‘Halloween’ – 1978, 1981, 1982, 1998, 2002, 2018
Jamie Lee Curtis scored her first movie role as the iconic Laurie Strode in the classic horror film series, “Halloween”. Since her 1978 debut, she has been seen in six of the film's sequels including the 2018 release of the 11th and final instalment. She made an uncredited appearance as a telephone operator in “Halloween III”, but returned to her roots as the iconic character, Strode, for the rest of the sequels. Four decades later, “Halloween” still remains as one of Jamie Lee Curtis’ most memorable films.
‘Prom Night’ – 1980
Following her standout role in “Halloween”, Jamie Lee Curtis returned in a Canadian slash horror film. Curtis starred as Kim, who was head-to-head with a mask-wearing murderer, in “Prom Night”. “Prom Night” is a prime example of the ‘80s slasher genre.
‘Trading Places’ – 1983
“Trading Places” is a film people often associate with Curtis. This would be the beginning of her departure from horror movies, and it became one of the top comedies of the ‘80s. Curtis starred as a kindhearted prostitute alongside Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.
'A Fish Called Wanda’ – 1988
The 1988 British heist comedy saw Jamie Lee Curtis’ humour and sexiness come together. She played Wanda Gerschwitz, a charming and manipulative con-artist. Her performance in the Oscar-nominated film is another example of her amazing range as an actress.
‘Blue Steel’ - 1990
Jamie Lee Curtis earned favourable reviews for her performance as rookie cop Megan Turner in “Blue Steel”. The movie follows her character, who was accountable for a fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Her horror run continued, as a psycho-killer became romantically interested in her character.
'My Girl' - 1991
Curtis co-starred alongside Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd and Macaulay Culkin in the 1991 tearjerker. “My Girl” featured Curtis in a supporting role, showing her incredibly charming side when she took a young girl under her wing, who was left without her mother and saddled with an oblivious father who was busy running a funeral home. We saw a more dramatic side of Curtis in this lighthearted coming of age story.
‘True Lies’ – 1994
Jamie Lee Curtis would earn a Golden Globe for her buzzworthy performance in “True Lies”. Curtis starred as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s housewife in the film that grossed over $378 million worldwide. “True Lies” showed a more seductive side of Curtis, especially in her iconic striptease.
‘Freaky Friday’ – 2003
The early '00s saw Jamie Lee Curtis pursue comedy in more family-friendly films. “Freaky Friday” was the perfect example of how well Curtis could transform into any genre, playing Lindsay Lohan’s mother in a classic body swapping flick. The mother and daughter experienced the big switch after a magical fortune was recited from a fortune cookie.
‘Christmas With The Kranks’ – 2004
Jamie Lee Curtis returned in another family-friendly film alongside Tim Allen in “Christmas With The Kranks”. The film follows a married couple that decided to skip Christmas after realizing their daughter would not make it home for the holidays. As much as some people might have disliked the movie, it’s hard not to like Curtis’ performance as a rather normal housewife – a character we don’t often see her play.
‘Scream Queens’ – 2015
Jamie Lee Curtis combined her horror and comedy roots in the 2015 Fox series, “Scream Queens”. Created by the writers of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”, the comedy horror starred Curtis as the dean of a university that was haunted by a serial killer.