirited wife. The film received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and racing sequences.

The Third Person (2013)

The film follows three love stories set in three major cities —Paris, Rome, and New York. In Paris lives an elderly writer, Michael, who has exchanged his wife for a young and windy lover, the writer Anne, and now regrets it.

In New York, a woman named Julia and her ex-husband Rick are trying to prove that Julia was wrongfully accused of attempting to kill their son because she couldn’t harm her own child.

In Rome, wealthy businessman Scott, who has recently arrived here, meets gipsy Monica and tries to help her with money that should be enough to ransom her young daughter, who has fallen into the hands of kidnappers.

Olivia played the role of Anna, who, as the story unfolds, turns out to be hiding a dark, shocking secret! While The Third Person received mixed reviews upon release, Wilde’s performance was widely praised. Critics lauded her ability to convey Julia’s emotional turmoil with nuance and power, showcasing a dramatic range that went beyond her comedic roles in films like Booksmart and Tron: Legacy.

Her (2013)

Set in a futuristic time, writer Theodore Twombly has always lived a quiet life of loneliness and has even chosen a job to suit his character: writing love letters at home for people who can’t confess their love themselves. Lately, his life takes a turn for the worse as he breaks up with his girlfriend Catherine – perhaps the only person he trusts.

During this period of intense loneliness, he buys a state-of-the-art operating system. The artificial intelligence is named Samantha, and it has many technical features as well as human communication skills. Very soon, Theodore is surprised to notice that he begins to have fond feelings for the operating system, as it understands him perfectly.

The film was a huge success, receiving rave reviews and five nominations at the 86th Academy Awards and going home with the Best Original Screenplay award, among many others, at different prestigious festivals.

Olivia Wilde took on a nuanced supporting role that adds texture and complexity to the film’s central love story. While Joaquin Phoenix shines as Theodore, the man falling for an AI named Samantha, Wilde portrays his blind date, Blind Date.

Wilde’s performance is masterful in its brevity. She imbues Blind Date with a captivating blend of vulnerability and confidence. Her eyes sparkle with intelligence and humour, hinting at a depth we never fully get to explore. In those stolen moments, Wilde paints a vivid portrait of a woman both independent and searching, a counterpoint to Theodore’s existential yearning.

Love the Coopers (2015)

Sam and Charlotte Cooper are husband and wife who have been happily married for forty years. On Christmas Eve, they get the idea of inviting their entire extended family into their home to see their relatives and have as much fun as possible.

Sam and Charlotte’s grown-up daughter, Eleanor, arrives with her boyfriend, as does their grown-up son Hank, who has recently divorced his wife but has brought their young daughter Mad with him. Also arriving is Charlotte’s sister Emma, who has problems with the police, Sam’s aunt named Fishy, whom everyone thinks is a crazy old lady and quite a few other relatives who will turn Cooper’s Christmas into merry chaos!

Olivia played the role of Eleanor. This is the third film for Olivia Wilde and actress Amanda Seyfried; the actresses previously starred together in In Time and Alpha Dog, though in In Time, Amanda and Olivia did not have any scenes together.

Also, this was the third time Olivia and Alan Arkin worked together; they previously starred in I Want It Like You and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Meadowland (2015)

Sarah and Philip’s beloved son just disappear without leaving a trace behind. The parents call the police, who promise to help them, but there are no guarantees as there is little evidence.

After one year goes by with no progress, Sarah decides to go looking for her son herself. However, she has no idea how dangerous this could be.

Besides playing the role of Sarah, Olivia also produced the film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Olivia’s performance was praised by several critics.

A Vigilante (2018)

Sadie ran away from her abusive husband in the past and then decided to dedicate her life to fighting domestic violence. Now, she tracks down the men who torture their wives, finds them and brings them to justice in a variety of ways.

The self-proclaimed vigilante Sadie is convinced she’s doing the right thing, but she can’t shake off the ghosts of her past.

Olivia played the role of Sadie, and the film was well-received by the critics who praised Olivia’s performance.

Richard Jewell (2019)

Office manager Richard Jewell dreams of a career as a security guard. One day lady luck smiles on him, and he gets his dream job.

Jewell takes a job as a security guard at the 1996 Olympics. During one of the events, he discovers a suspicious bag, which turns out to contain a bomb. He is seen as a hero by the public.

But the good fame didn’t last long, and just a few days later, the brave guard is suspected of having personally masterminded the attack. The news spreads to the media, and Jewell’s life is turned upside down!

Olivia played the role of Kathy Scruggs. The movie received rave reviews and many nominations and awards at several film festivals, including the Movie of the Year Award at the AFI Awards and the Golden Elm Award at the Allywood Film Critics Association Awards.

Booksmart (2019)

On the night of their high school graduation, two hard-working students realise how much they have missed during their high school by focusing only on studying. The two then decide to go wild and live like they never did!

This was Olivia’s feature directorial debut, turning into a critically acclaimed feature. The film was nominated for numerous awards and won many of them, including the Best First Film award at the Austin Film Critics Association and the Best First Feature award at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Olivia won the Best Female Director award at the Hollywood Critics Association Awards and at the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society. She also won the Directors to Watch awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was nominated for the Breakthrough Director at the Gotham Awards.

Don’t Worry Darling (2022)

A psychological thriller set in the 1950s that follows a seemingly happily married couple, Alice, and Jake. The two live in a utopian community where the husbands are busy working on a project, and the wives are busy living their best lives! However, Alice gets suspicious about her husband’s work, and so she starts digging, unknowing of the can of worms she is about to open!

Directed by Olivia Wilde, the film made the headlines even before its premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in 2022, where it won the Graffetta d’Oro for Best Film award. Besides directing, Olivia played a supporting role in the film as well.

Olivia Wilde, with her captivating charm and undeniable talent, has carved a diverse and impressive filmography. From hilarious coming-of-age tales to chilling psychological thrillers, she’s proven to be a versatile actress and filmmaker, captivating audiences and earning critical acclaim throughout her career.

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