Top 20 Best Zoe Saldaña Movies and TV Shows of All Time

October 16, 2022
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We discuss the Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Zoe Saldaña Movies and TV Shows of All Time! Bookmark this page and check out these recommendations

Zoe Saldaña has been a versatile actress for decades. She can star in virtually any genre, from action films and romantic dramas to comedies. However, her blockbuster science fiction films have garnered her the most attention.

To celebrate the “Sci-Fi” queen’s first live-action streaming series, we have compiled the top 20 Best Zoe Saldaña Movies and TV Shows of All Time, according to Rotten Tomatoes Critic scores. We’ll also include our review from our site too if we have one. Enjoy!

The Top 20 Best and Highest Rated Zoe Saldaña Movies and TV Shows of All Time

20. The Terminal (2004)

Before she became the queen of science fiction movies or even took on the role of Uhura in Star Trek, Zoe Saldaña took on the role of TSA agent and Trekkie super fan Dolores Torres in The Terminal. As she helps Tom Hanks’ Viktor Navorski from getting deported, she shows him the Vulcan salute and says, “Trekkies are everywhere.”

RT Score: 61%

19. The Adam Project (2022)

Saldaña plays Ryan Reynolds’s future wife in a Netflix science-fiction film, The Adam Project. A throwback movie that does begin to entertain until you realize it’s a glossy amalgamation of much better action-adventure fare.

RT Score: 67%

18. I Kill Giants (2017)

In a film called the distant relative of Donnie Darko, Adam Graham of the Detroit News says I Kill Giants “…peels back its layers, you’re left with a monster story that packs an unexpected wallop.”

RT Score: 77%

17. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Cuse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The global smash hit Saldaña had such a horrible time making that she refused to come back in future installments. The shoot on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Cuse of the Black Pearl was so bad she almost quit the business until she booked Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, and she now calls him a mentor.

RT Score: 80%

16. Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

In one of Saldaña’s best performances, she plays a wife dealing with a husband with uncontrolled bipolar disorder while attending graduate school. Liam Lacey of The Global Mail called Infinitely Polar Bear, “It’s ultimately a feel-good movie with some poignant moments.”

RT Score: 82%

15. Drumline (2002)

Saldaña plays Lala, the love interest of Nick Cannon’s Devon in Drumline. This is a surprisingly effective “sports” movie about the high-stakes world of competitive black college marching bands. A sports film no one has yet tried to duplicate. (We should note the first film about black college marching bands was the 2000s Pay the Price).

RT Score: 82%

14. Avatar (2009)

The movie that cemented Saldaña as “The Sci-Fi Queen” is still the highest-grossing film of all time. Avatar made nearly 3 billion dollars and is back in theatres. The film is spawning three sequels to be filmed in the coming years.

RT Score: 82%

13. The Book of Life (2014)

Sight & Sound film critic Mar Diestro-Dópido says writer and director Jorge Gutierrez draws “…on Mexican folklore and other Latin American traditions, Jorge R. Gutirrez’s version of death in his beautiful, witty 3D-animated debut The Book of Life is bursting with vibrant colors and magic — a constantly expanding, neverending party.” We couldn’t agree more.

RT Score: 83%

12. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness is a visual marvel. A movie that deeply resonates with diehards and newcomers in the tradition of very dark sophomore sci-fi efforts. As Keith Garlington of Keith & the Movies says, “Into Darkness is Star Trek for the masses.”

RT Score: 84%

11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

There is a reason Ms. Saldaña is the second highest-grossing actress of the 21st — being part of annual tentpole Hollywood blockbusters, including the well-acclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the highly anticipated follow-up to James Gunn’s marvelous MCU entry may not hold the same esteem.

RT Score: 85%

10. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The first half of the great MCU wrap-up makes a bold choice by leaving the viewer in an unstable and violent state of limbo, but as Ready Steady Cut puts it, Avengers: Infinity War is “amplified to an epic, operatic scale.”

RT Score: 85%

9. Vivo (2021)

The Netflix animated film hits all the right notes with an inclusive story about how love is never forgotten, loss is always deeply felt, and family is what you make it. Funny, adorable, and at times, very moving, Vivo marches to its own unique beat.

RT Score: 86%

8. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

While the third installment takes a step toward addressing Chris Pine’s penchant for womanizing, Star Trek Beyond was a solid, suspenseful, and in many ways, daring entry in the revamped Star Trek Universe.

RT Score: 86%

7. Premium (2006)

Pete Chatmon’s romantic dramedy features a standout performance by Saldaña. Premium is a film the Chicago Sun-Times says “Favors characters over satire.”

RT Score: 88%

6. Missing Link (2019)

This stop-motion animated crowd-pleaser won Best Animated Feature at the 2020 Oscars. What’s Missing Link about? A world traveler who combines with a Sasquatch to find his Yeti cousins across the world.

RT Score: 88%

5. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

In my opinion, as a stand-alone entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, Guardians of the Galaxy is the greatest Marvel film of all time and saved a genre that was becoming tired and stale. With innovative casting and choosing a true auteur in James Gunn to bring the film to life, this superhero film is a timeless classic.

RT Score: 92%

4. Star Trek (2009)

A star-making vehicle for not only Chris Pine but for Saldana, blasting her career into the sci-fi queen stratosphere. We think San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle said it best about Star Trek: “In going back to tell the Enterprise story from the beginning, Star Trek presses collective emotional buttons people didn’t even know they had. At its best, the effect is like seeing life panoramically, past and future, simultaneous and magnificent.”

RT Score: 94%

3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

I’m not sure Avengers: Endgame is the best comic book film of all time. Still, it’s undoubtedly the finest conclusion to a greater ideal Hollywood has ever put together.

RT Score: 94%

2. Maya and the Three (2021)

As I continue to quote my boss as a way to campaign and garner consideration for better assignments in the future, Ready Steady Cut editor Jonathon Wilson called Maya and the Three, “Visually stunning, emotionally poignant, and culturally rich, Maya and the Three is a stellar animated adventure.”

RT Score: 100%

1. For the Love of Spock (2016)

With her apparent connection to the Star Trek franchise, Saldaña is interviewed about the iconic character and actor Leonard Nimoy. For the Love of Spock is a film by Nimoy’s son before his father’s death and examines pop culture and celebrity. However, as film critic Odie Anderson puts it, “…more than just catnip for Trekkies. It’s also an often painful examination of the rocky father/son relationship between filmmaker Adam Nimoy and his famous father, Leonard.”

RT Score: 100%

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