It wasn’t easy coming up with this list of the five best Sarah Michelle Gellar movies. Let’s face it, she hasn’t exactly been in Oscar-worthy films so far. We loved her in “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” though, so she gets a lifetime pass for mostly mediocre cinema.
- “Cruel Intentions.” This is a movie that was way more entertaining than it had any right to be, and much of that can be chalked up to Sarah Michelle Gellar’s fantastic performance as a manipulative, incestuous, upper-class bitch. It’s pretty much worth watching just for her make-out scene with Selma Blair.
- “The Grudge.” There have been a seemingly endless number of American remakes of Japanese horror films. “The Grudge,” a remake of the Japanese movie “Ju-On” done by the director of the original, was moderately entertaining despite losing a bit of its originality in translation. What makes this one of the best Sarah Michelle Gellar movies? Her knack for being believably terrified by creepy, dead Japanese girls.
- “Southland Tales.” This over-the-top ridiculous movie was directed by Richard Kelly, the same man behind indie sci-fi favorite “Donnie Darko.” The man is not afraid to make a weird movie, and nowhere is that more apparent than this sprawling, epic piece of nonsense. That’s not always a bad thing. If you can wade through countless “WTF?” moments, you may be rewarded by an appreciation of the movie’s originality.
- “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Between “Buffy,” “The Grudge,” and this film, there is a definite recurring horror theme in Sarah Michelle Gellar’s roles. This teens-getting-their-comeuppance horror movie followed in the wake of the youth-oriented horror movie revival sparked by “Scream,” the sequel to which Gellar also appeared in.
- “Small Soldiers.” While she appeared in voice only in this partially-animated film, it is nevertheless one of the best Sarah Michelle Gellar movies. Think of it as a darker, more violent "Toy Story." It sparked a bit of controversy by featuring scenes in which actor Phil Hartman is terrorized by the titular toy soldiers. Why was this controversial? Because he was shot to death by his wife around the time of the movie’s release, and the timing left a bad taste in some people’s mouths.