Entertainment Movies Gwyneth Paltrow's Best Performances: From 'Sliding Doors' to 'Country Strong' Relive magic moments from The Royal Tenenbaums to Shakespeare in Love By Claudia Harmata Updated on September 27, 2021 10:04 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 07 Emma (1996) David Appleby/Matchmaker/Miramax/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock "The happiest thing in the world is a match well made." And although a career in acting may not have been the match for Paltrow, she impeccably brought to life Jane Austen's cleverly meddlesome character, British accent and all. 02 of 07 Shakespeare in Love (1998) Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola in Shakespeare in Love. Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock As Viola de Lesseps, Paltrow wooed William Shakespeare (played by Joseph Fiennes) after – unironically – masquerading as a male actor to audition for the famous playwright's new play. Her performance as Viola won her the Oscar for Best Actress. 03 of 07 The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock In The Talented Mr. Ripley, Paltrow found herself in a more sinister, psychological thriller – taking on the role of Marge Sherwood, the hopelessly in-love fiancé of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) who was swept up in the horrifying reality than unfolded around her. 04 of 07 The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) James Hamilton/Touchstone/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock In Wes Anderson's eccentric, indie film, Paltrow introduces fans to Margot Tenenbaum: an adopted child prodigy who, along with her two brothers (also child prodigies), find themselves struggling in their adulthood. 05 of 07 Sliding Doors (1998) Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Maybe in a parallel universe, Paltrow would have found her true calling sooner rather than later, but in this film she stars as Helen, a public relations executive who gets fired from her job, and in one scenario she misses her train, but in another she doesn't. Each lead to a completely different outcome that leaves Paltrow navigating heartache and new beginnings. 06 of 07 Country Strong (2011) Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock In Country Song, we find that Paltrow can sing, too. Caught in a tangled web of alcoholism, love affairs and her struggling music career, she gives a moving performance as Kelly Canter, a character unlike any she's done before. 07 of 07 Iron Man Series Marvel/Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Her performance as Pepper Pots just about stole the show in the movie. Iron Man, who? Paltrow commanded her role as Pots, embracing her character emotionally and physically.