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Every Margot Robbie Movie Ranked

Over the past decade, Margot Robbie has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. Plenty of people know her as the actress who plays Harley Quinn, but Robbie's career has taken her from small budget horror films to blockbuster popcorn flicks and everything in between. She has a penchant for taking roles based on historical figures, but whether she's playing the queen of England or the Joker's girlfriend, Robbie always brings her A-game and is quite often the most memorable part of the films she appears in.

Time and time again Robbie impresses viewers by being able to do it all. She's got excellent comedic timing, mesmerizing emotional range, and an accent game that could make even the most seasoned professional jealous. Of course, like any other actor with a similarly extensive filmography, Robbie's history is filled with highs and lows. Here are all of her film roles, ranked from worst to best.


No one expects an actor's first movie to be the high point of their career, but Margot Robbie's first feature film might have been the low point of hers. "Vigilante," which was written and directed by indie filmmaker Aash Aaron, has a whopping 25% approval rating from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Over on IMDb, the film ranks at 2.6 out of 10 stars. There are certainly worse action movies out there, but that's probably the best someone could say about the film.

"Vigilante" is part revenge movie, part comic book origin story. The film follows a man named Luke (Robert Díaz), whose fiancée is murdered by members of an organized crime family. Luke decides to dedicate his life to training as the perfect masked vigilante. Though he sharpens all his combat skills and buys himself some weapons, Luke has no idea that the people who attacked his family are still looking for him. Despite being Robbie's debut film, "Vigilante" is far from a must watch.


A year after starting her film career with a supporting role in Aash Aaron's "Vigilante," Margot Robbie played the lead in his 2009 horror flick "I.C.U." Robbie stars as Tristan Waters, a teenager who likes to spy on the other tenants of her high-rise apartment building. While watching the neighbors one day, Tristan and her friends come to believe they've discovered the identity of a serial killer who's been terrorizing the city. But thanks to the building's elaborate camera system, the killer may have a way of watching them, as well.

The film was advertised as being "in the tradition of 'Rear Window' and 'Saw,'" but judging by its 2.6 star rating on IMDb, audiences weren't thrilled by the combination of sensibilities. "I.C.U." tries to walk the line between psychological thriller and bloody horror, but it never manages to find a solid balancing point between the two.


Rotten Tomatoes says that 2018's "Terminal" is "worth seeking out for only the most hardcore of Margot Robbie completists" and calls the movie "dreadfully derivative." Written and directed by Vaughn Stein, the film fails despite having a solid cast. Robbie stars alongside Simon Pegg, Mike Meyers, Dexter Fletcher, and Matthew Lewis, but unfortunately the film is missing a compelling story or comedy beats that land.

"Terminal" is a comedic crime story about three assassins with competing interests crossing paths in a neon-soaked city. The film has a distinct visual style which gets shown off in its trailer, but that might be the high point of the experience. Otherwise, "Terminal" is marred by an overcomplicated plot that has little new to offer the genre and jokes that even the film's talented cast can't keep from falling flat. It's not Robbie's worst film, but it's not worth rushing out to see either.

Suicide Squad

2016's "Suicide Squad" is a flawed film that nevertheless features one of the most memorable performances of Margot Robbie's career. The film introduced her to DC fans as the first live-action Harley Quinn, and Robbie knocked the role out of the park. She managed to capture all the nuance that makes Harley Quinn a compelling villain and a sympathetic character at the same time.

Sadly, the rest of the film doesn't live up to Robbie's performance. The story of Amanda Waller putting together a team of villains to do wet work for the U.S. government is both too heavy on exposition and messily constructed. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 26% rating, and even audiences, though more accepting with a 58% rating, couldn't give the film a fresh score. Luckily, "Suicide Squad" wasn't the last time Robbie got to shine as Harley Quinn, and her future films were markedly better.

The Legend of Tarzan

"Suicide Squad" wasn't the only 2016 film that gave Margot Robbie the chance to play a beloved character who'd previously appeared in cartoons. In "The Legend of Tarzan," Robbie stars opposite Alexander Skarsgård as the titular character's love interest, Jane Clayton. The film opens with an adult Tarzan, now called John Clayton, living in Britain with his wife Jane. John and his family are pulled back to the Congo, where he grew up, when they learn that Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz) is enslaving the people there on behalf of the king of Belgium. John will need to re-embrace his Tarzan identity in order to stop Léon and save the Congo.

Directed by David Yates, who also handled the later "Harry Potter" films and the "Fantastic Beasts" franchise, the film performed well enough at the box office but failed to impress critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 35% score while criticizing its "generic plot" and "sluggish pace."

Slaughterhouse Rulez

In 2018, Margot Robbie played a supporting role in "Slaughterhouse Rulez," a horror-comedy film directed by Crispian Mills, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Henry Fitzherbert. The film takes place at a British boarding school where young Don Wallace (Finn Cole) is hoping to find friends and comfort after the death of his father. What he finds instead is a malicious supernatural force that unleashes bloodthirsty monsters on the school.

This film saw Robbie reunited with Simon Pegg on the big screen, and the two of them worked with talented young actors like Jamie Blackley, Jassa Ahluwalia, and Asa Butterfield. A great cast was sadly not enough to save the film, which completely bombed with critics. Rotten Tomatoes called the film out for failing to pull off either its horror or comedy elements, while adding that the picture completely missed out on its attempt at "B-grade movie fun."


Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, "Focus" is most notable for the sizzling presence of its two leads, Margot Robbie and Will Smith. The story follows the relationship between experienced con artists Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) and young upstart Jess Barrett (Robbie). The two fall in love, but the nature of their work means that they can never really trust each other, while their rocky romance might end up getting them in trouble with their unsavory employers.

According to Box Office Mojo, "Focus" more than tripled its budget at the global box office. Critically, however, the film underperformed. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes said that the film "nearly skates by" because of Robbie and Smith, but ultimately its success was marred by a predictable script that didn't bring anything new to the genre. Audiences weren't particularly impressed with the film either, but there's definitely a subset of crime story fans who will feel at home in "Focus."


Directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, "Dreamland" is a period drama set during the Great Depression. Finn Cole stars as Eugene Evans, a young man living in small-town Texas who decides to try and earn a living as a bounty hunter. His plans are quickly disrupted when he meets the fugitive bank robber Allison Wells (Margot Robbie) and the two begin falling in love. Eugene finds himself torn between doing his job to support his family and running off into the sunset with Allison, but the other lawmen looking for her just might make the decision for him.

While "Dreamland" wasn't particularly well-reviewed by critics, many audiences might have overlooked the film. Back in 2019, it had a limited theatrical release before almost immediately making its way to streaming platforms (via Deadline). "Dreamland" never had its proper time to shine, but then again, the reviews weren't totally wrong — it's mostly a sleeper anyway.

Mary Queen of Scots

Josie Rourke made her directorial debut with this 2018 film, which was nominated for Oscars in two categories: makeup and costume design. Based on the 2004 book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart," the story dramatizes the real-life story of two English royals. Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) has dreams of overthrowing her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) as the Queen of England, but her attempt to fulfill those dreams ends with her in prison and facing execution.

The film debuted to moderate box office success, but despite getting some recognition from the Academy Awards, opinions were split on "Mary Queen of Scots." According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics found themselves fairly impressed by the performances from Ronan and Robbie, but underwhelmed by the screenplay. Meanwhile, audiences disapproved of the film entirely, likely let down by its slow pacing and relatively unthrilling plot, life-and-death stakes aside. Fans of historical dramas, however, will probably find themselves enjoying the film.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

"Goodbye Christopher Robin" is the first film on this list to get an enthusiastic endorsement from critics and regular moviegoers alike (via Rotten Tomatoes). Though it's far from perfect, the film is competently directed, features some strong performances, and tells a compelling story that's all the more interesting for being more-or-less true. Margot Robbie stars alongside Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly MacDonald in this World War II-era historical drama.

Directed by Simon Curtis and released in 2017, "Goodbye Christopher Robin" examines the life of A.A. Milne (Gleeson), the writer who created "Winnie-the-Pooh." Milne, his wife Daphne (Robbie), and their son Christopher (Will Tilston and Alex Lawther) have a relationship that's strained at best but becomes even more complicated when "Winnie-the-Pooh" becomes a success and the parents use Christopher for publicity. As Christopher grows older, he separates himself from his parents, but the horrors of war might just end up reuniting the family.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Just one year after working with Glenn Ficarra and  John Requa on "Focus," Margot Robbie reunited with them for their next feature film, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." Critics approved of this second film more than the first but still struggled with its "glib predictability and limited worldview" (via Rotten Tomatoes). Unfortunately, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" failed to match the box office success of "Focus." According to The Numbers, the film couldn't even manage to earn back its $35 million budget during its theatrical run.  

Ficarra and Requa's film is based on "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan," a memoir written by Kim Barker. It takes a comedic look at the life of the war reporter, who's played by Tina Fey. Once on the ground in Afghanistan, she partners with BBC reporter Tanya Vanderpoel (Robbie) to try and get a grasp of the situation. But she soon finds that there's a surprise around every corner — and few of them are pleasant.

Z for Zachariah

Based on a 1974 novel of the same name written by Robert C. O'Brien, "Z for Zachariah" is a compelling but subdued post-apocalyptic story. The story centers on Ann Burden (Margot Robbie), a woman who lives alone on her family's farm, protected from radioactive fallout by the steep hills that surround the land. One day Ann encounters another survivor, John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and the two begin working together to survive. Their equilibrium is disturbed when a third survivor, Caleb (Chris Pine), arrives on the scene. A love triangle quickly forms between the three, but in this setting it might have deadly consequences.

The critics' consensus on Rotten Tomatoes praises the film's "compelling drama," but acknowledges that it "may test the patience of less contemplative viewers." Judging by the wide split between critic and audience scores, it's apparent that most moviegoers didn't have the patience for the film's story. For anyone who doesn't mind a slowly building plot, "Z for Zachariah" is a definite win.

Suite Française

The story behind how "Suite Française" came to be is almost more compelling than the film itself. The movie is based on a book of the same name written by popular early 20th century French author Irène Némirovsky. She wrote the novel during the Nazi occupation of France, but she was sent to Auschwitz and died before it was ever published (via Variety). Some 40 years later, her family discovered the manuscript and published the novel. While the film had theatrical debuts in other countries, in the U.S. it was sent directly to cable on the Lifetime channel (via The Playlist).

"Suite Française" tells the story of a budding romance between a French citizen and a German soldier during the Nazi occupation. Critics praised the film's "understated approach," which was further improved by "strong performances from a talented cast." Despite its less-than-ideal release situation, "Suite Française" is an above-average wartime romance.

The Big Short

Margot Robbie has a habit of taking on films that are based on true stories. Anyone who's looking for a lengthy performance from Robbie will be disappointed by "The Big Short," as she's only in one scene, but the film itself is so good that it still deserves to be high on this list. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an 89% approval rating, and audiences backed that opinion by giving the film an 88% score.

"The Big Short" examines how a group of investors took massive advantage of the system to make millions of dollars off the collapse of the housing market. The film highlights the moral bankruptcy of Wall Street with perfectly delivered comedic performances from a talented cast that include Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale. It's equal parts compelling and hilarious, and though Robbie only gets a single scene, it's definitely one of the funniest and most memorable moments of the film.

About Time

Years before working with Domhnall Gleeson on "Goodbye Christopher Robin," Margot Robbie appeared alongside him in a sci-fi comedy written and directed by Richard Curtis. In "About Time," Tim Lake (Gleeson) discovers that he, like all the men in his family, has the ability to travel through time. Tim's father, James (Bill Nighy), warns him not to use his powers to become rich and famous, so Tim decides to get himself a girlfriend instead. As Tim continues experimenting with his powers, he realizes that time travel doesn't solve all of life's problems and that maybe it's better to focus on living in the present.

When "About Time" debuted in 2013, it was a resounding success. The film earned over $85 million off a budget of just $12 million (via The Numbers). Both critics and audiences approved of the film, which manages to be sincere, emotionally resonant, and funny all at the same time. For an uncomplicated feel-good story with a sci-fi twist, you could do much worse than "About Time."


Margot Robbie's role in this 2019 drama, based on a true story, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She wasn't alone — Charlize Theron also picked up a nomination for her work in the film, and "Bombshell" won the Oscar for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics enjoyed the film well enough, giving it a 68% rating, but audiences absolutely loved it, handing it an 84% score. While critics were somewhat disappointed by the film's surface-level story, audiences were fully taken in by the incredible cast and compelling plot.

"Bombshell" tells the story of three women — Megyn Kelly (Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), and Robbie's Kayla Pospisil (a fictional character based on several real women, per Marie Claire) – who all worked at Fox News and decide to take on the company's male executives, particularly founder Roger Ailes and popular host Bill O'Reilly, for their rampant harassment of women in the business. The film works well as an entertaining and informative take on the real-life scandal (via Time).

Birds of Prey

"Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" marked the second time that Margot Robbie got the chance to play everyone's favorite female antihero on the big screen. The story follows Harley recovering from her recent breakup with the Joker and her poorly-timed run-in with Gotham mob boss Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). Harley makes some unlikely friends and ends up teaming with The Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to take him down.

"Birds of Prey" earned a soft $200 million at the worldwide box office when it debuted in February 2020. Although not a financial success, the film did receive glowing reviews from critics and regular moviegoers that blew many other DCEU films out of the water. Warner Bros. has been quiet on announcing a sequel, but fans are still hopeful that there's a chance Harley and her friends will make a grand return in the future.

The Wolf of Wall Street

"The Wolf of Wall Street" was only Margot Robbie's fourth feature film role, but it's definitely one of her best movies to date. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film tells the true story of white collar criminal mastermind Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). Belfort made a fortune working on Wall Street, but his rise to prominence fell to pieces thanks to alcoholism, drug abuse, and rampant financial fraud. Scorsese's film is part ghastly spectacular, part outrageous comedy, and part cautionary tale about the dangerous allure of greed.

It really says something about the quality of Scorsese's work that "The Wolf of Wall Street" is far from his best film. The movie scored an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, earned nearly $400 million at the box office, and was nominated for five Oscars. If you can stomach the truly sickening lifestyle of Jordan Belfort, "The Wolf of Wall Street" makes for an incredibly rewarding watch.

Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood

Six years after "The Wolf of Wall Street," Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio were on screen together again in "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood." Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film is set in 1969 and follows a variety of characters trying to make the most of the dying days of Hollywood's golden age. Robbie plays Sharon Tate, the beloved actress who was murdered by the Manson family in August 1969.

"Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood" was an expensive movie to make, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, even a $40 million opening weekend didn't guarantee that the film would turn a profit. Some projections suggested that it would need to make anywhere from $250 million to $400 million at the box office to do so. Financials aside, the film was well received by audiences. According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics and moviegoers approved of the movie, though they disagreed on where it ranked among Tarantino's other films. Overall the mixture of real life and fiction made it shine.

The Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie most recently reprised the role of Harley Quinn in 2021's "The Suicide Squad." James Gunn stepped into the DC arena for this not-quite-sequel, not-quite-reboot that sees several characters from 2016's "Suicide Squad" return for a new adventure with an almost entirely new cast. The R-rated film features some of the most outrageous superhero action ever put on the big screen, as the titular squad is sent to the fictional nation of Corto Maltese to destroy a secret lab that's studying an alien lifeform. To say anything more about the plot would really spoil the fun.

"The Suicide Squad" was an astounding critical success, especially when compared to its predecessor. It has a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it one of the highest-rated superhero films of all time. Unfortunately, the box office didn't reflect critical opinion. The film failed to break even, which means few expect to see another installment in the franchise.

I, Tonya

"I, Tonya" tells the story of Tonya Harding, a real-life figure skater who rose to prominence and then infamy in the 1990s. Harding (Margot Robbie) has her sights set on competing in the Olympics, but when she's linked to an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver) — an attack planned and overseen by Harding's husband — Harding's entire world comes crashing down. Robbie earned her first Oscar nomination for her work in this 2017 biographical black comedy, and her costar Allison Janney took home the award for Best Supporting Actress.

On every level, "I, Tonya" was a success. At the box office, the film earned over $50 million off a budget of just $11 million. Critically the film was highly praised: On Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has a 90% approval rating, critics praised the film's performances as well as its ability to construct an "emotional resonant" story that still manages to get some laughs.