10 Jennifer Jason Leigh Roles That Have Us Psyched for 'The Hateful Eight' (VIDEOS)

Jennifer Jason LeighThe entire cast of Quentin Tarantino's new movie The Hateful Eight is AH-MAZING, but it's Jennifer Jason Leigh we really can't wait to see! This kick-*ss actress has had so many great roles in her career, and her fugitive prisoner Daisy Domergue promises to be another incredible character.


Jennifer's played more than her share of prostitutes, drug addicts, and mentally ill women, that's for sure -- and played them incredibly well. She's also been everything from an innocent young heiress to one of the most brilliant -- and troubled -- writers of the Jazz Age. Seriously, there's nothing this actress can't do, and we're super excited to see this 53-year-old actress (no, that's not a typo!) getting screen time again. Hopefully there's a lot more where that came from!

Here's a look back at some of Jennifer's best film roles...

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Remember the naive young high school girl who gets an abortion? That was Jennifer Jason Leigh. Here she is before that happens, in a famous scene where she learns something in school from Phoebe Cates that's a liiiiitttle bit outside of the regular curriculum:

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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1990)

Jennifer won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Tralala, a tough streetwalker in 1950s hard-times Brooklyn.

Rush (1991)

Jennifer's character is a naive undercover narcotics cop in 1970s NYC who becomes a junkie and falls in love with her hottie blue-eyed partner. (Side note: This trailer is worth watching JUST to take in the awesomeness that is Jason Patric's hair and beard.)

Single White Female (1992)

The movie that freaked out a generation of would-be roommates! In a role that all '90s girls will vividly remember, Leigh plays a mentally ill woman who terrorizes roommate Bridget Fonda. For this role, Jennifer received an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a nom from the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.


Georgia (1993)

Jennifer is an aspiring punk rock singer, living in the shadow of her successful older sister, played by Mare Winningham. Jennifer dropped down to a shocking  90 pounds for her anorexic character and sang all her songs live.

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

This was Jennifer's first lead role, as the acerbic and brilliantly funny Dorothy Parker. This part earned her a host of awards and accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination.

Washington Square (1997)

In a total change of pace that demonstrates her range, Jennifer plays a young heiress in this period movie based on a Henry James story.

The Anniversary Party (2001)

Jennifer co-wrote and co-directed indie film The Anniversary Party with Alan Cumming. The film, packed with an all-star cast, received two Independent Spirit Awards -- for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.

The Machinist (2004)

In this movie, Jennifer plays a prostitute who gets attached to Christian Bale's extremely disturbed character.

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Margot at the Wedding (2007)

Jennifer reportedly moved IN with co-stars Jack Black and Nicole Kidman during filming for Margot at the Wedding, because they wanted to perfect their roles as a dysfunctional family.

Believe it or not, these films represent just a handful of Jennifer's roles -- and that's not including her TV work and Broadway work.

And this is what we have to look forward to next from Jennifer Jason Leigh:

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