MIRA SORVINOS’ TOP 10 MOVIES
“Mothers and Daughters” (2016): Much of Sorvino’s work has been more television-oriented lately, but her presence is a solid addition to this collection of vignettes about relationships between ... well, check the title again.
“WiseGirls” (2002): Sorvino is very good as a waitress who finds herself linked to mobsters – not unlike the one her father Paul played in “Goodfellas” –through her place of employment, where one of her co-workers is portrayed by Mariah Carey.
“Summer of Sam” (1999): Though other actors get more of a spotlight in the film, Sorvino has her moments as the wife of a friend (John Leguizamo) of a suspect (Adrien Brody) in New York’s mid-1970s Son of Sam killings in director Spike Lee’s melodrama.
“At First Sight” (1999): Sorvino is quite affecting as the girlfriend of a blind man (Val Kilmer) who has an operation to restore his vision, then must make a total readjustment to his life. “The Replacement Killers” (1998): Trying something completely different for herself, Sorvino is in major action mode in director Antoine Fuqua’s saga of a renowned hitman (Chow Yun-Fat) who becomes a target himself when he refuses an assignment.
“Mimic” (1997): Pretty solid as horror tales go, Guillermo del Toro’s chiller casts Sorvino as an entomologist whose genetic creation comes back to haunt her – and others – of really big and lethal insects. “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (1997): Sorvino scored one of her most enduring films by teaming with Lisa Kudrow for this comedy, in which two longtime friends head back from L.A. to Tucson to tell others of the great life they’re supposedly leading. “Beautiful Girls” (1996): Sorvino is part of a very appealing ensemble cast in this comedy-drama about a high-school reunion (yes, another one) and how the friends have moved on ... or not. “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995): Sorvino’s career was cemented early with her Oscar win for this Woody Allen comedy, casting her as the somewhat surprising biological mother of a couple’s adopted son. “Quiz Show” (1994): Sorvino has only a few scenes as the wife of federal attorney Richard Goodwin (Rob Morrow) in this Robert Redford-directed drama, but the recreation of the “Twenty-One” game-show scandal is thoroughly compelling.