Jane Lynch is currently one of the busiest and hardest-working actresses in Hollywood and it has been that way for a while now. After making her big-screen debut in the 1988 body-swapping comedy Vice Versa, Lynch has accrued more than 215 film and TV credits.
She has earned Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her seminal performance on the hit show Glee, and recently won a second Primetime Emmy for her guest-role on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Lynch also won back-to-back Emmys for hosting the game-show Hollywood Game Night, which bodes well for her new gig as the host of NBC’s The Weakest Link reboot. She also appeared in some notable films.
10 Rio (2011) – 6.9
Lynch has lent her voice to countless animated features during her three-decade career and counting. In Rio, she voiced the role of Alice, The Other Goose.
The film follows Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), a baby macaw that is kidnapped from its native Brazil and taken to the U.S. to be sold for profit. When Blu falls off the delivery truck and is taken in by a young girl in Minnesota, the bird spends the next 15 years in captivity. Upon meeting a female macaw named Jewel, the two set off on an epic pilgrimage back home to South America.
9 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (2009) – 6.9
Lynch also worked with Rio director Carlos Saldanha on Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, lending her voice to the role of Diatryma Mom. The film follows Sid (John Leguizamo), who steals a trio of dinosaur eggs so he can start a family of his own.
Upon the theft, Sid is kidnapped by the mother of the three eggs and sent to a harrowing subterranean lair to fend for himself. The more endangered Sid becomes, the faster his friends Manny, Ellie, and Diego must rescue him.
8 Paul (2011) – 7.0
Greg Mottola’s Paul tells the story of Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost), a pair of UFO-obsessed comic-book enthusiasts who concoct a hair-brained scheme to infiltrate Area 51 to witness authentic extraterrestrial life.
On their quest, the two men meet Paul (Seth Rogen), a tiny foul-mouthed alien who leads an adventurous road-trip back to his fleeting mothership. Lynch plays a supporting character named Pat Stevens that the trio encounters on their sojourn.
7 Ralph Breaks The Internet (2018) – 7.0
Lynch reprised her role of Calhoun in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the most-recent movie she’s participated in. Released several years after the original, the sequel finds Ralph (John C. Reilly) trapped inside a racing arcade game with his best friend, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman).
Due to a technological glitch, Ralph and Vanellope travel through the internet in an attempt to obtain the proper cable that will help them restore her game.
6 The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (2005) – 7.1
In Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Lynch plays Paula, the aggressive and hyper-sexual boss of Andy (Steve Carell) who continues to make overages to him during business hours.
Painfully shy and awkward, Andy’s immature friends and co-workers attempt to help him finally lose his virginity. But when Andy meets Trish (Catherine Keener), a genuine romance blossoms that allow Andy to remain true to himself while finding authentic love.
5 The Hammer (2007) – 7.2
While Lynch merely makes an uncredited cameo as “woman who argues with Jerry,” The Hammer still ranks among her highest-rated movies, per IMDb.
Rather than a virgin, The Hammer centers on a 40-year-old boxer named Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) trying to reclaim the pugilistic glory he enjoyed 20 years earlier. Given a slim shot to make the Olympic team, Jerry rigorously climbs the ranks of the ring in an attempt to realize his childhood dream.
4 A Mighty Wind (2003) – 7.2
Along with John Michael Higgins, Lynch plays a folk-singing member of Witches in Natures Color (WINC) in the Christopher Guest mockumentary A Mighty Wind. That is, the two worship color and channel the energy into their folk songs.
The film revolves around a folk music reunion festival and the various participants in the twilight of their careers. Much of the drama centers on Mitch (Eugene Levy) and Mickey (Catherine O’Hara), two estranged former lovers who can’t help but make beautiful music while in each other’s presence.
3 Best In Show (2000) – 7.5
In Christopher Guest’s incisive satire about The National Dog Show, Lynch plays formidable reigning champion, Christy Cummings, the dog handler of a precious poodle named Rhapsody in White.
The poodle’s biggest competition to repeat as champion comes from Winky, a Norwich terrier owned by the odd couple Cookie (Catherine O’Hara) and Gerry Fleck (Eugene Levy). Meanwhile, Christy has an illicit affair with her employer, Sherri Ann Cabot (Jennifer Coolidge).
2 Wreck-It Ralph (2012) – 7.7
Compared to its sequel, Lynch played a much larger role as Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun in Wreck-It Ralph. As the lead character of the in-movie video game Hero’s Duty, Calhoun helps Felix find Ralph inside the Sugar Rush racing game.
Meanwhile, all Ralph wants to do is leave his villainous nature behind and become the heroic figure of his video game. His wish comes true in part when he manages to save Vanellope from a terminal glitch that nearly put her out of order.
1 The Fugitive (1993) – 7.8
Lynch makes a small but lasting impression in The Fugitive, playing Dr. Richard Kimble’s former medical colleague who’s willing to help him while on the lam.
Falsely accused of murdering his wife, Kimble escapes from a prison transport bus and immediately sets out to prove his innocence by finding the real culprit. Kimble spends years in hiding as he systematically works to identify the one-armed man who murdered his wife in cold blood and framed him for it. It’s Lynch’s character Kathy that allows Kimble to solve the crime.
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