Over the years, Margot Robbie has proved her versatility by taking on movies from varied genres – there’s black comedy, thriller, fantasy and even historical dramas. The Australian actress began her acting career with the television series Queensland in 2008, followed by a few more projects on the small screen. Margot, however, received international fame with the Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then from supporting roles to leads, Margot has become a mainstay in several Hollywood movies. With the fantasy drama Barbie releasing on July 21, here’s a look at some of Margot’s must-watch movies – apart from I,Tonya.
7 movies of Margot Robbie you must watch if you liked her in Barbie; on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and more
1. Birds of Prey – Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
When Suicide Squad came out in 2016, a lot was said about DC bringing to the screen some of the most iconic villains and turning them into anti-heroes. It also turned out to be one of the most noteworthy ones for its on-point casting – Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn being one of them. So it was no surprise that fans clamoured for Robbie to have a solo Harley Quinn outing, and she did not disappoint when the movie was finally released. Set four years after the events of the Suicide Squad, the plot of Birds of Prey is premised around Harley and her struggles to get back on her feet after breaking up with Joker. The movie sees her teaming up with other women to save a girl from a notorious gangster. From her costume to acting, Margot Robbie steals hearts and the limelight as Harley Quinn.
2. Babylon (2022) – Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
Margot sure knows how to bring craziness to the screen with her performances, so much so that she becomes synonymous with chaos. Margot as Nellie highlights the struggles of actors during the transition from silent movies to talkies. It’s a dizzy, cocaine-fuelled yet captivating ode to the Hollywood of the 1920s. It shows Nellie’s rise and fall from stardom as she grapples with the changes. The movie brings together A-listers like Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, and Diego Calva, among others under one roof. If you like period dramas and black comedy, this one is a must-watch.
3. Z for Zachariah – Amazon Prime Video
This apocalyptic sci-fi drama, based on a children’s book of the same name, stars Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in lead roles. The director tweaks the characters and changes them into adults. It tells the tale of Ann Burden, who is living alone on her family’s farmland after surviving a nuclear apocalypse. She meets a refugee named John Loomis who arrives at her farm in search of food and shelter. Ann lets John stay and as time passes the two grow close. While the two are thinking of settling together, the arrival of the third survivor, Caleb, brings chaos and tragedy in its wake.
4. Amsterdam – Apple TV, Google Play Movies
The movie boasts a star-studded cast headlined by Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, and John David Washington alongside Zoe Saldana, Chris Rock, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro, Timothy Olyphant, and Taylor Swift among others. It revolves around Burt Berendsen, Harold Woodman, and Valerie Bandenberg, who become friends during the First World War. They are forced to go their separate ways but meet 15 years later when Burt and Harold are framed for murder. Their search to find the man who hired the assassin leads them to the wealthy businessman, Tom Voze, Valerie’s brother. The trio team up and their quest for the hitman leads them to a larger conspiracy that can change the course of history (as we know it). The slow-paced yet engaging narrative keeps you hooked as you follow the three friends working hard to stop America’s history from being altered.
5. Dreamland (2019) – Amazon Prime Video
Margot Robbie plays Allison, a thief wanted for bank robbery and murder. While escaping the police, she hides in a barn where she is found by Eugene, who nurses her back to health after she recounts what transpired during the robbery. Allison offers Eugene money to drive her to Mexico. In want of a better life and to look for his father, Eugene accepts and the two flee from town. But, Eugene soon realises that Allison isn’t telling the truth about the robbery and his life spirals out of control.
6. The Legend of Tarzan – Amazon Prime Video
This modern-day retelling and live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic story about Tarzan Margot steps in to play Jane while the tall, hunky, and handsome Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard stars as Tarzan. Tarzan, who is nurtured by the apes, is revealed to be a son of a nobleman. After meeting Jane in the jungle, he returns to his ancestral home in Britain and settles in his new life among humans as John Clayton III, the fifth Earl of Greystoke. While he is trying to adjust to the urban world, an enemy from his past teams up with the corrupt Captain Leon Rom (Christopher Waltz), an envoy of the King, and lures him to his childhood home in Congo, by kidnapping Jane. John returns home along with a minister, George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson), to rescue Jane. He receives help from his estranged ape family and other animals. The fast-paced, exhilarating, and engaging narrative keeps you hooked.
7. Mary Queen of Scots – Amazon Prime Video, YouTube
Margot Robbie takes the throne as Queen Elizabeth I and Saoirse Ronan plays Mary, her cousin and the Queen of Scots. Mary returns to England to overthrow her cousin, Elizabeth, and claim the throne which is rightfully hers. However, things go awry when Mary is forced to marry Lord Darnley of Scotland. She faces rebellion and rejection and is forced to flee when she conceives a child. The movie, a reimagining of the supposed rivalry between Elizabeth and Mary, makes for a compelling watch.