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Saoirse Ronan Films: The 12 Best Films, Ranked Worst to Best

Saoirse Ronan She spent much of her youth racking up Oscar nominations. She received her first application at 13 and her fourth at 25. (At her current rate, she could challenge awards queen.) Meryl StreepTake a look back at 12 of their greatest films, ranked by worst and best.

Ronan's parents were both actors and she was born in the Bronx, New York, while her father studied acting there and worked odd jobs. When Saoirse was three years old, her parents returned to her native Ireland, where she developed her distinctive accent. At the age of 9, she began appearing in various Irish television programs. Although she missed a role in the Harry Potter films, she bounced back with a key role in 2007's Best Picture nominee “Atonement,” which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She received three Best Actress nominations for three films, all of which competed in the Best Picture category: “Brooklyn” (2015), “Lady Bird” (2017) and “Little Women” (2019). Even though she hasn't won yet, she definitely still has plenty of time to take home a little gold trophy.

In addition to her Oscar success, Ronan received Golden Globe and BAFTA nods for all four of her Oscar-nominated performances and won the Comedy/Musical Actress Globe for “Lady Bird.” She received another BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for The Lovely Bones (2009), as well as SAG awards for Brooklyn, Lady Bird (actress and ensemble) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (ensemble 2014).

Take a tour of our photo gallery of Ronan's 12 greatest film appearances and find out where your favorite ranks.