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Fifty Shades of Grey: Dakota Johnson's Best Performances

"Dakota Johnson has a fascinating filmography that is frequently overshadowed by the enormous popularity that came with the racy Fifty Shades trilogy."

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Dakota Johnson's Best Performances

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Johnson has been sure to get the most out of the one-dimensional jobs that have primarily involved being the object of desire for meatier male counterparts throughout her career.

View some of her most impressive performances.

Fifty Shades film series (2015, 2017, 2018)

Johnson and Jamie Dornan play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, in the British-American film trilogy series based on EL James's trilogy of Fifty Shades of Grey books.

In the movie series, Johnson's portrayal of Steele showed how she evolved from a timid, naive child to a strong, aggressive partner in a complicated love triangle that explored her BDSM interests.

A Bigger Splash (2015)

The 2015 psychological thriller film A Bigger Splash, which is based on the short tale of the same name by Alain Page, is directed by Luca Guadagnino, and stars Johnson as Penelope Lanier.

Her characters have more depth thanks to Johnson's talent for expressing nuanced emotions through subtle expressions and gestures. Her performance radiates an appealing blend of innocence and sensuality, which on-screen creates an intriguing tension.

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Johnson impresses as Emily Summerspring in Drew Goddard's film Bad Times at the El Royale, which he wrote, produced, and directed. Emily is an enigmatic and unpredictable figure.

Her performance helps this exciting neo-noir mystery's overall tension and interest.

It centers on four strangers who check into the El Royale Hotel in 1969 and the mysteries that develop around them.

Suspiria (2018)

Johnson plays Susie Bannion in Luca Guadagnino's supernatural horror thriller Suspiria, which is based on Dario Argento's 1977 Italian film of the same name. Susie is a young dancer who is drawn into a sinister and mysterious world.

Johnson's portrayal of the role is eerily vivid, showing her dedication to the physicality and mental struggle of the persona. Bannian, who joins a dancing studio whose director is charged with witchcraft, is followed in the story.

The Lost Daughter (2021)

The Lost Daughter, a 2021 psychological drama film starring Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson and based on the same-named novel by Elena Ferrante, is Maggie Gyllenhaal's feature directorial debut.

Johnson portrays Nina, a young woman struggling with the challenges of motherhood and identity, in a compelling and nuanced manner. She skillfully conveys Nina's inner agony and emotional depth while her daughter briefly goes missing.


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