Thora Birch

Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. She was a child actor in the 1990s, starring in movies such as All I Want for Christmas (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), Now and Then (1995), and Alaska (1996). She came to prominence in 1999 after earning worldwide attention and praise for her performance in American Beauty. She then starred in the well received film Ghost World (2001), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Description above from the Wikipedia article Thora Birch, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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American Beauty (1999)

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Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Anywhere But Here (1999)

In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When Adele decides to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Natalie Portman  •  Hart Bochner  •  Eileen Ryan

In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When Adele decides to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Susan Sarandon  •  Natalie Portman  •  Hart Bochner  •  Eileen Ryan

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

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CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Anne Archer  •  Donald Moffat  •  Willem Dafoe

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Anne Archer  •  Donald Moffat  •  Willem Dafoe

Ghost World (2001)

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Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Zwigoff
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Brad Renfro

Two quirky, cynical teenaged girls try to figure out what to do with their lives after high school graduation. After they play a prank on an eccentric, middle aged record collector, one of them befriends him, which causes a rift in the girls' friendship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Zwigoff
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Brad Renfro

Hocus Pocus (1993)

After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Ortega
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Kathy Najimy  •  Omri Katz

After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Ortega
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Kathy Najimy  •  Omri Katz

Patriot Games (1992)

When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets Jack and his family as revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Anne Archer  •  Patrick Bergin  •  Thora Birch

When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets Jack and his family as revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Anne Archer  •  Patrick Bergin  •  Thora Birch

The Hole (2001)

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hamm
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Desmond Harrington  •  Keira Knightley  •  Laurence Fox

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hamm
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Desmond Harrington  •  Keira Knightley  •  Laurence Fox

Silver City (2004)

The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Thora Birch  •  Danny Huston

The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Thora Birch  •  Danny Huston

Now and Then (1995)

Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lesli Linka Glatter
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  Rosie O'Donnell  •  Thora Birch  •  Melanie Griffith

Waxing nostalgic about the bittersweet passage from childhood to puberty in this tender coming-of-age tale, four childhood girlfriends -- Teeny, Chrissy, Samantha and Roberta -- recall the magical summer of 1970. During their walk down memory lane, they reconcile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lesli Linka Glatter
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  Rosie O'Donnell  •  Thora Birch  •  Melanie Griffith

My Life as a Teenage Robot: Escape from Cluster Prime (2005)

A Nickelodeon television special. Jenny/XJ9 accidentally ruins everybody's day by causing massive collateral damage to the town. Shunned by everyone but her closest friends, she wanders the wreckage and stumbles onto a transporter Vexus used to escape. She is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Savino  •  Rob Renzetti
CAST:  Janice Kawaye  •  Chad Doreck  •  Candi Milo  •  Audrey Wasilewski

A Nickelodeon television special. Jenny/XJ9 accidentally ruins everybody's day by causing massive collateral damage to the town. Shunned by everyone but her closest friends, she wanders the wreckage and stumbles onto a transporter Vexus used to escape. She is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Savino  •  Rob Renzetti
CAST:  Janice Kawaye  •  Chad Doreck  •  Candi Milo  •  Audrey Wasilewski

Alaska (1996)

Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fraser Clarke Heston
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Vincent Kartheiser  •  Dirk Benedict  •  Ben Cardinal

Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fraser Clarke Heston
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Vincent Kartheiser  •  Dirk Benedict  •  Ben Cardinal

The Dark Avenger (1990)

An acid-scarred judge turns masked avenger, backed by an electronics expert and her crime lab.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Magar
CAST:  Leigh Lawson  •  Maggie Han  •  Robert Vaughn  •  Gregg Henry

An acid-scarred judge turns masked avenger, backed by an electronics expert and her crime lab.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Magar
CAST:  Leigh Lawson  •  Maggie Han  •  Robert Vaughn  •  Gregg Henry

Slingshot (2005)

Two cunning and manipulative drifters venture into Farifield County, Connecticut looking to seduce wealthy and lonely housewives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Alaimo
CAST:  David Arquette  •  Thora Birch  •  Balthazar Getty  •  Julianna Margulies

Two cunning and manipulative drifters venture into Farifield County, Connecticut looking to seduce wealthy and lonely housewives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Alaimo
CAST:  David Arquette  •  Thora Birch  •  Balthazar Getty  •  Julianna Margulies

American Beauty: Look Closer... (2000)

A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbara Toennies
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Alan Ball  •  Annette Bening  •  Wes Bentley

A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbara Toennies
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Alan Ball  •  Annette Bening  •  Wes Bentley

The Itsy Bitsy Spider (1992)

During a piano lesson, a music teacher discovers a harmless spider, so she calls in The Exterminator.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew O'Callaghan
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Andrea Martin  •  Thora Birch  •  Frank Welker

During a piano lesson, a music teacher discovers a harmless spider, so she calls in The Exterminator.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew O'Callaghan
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Andrea Martin  •  Thora Birch  •  Frank Welker

Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

The classic role-playing game comes to life in this magical adventure. The empire of Izmer is a divided land: Elite magicians called Mages rule while lowly commoners are powerless. When Empress Savina (Thora Birch) vows to bring equality and prosperity to her land, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Courtney Solomon
CAST:  Justin Whalin  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Thora Birch  •  Bruce Payne

The classic role-playing game comes to life in this magical adventure. The empire of Izmer is a divided land: Elite magicians called Mages rule while lowly commoners are powerless. When Empress Savina (Thora Birch) vows to bring equality and prosperity to her land, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Courtney Solomon
CAST:  Justin Whalin  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Thora Birch  •  Bruce Payne

Petunia (2013)

Brothers Charlie, Adrian and Michael try to unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them about life, as their family unit teeters on the edge of a collapse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ash Christian
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Brittany Snow  •  Eddie Kaye Thomas  •  Christine Lahti

Brothers Charlie, Adrian and Michael try to unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them about life, as their family unit teeters on the edge of a collapse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ash Christian
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Brittany Snow  •  Eddie Kaye Thomas  •  Christine Lahti

The Smokers (2000)

These smokers are definitely bad for your health! A group of outcast prep school girls decide to turn the tables on some obnoxious guys by sexually humiliating them at gunpoint! A black comedy in the mold of Heathers, The Smokers stars Dominique Swain and Keri Lynn ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kat Slater
CAST:  Dominique Swain  •  Busy Philipps  •  Keri Lynn Pratt  •  Thora Birch

These smokers are definitely bad for your health! A group of outcast prep school girls decide to turn the tables on some obnoxious guys by sexually humiliating them at gunpoint! A black comedy in the mold of Heathers, The Smokers stars Dominique Swain and Keri Lynn ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kat Slater
CAST:  Dominique Swain  •  Busy Philipps  •  Keri Lynn Pratt  •  Thora Birch

The Pregnancy Pact (2010)

Inspired by the true story of teenagers at Gloucester High School who agreed to get pregnant at the same time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rosemary Rodriguez
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Madisen Beaty  •  David Clayton Rogers  •  Max Ehrich

Inspired by the true story of teenagers at Gloucester High School who agreed to get pregnant at the same time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rosemary Rodriguez
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Madisen Beaty  •  David Clayton Rogers  •  Max Ehrich

Deadline (2009)

A screenwriter travels to an abandoned house to finish a script on time, but a series of strange events lead her to a psychological breakdown.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McConville
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Thora Birch  •  Tammy Blanchard  •  Marc Blucas

A screenwriter travels to an abandoned house to finish a script on time, but a series of strange events lead her to a psychological breakdown.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean McConville
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Thora Birch  •  Tammy Blanchard  •  Marc Blucas
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