Here at Fangirlish, we often have differing opinions on things, which is great because if we all liked the same things it would be boring right?
That being said, A few of us are fans of Kristen Stewart films and some of us are not. I am a K. Stew fangirl and I’m proud of it. I know a lot of people don’t think she is that great of an actor, but I love her work.
I decided to put a list together of some of my favorite K. Stew flicks you should watch. Just be forewarned, there are some Twilight flicks on this list, because that’s what made me a fan.
Why you should watch: Based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak is the story of a young girl, Melinda Sordino, who while at a high school party, is raped. She is so traumatized by the incident that she becomes a selective mute. I love Kristen in this film, because she had to convey so much emotion without speaking and I think she did a great job.
Speak is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Why you should watch: Based on the novel written by Dirk Wittenborn, Fierce People is a very twisty coming of age story. It stars the late Anthon Yelchin as Finn Earl, a young boy, who with his massage therapist mother (played by Diane Lane), moves into one of her rich client’s homes. While there he meets the client’s granddaughter Maya (Stewart). Kristen’s role isn’t a huge one, but I loved her scenes with Anton, and they had great chemistry. Side note to all my Captain America fans; You will HATE Chris Evans in this film. Sorry.
Fierce People is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
The Cake Eaters
Why you should watch: In this film, Kristen plays Georgia Kaminski, a teenage girl born with Friedreich’s ataxia, a genetic disorder that causes damage to the nervous system. In my opinion, Kristen did a wonderful job. Playing someone with any type of disorder is never easy especially when you have to put your body into positions that are not comfortable, and change your speech. I think Kristen played this character very well, and I felt her desperation in wanting to just live her life like a normal teen.
The Cake Eaters is available to stream for free on Tubi TV.
Why you should watch: This was such a fun and unexpected film. Adventureland stars Jesse Eisenberg as James, a College graduate with plans to go on a dream tour of Europe. After he finds out his parents can no longer finance his trip, he takes a job at the amusement park Adventureland. There he meets and falls in love with Em, played by Kristen. Although this film has a lot of comedic moments, there are also some dramatic ones as well. The story centers around James, but Em has some issues and a pretty big secret she’s dealing with. Adventureland is such a good movie, and always gives me summer vibes when I watch it. Not only that, it takes place in the 80s, so there’s a lot of nostalgia and the soundtrack is great too.
Adventureland is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.
Why you should watch: As I said earlier, I have some of the Twilight films on this list. Kristen did a great job in the first Twilight film, but in New Moon she had to show a different set of emotions. In this film, Bella has had her heart broken by Edward. I mean he literally took her into the woods and dumped her! Who does that? Anyway, I love Kristen’s performance in this, because we see Bella start off broken and depressed, but then it shifts when her best friend Jacob helps her move forward by being a support system in her life.
New Moon is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Welcome To The Riley’s
Why you should watch: Welcome To The Riley’s, stars the late James Gandolfini, and Melissa Leo as Doug and Lois Riley. The Riley’s are dealing with the grief of losing their 15-year-old daughter 8 years ago. They are an estranged couple, and Lois never leaves the house. Doug goes on a trip to New Orleans and while there he meets a 16-year-old runaway stripper and prostitute named Mallory, played by Kristen.
Doug decides to help Mallory turn her life around and he tells Lois he is planning to stay in NOLA. Lois realizes she needs to work harder to save her marriage with Doug, so she decides to finally step out of the house and head to NOLA. When she gets there, she meets Mallory, and starts to look at Mallory like a daughter. Kristen’s role in this film is harder and grittier than her previous roles, and I think she does a good job of portraying a young girl with such a rough life.
Welcome To the Riley’s is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Why you should watch: The Runaways is the origin story of Joan Jett and how she formed The Runaways. This is by far one of my favorite performances from Kristen, because she nailed it as Joan Jett. Every single part of this film is entertaining, and I love every minute of it. Kristen isn’t the only one who gave an outstanding performance though. Dakota Fanning plays the role of Cherie Currie, and she and Kristen have some great chemistry. Seriously, if you are not a K. Stew fan, you should at least give this one a go.
The Runaways is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Breaking Dawn-Part 1
Why you should watch: Yes, I added another Twilight film, I’ve got one more coming too, so gear up. As I said before, I love the Twilight films and Kristen’s performance in all of them is good, however, her performance in Breaking Dawn-Part 1 tops them all. Playing a young woman who is pregnant with a vampire baby that is literally sucking the life out of you is challenging. I felt every moment of Bella’s pain, and this film made me so emotional especially when she died after giving birth.
Breaking Dawn-Part 1 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Clouds of Sils Maria
Why you should watch: There isn’t much to say about this film, but I think that’s ok. Kristen plays Valentine, a personal assistant to Maria played by Juliette Binoche. Kristen’s performance in this film is so quiet and understated, but it’s an important role. The cinematic quality of Clouds of Sils Maria, is what draws you in. There are a lot of moments of just Juliette and Kristen onscreen, and they work so well together. I really don’t know how to describe the movie, it’s really one of those films you just have to watch and interpret for yourself.
Breaking Dawn-Part 2
Why you should watch: Last Twilight movie on this list, I promise. Breaking Dawn-Part 2 is great because Bella is now a vampire. It was the moment we had all been waiting for since the Twilight film franchise began and it was worth the wait. The thing that I really enjoyed about Kristen’s performance in this was the fact that we basically came full circle. The change from her going from a teen mortal to a grown woman who is also a vampire, was portrayed so well.
Breaking Dawn-Part 2 is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Have you seen any of these K. Stew films? Which one do you want to check out? Tell us in the comments below!