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“As If!” 12 of the Best Alicia Silverstone Movies, Ranked

Plus, learn how Aerosmith helped her score the lead role in 'Clueless'!


If you grew up in the ’90s or early ’00s, you’re likely familiar with Alicia Silverstone movies and her effervescent presence. The star will always be known for her role in the beloved 1995 teen movie Clueless — the sunny sass with which she said “Ugh, as if!” is nothing short of legendary. While Clueless gave Silverstone her star-is-born moment, she actually got her start a few years before the high school comedy came out.

Prior to Clueless, Silverstone famously starred in three music videos for the rock band Aerosmith. Silverstone played the dream girl in Aerosmith’s “Cryin‘” and “Amazing” (both 1993) and “Crazy” (1994).

Her striking looks and fresh energy helped bring the classic rock band into the MTV era, and after her first appearance in “Cryin,'” Aerosmith had a huge increase in record sales. “Aerosmith made a hell of a lot of money off that video,” Silverstone explained in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone. “Their sales tripled or something. They would have been crazy not to ask me back.”

Three women walking, holding books;
Brittany Murphy, Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash in Clueless (1995) Pictures

The Aerosmith videos also helped Silverstone score her breakout role in Clueless. As the film’s director, Amy Heckerling, explained to Rolling Stone, “I was minding my own business on my treadmill watching MTV when I saw ‘Cryin’’ and just went cuckoo bananas.”

We’re also pretty cuckoo bananas for the smiley blonde star. Here’s a guide to our favorite Alicia Silverstone movies, from ’90s teen classics to under-the-radar ’00s indies.

12. Batman & Robin (1997)

Silverstone played Batgirl in this campy ’90s Batman movie. While Batman & Robin isn’t one of the most critically acclaimed Batman films by any means, it has something of a cult following for its over-the-top aesthetic and hammy performances.

In 2020, Silverstone told The Guardian that Batman & Robin definitely wasn’t my favorite film-making experience.”

11. Vamps (2012)

After the ’90s, Silverstone took on a string of supporting roles and roles in smaller-scale films. She also became a passionate activist for animal rights, and remains well-known for her veganism. In 2012, Silverstone returned to her roots by partnering once again with Clueless director Amy Heckerling in the vampire comedy Vamps.

Silverstone plays Goody, a vampire living with her fellow vamp BFF, Stacy (Krysten Ritter), in New York City. Soon Stacy falls in love with her classmate, but complications ensue as she finds out that his father is a vampire slayer, leading the two vamps to wonder whether they should slay the vampire that turned them for a chance at real love or stay as they are.

10. Alicia Silverstone movies: The Babysitter (1995)

The early Alicia Silverstone movies The Crush and The Babysitter are both provocative, erotic thrillers. Here, Silverstone plays Jennifer, a beautiful young babysitter who attracts attention from every male she encounters, from teen boys to the dad of the kid she’s babysitting.

While the film received mostly negative reviews, The New York Times praised Silverstone’s performance, saying, “With impressive ease, she slips from propriety to provocation and back again.”

9. Angels in Stardust (2014)

In this film, Silverstone plays Tammy, the neglectful mother of a struggling 16-year-old girl in a small town.

After becoming known for playing the teen ingenue, Angels in Stardust marked a departure for Silverstone. As she said in an interview with Collider, “Tammy is just this complex character that’s so different than anything I had ever done. I feel like it was a completely different role, and I was really, really excited about that.”

8. Excess Baggage (1997)

In Excess Baggage, Silverstone plays Emily, a high-maintenance teen who makes many attempts to be noticed by her father. When Emily decides to fake her own kidnapping to get his attention, she accidentally gets kidnapped for real, as a car thief, Vincent (Benicio Del Toro), drives off with Emily in the trunk, unaware she is in there.

Alicia Silverstone in parking structure in a scene from the film 'Excess Baggage', 1997.
Alicia Silverstone in Excess Baggage (1997)Columbia Pictures/Getty

Emily and Vincent get off to a rough start, but as the quirky crime comedy plays out, they eventually form a bond and realize they have more in common than they originally thought.

7. Who Gets the Dog? (2016) Alicia Silverstone movies

When Clay (Ryan Kwanten) and Olive (Silverstone) decide to get a divorce, they must decide which of them gets to have custody of their dog, Wesley. While trying to choose who he should live with, the ex-couple resorts to ridiculous tricks to prove each other incapable of caring for the pup.

6. Sister of the Groom (2020)

In this romantic comedy, Silverstone plays Audrey, a woman who learns her brother is marrying a girl he met in France. The problem is that they rescheduled the wedding to another date — the weekend she turns 40. When Audrey and her brother’s fiancé clash over everything, she tries everything she can to stop the wedding — until she realizes that she can’t stand in the way of her brother’s happiness or true love.

5. Last Survivors (2021)

In a post-apocalyptic world, Troy (Stephen Moyer) and his son Jake (Drew Van Acker) are living in their own perfect utopia. Though they are thousands of miles from any towns, Jake must travel to the outside world for medicine. While his father orders Jake to kill anyone he sees, Jake defies him when he meets Henrietta (Silverstone), a mysterious woman who poses a potential threat to the insular world he’s grown up in.

4. Blast from the Past (1999) Alicia Silverstone Movies

In this sci-fi/rom-com hybrid, Adam (Brendan Fraser), a man who has spent his whole life in a nuclear bomb shelter, ventures out into the real world and meets Eve (Silverstone). Eve decides to help Adam out and teach him about the world he has missed out on for his entire life. While showing Adam how to live his new life, Eve finds herself falling in love with him.

In 2023, Silverstone revealed she’d be down for a Blast From the Past sequel, saying, “I would do anything with Brendan. It was so much fun.”

3. Reptile (2023)

Silverstone’s most recent movie teams her back up with her Excess Baggage costar Benicio Del Toro. In this dark mystery, Del Toro plays a detective investigating a grizzly murder case and Silverstone plays his wife.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone said, “I’m really happy with my life. Just seeing Benicio Del Toro again on the set of Reptile. We haven’t worked together for 27 years. I thought: ‘it’s been an incredible journey’.”

Alicia Silverstone in 'Reptile,' 2023
Alicia Silverstone in Reptile (2023)Netflix ©2023

Reptile has given Silverstone a full-circle moment, and watching her evolve from teen queen to established, mature actress has been a truly rewarding experien

2. The Crush (1993) Alicia Silverstone Movies

Alicia Silverstone made her big-screen debut in The Crush, a trashy 1993 erotic thriller. She plays Adrian Forrester, an unstable 14-year-old who becomes obsessed with Nick Eliot, 28-year-old journalist (Cary Elwes) who’s recently moved into her family’s guest house. As Nick turns down Adrian’s advances, the teen becomes increasingly unhinged.

1. Clueless (1995)

As the rich, popular ‘It Girl’, Cher Horowitz, Silverstone made Clueless one of the most memorable films of the ’90s. Silverstone gave Cher, a character who could be a typical mean girl, a distinct sweetness and humor, and her covetable yellow plaid outfit and unforgettable quips are still winning over new fans today, nearly 30 (!) years after the film was first released.

Woman holding shopping bags in a scene from the film 'Clueless', 1995
Alicia Silverstone in Clueless (1995)Paramount Pictures/Getty

Clueless took Silverstone to new heights of fame. As she recalled in a 2023 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “When Clueless came out, it really shifted… I wasn’t prepared for it in any way, shape or form.”

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