The 10 Best Florence Pugh Movies, Ranked - and How to Stream Them

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Usually an actor has several small parts in films to allow them to get used to working on the big screen, before they reveal who they are and what they can do. Not Florence Pugh.

In 2015, when she suddenly appeared as the co-lead in The Falling, a woozy allegorical drama about a fainting outbreak in a 1960s English girls’ school, Pugh was still in school herself. Her performance as the more advanced of two intensely connected best friends led stunned reviewers to declare her a star, and they were right: ten years on she’s appeared in highly acclaimed dramas and big commercial hits. Her new film, Dune: Part Two, is both at once. Find out where to watch our pick of the ten best Florence Pugh movies below.

Pugh followed up The Falling with an even stronger turn in Lady Macbeth, a hard-as-nails domestic drama set in Northumberland in 1865. Not a Shakespeare story and arguably more brutal and shocking than anything the Bard ever came up with, the film is powered by Pugh as a woman who escapes her loveless marriage and nightmarish home life by resorting to violence and much else besides. It’s a movie that requires complete conviction from its lead actress, and Pugh never wavers.

Pugh subsequently popped up in the post-Taken Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter, and returned to historical drama for Outlaw King. After that, however, she took a left turn by topping the bill in Fighting with My Family, Stephen Merchant’s true-life comedy drama about the British wrestler Saraya Bevis, who makes it as a WWE star at the expense of her supposedly more talented brother. Pugh was still playing a young woman defying expectations, but this film was a palatable mainstream crowd-pleaser.

That made Pugh a big enough name for her to be cast alongside Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan in Little Women, helmed by future Barbie director Greta Gerwig, and to become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by starring opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow - a sequel to that movie, Thunderbolts, is on the way. She also makes a brief but important appearance in current awards favourite Oppenheimer.

Pugh’s great strength, however, remains films that are beguiling and enveloping to the point of being overwhelming, preferably with an element of folk horror. She’s an English nurse visiting Ireland to witness an alleged miracle in The Wonder, a tale full of religious fervour and creeping dread.

Our choice of the best Florence Pugh movie goes some way beyond mere dread. Pugh takes the lead in Midsommar, a simply unforgettable nightmare of a film in which she plays Dani, a traumatised American student whose visit to a rural Swedish commune turns into a symphony of psychological unease and horrifically imaginative violence, as the countryside gathering reveals itself to be a crazed cult. Pugh’s face in the final shot is what really stays with you - and as an A-list film actor, Pugh is certainly here to stay. See where to stream our ten best Florence Pugh movies in the list below.

  1. Midsommar

    Midsommar

    2019

    IMDB 7.1 (402k)

    #1

    Several friends travel to Sweden to study as anthropologists a summer festival that is held every ninety years in the remote hometown of one of them. What begins as a dream vacation in a place where the sun never sets, gradually turns into a dark nightmare as the mysterious inhabitants invite them to participate in their disturbing festive activities.

  2. Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth

    2016

    IMDB 6.8 (22k)

    #2

    Rural England, 1865. Katherine, suffocated by her loveless marriage to a bitter man and restrained by his father's tyranny, unleashes an irresistible force within her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

  3. Fighting with My Family

    #3

    Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

  4. The Falling

    The Falling

    2015

    IMDB 5.3 (7k)

    #4

    England, 1969. The fascinating Abbie and the troubled Lydia are great friends. After an unexpected tragedy occurs in the strict girls' school they attend, a mysterious epidemic of fainting breaks out that threatens the mental sanity and beliefs of the tormented people involved, both teachers and students.

  5. The Wonder

    The Wonder

    2022

    IMDB 6.6 (44k)

    #5

    Haunted by her past, a nurse travels from England to a remote Irish village in 1862 to investigate a young girl's supposedly miraculous fast.

  6. Little Women

    Little Women

    2019

    IMDB 7.8 (245k)

    #6

    Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

  7. Black Widow

    Black Widow

    2021

    IMDB 6.7 (396k)

    #7

    Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

  8. Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    2023

    IMDB 8.3 (723k)

    #8

    The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

  9. Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    2018

    IMDB 6.9 (80k)

    #9

    Forced into exile by the English after being crowned King of Scotland, legendary warrior Robert the Bruce fights to reclaim the throne.

  10. Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    2022

    IMDB 6.3 (146k)

    #10

    Alice and Jack are lucky to be living in the idealized community of Victory, the experimental company town housing the men who work for the top-secret Victory Project and their families. But when cracks in their idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something much more sinister lurking beneath the attractive façade, Alice can’t help questioning exactly what they’re doing in Victory, and why.