Lists, Top 5 Movies, Top 5s — April 16, 2012 at 3:01 am



Call it what you will… I call it a post dedicated to the always great, very beautiful, extremely talented Ashley Judd. Here’s my five favorite movies from her filmography…


Yes, I watched it and, yes, I actually liked it. I can’t say that I’m in the target demographic of this film or that I would recommend to the boys in the locker room. Still, I pride myself on seeing every decent looking movie that gets released and this is one that made me nervous going in but ended up being a good story. The cast alone (Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, etc.) should make it worth a watch.


One of the highlights from Ashley Judd’s string of forgettable thrillers in the late 90s. I don’t know that I would call this so much a great film as I would call it a great cable movie. Something to kill time when it comes on TNT like a nice comfort food. Tommy Lee Jones is, of course, always great to see in films. Ultimately, it makes my list for being such a great premise. The idea of being able to kill a man and not be tried because you were all ready falsely convicted of said crime is just kind of brilliant.

3. BUG.

Probably Judd’s best performance of her career. I was absolutely shocked there was no Oscar buzz around her when this film came out. The sadder part is I don’t think many people are aware of this film and even far too many more have failed to actually see it. The story itself might actually work better as a play, as the story unfolds primarily in a glorified hotel room, and may very well have been adapted from one. If you’ve not seen it, do yourself a favor. William Friedkin (The Exorcist) crafts an awesome tale of two people’s descent into paranoia and codependency. Also features great performances from Harry Connick, Jr. and an unknown Michael Shannon.


MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ASHLEY JUDD THRILLER! Actually, this is one of my favorite thrillers period. I don’t want to say too much because there are some spoilers involving a bit of a twist ending so I’ll leave that alone. I’ll just say that I think people forget how good a film this was or that it even exists. The fact that the poster looks identical to Double Jeopardy doesn’t help. It also features the wonderful Mr. Morgan Freeman. Find it and see it if you haven’t all ready.

1. HEAT.

Does anyone else find it funny that the film she did right before this was called Smoke?

I hate picking a film like this in the number one spot. A film where the subject of the list is more of a supporting player as opposed to a lead. Though, she does have a hefty part and the film is so good I can hardly ignore it. The cast of this is stellar and there are many outstanding moments including DeNiro and Pacino finally sharing screen time and one of the greatest shootouts in movie history. I will say that Judd has one of my favorite scenes in the film where she drags her finger across a rail to signal her husband (played by Val Kilmer) that the police are setting a trap for him. Watch it and tell me that’s not a cool touch.

Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.



  • Bug is totally underrated. Not many movies can get that level of paranoia and creep-factor working that quickly and that well. Good choice!

    • I agree that Bug works well as a look into paranoia (and Judd is actually pretty great in the role.) I think the marketing really worked against it. From what i remember the trailers presented it as a horror film and while I can see why it was marketed as such, it’s not the type of horror movie the trailer portrayed it to be.

      • Yeah… at ComicCon that year, they were giving out these stickers for the movie with huge bugs on them. Needless to say, I thought huge bugs would play heavily in the film. Not so much!

  • Looking at Ashley Judd’s career, it’s surprising that there aren’t more standout roles. Heat is the best movie she’s appeared in, despite it being a supporting part. She’s not in it very much, but I’d put Smoke at #2, actually. That’s a great little movie.

    • I love Smoke as well, Dan. Haven’t seen it in forever, but dug it a lot way back when. Did you see Blue in the Face as well? From what I recall, it’s not nearly as good, but as a companion to Smoke, it works alright.

      • Dylan, I actually never saw Blue in the Face. I remember wanting to see it because it involved a lot of the same actors (plus random people like Madonna I think), but I heard mixed things and never checked it out. I did watch Smoke again a few years ago on DVD, and it holds up really well.

        • I checked it out at right about the same time. I’d only recommend BitF as a double feature or recently-after-Smoke viewing.

  • Glad to see Bug on your list. Such an underrated movie. And Judd is ridiculously good in that movie.

  • I love her performance in Heat and her final scene with Val Kilmer, great work!

  • …Oh Ashley Judd, where for art thou Ashley Judd!

    …a lovely actress who I used to mistake for Angelina Jolie. She needs to make a comeback…

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