The best Natalie Portman movies and where to watch them in Australia

The Oscar-winner has an impressive filmography…

Natalie Portman is a bonafide film star, so it’s safe to say she’s been in a fair few movies…

However, the Oscar-winner is set to star in the upcoming series Lady in the Lake – which marks her first-ever recurring role in a television series.

And so, before Lady in the Lake is released, we’re looking back and celebrating Natalie’s illustrious movie career…

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What is Natalie Portman’s most famous role?

Arguably, Natalie’s most famous role is Nina Sayers in Black Swan as she won an Oscar for her performance.

Other notable roles include Evey in V for Vendetta, Jackie Kennedy in Jackie and Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor films.

What was Natalie Portman’s first big movie?

Natalie first rose to fame thanks to her film debut in Léon: The Professional.

In the action-thriller, directed and written by Luc Besson, Natalie plays Mathilda – the young protégée of a hitman. Natalie was just 12-years-old when she filmed the movie.

What are the best Natalie Portman movies?

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May December

The film follows Gracie, played by Julianne Moore, a happily married woman who has put the tabloid scandal she was involved in 20-something years ago behind her. But when Elizabeth, played by Natalie, an actress who’s set to play Gracie in a film about her old scandal comes to stay as a part of her research, Gracie starts to unravel.

Where to watch: Prime Video

Stream May December now on Prime Video from $6.58/mth, with a 30-day free trial.

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In this biopic, Natalie plays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Jackie is set during the days immediately following the assassination of Jacqueline’s husband, President John F. Kennedy and Natalie’s performance is phenomenal; in fact, she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for this film.

Where to watch: Rent or buy on Apple TV+

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Because she’s won an Oscar and does tend to star in a lot of ‘serious’ films, people often forget Natalie’s got comedic chops. In Thor, she gets to flex them a bit and is very enjoyable in the Marvel film that catapulted Australia’s Chris Hemsworth to fame.

Where to watch: Disney+

Stream Thor now on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth.

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No Strings Attached

Again, Natalie gets to show off her rarely used comedic skills in No Strings Attached. The film follows Emma (Natalie) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher), who become friends with benefits. A great idea, right?

Where to watch: Binge

Stream No Strings Attached now on Binge from $10/mth, with a 7-day free trial.

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Black Swan

Black Swan is an outstanding film. The plot is darkly gripping, the cinematography and direction of Darren Aronofsky is unparalleled and everyone’s performance is exceptional – especially Natalie’s; as aforementioned, this is the performance that earned her her Oscar. Honestly, if you’ve not seen it, watch it immediately. And if you have seen it, you know how great it is, so watch it again.

Where to watch: Disney+

Stream Black Swan now on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth.

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V for Vendetta

Set in a future dystopian society, this film brings together Natalie and Australia’s Hugo Weaving. V, played by Hugo, is a vigilante hoping to overthrow the society’s oppressors. And when he saves a young woman named Evey, played by Natalie, he realises he finally has an ally to help him do so.

Where to watch: Rent or buy Apple TV+

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Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen all in the same movie; what more could you want? Closer tells the story of two couples, whose lives become rather complicated when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Okay, okay; Natalie only has a small role in Heat but it’s still a great film. Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jon Voight and Val Kilmer, Heat follows a group of professional thieves who unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, and therefore, are then pursued by the LAPD.

Where to watch: Disney+

Stream Heat now on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth.

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Léon: The Professional

Where it all began. As mentioned above, Léon: The Professional was Natalie’s first ever film and in it, she plays an assassin’s protégée.

Where to watch: Stan

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