6 movies that prove Jessica Chastain is one of the best in Hollywood history

Jessica Chastain has had an impressive career in barely over a decade since her big breakthrough! Here are some of the movies that prove she’s one of the top Hollywood actresses in history.

The year was 2011, a new fresh dominates the film seen with five movies released and even two of them getting Oscar buzz! Who is she? She’s Jessica Chastain, a new young face with pure talent! With highly acclaimed movies like The Help and three of Life, it just seemed she had come out of nowhere as an already great actress. However, Jessica’s Chastain preparation was exhausting and patient.

As a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School, it took her years of preparation and work to land her first big role. But, once she got it, the industry knew her talent was pure gold, and just one year after her big breakthrough she landed her first Oscar nomination. Over a decade after, Jessica Chastain has now an impressive career filled with highly acclaimed performances and a very diverse range!


This year, she landed another nomination for the Academy Awards for her work in The Eyes of Tammy Faye and odds are she’s finally getting it, though she doesn’t need a statuette to prove she’s one of the greatest actresses in history.

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The Tree of Life (2011)

This was one of the first movies she ever did and totally nailed it. Directed by Terrence Malick, the movie tells the story of a mother of three boys dealing with an abusive father. Their disagreements on life make things worst when trying to raise the children. Chastain portrays Mrs. O’Brien, a woman who wants to show her kids that the world is a nice place full of wonder and possibilities, while her husband, (Brad Pitt) is more on the pessimistic side. Though the movie doesn’t have much dialogue, it was praised by critics and even won a Palme d’Or.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

This part got Chastain her first Golden Globe award and first Oscar nomination. The historical thriller is a recount of the almost-a-decade hunt of Osama bin Laden. She plays Maya Harris, a CIA analyst that is sent to Pakistan to interrogate witnesses and suspects. The movie deals with the struggles she had to make herself being taken seriously in a male-dominated profession and how she manages to become one of the most respected analysts during the mission.


The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Based on real events and the novel of the same name by Diane Ackerman the movie takes us to the horrors of war. A couple living in occupied Poland during WWII, do the impossible to save as many Jewish citizens as possible. To do so, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, which was attacked in 1939, turn the zoo into a secret hideout and haven for Polish Jews.

A Most Violent Year (2014)

Set in 1980s New York City, the movie tells the story of an immigrant owner of a heating and oil business doing what he does to protect his family and business when his company is being under investigation of illegal activity. Though everything points to him, the mastermind behind everything is his wife, played by Jessica Chastain. The story was convincing enough at the box office, but Chastain’s subtle yet strong performance she delivers got her a Golden Globe nomination and very good critics.


Miss Sloane (2016)

Highly undervalued, Miss Sloane is a political thriller that deals with the controversial subject of gun control in the US. Its focus is on the story of Elizabeth Sloane, a lobbyist who decides to quit her firm when a case that challenges her moral code is handed to her. She then teams up with a company that wants to pass a bill to expand background checks on weapon buyers. Her performance gained her once again, a Golden Globe nomination.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Last but not least, we have the film that got her second Oscar nomination and the one that could actually give her the statuette at last! In this bio-pic, Chastain plays the part of Tammy Faye Bakker, a famous televangelist who, with the help of her husband Jim Bakker, created the largest religious television network, one that dominated the 70s and 80s. Also a producer of the film, Chastain went through an incredible transformation to portray Faye’s features and characteristic big hair.

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