From a Star Wars Queen to a Twisted Ballerina in Black Swan, Relive All of Natalie Portman’s Epic Roles

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

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Throughout her career, Natalie Portman has always been one graceful, beautiful (black) swan.

Because of this fact and because today Portman turns 38 years old, it’s time to turn our attention to the always-impressive movie catalog that has made up her career.

Beginning in 1994, the Israeli-born star has been in movie after movie that has made a major impact on Hollywood and pop culture. While it wasn’t until a few years later, in 1999, that Portman really got noticed for her work, when she did she never looked back.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is what broke the brunette beauty into super-stardom and neither her life nor the lives of the fans who watched her in the movie (and its two sequels) were ever the same.

Star Wars isn’t however all that Portman has done throughout her two-plus decade career. She’s done so, so much more.

She’s pulled at our heartstrings in films like Where the Heart Is and made us believe in magic with Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

She’s proven she can fight in the Thor films and made us take a hard look back on the past with her portrayals of real-life characters in The Other Boleyn Girl and Jackie.

She’s done the rom-com thing, the rock star thing and starred in westerns and thrillers. Plus, who can forget the Oscar-winning performance she had in Black Swan? It was so haunting and yet so good.

Basically, Portman is the ultimate chameleon, which is why on her birthday, we are going back through her most iconic roles and making a must-watch list for summer. Want to join us?

Vote for your favorite role by the birthday girl below and get ready to fill your summer with lots and lots of movie watching.

Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace


Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Anywhere But Here

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Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Where The Heart Is

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Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones


Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Cold Mountain


Natalie Portman, Garden State

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Closer, Natalie Portman

Columbia Pictures

Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith


Natalie Portman, Best Roles, V For Vendetta

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Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium


Natalie Portman, Best Roles, The Other Boleyn Girl

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Natalie Portman, Best Roles, The Other Woman, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Brothers


Natalie Portman, Black Swan

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No Strings Attached, Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher

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Natalie Portman, Best Roles, Thor

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Thor Dark World, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth


Natalie Portman, Best Roles, A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Jane Got a Gun, Natalie Portman

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Jackie, Natalie Portman

Protozoa Pictures

Natalie Portman, Annihilation

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Natalie Portman, Vox Lux

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