Jamie Lee Curtis invented horror cinema. Okay, not really, but she did pioneer an important slasher movie trope, starting with the 1978 classic Halloween. And she may as well have invented effortless sultriness (in True Lies), self-deprecating comedy (from Freaky Friday to Everything Everywhere All At Once), and the concept of being horny for foreign languages (A Fish Called Wanda). There’s seemingly very little the actor, producer, activist, and screen legend can’t do.
With so many varieties of films and performances under her belt, and with the arrival of Halloween Ends, the conclusion to the long-running horror franchise, we at The A.V. Club decided the time was right to take stock of Curtis’ best work. So read on to see where the likes of Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda and, of course, the Halloween franchise rank.