Starring in cult classics such as Stranger (1979) and Ghostbreakers (1984) under her belt, Sigourney Weaver became the unofficial Sci-Fi Queen in the entertainment industry. However, her filmography shows a wide range of films from various genres, including comedy, drama and horror.
Weaver currently has six films in the works, of which four are sequels to the box office hit 2009 movie, Avatar. Weaver refused to get caught up in a single stereotype and consistently showed her ability to adapt to any role. Her eccentric acting style and impressive on-screen presence can be seen in the following performances.
10 Ramona – You again
Starring with the legendary Jamie Lee Curtis and the late Betty White, Weaver Ramona, or Aunt Mona, plays in the 2009 comedy, You again. As a successful businesswoman returning to her hometown for a wedding, she crosses paths with Gail, with whom she was friends in high school. The two ended their friendship over a boy and were not on good terms for some time. However, this feel-good film gives her a seemingly happy ending with a revived friendship and a new chance at love.
9 The Director – The Cabin in the Woods
Produced and co-written by Joss Whedon, the 2011 horror film, The hut in the woods, surprised viewers with the appearance of Weaver near the end of the movie. The role of the director is discovered by the unfortunate victims that she is the leader of an underground organization that plans to sacrifice a group of unsuspecting teenagers to keep an apocalyptic event away. This time, her scheme is not going according to plan.
8 Claudia Hoffman – Snow White: A Tale of Terror
In the 1997 horror film, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, Weaver plays Claudia Hoffman. As a noblewoman who marries a widower, she becomes the stepmother to Lilli, who never really likes her. In this gothic-style retelling of a classic, Claudia is a parallel to the Evil Queen character, while Lilli represents Snow White. The story quickly darkens, and each scene becomes more and more frightening as the plot progresses.
7 Gwen DeMarco – Galaxy Quest
Weaver, starring Tim Allen and the late Alan Rickman, plays actress Gwen DeMarco in Galaxy Quest. The role of Lieutenant Tawny Madison, the communications officer for the spaceship, Gwen and the rest of the crew is thrown into an intergalactic war between alien species. Although she’s an actress with no real training for space adventures, Gwen does her best to help her team win the battle. According to Weaver, a sequel is now underway.
6 Dana Barrett – Ghostbusters
In the 1984 cult classic, Ghostbreakers, Weaver interprets Dana Barrett. A professional cellist, she has a paranormal encounter with a devil dog in her apartment and must call on the Ghostbusters team for help. Later possessed by the demigod, Zuul, she unleashes terror on the city from the roof of her building. This iconic film led to a sequel, a TV series, video games and a recharge in 2016. Weaver also landed her role as Dana in the 2021 release of Ghostbusters: Hereafter.
5 Alice Hunt – The Village
Written, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, The village was an exciting period piece with an incredible cast. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix and Adrien Brody, Weaver plays Alice Hunt, who is an elder in the remote town. She is also the mother of Lucius, who is the love interest of the main character, Ivy. Alice’s goal is to keep the town safe by not going into the surrounding forest and avoiding the color red. However, she and the other elders keep a secret that may endanger the loneliness of the community.
4 Dr. Grace Augustine – Avatar
Written, directed and produced by James Cameron, Avatar was one of the biggest box office films (and movies with the highest income) to debut in 2009. With the role of Dr. Grace Augustine, Weaver delivers a strong performance as the head of the avatar program – designed to help solve the Earth’s energy crisis. When antagonist Parker Selfridge tries to destroy the Hometree, which is sacred to the native Na’vi, a battle ensues. Grace is shot and dies before she can be rescued by the Hometree’s forces. However, she will appear in all four sequels, which could mean she has been revived as her avatar.
3 Max Connors – Heartbreakers
In the 2001 romantic comedy, Heartbreakers, Weaver portrays a few different characters who are all false identities for Max Connors. Suitable for her surname, she is an experienced scammer who deceives men into marrying her in a short time. Her daughter, Page (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt), is then given the task of seducing the new groom so that he can be caught red-handed, and Max can divorce him and take most of his money. The scheme works for some time until true feelings develop between Page and her latest brand.
2 Die Warden – Gate
Based on the popular children’s book by Louis Sachar, the 2003 comedy, Gate, was blessed with Weaver’s achievement as the Warden. Armed with rattlesnake gypsy lacquer and a lot of attitude, the Warden is in charge of a juvenile detention camp known as Camp Green Lake. The catch is that it is a desert landscape and the young boys are forced to dig giant holes every day to build character. As disgusting as the Warden may be to viewers, she does have any underlying goal – that is to find a coffin full of valuable items hidden by Kissin ‘Kate Barlow decades ago.
1 Ellen Ripley – Alien
Weaver’s best performance by far can be seen throughout Stranger franchise. The 1979 science fiction horror film Stranger has spawned a series of sequels and accessories that have kept fans interested for years. As her first box office role, Weaver plays adjutant officer Ellen Ripley aboard the Nostromo spaceship. Ripley is placed in command after protocols are broken, and fights against aggressive alien life forms that have infiltrated the ship. Weaver’s performance as Ripley was so good that she took home a BAFTA for the most promising newcomer in the lead role.
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