‘Eight Legged Freaks’ (2002)
Early on in her career, Johansson appeared opposite David Arquette in the horror-comedy “Eight Legged Freaks”. Even more terrifying is seeing ScarJo with dark hair and a nose ring at the movie’s premiere.
‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ (2003)
She literally is the “Girl With A Pearl Earring” in the 2003 period drama about the artist Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth, who we also forgot was in this) who uses a house maid (Johansson) as the model for what would become one of his most famous works. Too bad this role didn’t have the same lasting effect as the painting.
‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ (2008)
Johansson was the “other” Boleyn girl in yet another period costume drama. This time, she played Mary Boleyn, sister to Natalie Portman’s Anne Boleyn in the story of the two sisters who fought for the affection of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Knowing how history played out, Mary really came out ahead on the whole King Henry affair thing.
‘The Island’ (2005)
ScarJo landed her first big action role in the 2005 Michael Bay movie “The Island”, a sci-fi flick about a colony of humans waiting to be one of the lucky few chosen to be sent to the pristine “island.” Spoiler alert: that island isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And neither are the all-white ensembles she and Ewan McGregor wear throughout the film.
‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ (2009)
Rom-coms are really few and far-between on Johansson’s resume, but she, along with Hollywood A-listers including Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck, fell victim to the ensemble romance flick. Still trying to place her in the movie? ScarJo played love interest to Kevin Connolly.
Released between two well-received collaborations with Woody Allen (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, “Match Point”) ScarJo struck out with “Scoop”. A flat and unfunny romantic-murder-comedy, both Johansson and co-star Hugh Jackman are miscast in the misfire about a journalism student who begins an affair with an aristocrat who might just be a serial killer targeting prostitutes. Pretty sure the entire cast would like to forget they are in this one.
‘The Prestige’ (2006)
“Scoop” may have been all wrong but Johansson and Jackman had a lot to celebrate with Christopher Nolan’s twisty magician drama “The Prestige”… that is, if you can even remember ScarJo in this movie. As the assistant/lover to Jackman’s magician Robert Angier – not to be confused with his other blonde assistant-turned-wife played by Piper Perabo – the actress fades into the background behind future “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” co-star Rebecca Hall.
‘The Perfect Score’ (2004)
Years before they joined forces in the MCU, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans partnered up in “The Perfect Score” to steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests, which proves to be a lot easier than beating Thanos.
A buzzed-about biopic of director Alfred Hitchcock before it was released, “Hitchcock” had its awards hopes quickly dashed as the movie failed to live up to its hype. With a commanding ensemble cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg and even Jessica Biel, you’d be forgiven for forgetting Johansson’s turn as original Scream Queen Janet Leigh.
‘The Nanny Diaries’ (2007)
The only shocking thing about this entry on Johansson’s resume is how late in her career it came. After “Ghost World”, “Lost In Translation” and two films as Woody Allen’s muse, the actress played a nanny for a rich New York family. But it did provide yet another chance for ScarJo to appear opposite Chris Evans, so if you’re keeping score, that’s eight films together as of 2019.