The Best Kirsten Dunst Movies

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst’s career has been marked by many high points since she first gained fame as a young actress. This list features all of her best movies.

Interview with the Vampire

Kirsten Dunst was nominated for a Golden Globe for her depiction of Claudia, a child vampire who seeks to kill her maker, Lestat (Tom Cruise), after coming to terms with the fact that she will never grow old. 

To discover more vampires, she and Louis (Brad Pitt’s character) run away to Paris. They are punished for Lestat’s supposed death when they stumble upon a coven.

Contrary to most women in the world, Dunst, who was not yet grown, hated kissing Pitt. 

“I am sure I would love to do it now, but back then, I was, like, 11 and it was ‘ugh.’ There’s nothing sexual or sexy when you’re that age. So I was kissing Brad Pitt. So what? He had chapped lips. He was lovely and kind and sweet to me, but it was just ‘yuk.’”


In the film Jumanji, co-starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Peter Shepherd play orphans who discover a mystical board game that brings the perils of the jungle to a little New Hampshire village.

“Being on the set of Jumanji, watching Robin Williams was so exciting for me,” Dunst said about making the movie. 

“When you’re a kid, you don’t appreciate things as much as when you look back as an adult. It was really special to be on that set with him.”


Twenty years after the film’s release, the sizzling upside down kiss between Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane is still enough to make any girl swoon.

The rain-soaked kiss became famous, but the actress did not find it romantic. She peeled down Spider-Man’s mask just enough to see his lips.

“Water was getting up his nose because of the rain, and then he couldn’t breathe in the Spider-Man suit … and it just felt very late at night,” she said. “I didn’t think about it that way.”

Bring It On

After learning that her predecessor stole all of their routines from an inner city squad led by Gabrielle Union’s Isis, new cheerleading squad leader Torrance Shipman (Dunst) struggles to get her championship team back to nationals in this cult classic teen comedy.

“We made the movie for nothing,” shesaid about the flick

“We were a little Universal movie that no one cared about. Even my friends—who tell me how it is—will be like, ‘I’ll get the door, Tor.’ I never thought that movie would be as big as it is.”

Drop Dead Gorgeous

To escape the trailer park she and her mother (Ellen Barkin) reside in, ambitious girl Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) enters a Minnesota teen beauty pageant in the 1999 satirical mockumentary.

Becky, played by Denise Richards, is a privileged bully whose mother is the pageant queen bee (played by the late Kristie Alley). 

Seeing other competitors get hurt and even die throughout the competition almost makes her give up.

Hidden Figures

The 2016 film Hidden Figures stars Kirsten Dunst as a NASA manager who is blind to her own racism against three real-life black female mathematicians who were instrumental in the 1961 space launch of John Glenn.

Dunst said her character Vivian Mitchell was a “a female supervisor getting pressure from men to deliver and then she has to deal with the reality of a segregated system at that time. I think that pressure really builds in Vivian. It makes her very aggressive because she feels she could lose her position at any time.”

Little Women

Kirsten Dunst portrayed Meg March, the youngest of the March sisters, in the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century classic Little Women. 

While growing up in Civil War-era New England, she played the role of bratty Amy, who followed around Winona Ryder’s strong-willed Jo and Christian Bale’s neighbor kid Laurie.

The Virgin Suicides

The novel’s five teenage daughters are the focus of intense scrutiny from their devout parents in this psychological drama based on the best-selling book of 1993. 

The girls decide to commit themselves as a group after their overprotective father takes them out of school and keeps them at home.

Dunst says that director Sofia Coppola inspired her to stand firm against producers’ attempts to control her.

“She made me feel beautiful for who I was, and that was a very pivotal time in my life to feel that way,” she remarked.

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