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Five performances of Jodie Foster, other than True Detective- Night Country, that will make you gasp in amazement

Jodie Foster needs no introduction to cinemaholics, she has been acting since she was 5. Now in her 60s, the actress has not faltered but delivered hit after hit, like the upcoming True Detective S4.

Five performances of Jodie Foster, other than True Detective- Night Country, that will make you gasp in amazement
Kali Reis and Jodie Foster in 'True Detective: Night Country'

Last Updated: 04.11 AM, Jan 08, 2024


Jodie Foster has already made a record by being among the first all-female detective duo to feature in the ten-year history of True Detective. By solving a murder mystery based in an Alaskan Research Station, Foster and Kali Reis make a dynamic duo that must figure out the reason behind the strange deaths of eight scientists by interpreting a strange symbol on one of their foreheads, and a wall.

Jodi Foster is a tough detective who refuses to show she cares. But even she must bow to the will of the Night Country in frozen Alaska, that can make the sanest people do insane things. True Detetctive: Night Country will stream January 14, 2024, onwards, on HBO. If Jodie Foster intrigues you with her acting mettle, then these five performances of hers cannot be missed.

Nyad (2023)


The sports biopic based on Diana Nyad’s attempt to swim the straits of Florida without a shark cage from Cuba to Florida, as well as her autobiography Find a Way. Starring Annette Bening as Nyad, Jodie Foster as her ex-lover cum eternal-best friend Bonnie Stoll, and Rhys Ifans as John Bartlett, their support boat skipper. Essaying a lesbian woman of a certain age with panache is no mean feat, and Foster does it confidently, with a no-nonsense approach and a heart full of empathy for her prickly best friend.

The film is available to stream on Netflix.

Panic Room (2002)

This David Fincher thriller stars Jodie Foster and a young Kristen Stewart as a mother-daughter duo, with Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam, essaying the role of greedy home intruders. An adrenaline-hiking film that traces the attempts of the helpless yet determined two females against the three men after the bearer bonds hidden under the floor of the panic room. Being their first night in a new home, Meg and her daughter Sarah manage to escape into the panic room and lock the intruders out, maintaining layers of concrete and steel between them. An angsty and nail-biting film with a satisfying ending, Foster is a treat to behold a mother desperate enough to resort to murderous ploys to save her child.

The film is available on Netflix.

The Accused (1988)

The film is iconic for being among the first mainstream cinema to deal with the horrors of rape and its aftermath on the victim’s life. Jodie Foster plays the role of the victim Sarah Tobias, a young waitress at the local bar. The film chronicles her struggle to make her voice heard by a system prejudiced already against a woman based on her social life and number of male acquaintances.

The film is available on Prime Video and Apple TV for rent.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver is one of Martin Scorsese’s masterpieces, starring a young Robert De Niro and a younger Jodie Foster, among others. With the former playing the role of the eponymous cab driver cum mentally debilitating night vigilante Travis Bickle, Foster essays the role of the twelve-year-old child prostitute, Iris, while being of the actual age at the time. The film earned both De Niro and Foster nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, bringing Foster’s talented teenage self into further fame.

The film is available on Sony Liv and Prime Video.

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This phenomenal film based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 titular novel, places a young Jodie Foster against a seasoned Anthony Hopkins, by casting the former as protagonist Clarice Starling and the latter as the infamous cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Despite many later spinoffs and adaptations, this version of Lecter sets the stage for the rest of the cannibal serial killers to come. Foster, despite her youth, held her own against Hopkins’ expertise and became an icon in horror cinema.

The film is available on Prime Video.

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