MIRA SORVINOS’ TOP 10 MOVIES

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“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.

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