When it comes to capturing emotions and leaving a lasting impression, few actresses do it as seamlessly as Emily Deschanel. Starting her acting journey in the mid-’90s, Emily has consistently demonstrated her versatility and prowess as an actress. From feature films to short films and television roles, her expansive career spans genres and roles that highlight her innate ability to step into the shoes of various characters. While many know her from the hit TV show “Bones,” where she portrayed Dr. Temperance Brennan, her filmography is as impressive as it is varied. Here’s an in-depth look at her cinematic contributions.
1 – It Could Happen to You (1994)
This romantic comedy-drama film was released on July 29, 1994, and featured Emily Deschanel in a minor role as an animal rights activist. Directed by Andrew Bergman and produced by Mike Lobell, the film revolved around a New York policeman (played by Nicolas Cage) who promises to split his lottery ticket with a waitress (played by Bridget Fonda). It was distributed by TriStar Pictures and grossed $37.8 million in the U.S.
2 – It’s a Shame About Ray (2000)
This short film from 2000 features Emily Deschanel as Maggie. Not much is publicly known about the exact plot or box office returns, given its short film status.
3 – Easy (2003)
Directed by Jane Weinstock and produced by Enid Zentelis and Holly Wiersma, this romantic comedy film was released on September 10, 2004. Deschanel played the role of Laura Harris. The plot follows a young woman’s journey through several romantic relationships, looking for the right fit. The film was praised for its honest depiction of female sexuality.
4 – Cold Mountain (2003)
Anthony Minghella directed this epic war film, which featured Deschanel as Mrs. Morgan. Produced by Sydney Pollack, William Horberg, and Albert Berger, the Miramax Films’ movie centered around a wounded soldier (played by Jude Law) during the American Civil War, trying to return home to his love (Nicole Kidman). It grossed $173 million worldwide and was critically acclaimed.
5 – The Alamo (2004)
Released on April 9, 2004, this historical war drama was directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Ron Howard, Mark Johnson, and Philip Steuer. Deschanel portrayed Rosanna Travis. The film recounts the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, and although it was praised for its accuracy, it grossed only $25.8 million against a $107 million budget, distributed by Touchstone Pictures.
6 – Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Deschanel made a cameo as a receptionist in this successful sequel to the Spider-Man franchise. Directed by Sam Raimi and produced by Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad, the film was released on June 30, 2004, by Columbia Pictures. It grossed over $783 million globally and was widely acclaimed.
7 – Boogeyman (2005)
In this supernatural horror film directed by Stephen T. Kay, Deschanel played Kate Houghton. Released on February 4, 2005, and produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Joe Drake, the movie followed a young man confronting his childhood fear of the boogeyman. It was a commercial success, grossing $67 million against a $20 million budget.
8 – Glory Road (2006)
Released on January 13, 2006, and directed by James Gartner, this sports drama film had Deschanel as Mary Haskins. It centered on the events leading to the first game with an all-black starting lineup in NCAA history. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, the movie grossed $42.9 million.
9 – The Diagnosis (2007)
This short film from 2007 stars Emily Deschanel as Maggie. Due to its short film nature, specific details about its plot, box office earnings, or producers might not be widely known.
10 – My Sister’s Keeper (2009)
Nick Cassavetes directed this drama film, and Deschanel took on the role of Dr. Farquad. Based on Jodi Picoult’s novel of the same name, it revolves around a girl who was conceived to be a bone marrow donor for her sister, suffering from leukemia. Released on June 26, 2009, and produced by Mark Johnson, Scott Goldman, and Diana Pokorny, the film grossed over $95 million worldwide.
11 – The Perfect Family (2011)
In this comedy-drama, Deschanel portrays Shannon Cleary. The film, directed by Anne Renton and produced by Jennifer Dubin, Cora Olson, and Stephen Israel, centers on a devout Catholic woman’s pursuit of the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish. The release date was May 4, 2012.
12 – Unity (2015)
This documentary saw Deschanel as one of the narrators. Directed by Shaun Monson, the film examines humanity’s hopeful transformation from living by killing into living by loving. It’s a sequel to the documentary “Earthlings” and was produced by Melissa Danis and Shaun Monson.
13 – Big Boys (2023)
Deschanel stars as Nicole in this feature film.
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