20 Best Kristen Stewart Movies: Exploring Her Most Memorable Roles [2024 Updated]

Kristen Stewart had a solid career spanning from child actor jobs into early adulthood before she became an advocate for vegetarian vampire-and-werewolf partnerships in the late 2000s.

She started her acting career in David Fincher’s effective thriller Panic Room, then starred in the space adventure Zathura, directed by Jon Favreau (before Iron Man), which was set in the Jumanji film universe, and aided a lost wanderer in Into the Wild. 

Of course, looking back, it all seems like ancient history in comparison to Twilight , the romantic fantasy phenomenon that would transform Stewart and Robert Pattinson into improbable tabloid stars for years to come. 

Despite the advantages of becoming household names through the five Twilight movies released every year for five years, there was also the very real danger of   spending the rest of their lives in the shadow of the vampire.   

Stewart followed Pattinson’s lead and went independent, where she co-starred with Olivier Assayas and Kelly Reichardt and had breakout roles in films like Still Alice, Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Certain Women.

Her unofficial “Co-Starring Jesse Eisenberg” trilogy, which began with Adventureland and continued with American Ultra and Cafe Society, was also finished by her.

Even Stewart’s approach to mainstream cinema, as shown in Charlie’s Angels and Snow White and the Huntsman, is accompanied by feminist or revisionist elements.

In 2020, she concluded the year with a Happiest Season after a dive in Underwater. Let us learn through some of her an roles and movies.

Best Kristen Stewart movies

1. Personal Shopper (2016)

In this arthouse ghost story, Stewart appears in nearly every scene and is hypnotic in everyone. Whether she’s navigating Paris on a scooter, dressing a famous client in designer clothes, responding to strange text messages, or attempting to contact her twin brother, who passed away not long ago, Stewart is Assayas’s equal.

Personal Shopper - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films

 Anyone hoping for a traditional story will be furious with Assayas’s customary oblique approach, but if you ever wanted proof of Stewart’s subtle star power, here it is.

2. Spencer (2021)

In Pablo Larraín’s portrayal of Diana, Princess of Wales’s weekend in the life, Stewart is portrayed as a gothic heroine who, at Christmas, finds herself ensnared by the evil Windsors in the creepy ancient mansion of Sandringham. 

SPENCER - Official Trailer - In Theaters November 5

It is at this point that Stewart realizes she must take charge of her own destiny. Stewart got an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Diana, even though she doesn’t look anything like her. She nailed her accent and flirtatious gestures.

3. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

As Juliette Binoche’s assistant in Olivier Assayas’s study of a great actress at a crossroads in her career, Stewart became the first American woman to receive a César, France’s Oscar equivalent.

Clouds of Sils Maria - Official Trailer I HD I IFC Films

Despite Stewart’s astute deference to her seasoned co-star, her abrupt exit just before the film’s conclusion exemplifies the classic case of scene-stealing when one is not present.

4. Crimes of the Future (2022)

The low-rent National Organ Registry is controlled by bureaucrats Timlin and Wippet, played hilariously by Stewart and Don McKellar.

The film is set in the avant-garde art scene of an unheimlich future Athens and is David Cronenberg’s crazy take on body horror science fiction.

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE - Official Teaser

The film’s iconic line—”Surgery is the new sex”—is delivered by Stewart, a bundle of libidinous twitches who lucidly comprehends the task.

5. Certain Women (2016)

Kelly Reichardt’s observant triptych about rural American women’s daily lives is at its finest in this story; it’s easy to understand how a lonely horse wrangler (Lily Gladstone) may develop a slight obsession with Stewart, a part-time law instructor. Her subtle charisma has seldom been used to such enthralling advantage.  

Certain Women Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Kristen Stewart Movie

6. The Runaways (2010)

Stewart might have been cast perfectly as rock legend Joan Jett. Although Michael Shannon gives it his all as the band’s ominous manager Kim Fowley, Floria Sigismondi’s underappreciated depiction of the groundbreaking 1970s girl group—based on a biography by Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning)—is entertaining, our heroine, Cherie, once again, steals the show.

THE RUNAWAYS (2010) | (Good Movies) | Hollywood.com Movie Trailers | #movies #movietrailers

7. Adventureland (2009)

In his episodic indie hit about a student forced to work a summer job at an amusement park in the 1980s, Greg Mottola combines rough humor with astute observation. Stewart expertly shows how to provide substance to a potentially flat girlfriend character in Eisenberg’s first of three films starring the two of them in a cult ensemble.

Adventureland | Official Trailer (HD) - Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart | MIRAMAX

8. Underwater (2020)

Stewart, a blond mechanical engineer with specs, is the kind of heroic figure you’d want on your side if you were a member of a drilling crew trapped in the Mariana Trench under attack by tentacled creatures. If the action sequences weren’t so jumbled, this Cthulhu meets Abyss may have passed as an acceptable Alien knockoff.

Underwater | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

9. Twilight (2008)

Stewart had already amassed eight years of acting experience and had mastered every possible portrayal of a spoiled kid by the time she was cast as Bella in Stephenie Meyer’s innocent but steamy romance involving a seventeen-year-old student and a vampire who lived to be one hundred.

Twilight (2008) Official Trailer

Despite Bella’s intolerability in the book, Stewart and Pattinson give their seemingly lifeless characters charm and individuality in the five-film series.

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10. Seberg (2019)

In Benedict Andrews’ biopic of Breathless’ American star Jean Seberg, Stewart rocks the iconic pixie cut, pulls off a breathtaking two-minute closeup, and is fantastic throughout.

One of the FBI agents tasked with persecuting Seberg for her support of African American activists gets equal screen time, which hinders the picture. Who gives a hoot about him? Return to Kristen, please!

Seberg - Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

11. Charlie’s Angels (2019)

Whenever feminism makes a comeback in this wacky action-comedy series, two of the three angels kind of disappear into the background. Stewart, however, brings a lot of humor to the role of the affluent punk Sabina, who plays the role of a girly-girl who pretends to be all frilly and sparkling.

CHARLIE'S ANGELS - Official Trailer (HD)

12. JT LeRoy (2019)

Stewart finds the perfect vehicle for her androgynous features in the role of Savannah Knoop, a woman who, for six years, wore a tacky platinum wig and pretended to be a young man who wrote best-selling misery lit. In truth, her sister-in-law, played by Laura Dern, was the true author. Identity and veracity are put to the test by the most bizarre literary fib of the twentieth century.

J.T. LeRoy Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers

13. Still Alice (2014)

The film stars Julianne Moore, who won an Oscar for her performance as a linguistics professor whose memory begins to deteriorate due to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. One of her daughters, a budding actress who returns home to take care of her mother, is played subtly by Stewart, who gives a superb supporting performance.

Still Alice - Official Trailer- Now on Blu-ray & Digital HD

14. Lizzie (2018)

Elizabeth Borden, played by Chloë Sevigny, is renowned for her 1892 Massachusetts incident where she infamously “took an axe” to her father and stepmother.

She has a strong relationship with the Irish maid, played by Stewart. The acting is good, but the plot is noticeably less tense and crude than what one would expect from an axe murder film.

LIZZIE Official Trailer (2018) Kristen Stewart, Chloë Sevigny, Thriller Movie HD

15. Camp X-Ray (2014)

This sparse yet excellent drama follows a private in the army who is sent to patrol Guantanamo Bay. Stewart began exploring unexpected possibilities shortly after finishing her last Twilight. A remarkable demonstration of pent-up empathy that pushes the boundaries of standard operating procedure.

Camp X-Ray Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Kristen Stewart Movie HD

16. Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

In the time between Twilight films, Stewart often played characters that were antithetical to Bella Swan’s naiveté. An older salesperson (a superb James Gandolfini) befriends her as a sweary adolescent lap dancer in New Orleans. The salesman’s marriage is in disarray following the death of his daughter. Slow tempo detracts from deft performances.

Welcome To The Rileys | OFFICIAL trailer US (2010) Kristen Stewart

17. Happiest Season (2020)

Stewart portrays a gay couple who spend Christmas with Stewart’s girlfriend’s horrible, non-supportive family. Stewart, along with indie heavyweights Alison Brie and Aubrey Plazamake the most of their chances in Clea DuVall’s second feature picture as director, a traditional romcom with a lesbian twist. The girlfriend is incredibly annoying (ditch her!).

Happiest Season - Trailer (Official) • A Hulu Original

18. Café Society (2016)

In this sad romance directed by Woody Allen, Stewart, and Eisenberg reunite, bringing Hollywood to the Bronx hoodlums.   Even though Stewart appears overly spiky and contemporary for the 1930s, her stunning performance is aided by Vittorio Storaro’s gorgeous cinematography, which makes it seem as though Allen is reusing his own material.

Café Society Official International Trailer #1 (2016) - Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart Movie HD

19. American Ultra (2015)

This smarmy action comedy follows Jesse Eisenberg, a charismaless stoner from a tiny town, as he discovers he is a sleeper agent with insane killing abilities. Stewart gives a dull girlfriend character more depth than it deserves. Goodnight, The Long Kiss! Not this.

American Ultra Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart Comedy HD

20. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

This CGI-heavy remake of the often-filmed fable has Kristen Stewart, who will eventually play a fantastic Evil Queen, miscast as the submissive Snow White. Chris Hemsworth dawdles attractively, but Charlize Theron steals the show as her evil stepmother.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN - Official Trailer (2012)

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