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The best Winona Ryder movies and TV shows


Winona Ryder’s 30-year-long career both on the big and small screen has been entertaining generations of viewers. The actress worked with major directors such as Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese and has recently entered our homes together with Millie Bobby Brown in the world-wide acclaimed Netflix TV series Stranger Things.

Let’s have a look at the best Winona Ryder’s performances: sit, relax and binge watch our selection of the best Winona Ryder movies and TV shows!

Edward Scissorhands

Year: 1990
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Romance

This Tim Burton movie follows the story of Edward (Johnny Depp), an artificially created human who has scissor blades instead of his hands since his inventor died before he could finish him. One day Edward receives a visit from Peg Boggs, a door-to-door seller who decides to take him home with her and her family. Here enters a young Winona Ryder in the role of Kim, Peg’s teenage daughter: will the two hit it off? Find out in this unmissable movie that made the hearts of a whole generation melt.


Year: 1990
Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy

Motherhood comes with no manual of instructions. Mrs Flax is an eccentric single mother who keeps relocating with her two daughters after every breakup with hopeless men. This time they move to a little town near a convent in Massachusetts. Will Charlotte (Winona Ryder) be able to live a normal teenage life this time?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Year: 1992
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Genre: Horror

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, this gothic horror film based on the famous Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula sees Winona Ryder in the role of Mina Harker, the reincarnation of Dracula’s centuries-dead wife, Elisabeta. A classic and a must watch with a brilliant Winona Ryder next to A-list stars such as Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins.

The Age of Innocence

Year: 1993
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder
Genre: Romance, Drama

This historical romantic drama directed by Martin Scorsese is the big screen adaptation of the novel with the same name by Edith Wharton. Adultery set in the 19th century, where a high society lawyer falls for a separated woman while being engaged to another. For the role of May Welland Winona Ryder won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Don’t miss her performance next to a fantastic Michelle Pfeiffer.

Little Women

Year: 1994
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst
Genre: Drama, Romance

Who’s your favorite little woman? We don’t want to sound too cliché but we definitely have a passion for Jo. How could we not? Jo March is a tomboy with a passion for books who prefers pursuing a writing career rather than a domestic life. Modern, just the way we like women, and in this movie adaptation of Louis May Alcott’s novel she is beautifully interpreted by a brilliant 23-year-old Winona Ryder.

Girl, Interrupted

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall
Genre: Drama, Biography

A psychological drama that follows the story of Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) who after a nervous breakdown checks in a psychiatric hospital. Among the other patients, here she meets Lisa (Angelina Jolie), a rebellious sociopath who has the plan to escape the mental institution. Will Susanna manage to commit to her therapy? This is one of the best Winona Ryder’s movies, if you haven’t watched it yet we strongly recommend you do it asap!

Autumn in New York

Year: 2000
Director: Joan Chen
Stars: Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Anthony LaPaglia
Genre: Romance, Drama

Another drama, a romantic one this time, where Winona Ryder plays the role of Charlotte, a beautiful 22-year-old woman who suffers from a heart condition. One night she meets Will (Richard Gere), a successful and handsome 48-year-old who immediately falls for her. We’ll say no more, but make sure you keep a box of tissues next to you while you watch this Winona Ryder movie ‘cause you’re going to need it.

Stranger Things (TV series)

Creators: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder
Available seasons: 2
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Horror


Winona Ryder is now popular among Millennials thanks to her role in the super successful Netflix TV series Stranger Things where she plays Joyce Byers, the mother of Will and Jonathan Byers. The first season of this American science fiction-horror TV show follows the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy and the supernatural events that threaten the town of Hawkins. With 2 available seasons, we’re all anxiously awaiting to find out what Eleven and the boys will be up to next.