Mila Kunis’ first role as an actress came from the popular TV series That 70s Show, where she played the princess Jackie. Kunis, who was only 14 years old at the time of casting, lied about being 18 to win the part. Her role not only kick-started her successful career in Hollywood but also introduced her to her future husband, Ashton Kutcher. Only one year after landing her role in That 70s Show, Kunis jumped into another long-standing TV series, Family Guy, where she still plays Meg Griffin. The series, which has been around since 1999, is certainly one that fans would love to see turned into a movie.
Update September 11, 2023: This article has been updated with more great Mila Kunis films.
Despite most of her career taking place around both of those TV series, Kunis has many feature-length films that further showcase her wide range of talent. Her best movies are in the comedic-based genres, such as her role in the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. On the other end of film genres is her appearance in the thriller Black Swan, where Kunis won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress alongside her co-star, Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. Here is a look at Mila Kunis’ best films, ranked.
12 Blood Ties (2013)
With a stacked ensemble cast including Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, and Marion Cotillard, the crime thriller Blood Ties takes place in 1974 New York City and chronicles the turbulent relationship between ex-convict Chris Pierzynski (Owen) and his detective brother Frank (Crudup) as they find themselves on opposite sides of the law as they square off over their vastly different involvements in the crime world. Kunis appears as Chris’ girlfriend Natalie, who inspires him to go straight and attempt to make an honest living, but he ultimately struggles with the dark allure of his former life.
11 The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)
Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon were a side-splitting dynamic duo in the action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, which follows the unlucky-in-love Audrey Stockman as she finds her world turned upside down after discovering her ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is actually a CIA agent with dangerous criminals after him.
Audrey goes on a globe-trotting adventure with her best friend Morgan Freeman (McKinnon) as they are relentlessly pursued by lethal assassins and the CIA, and the pair must decide who they can trust after becoming wanted fugitives. The uproarious flick was a success at the box office and earned a mixed-bag response, with critics praising the endearing chemistry between Kunis and McKinnon.
10 Four Good Days (2020)
Kunis delivered one of her most poignant and compelling performances when she portrayed a heroin addict struggling to stay clean in the drama Four Good Days, focusing on the broken and bruised Molly as she seeks help from her heartbroken and estranged mother, Deb (Glenn Close) to overcome her debilitating addiction. Molly must stay clean for four days in order to receive a potentially life-changing opioid antagonist, and the at-odds mother and daughter fight to make it to the finish line and repair their shattered relationship.
The Washington Post commended the talented actresses and their commitment to their complex characters in their complimentary review, writing, “What sets Four Good Days apart from the many other films of its ilk are Close and Kunis, who sharpen and elevate its well-worn contours with vivid performances that are honest and grounded.”
9 The Book of Eli (2010)
In the post-apocalyptic neo-western film The Book of Eli, Kunis plays Solara. Her character has grown up in the post-nuclear world and decides to join Eli, played by Denzel Washington, in his quest to deliver a book to safety. The book, which ends up being a copy of the Bible, is the last of its kind. A warlord named Carnegie wants the book for himself. A chase across the country begins as Eli races to get the book safely. Kunis shines in this action role, showcasing she was more than a comedic actress.
8 Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013)
In the “prequel” to The Wizard of Oz, Oscar “Oz” Diggs, played by James Franco, is an illusionist employed by a circus until he is pulled into a tornado while hiding in the basket of a hot air balloon. When he emerges, he finds himself in a new place and is met immediately by Theodora, played by Kunis, who introduces herself as a good witch. She believes the illusionist has to do with a prophecy where a wizard named Oz saves them all from the Wicked Witch. She takes him to the Emerald City, where he meets her other two sisters and is ultimately forced into a power struggle between the three witches.
Oz: The Great and Powerful was nominated for four Saturn Awards, including one for Best Fantasy Film. Stepping into a role as iconic as the Wicked Witch of the West is no easy task, but Kunis gives the performance a new level of dimension that highlights the tragedy.
7 Gia (1998)
Kunis showcased her impressive acting prowess at an early age when she starred as the younger version of the eponymous supermodel in the biographical drama Gia, starring Angelina Jolie as the trailblazing beauty Gia Carangi as she becomes a global sensation as a fashion model but finds her life and career tragically derailed due to her addictions to cocaine and heroin. Gia was one of Kunis’ earliest film roles and quickly demonstrated her dynamic range, and the riveting picture attracted rave reviews, with Jolie winning a Golden Globe Award for her outstanding portrayal of the legendary supermodel.
6 Ted (2012)
John’s (Mark Wahlberg) Christmas wish comes true when his childhood teddy bear comes to life. 27 years later, John is forced to choose between his only friend and his girlfriend of four years, Lori. Ted and John team up to try and get Lori back after she broke up with John over his actions at a party. Can they win Lori back?
In Ted, the idea of a talking and working teddy bear is certainly different, which is why it worked so well. Voiced by Seth McFarlane, Ted is a vulgar teddy bear who misbehaves more than not. Kunis’ presence in the film helped add an air of seriousness to an overly funny film. Sadly Kunis was written out of the sequel, and the movie was not the same without her.
5 Bad Moms (2016)
Amy, played by Kunis, is an overworked and underappreciated mom. Yes, she has a great life, but she has been pushed to her limits. She teams up with two other moms who feel the same pressure on a quest to liberate themselves. The three decide to let loose one day, which puts them at odds with the Queen Bee of the PTA group.
As a comedy, Bad Moms was very successful and spurred a sequel, A Bad Moms Christmas. Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprise their roles as the moms take on the Christmas holiday. Bad Moms stands as a breakout comedy classic.
4 Friends With Benefits (2011)
In Friends With Benefits, Jamie Rellis, played by Kunis, is a head-hunter who just signed Dylan Harper, played by Justin Timberlake, for her client. The two become friends as she is one of the few people Dylan knows in New York City. They end up agreeing to become friends with benefits or a sex-only couple. Can their promise not to fall for each other work or will their emotions take charge? Friends With Benefits opened the same year as No Strings Attached (which, funny enough, starred Kunis’s future husband, Ashton Kutcher), and Friends With Benefits is the stronger film.
Jason Bateman stars as a romantically frustrated owner of a flavoring extracts company who finds himself enamored by a beautiful worker in the comedy Extract, centering on Joel Reynolds as he sets out to get his uninterested wife (Kristen Wiig) to cheat on him so he can have an affair with his young and attractive employee.
Kunis is delightfully devious as the savvy and sociopathic con artist Cindy, who sets her sights on Joel as part of a get-rich-quick scheme that would result in a massive payout for the conniving woman. The actress was able to embrace her diabolical side for the farce, which was both a modest critical and commercial success.
2 Black Swan (2010)
In Black Swan, Nina, played by Natalie Portman, is a ballerina in a New York City ballerina company whose life is all about ballet. When she is given a chance to star as the lead in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, she takes her obsessiveness up a notch. Her competition for the role is Lily, played by Kunis, who is the perfect personification of the Black Swan to Nina’s White Swan. To win the role, the ballerina must be able to display both innocence and sensuality. To learn from Lily how to be sensual, the pair’s twisted friendship threatens to destroy Nina.
1 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Peter Bretter, played by Jason Segel, has a seemingly perfect life in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, though he is unmotivated. The composer has been dating the hit TV star Sarah Marshall, played by Kristen Bell, for the last five years until she dumps him. Peter is sad and ends up vacationing in Hawaii after his step-brother forces him to leave the house. Peter ended up picking a hotel in Hawaii that Sarah had mentioned before. When he checks in with the hotel clerk Rachel, played by Kunis, he sees Sarah with her new boyfriend, singer Aldous Snow, played by Russel Brand. Peter decides to stay and falls for Rachel, even though it seems Sarah may not be over him.
In 2008, Kunis had just ended her tenure on That ’70s Show, and everyone wondered what she would do next. Forgetting Sarah Marshall was the breakout hit comedy that showcased that she was a performer to watch out for and to this day still stands as her best film.
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