These are Mackenzie Davis’ best performances, ranked

Mackenzie Davis is a Canadian actress who rose to prominence after making her debut in crushed in 2012. She then acted in several other independent films and finally broke into the mainstream when she starred in Stop and catch fire from 2014 to 2017 as computer programmer Cameron Howe.

Over the course of her career, she would take on many important roles for the LGBTQ+ community, including her episode in black mirror and recently in The happiest season opposite Kristen Stewart who was recently nominated for an Oscar. Davis brings a touch of sparkle to her performances that draws audiences in and stands out in whatever role she takes on. Most recently, Davis starred on HBO’s Slow Burn show station eleven. While we wait to see what’s next for the actress, here are Mackenzie Davis’ best performances, ranked.

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9 always shine


always shines

Mackenzie Davis took the lead in the 2016 psychological drama always shine, directed by Sophia Takal. The story follows Anna (Davis) and Beth (Caitlin Fitzgerald), two old friends turned actresses, as they decide to take a weekend trip to Big Sur. As their journey progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that their relationship has soured and things are no longer the same. It’s a clever piece of cinema that explores the complexity of relationships and Davis’ performance adds to the reality of that.


8 Terminator: Dark Fate


terminator

Terminator: Dark Fate was the sixth film of the terminator franchise and a direct sequel to T2. The film did not perform as commercially as the films that preceded it, but did well with critics. She stars alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as Grace, a hybrid cyborg human who must protect Ramos from the seemingly indestructible robotic assassin. It’s a different role than Davis usually plays, and she succeeds in the high-energy franchise action film, gripping audiences with her mastery of character.

7 The happiest season


the happiest season

The happiest season was a version of the cliched Christmas movie and was released in 2020. She stars as Harper alongside Kristen Stewart as Abby and Harper, respectively, a lesbian couple who return home to the hometown of Abby at Christmas to meet her family. She chooses to keep Harper a secret upon their arrival, introducing her as a friend instead, which causes tension between the two. It is a moving and heartwarming film, which is a refreshing break from the classic cookie-cutter Christmas movieand the two actors have brilliant chemistry.


6 tuly


tuly

tuly was the third collaboration between Mackenzie Davis and director Jason Reitman as well as screenwriter Diablo Cody. The story is a powerful comedy drama that depicts the life of Marlo (played by Charlize Theron) as she hires a nanny named Tully (Davis) to help care for her baby after she adjusts At his birth. The film is very funny and meaningful at the same time. The pair have undeniable chemistry and this is one of Davis’ best performances.

5 station eleven


station eleven

Mackenzie Davis starred in the miniseries station eleven, which premiered on HBO Max in 2021. The show is set twenty years after an influenza pandemic led to the collapse of civilization, focusing on a group of survivors and how they navigate the new World. Davis plays Kirsten and her performance is very convincing. The topic is particularly relevant given the nature of today’s world.

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4 The Martian


the Martian

In 2015, she starred alongside Matt Damon in the highly successful The Martian. Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, and Mackenzie Davis plays Mindy Park, a member of the team trying to get him home. Her performance was critically acclaimed and she showed her ability to perform alongside big names in Hollywood.

3 Stop and catch fire


stop and catch fire

Davis entered the mainstream in period drama Stop and catch fire which ran on AMC from 2014 to 2017. This series depicts the personal computing boom through the eyes of the tech workers who sparked the creation of the World Wide Web. The series was hugely successful, and Davis plays Cameron Howe, a computer programmer recruited from college because of her talent. His performance is solid and helped showcase his range as an actor, laying the foundation for his future career.


2 black mirror


black mirror

black mirror was a huge hit for Charlie Brooker and produced multiple seasons with all unique episodes exploring the dark side that could arise as technology advances. The episode Davis starred in is a fan favorite and created a huge stir after its release. The episode is set in a fictional town known as San Junipero, where the introverted Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) meets the more extroverted Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). It turns out that the city is a place that old people can call home even after death, and the two are able to live out their youth and fall in love together. It’s incredibly moving and a monumental piece of television for LGBTQ+ representation, and arguably the best episode of the series.

1 Blade Runner 2049


blade runner

Davis has teamed up with Ridley Scott for the long-awaited sequel to blade runnerand featured an ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling as Officer K and Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 was a huge success and was highly anticipated after the impact that the first film had. Mackenzie Davis plays a line named Mariette who is a member of a group of assassins who assist Officer K. The film was a critical success and represented another big-budget blockbuster hit for Davis.


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