Top 10 Best Jessica Chastain Movie and TV Roles of All Time Jessica Chastain is a Julliard-trained, award-winning star of Broadway and Hollywood

Jessica Michelle Chastain is one of the most influential actress/producers of our time. It’s thanks in no small part to her classically trained acting talent, but it’s also because of her choice in roles. Chastain plays strong female roles that empower her people. Check out these highlights from the impressive TV and movie filmography of Jessica Chastain.

10. Salomé

Character: Salomé

so…This 2013 biblical movie is pulled from a 2011 movie, Wilde Salomé, that itself is a documentary about an Oscar Wilde play, Salomé. The movie-within-the-movie dramatization was extracted from the doc and presented as its own narrative, and we deal with this confusion because it’s Chastain dancing the dance of seven veils for Al Pacino.

9. The Martian

The Martian Movie
(from left) Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, and Aksel Hennie portray the crewmembers of the fateful mission to Mars.

Character: Melissa Lewis

Chastain plays the Ares III mission commander who puts her entire crew in danger to turn around and pick up the botanist they assumed dead on Mars. It’s a gripping movie and shows she can easily share a screen with A-listers like Matt Damon in a box-office blockbuster and even steal scenes doing it.

8. The Help


Character: Celia Rae Foote

This 2011 period piece was widely acclaimed for showing how small-town Southern belles in 1960s Mississippi really acted. Chastain plays Celia, Minny’s (Octavia Spencer) employer after being fired by Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard). The movie is praised for its plot about outing the terrible lives of working black women in the South but costar Viola Davis points out it’s not really about the maids, is it?

7. Jolene

jolene Jessica Chastain

Character: Jolene

This 2008 drama was based on both a short story and a Dolly Parton song of the same name. It’s also the film debut of Chastain, a teenaged orphan who gets goes through a series of crazy relationships while discovering (or, rather, while everyone else does) her burgeoning sexuality.

6. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her/Them

Jessica Chastain Eleanor Rigby

Character: Eleanor Rigby

Chastain teams with James McAvoy in a collection of three films that tell the same basic story from different perspectives. She plays a suicidal mother who lost her son, and it gets dark fast, if you can believe it.

5. Interstellar

Jessica Chastain Interstellar

Character: Murph

Interstellar is as much of a sci-fi trip now as it was in 2014. NASA pilot Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) enters a wormhole with his crew and has to be rescued by his daughter (Chastain). The only thing is, time works like it does in Ant-Man’s quantum realm, so she ages a LOT faster.

4. Blackbeard

Jessica Chastain Blackbeard

Character: Charlotte Ormand

This 2006 Hallmark Channel mini-series cast Chastain as the daughter of a port-town Governor (Richard Chamberlain). She’s being simultaneously pursued by a local naval Lt. (Mark Umbers) and must also fned off the treasure-hunting pirate Blackbeard (Angus Macfadyen).

3. The Tree of Life

Tree of Life Jessica Chastain

Character: Mrs. O’Brien

This epic experimental drama from writer/director Terrence Malick wowed Cannes audiences in 2011, winning the Palme d’Or and topping critic lists for the year. Chastain opens the film with a strong performance as the wife of 1960s Brad Pitt, struggling in flashbacks to raise the Sean Penn of modern day.

2. Zero Dark Thirty


Character: Maya

Do you remember 9/11? Do you remember when Chastain played a fictional CIA intelligence analyst to frame the story of how we got back at Osama bin Laden and al Queda for it? That’s because this awesome movie got a ton of Academy Award and Golden Globes buzz and nominations for everyone involved.

1. Molly’s Game


Character: Molly Bloom

Molly Bloom is a real-life Olympic-level skier who also happened to get taken down by the FBI for running a massive underground poker tournament. Chastain plays her in this 2017 biopic, which also stars Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, and Michael Cera.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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