Dakota Johnson: 10 Films to Watch

We're closing in on the release of Dakota Johnson's new film "Our Friend." Here, too, are 10 more worth watching from the breakout star.

By Jesse Conner

Dakota Johnson in "A Bigger Splash."

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This weekend sees the release of an emotional indie film with some names you're sure to recognize, titled "Our Friend."

While we'll witness the immediate bromance between Jason Segel and Casey Affleck, the real story is the struggle of a very sick wife and mother, played by Dakota Johnson.

As the film progresses, her character begins to decline in a devastating way, and the relationship between Johnson, Affleck as her husband, and Segel as their dear friend, becomes important in a critical way for dealing with hardship.

Sad details aside, the film looks incredible and especially because of Johnson's commitment to her character. So in honor of what looks to be an extraordinary performance, we've rounded up 10 of her best films and ranked them - one more way to chart the progress of this amazing actress.

  • 1The Peanut Butter Falcon

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    First on our list is Johnson's best and most recent film where she plays a concerned worker from a care facility who's on a mission to find an escaped resident with Down syndrome. Working alongside Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, Johnson nails the role and shows a great deal of compassion and sensitivity.

    Now streaming on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, VUDU, Sling TV, & Philo

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Comedy / 2019 / PG-13

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  • 2A Bigger Splash

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    When an old pal and his daughter show up unannounced, that might seem a little intrusive, but at least they're old friends, right? Johnson might not be as well-known for this film, but the actress brings a remarkable presence playing the flirtatious daughter of an energetic man, played by Ralph Fiennes, who's visiting (without invitation) his previous lover, now a well-known rock star. What could go wrong?

    Now streaming on: Cinemax, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    A Bigger Splash

    Thriller / 2015 / R

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  • 3Bad Times at the El Royale

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    A handful of colorful strangers, one of whom is played by Dakota Johnson, stay at the same hotel one night. It might seem like everyone checking in is well-mannered and relatively normal...but guess again. To see what Johnson's poker face looks like, look here. There's a lot going underneath the surface.

    Now streaming on: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Thriller / 2018 / R

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  • 4The High Note

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    Starring as an assistant to a famous singer, Johnson is convincing as a woman who wants more. She works towards that goal by attempting to convince her talented boss, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, that it's not too late to create some new and even more amazing music.

    Now streaming on: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    The High Note

    Comedy / 2020 / PG-13

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  • 5Black Mass

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    Dakota takes some risks playing the wife of a mob boss (Johnny Depp) who is also an informant. With Depp starting out as a low-level thug, we watch his life become increasingly more dangerous as he moves up the ranks. Johnson herself starts to change, too, as she begins to pull away to keep their young son safe.

    Now streaming on: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Black Mass

    Biography / 2015 / R

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  • 6Suspiria

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    Standing out as the creepiest flick on this list, the project stars Johnson as a young dancer in a famous dance company. In this organization, though, there is also a very sinister presence among them. To prep for her role, Johnson actually completed two years of ballet training prior to filming.

    Now streaming on: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Suspiria

    Horror / 2018 / R

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  • 7For Ellen

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    This indie film features a struggling musician, played by Paul Dano, trying to gain partial custody of his daughter. Although Johnson doesn't play one of the major characters, she's memorable as Dano's sister, who doesn't see eye-to-eye with his custody approach.

    Now streaming on: Tubi, Peacock, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    For Ellen

    Drama / 2012

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  • 8The Five-Year Engagement

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    In an amusing role, Johnson lets loose and shows off her wild side as Jason Segel's younger ex-girlfriend who just wants to get crazy and have a good time. Sometimes, it's fun to hang out with crazy...at least if it's done vicariously, with fictional folks on a tv screen.

    Now streaming on: HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    The Five-Year Engagement

    Comedy / 2012 / R

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  • 9How to Be Single

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    The title of the movie perfectly sums up the plot. The only addition that could make it clearer would be adding "101" at the end of it. Johnson does an incredible job showing what it's like to jump back into casual dating when you've been out of the game for a while.

    Now streaming on: Cinemax, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    How to Be Single

    Romantic Comedy / 2016 / R

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  • 10Fifty Shades of Grey

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    Alhough it's last on our list, this is the one which Johnson will always be known for, along with the two films in the franchise that followed. Based on a book celebrated for its sensational content, the movie allows Johnson to bring the famous good girl gone bad in a good way, Anastasia Steele, to full three-dimensional life.

    Now streaming on: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, & VUDU

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Drama / 2015 / R

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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