Jessica Chastain Movies: Three Stunning Performances to See

We're days away from the release of "The 355," so there's no time like the present to check out three must-see Jessica Chastain movies.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Jessica Chastain Movies: The 355

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A new film titled "The 355" arrives this weekend. It has Chastain playing a CIA agent who's handpicking all the best and brightest international agents for her rogue team. Without official backing from the CIA, Chastain and her team are tasked with reclaiming a top-secret weapon. Essentially there are no rules and no protocols she'll need to follow. They just need to make sure they retrieve this extremely dangerous weapon before their enemies decide to start World War III. To prep for the release, we're recommending three of our favorite Jessica Chastain movies where her performances are absolutely indelible. Then, be sure to check out "The 355" in just a few days, only in theaters.

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    Zero Dark Thirty

    Jessica Chastain Movies: Zero Dark Thirty

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    Many consider this Chastain's best performance to date. She plays Maya Harris, a CIA intelligence analyst who tracks down al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The sheer confidence and force Chastain brings to the table is what drives the whole film. She's constantly questioned by her peers. But it's her pure determination that drives the investigation forward. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for this performance, but we think she deserved an Oscar as well.

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    Zero Dark Thirty



    January 11, 2013

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    A Most Violent Year

    Jessica Chastain Movies: A Most Violent Year

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    This recommendation features Chastain as the wife of an up-and-coming oil company owner. When members of the company find themselves constantly accosted by the competition, Chastain's character becomes the voice of unorthodox reason. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) wants to find a solution where violence isn't the answer. But his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) isn't too supportive of that strategy. Side note: Anna's father has a pretty extensive criminal background.

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    A Most Violent Year


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    December 31, 2014

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    The Help

    Jessica Chastain Movies: The Help

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    Our third pick is one of Chastain's more popular commercial films. Chastain plays Celia Rae Foote, a housewife who feels rejected by some peers of her social class. She's trying to desperately to fit in with the socialites. So, she hires a housekeeper Minny (Octavia Spencer) who teaches her how to cook. Celia has always led with kindness and the best of intentions, only to be ridiculed by others who don't feel she belongs.

    Although Chastain's just one cast member in a strong, all-star ensemble here, she's an important team player alongside Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Octavia Spencer.

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    The Help



    August 10, 2011

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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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