Winona Ryder

Winona Laura Horowitz (born October 29, 1971), known professionally as Winona Ryder, is an American actress. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. She is known for taking on quirky roles in her earlier films, later playing more prominent roles in the 1990s. After Ryder's film debut in Lucas (1986), she gained attention with her performance in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988). She further rose to prominence with major roles in Heathers (1989), Mermaids (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). She garnered critical acclaim and two consecutive Academy Award nominations for her portrayals of socialite May Welland in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993) and Jo March in the fifth film adaptation of Little Women (1994). Her other films during this period were Reality Bites (1994), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), The Crucible (1996), Alien Resurrection (1997), Celebrity (1998), and Girl, Interrupted (1999), which she also executive-produced. In 2002, Ryder starred in the critically panned box office hit Mr. Deeds, after which her career declined and she took a break from films. In 2009, she returned in the high-profile film Star Trek. In 2010, she was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards: as the lead actress in the television film When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story and as part of the cast of Black Swan. She also reunited with Burton ...

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S1m0ne (2002)

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The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star — the first totally believable synthetic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Catherine Keener  •  Evan Rachel Wood

The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star — the first totally believable synthetic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Catherine Keener  •  Evan Rachel Wood

Star Trek (2009)

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The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Chris Pine  •  Zachary Quinto  •  Leonard Nimoy  •  Eric Bana

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Chris Pine  •  Zachary Quinto  •  Leonard Nimoy  •  Eric Bana

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

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An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Winona Ryder  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Mitch Baker

An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Linklater
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Winona Ryder  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Mitch Baker

Zoolander (2001)

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Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. It's a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Owen Wilson  •  Christine Taylor  •  Will Ferrell

Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. It's a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Ben Stiller  •  Owen Wilson  •  Christine Taylor  •  Will Ferrell

1969 (1988)

Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual mother, Ev. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest Thompson
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Bruce Dern  •  Mariette Hartley

Two rebellious youths, Ralph and Scott, find themselves struggling with adulthood as the Vietnam War rages. Feeling trapped in their small town, Scott battles with his conservative veteran father, Cliff, and Ralph deals with his desperately sexual mother, Ev. When ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest Thompson
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Bruce Dern  •  Mariette Hartley

Alien Resurrection (1997)

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Winona Ryder  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Ron Perlman

Two hundred years after Lt. Ripley died, a group of scientists clone her, hoping to breed the ultimate weapon. But the new Ripley is full of surprises … as are the new aliens. Ripley must team with a band of smugglers to keep the creatures from reaching Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Sigourney Weaver  •  Winona Ryder  •  Dominique Pinon  •  Ron Perlman

Beetlejuice (1988)

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Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Geena Davis  •  Annie McEnroe

Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Geena Davis  •  Annie McEnroe

Boys (1996)

Fed up with boarding school and frustrated with the way others have planned his life, John Baker Jr. wants a change -- anything to shake up his staid routine. The moment arrives when he stumbles upon a woman, Patty Vare, unconscious in a field. Deciding to risk it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stacy Cochran
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Lukas Haas  •  John C. Reilly  •  James Le Gros

Fed up with boarding school and frustrated with the way others have planned his life, John Baker Jr. wants a change -- anything to shake up his staid routine. The moment arrives when he stumbles upon a woman, Patty Vare, unconscious in a field. Deciding to risk it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stacy Cochran
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Lukas Haas  •  John C. Reilly  •  James Le Gros

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

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When Dracula leaves the captive Jonathan Harker and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker, the reincarnation of Dracula's long-dead wife Elisabeta, obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to end the madness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Winona Ryder  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Keanu Reeves

When Dracula leaves the captive Jonathan Harker and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker, the reincarnation of Dracula's long-dead wife Elisabeta, obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to end the madness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Winona Ryder  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Keanu Reeves

Celebrity (1998)

The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one lavish party to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Judy Davis  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Leonardo DiCaprio

The career and personal life of writer Lee are at a standstill, so he divorces his bashful wife, Robin, and dives into a new job as an entertainment journalist. His assignments take him to the swankiest corners of Manhattan, but as he jumps from one lavish party to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Judy Davis  •  Joe Mantegna  •  Leonardo DiCaprio

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Winona Ryder  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Alan Arkin

A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Winona Ryder  •  Dianne Wiest  •  Alan Arkin

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line between normal and crazy. Susanna soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Vanessa Redgrave

Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line between normal and crazy. Susanna soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Vanessa Redgrave

Heathers (1989)

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A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lehmann
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Christian Slater  •  Shannen Doherty  •  Lisanne Falk

A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lehmann
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Christian Slater  •  Shannen Doherty  •  Lisanne Falk

How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Soon-to-be-wed graduate student Finn Dodd develops cold feet when she suspects her fiancé is cheating on her. In order to clear her head, Finn visits her grandmother, Hy, and great aunt, Glady Joe Cleary, in Grasse, Calif. There, Finn learns that Hy and Glady Joe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jocelyn Moorhouse
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kate Nelligan

Little Women (1994)

With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Armstrong
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Trini Alvarado  •  Samantha Mathis

With their father away as a chaplain in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, male friends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Armstrong
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Gabriel Byrne  •  Trini Alvarado  •  Samantha Mathis

Lucas (1986)

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Seltzer
CAST:  Corey Haim  •  Kerri Green  •  Charlie Sheen  •  Winona Ryder

A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Seltzer
CAST:  Corey Haim  •  Kerri Green  •  Charlie Sheen  •  Winona Ryder

Mr. Deeds (2002)

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When Longfellow Deeds, a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists all gunning for their piece of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Brill
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Winona Ryder  •  John Turturro  •  Allen Covert

When Longfellow Deeds, a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists all gunning for their piece of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Brill
CAST:  Adam Sandler  •  Winona Ryder  •  John Turturro  •  Allen Covert

Night on Earth (1991)

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Lisanne Falk  •  Alan Randolph Scott

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Lisanne Falk  •  Alan Randolph Scott

Reality Bites (1994)

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A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  Steve Zahn

A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Stiller
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  Steve Zahn

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Winona Ryder  •  Alexis Smith

Tale of 19th century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Daniel Day-Lewis  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Winona Ryder  •  Alexis Smith
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