Lindsay Lohan’s five greatest performances (and where you can watch them right now)

She was one of the brightest stars of the early nineties, one who all but disappeared by the end of the decade.

The teen queen went off the rails and became more famous for her off-screen antics than her on-screen performances.

But now, after a long absence, Lindsay Lohan is back in the spotlight with a charming new Netflix festive movie Falling For Christmas.

Machete and Mean Girls feature two of Lindsay Lohan's most charismatic performances.

Supplied

Machete and Mean Girls feature two of Lindsay Lohan’s most charismatic performances.

to celebrate Stuff to Watch has trawled through her back catalog and come up with a list of our five favorite performances from the now 36-year-old (and where you can watch them right now).

READ MORE:
* Falling For Christmas: Lindsay Lohan returns to the spotlight in Netflix cracker
* Disenchanted: Even Amy Adams can’t lift this magic-free, disappointing Disney+ sequel
* Seven superb Tim Burton movies (and where you can watch them right now)
* Jodie Foster at 60: Ten of her best – from Taxi Driver to The Accused

Lohan starred alongside Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls.

Supplied

Lohan starred alongside Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls.

Mean Girls (2004, Prime Video)

Although based in part on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 non-fiction self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes, writer Tina Fey also drew on her own high school experiences to create this cult noughties comedy about a naive teenage girl (Lohan) navigating her way through the sometimes confusing social hierarchy of secondary education, after having spent years being homeschooled.

Filled with memorable scenes and quotes, its impressive ensemble also includes Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Amy Poehler.

Lohan played both Annie James and Hallie Parker in The Parent Trap.

Supplied

Lohan played both Annie James and Hallie Parker in The Parent Trap.

The Parent Trap (1998, Disney+)

The movie that introduced the world to Lohan, Disney’s remake of the 1961 comedy that made Hayley Mills famous sees her play separated twins Annie and Hallie, who discover each other for the first time at summer camp, and make a plan to bring their wayward parents (Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson) back together.

Director Nancy Meyers allegedly handpicked Lohan for the role, thus ending her search for a “young Diane Keaton”.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lohan were a body-swapping mother and daughter in Freaky Friday.

Supplied

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lohan were a body-swapping mother and daughter in Freaky Friday.

Freaky Friday (2003, Disney+)

This fourth adaptation of Mary Rodgers’ novel about a mother and her teenage daughter who swap bodies succeeds thanks largely to terrific performances from Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.

The former shifts seamlessly and magnificently between feckless teen and stressed-out mum, without a trace of the typical Hollywood mugging of actors her age.

Lohan takes on Justin Long in Herbie: Fully Loaded.

Supplied

Lohan takes on Justin Long in Herbie: Fully Loaded.

Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005, Disney+)

Lohan starred opposite Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon and cinema’s most famous VW Beetle in this hilarious reboot of The Love Bug movies.

She plays an aspiring TV producer whose life is turned upside down when her automotive graduation present turns out to be a little more interactive than she expected.

While the digital technicians allegedly had to work hard to raise her character’s necklines and reduce her bustline to make the film more family-friendly, it’s Lohan’s charisma, charm and comedic abilities that shine through.

Lohan was Machete's April Booth.

Supplied

Lohan was Machete’s April Booth.

Machete (2010, iTunes)

Clearly designed as a throwback to the action films of the 1970s (and inspired by a faux trailer in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s double-bill Grindhouse), this movie wears its sexism and ultra-violence on its sleeve.

Danny Trejo may be the eponymous former Mexican Federale double-crossed and out for revenge, but Lohan steals the show as April, “a socialite with a penchant for guns and wearing a nun’s habit”.

Leave a Comment