5 Rachel McAdams Films You Should See This Weekend Instead of ‘The Vow’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am, This is a list post.

5 Rachel McAdams Films You should see this Weekend Instead of 'The Vow'

Rachel McAdamsThis weekend, the romantic drama The Vow opens in theaters nationwide. Starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, this story about a woman losing her memory and her husband’s bid to get her to fall in love with him again was inspired by a true story. The film, though, adds in too much schmaltz and melodrama to really work.So instead of putting down ten bucks to check this out, we've come up with a list of five Rachel McAdams - in no particular order - that are definitely worth checking out instead. Rent these and avoid the crowds at the cineplex this weekend.

'Midnight in Paris'

Midnight in ParisThis 2011 Woody Allen comedy was my favorite movie of the year. Although McAdams plays an unlikable character, it’s still a wonderful film that is definitely worth a look. The film stars Owen Wilson as an idealistic writer who longs to live in a bygone era in Paris’ past. McAdams plays his adorable but flawed fiance.During this awards season, Midnight in Paris has already picked up a few trophies and it's been nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture.

'Red Eye'

 Red EyeWhen people think about Rachel McAdams films, the thriller Red Eye usually doesn't usually come to mind - but directed by Wes Craven, this creepy story is a lot of fun. McAdams stars as a passenger seated on an airplane next to a manipulative sociopath, played by Cillian Murphy. If you want to see McAdams in a thrilling adventure, make sure you check this out.Also, if you enjoy McAdams in action films, Sherlock Holmes and its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows are also recommended (McAdams plays a minor role in both).

'Mean Girls'

Yes, Rachel McAdams may play one of the mean girls in this 2004 comedy, but this movie is still a lot of fun. Starring opposite Lindsay Lohan, McAdams plays the conniving and manipulative Regina George. With a screenplay written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, this is a fun film about high school cliques and social pressure.If you like this, you might also enjoy  2005's Wedding Crashers, another comedy featuring the lovely and talented actress.

'Morning Glory'

Morning Glory trailer harrison ford rachel mcadams Morning Glory is a great little comedy that was under-appreciated when it arrived in theaters in 2010. The story finds McAdams playing the resolute and energetic producer of a low-rated morning talk show. She may face some great obstacles in the film but she looks like she's having a wonderful time doing it!In the leading role, McAdams shines opposite screen legends Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. 

'The Notebook'

The NotebookFor all of the romantics out there, we'll include the role that may be Rachel McAdams' most famous. In 2004, she starred opposite Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, a sappy but satisfying love story.Instead of seeing The Vow at a crowded theater, sit back, relax and watch this tearjerker instead.  The Notebook may not be a great film but it's an enjoyable one - so it's a great pick for the weekend before Valentine's Day.

The Five McAdams Films you should see this weekend

Rachel McAdams has surely blossomed into a wonderful actress over the past few years. Unfortunately, The Vow gives her little to do. So instead of watching it this weekend, we recommend the following films that show this young actress in some of her best roles.
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Red Eye
  • Mean Girls
  • Morning Glory
  • The Notebook


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  1. Great list. Midnight in Paris was one of my favorite movies last year. and McAdams was terrific in it (memorable if for nothing else, her willingness to look dumpy).Morning Glory was under-rated when it first came out, including by me. It has stuck with me though and I’ve gained new appreciation for it and for McAdams. I would add The Lucky Ones to this list. In fact, I’d see just about anything she’s done (I have yet to see the Notebook) before I’d willing see The Vow.

  2. You left out her best movie: SHERLOCK HOLMES. Also, it’s not a movie, but she was fantastic in the TV show SLINGS AND ARROWS.

    • Sherlock is listed under red eye. :)

  3. What? You didn’t include “The Hot Chick”??? Totally kidding…

  4. The Time Traveler’s Wife.

    • Right on. Wedding crashers is my fav. She’s a better brunette.

  5. Happy to see Red Eye on the list.

  6. Notebook…definitely her best movie…

    • Totally Agree !

  7. Morning Glory, really? I was not a fan. I really wanted to like it with the cast, but it was missing something for me. Love the rest of the list!

  8. But if you’re a true fan of Rachel McAdams, and enjoy following her career and supporting her work, you should have at least some interest in seeing her latest feature film hitting theatres.

    Of course, none of us is going to enjoy every movie she has made, but I’d suggest giving it a chance instead of immediately proposing reasons why it is not worth going to the theatre to watch.

    We should be helping to promote her newest film, not condemning the picture before seeing it for ourselves by suggesting there are better alternatives.

    Now in the interest of contributing something of value to the purpose of this thread, I thought Red Eye was an awesome movie. My favourite of hers in a starring role. ‘Thrilled’ to see it included in this list.

  9. Wedding Crashers should be on that list.

    She was also good in The Family Stone and Married Life.

  10. Oh…and Wedding Crashers! How is that not on the top 5?!?! It should be #3 at worst.

    Just saying.

  11. I watched morning glory not long ago, with little expectations. I was pleasantly surprised! It was funny, Mcadams and Ford play brilliantly off each other.

  12. Her rear in morning glory was amazing too. The scene where she is about to get busy and they fall over on the couch….you can tell she works out.

  13. Hi Guys,
    I have tried hard to purchase the DVD of Rachel McAdams in; The Notebook, Midnight in Paris, to no avail. I must be on a site that I don’t understand how to place a order. I have “The vow” which I would greatly recommend. The chemistry in her eyes & the love she has for her man is very moving, well done.

    Can you help here please,
    Regards, Brian Fitzgerald. Australia.