1. Lost in Translation (2003)
It’s hard to believe that Johansson was just 19-years-old in this transformative, aching role as a forgotten wife on vacation in Tokyo who befriends a fellow lonely American, played by Bill Murray. Writer and director Sofia Coppola is known for her dreamy, faraway examinations of isolation, and Lost in Translation remains her masterpiece -- a collision of those ideas, with an inspired stroke of humor. Murray got the awards attention, but Johansson has never been better. She’s subtle, sweet, funny, headstrong, innocent, intelligent -- as with the movie itself, it feels like a collage of her strengths as a performer.
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