6. Amy and Isabelle (2001)
In 1971 Shirley Springs, Maine lives Isabelle Goodrow (Elisabeth Shue), a single mother struggling to make ends meet. With her young daughter Amy (Hanna Hall), she is trying to make a good life. However, after Amy is seduced by her cunning mathematics teacher Isabelle’s life starts falling apart piece by piece. By confessing the dark secrets of her past, Isabelle tries to tie the knot with her daughter again so that she doesn’t lose her only family. A beautiful portrayal of human emotions, this movie is a must-see for all Elisabeth Shue fans.
5. Cocktail (1988)
Brian (Tom Cruise) is a talented bartender who has come from New York to Jamaica in search of his purpose in life or something to die for. In that quest, he meets a beautiful and wealthy girl Jordan (Elisabeth Shue). They fall for each other and life becomes bearable. However, on a silly bet with his mentor Doug, Brian ends up sharing his bed with a rich old woman who is in search of some fun. When Jordan finds out about it, she leaves Brian. Now the Casanova bartender must decide if he is happy with the immense wealth he is getting from his sordid affair? Or will his heart pull him towards his true purpose in life?
4. Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Jay Moriarty is a naturally gifted soul-surfer who wants nothing but to ride the colossal waves right into the hearts closest to him. Since his father left them, his mother Kristy (Elisabeth Shue) has been trying very hard to makes ends meet. When Jay comes to know that the world famous myth of 30 foot big Maverick waves is true, he takes the help of an experienced surfer Frosty (Gerard Butler) to beat the gargantuan waves. A terrific rendering of a true story, this is Chasing Mavericks.
3. The Karate Kid (1984)
Daniel is a troubled teenager who is constantly bullied by a group of fighters fueled by the violet streak of their karate teacher. After getting out of trouble a few times, Daniel is finally saved by an old gardener Miyagi who promises to teach him karate for his self-defense. To defend himself and those who can’t protect themselves, Daniel works hard to control his spirit and win the karate tournament against all his bullies. In the process, he also wins the heart of the love of his life Ali (Elisabeth Shue).
2. Back to the Future 2 (1989)
To help their future selves avoid a life-altering predicament, Doc takes Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his wife, Jennifer Parker (Elisabeth Shue) on a visit to the future. In 2015, Marty poses as his own son so that he can prevent him from going to prison. However in a twist of fate -or rather a twist of past- Marty’s friend Biff travels back to 1955 to give his younger version something which ultimately changes the timeline when Marty and Doc return to 1985. Now in a confusing time-travel extravaganza Doc, Marty, and Jennifer must go back to 1955 so that they can set the past and future on the right course. An assortment of comedy, love, and fantasy this movie is one of the best Elisabeth Shue has starred in.
1. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
One of the most famous movies which Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue have starred in, Leaving Las Vegas is a widely acclaimed Academy-award winning film. A rich plot portraying the dark elements of the human psyche and subtle satires, this movie is based on Ben Sanderson, a screenwriter who has been defeated in life and has come to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. While there he meets a prostitute Sera (Elisabeth Shue) who becomes his companion in solitude. Together they spend some beautiful time together, with Sera trying to bring him back to reality. The question that stands in the wonderfully crafted climax is whether the drunkard screenwriter will accept her love and come back to the side of life, or having made up his mind to end his life will leave this world devoid of every emotion he has known in life. A man who has gone over the brink can come back but only if he wants to.
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