Best 12 Natasha Lyonne Movies and TV Shows

Can we thrive in adversity? Are we the real masters of our fate? here are BEST NATASHA LYONNE MOVIES AND TV SHOWS.  Well, these questions are surely debatable but out of many, there is one such human being who proved that in reality “You sail your ship”. Natasha Lyonne, a successful actress and filmmaker was once in the state of vanishing into oblivion.


She battled her drug addiction and bounced back, ultimately choosing the best path of her life. While everyone assumed that her career had hit a dead end, she proved everyone wrong by giving some of her best performances. This article, here, ranks her best movies and TV shows in ascending order.

Top 12 best Natasha Lyonne movies and TV shows


12. The Intervention (2016)

The Intervention
The Intervention
  •   Directed by: Clea DuVall
  •   Duration: 88 minutes
  •   Cast: Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne
  •   Type: Comedy, drama

Lyonne stars as Ruby in the said film. The American film received an overall positive response from the public and was full of laughter and entertainment. The movie revolves around a group of friends meeting up for a get-together, with the motive of an intervention for Ruby who has suffered a recent blow in her relationship. The movie takes a comic turn when secrets are revealed and old times are remembered.

11. America Brown (2004)

America Brown
America Brown
  •       Directed by: Paul Black
  •       Duration: 1 hour and 28 minutes
  •       Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Hill Harper, Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Crime-drama, thriller

Lyonne starred in this American mystery and thriller. Although she wasn’t the lead protagonist, she was involved in every way with the story. Her character is named after the movie, America Brown. The movie revolves around the sudden death of the protagonist’s brother and follows the mysteries and secrets surrounding it. The movie received a mixed response from the audience, despite all that, the movie has managed to score a good fandom to this date and has sort of a cult following.

10. GBF (2013)

  •       Directed by: Darren Stein
  •       Duration: 1 hour and 38 minutes
  •       Cast: Michael J. Willet, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore, Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Teen comedy, satire

This 2013 teen comedy stands for ‘Gay Best Friend’. The movie captures the scenario of a high school. A closeted teen boy is suddenly outed in the whole school and is befriended by the three most popular girls because apparently, having a gay best friend is the new trend. While Natasha Lyonne doesn’t feature as any of the lead characters, she plays the role of a high school teacher and has done her part quite perfectly.

9. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)

Slums of Beverly Hills
Slums of Beverly Hills
  •       Direction: Tamara Jenkins
  •       Duration: 1 hour and 37 minutes
  •       Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Marisa Tomei, Alan Rickman, David Krumholtz
  •       Type: Independent coming-of-age dramedy

This movie was one of the initial movies of Lyonne as a leading actress. Her tremendous acting skills peaked here and this movie proved that Lyonne was always meant to be a Hollywood star. The movie is based on the plot of a single father moving his family to the cheaper and less-known areas of Beverly Hills for the sake of providing a better education to his children.

Lyonne was exceptional in her character as Missy and portrayed the actual feelings of an adolescent living an economically poor life in a rather wealthy neighborhood. The movie conveniently shows the idea of class, privilege, opportunity, and wealth.

8. Hello, My Name is Doris (2015)

Hello, My Name is Doris
Hello, My Name is Doris
  •       Direction: Michael Showalter
  •       Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  •       Cast: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Comedy. Drama

This is another movie that casts Natasha Lyonne in a supporting role but her witty and charismatic performance surely made it better. Acting legend Sally Field restarted her acting career with this rare and adult coming-of-age dramedy.

The story revolves around Doris, played by Sally Field, who is grieving the loss of her mother and as a means of coping, engaging with self-help tapes and chit-chatting with the other co-workers at work, one of them is Lyonne. This makes the old slay encouraged to hit on and chase after the young lads she always wanted.

7. The Grey Zone (2001)

The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone
  •       Director: Tim Blake Nelson
  •       Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  •       Cast: David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Danny Burstein, David Chandler, Natalie Portman, Steve Buscemi, Doug Hutchison,                         Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Historical drama, war

This war film stars some A+ actors like David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, and Natalie Portman in the leading roles while Natasha Lyonne isn’t seen much in the film and has very short screen time. The movie revolves around a group of Jewish men in Auschwitz during the time of World War 2. This movie shows a historical drama about the holocaust and Lyonne acts as one of the female prisoners in the camp.

6. Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)

Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black
  •       Director: A diverse group of talented directors with Jenji Kohan as the show creator
  •       Duration: 7 seasons with each episode having 60 minutes as the average run-time
  •       Cast: Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Natasha Lyonne and more
  •       Type: Comedy, drama

Natasha Lyonne starred as Nicky Nichols in this yet another dramedy. This TV show is relatively famous and gained a lot of popularity after its release on Netflix. The series is based on the memoir of Piper Kerman and names the same as it. The series revolves around the life of a white-collar criminal Piper who ends up in a women’s prison.

5. Portlandia (2011-2018)

  •       Director: Jonathan Krisel as the main director and co-creator of the show along with Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and                          others
  •       Duration: 8 seasons with a total of 77 episodes, each episode has an average run-time of 22 minutes
  •       Cast: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, guest appearances by Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Sketch comedy TV series

Even though Natasha wasn’t a consistent character in Portlandia, she was one of the most admired guest stars on the show. The audience was utterly amused by her different roles in some of the episodes of this hipster’s favorite sketch comedy. Portlandia comes up with different scenarios with each episode and takes the audience through quite a journey.

4. Honey Boy (2019)

Honey Boy
Honey Boy
  •       Director: Alma Har’el
  •       Duration: 1 hour and 34 minutes
  •       Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA Twigs, Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Drama

This heart-wrenching 2019 drama film had all of us in tears and emotional distress. It narrates the story of a drug addict and the struggles he comes across at an early age. Natasha Lyonne acts as the mother of the character who experiences abuse, drugs, and alcohol.

3. John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)

John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch
John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch
  •       Director: John Mulaney and Emmy Cyrus
  •       Duration: 61 minutes
  •       Cast: John Mulaney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andy Samberg, Natasha Lyonne
  •       Type: Stand-up comedy, Musical performances

This comedy classic is based on retro kids’ shows like Captain Kangaroo and Barney & Friends. This show was applauded for its hysterical parody and great appearances by Hollywood faces like Gyllenhaal, Byrne, Lyonne, and more. The first season featured on Netflix and the second one will be released on Comedy Central.

2. Russian Doll (2019)

Russian Doll
Russian Doll
  •   Director: Jamie Babbitt, Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland
  •   Duration: First season with 8 episodes and second season with 7 episodes, each episode runs for approximately 24-33                               minutes
  •   Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Chloe Sevigny, Yul Vazquez
  •   Type: Dark comedy, drama, sci-fi, mystery, psychological thriller

The show revolves around the lead female protagonist Nadia, played by Lyonne, who’s stuck in an infinite time loop where she keeps on finding her death. Her character is shown as cynical yet hilarious. It keeps the audience guessing at each point and is quite mysterious. Certainly, it is one of the several highlights of Lyonne’s career and is available on Netflix for streaming.

1. Big Mouth (2017)

Big Mouth
Big Mouth
  • Director: Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin as the show creators and also directors of many                            episodes, along with other directors
  • Duration: 7 seasons with a total of 71 episodes, each episode runs for approximately 25-45 minutes
  • Cast: Animated show with various voice artists like Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Natasha Lyonne
  • Type: Adult animated sitcom, Comedy

This Netflix original animated TV show features many Hollywood personalities as voice artists. Natasha Lyonne voices a talking pillow in this surreal comedy and also has a cameo as Nadia from Russian Doll in one episode. The show is quite brave in addressing vulgar yet humorous aspects of young people’s lives.


Conclusion:  Undoubtedly, Lyonne’s career had its ups and downs and she had quite a journey throughout but her constant efforts and talent have made her acting life a memorable one. She has given many masterpieces to the world and her work is truly commendable. This article might help you give her work a try if you haven’t already.

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