From The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Charlotte Gray, to Veronica Guerin and Tár, Cate Blanchett has taken on many roles, across decades worth of movies. Since making her debut in the ‘90s, the actress has built up an extensive portfolio of pictures, which has made her one of the most celebrated names in the film industry.

But if you’re a complete newbie to the acting talents of Cate Blanchett, are you aware of all her movies? And if not, would you like to delve in deep?

Well, don’t worry; in this post I am taking a look back at the film career of Cate Blanchett with a run-through of all her pictures. Taking things year by year, and decade by decade, I am providing a list of all the films starring Blanchett, dating back to 1990.




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Beginning with the 1990s, Cate Blanchett’s film career began at the turn of the decade with a small role in Kaboria. From here she took on parts in Police Rescue and Parklands, as well as Paradise Road and Thank God He Met Lizzie.

None of these movies pushed Blanchett into the big leagues, but she carried on acting regardless, building up her portfolio in the process. However, a big role was just around the corner, and this would change things considerably.

In 1998, Blanchett took on the part of Queen Elizabeth I in the period drama, Elizabeth. This role, and this movie, quickly rocketed the actress to stardom and she soon became a household name.

With her profile having risen considerably, Blanchett went on to appear in number of projects that attracted wider attention, including Eyes Wide Shut and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Her movies in this decade included:

  • Kaboria (1990)
  • Police Rescue (1994)
  • Parklands (1996)
  • Paradise Road (1997)
  • Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997)
  • Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
  • Elizabeth (1998)
  • An Ideal Husband (1999)
  • Pushing Tin (1999)
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)*
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
  • Bangers (1999)

*Uncredited voice role




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Moving into the 2000s, and Blanchett continued to appear in high-profile pictures, including The Gift, as well as Bandits. Then in 2001, the actress appeared in the role of Galadriel in one of the biggest hits of the year: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Blanchett would go on to appear in more Lord of the Rings movies as the decade went on, but other key movies during the ‘00s included Charlotte Gray, The Shipping News, Veronica Guerin, The Aviator and Notes on a Scandal. She also took on villain duties for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and reprised the role of Queen Elizabeth I for the follow-up movie, Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Blanchett’s films in the 2000s included:

  • The Man Who Cried (2000)
  • The Gift (2000)
  • Bandits (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • Charlotte Gray (2001)
  • The Shipping News (2001)
  • Heaven (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Veronica Guerin (2003)
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
  • The Missing (2003)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • Little Fish (2005)
  • Babel (2006)
  • The Good German (2006)
  • Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Hot Fuzz (2007)*
  • I’m Not There (2007)
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  • Ponyo (2008)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • Robin Hood (2010)

*Uncredited role




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Onto the 2010s, and Blanchett’s career continued to go from strength-to-strength. She appeared in films including Hanna, Blue Jasmine, and The Monuments Men, and returned to the world of Lord of the Rings for appearances in the Hobbit movie series.

Other movies in the 2010s included Cinderella, Carol and Red. In 2014, Blanchett provided her voice for the animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, while in 2017 she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Thor: Ragnarok.  

Blanchett’s movies in the 2010s included:

  • Hanna (2011)
  • The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg (2011)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  • Blue Jasmine (2013)
  • The Turning (2013)
  • The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  • The Monuments Men (2014)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
  • Knight of Cups (2015)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • Carol (2015)
  • Truth (2015)
  • Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016)
  • Red (2017)
  • Song to Song (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Ocean’s Eight (2018)
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2019)



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And finally, into the 2020s and Blanchett has shown no signs of slowing down. In 2021, she appeared in Nightmare Alley and Look-Up, while in 2022 she popped up in Pinocchio.

Other films have included The School for Good and Evil and Tár.

Blanchett’s movies in the 2020s include:

  • Nightmare Alley (2021)
  • Don’t Look Up (2021)
  • Evolver (2022)
  • Pinocchio (2022)
  • The School for Good and Evil (2022)
  • Tár (2022)
  • Borderlands (2023)
  • The New Boy (2023)


So, those are all the Cate Blanchett movies (for now), but what are your favourites? Are you a fan of Tár or is Elizabeth your go-to movie? Perhaps Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the best of the bunch for you, or maybe Notes on a Scandal?

Well, whatever your favourite Cate Blanchett movie, be sure to drop a comment below.

And if you are a fan of Cate Blanchett you might like to know that many of her hit movies are available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray, including The Aviator. If you’ve not watched The Aviator before, the movie is a biographical epic, based around the life of Howard Hughes.

The Aviator DVD is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.



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