Over the course of her career, Scarlett Johansson has become one of the most famous female actresses in Hollywood. Working since 1994 when she made her first cinematic appearance as Laura Nelson in North, Johansson has been involved in over 60 projects since.
While she is an extremely talented actress Johansson, for the most part, falls into an archetype that usually has her portraying sort of attractive, seductive character that plays up her obvious, breathtaking beauty. These roles make up the majority of her acting resume.
However, among her repertoire of films and projects she has taken part in over time, there are a few that are wildly different from the hyper-hot and femme fatale roles she normally goes for.
Want to find out exactly which those are? Keep reading for 15 of Scarlett Johansson’s hottest roles, and four we wish we could forget.
19 Francesca, The Perfect Score
With her role as Francesca in The Perfect Score being one of the earlier roles in her career, Johansson goes full on gothic for this character. While we admire her commitment to the role, it’s more haunting than hot, if we’re being honest.
18 Barbara, Don Jon
Johansson plays Barbara, the object of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s titular character nicknamed Don Jon, who lives a life filled sexual indulgences. He pines after Barbara, who is everything he is looking for in a woman. Looks like Jon’s got it right—Isn’t Scarlett Johansson every man's dream woman?
17 Silken Floss, The Spirit
Johansson plays Silken Floss, right hand woman of villain named Octopus, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in this crime action movie. Though Johansson’s character is closer to devilish behaviour in this flick, she sure looks like an angel.
16 Janet Leigh, Hitchcock
In the biographical drama based on the novel Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Johansson portrays the radiant, old Hollywood starlet Janet Leigh, mainly known for her role as Marion Crane in Psycho. What could be more perfect than a modern day bombshell playing one of history’s hottest stars?
15 Jordan Two Delta, The Island
In this dystopian thriller flick, Johansson plays blonde bombshell and clone Jordan Two Delta who lives on a futuristic lush island paradise, with a belief that the outside world is contaminated. She and love interest, played by Ewan McGregor, explore the unknown of the world outside the island.
14 Major, Ghost In The Shell
When Johansson was announced for the lead role of Major in Ghost in the Shell, we bet she wishes she could forget this role too. Johansson received major (no pun intended) flack as the film was based on Japanese anime franchise, and was anticipated to have a Japanese female lead.
13 Lucy, Lucy
You would think that Johansson would get tired of playing beautiful near-bionic women. But here she is, portraying the titular character of Lucy, a woman who gets roped into smuggling a synthetic drug to a client that results in her unlocking her mind’s full capabilities, making her hot and dangerous!
12 Mary Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl
In The Other Boleyn Girl, Johansson plays Mary Boleyn, the doe-eyed, younger sister of historical figure Anne Boleyn, portrayed by Natalie Portman. Both sisters vied for the love and attention of King Henry VIII. A babe with a British accent? Count us in.
11 Molly, Chef
Johansson plays restaurant hostess Molly who encourages failed restaurant-owner Jon Favreau’s Carl Casper to reignite his passion for the culinary arts and piece together his broken family through opening a food truck. Funny, food, and Scarlett Johansson—What else do you need?
10 Kay Lake, The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia, based on the true events of the Black Dahlia murders, had Johansson portray sensual and mysterious Kay Lake, girlfriend of detective Lee Blanchard and later, partner of Dwight “Bucky” Bleichert, both of whom are partnered up to investigate the murder of Elizabeth Short.
9 Annie, The Nanny Diaries
If you’re looking for a movie with a hot babysitter, don’t look to Johansson in The Nanny Diaries. She plays Annie, a nanny to the neglected child of a rich family, who she develops a special bond with once he stops being a terror.
8 Anna, He’s Just Not That Into You
Johansson was one of the many blockbuster stars featured in romantic comedy She’s Just Not That Into You, but she was by far the hottest. This made her the perfect woman to play the mistress for Bradley Cooper’s character Ben and occasional hook up for Kevin Connolly’s, Connor.
7 Nola Rice, Match Point
In Match Point, Johansson plays Nola Rice, a budding American actress and the mistress to Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Chris Wilton, a talented but lazy aspiring professional tennis player from England. But when Rice becomes pregnant with Wilton’s child, things take a dark turn.
6 Meg Windermere, A Good Woman
Johansson plays fresh-faced, newly-married yet naïve Meg Windermere in A Good Woman, based on the play Lady Windermere’s Fan by infamous playwright Oscar Wilde. Johansson’s Meg is doubtful of her husband’s loyalty to her when she suspects his affair with seductress Mrs. Erlynne.
5 Sondra Pransky, Scoop
In Woody Allen’s Scoop, Johansson plays young American journalism student visiting London. Pransky is contacted by the spirit of deceased journalist Joe Strombel who gives her the responsibility of breaking a major story he never got to. Slightly creepy, but at least you’re looking at a cutie the whole time.
4 Samantha, Her
Considering that you never even see Johansson in this movie, Johansson is easily forgettable in Her. This is due to the fact that she voices an artificial intelligence system that adapts like a human being, rather than an actual human being, created to keep main character Theodore company throughout his divorce.
3 Jess, Rough Night
In Rough Night, Johansson portrays beautiful, aspiring state senator who comes across as a little too uptight in her campaign, hindering her from garnering support from voters. All that changes when she heads on a girl’s trip to Miami with her friends from college for a bachelorette party where chaos ensues.
2 Charlotte, Lost In Translation
In one of her most famously-acclaimed roles, Johansson plays Charlotte in Lost in Translation, a beautiful young woman who finds herself in a stale marriage and forms a connection with Bill Murray’s Bob Harris in one of the most iconic movies of the early 2000’s.
1 Black Widow, Avengers
Johansson’s role of Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow in the Avengers movie franchise is without a doubt her hottest and most famous role of her career to date. What’s hotter than playing one of the most famous female superheroes in the world?
Sources: Wikipedia, Imdb