Sarah Paulson: Top 8 to Appreciate

Because today is Sarah Paulson's 46th birthday, let's give a gift of appreciation with trailers for her 8 best flicks.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Sarah Paulson in "12 Years a Slave."

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Mud

Paulson's in prime form as the mother of a son who gets pulled into a complicated situation, which quickly turns their simple life into a dangerous one.

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Mud

Drama / 2013 / PG-13

12 Years a Slave

A great performance as a truly wicked character, Paulson's the wife of a ruthless slave owner. It's borderline unbearable to watch, but it's something that should be seen.

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12 Years a Slave

Drama / 2013 / R

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Carol

In this one, Paulson's a friend of Carol who may have turned into more than just a friend. Since Carol has a husband, it's of course quite scandalous.

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Carol

Drama / 2015 / R

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

As the sister of someone who's escaped a cult, Paulson's character is willing to provide shelter, even though she's only a few short hours away from the cult's lair.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Drama / 2011 / R

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Run

In one of her most psycholgically disturbed roles, Paulson is a mother who is "helping" her daughter with her "sickness," which is really saying that she's probably not helping her at all.

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Run

Thriller / 2020 / PG-13

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The Post

As the supportive wife of Washington Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee, Paulson is a more empathetic character, but also strong and empowering (especially in the scene where she gives her husband a spectacular speech).

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The Post

Drama / 2017 / PG-13

Blue Jay

Paulson is half of a high school flame that may have never gone out. When the ex-lovers unexpectedly reunite, sparks fly as the actress hams it up with an adorably over-the-top performance.

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Blue Jay

Drama / 2016

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Swimmers

The actress plays a young woman with a troubled past who comes into town and befriends a little girl, bonding over their unhealthy thoughts and urges. It results in heartfelt performances from both of them.

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Swimmers

Drama / 2005

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Jesse Conner

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