Amanda Bynes is no longer be active in the film industry but the good thing is, there are lots of Amanda Bynes Movies and TV Shows to remind ourselves of how much of a good actress she really is. Starting her career as a child actress, she successfully transitioned to adulthood. She seemingly had a natural flair for comedy and showed her comic prowess in a number of comedy films and television shows many of which won awards. Amanda’s reason for leaving the industry is due to personal struggles, these days, she’s more comfortable as a fashion designer – something that she’d always been passionate about.
How Did Amanda Bynes Become An Actress?
The stunning actress was born Amanda Laura Bynes in Thousand Oaks, California on the 3rd of April 1986. She was raised both Jewish and Catholic and given a free rein to choose whichever faith to adhere to when she grew up. She is the youngest of their 3 children. Her parents – Rick and Lynn Bynes recognized Amanda’s flair for acting at a very tender age and nudged her in the right direction. Her acting career started when she was 7 years old when she featured in a Buncha Crunch Candies advert. Like most great artists, her acting began on stage where she featured in adaptations of The Sound of Music, Annie, The Music Man, and The Secret Garden.
Amanda was discovered by a Nickelodeon producer when she was at a comedy camp in Los Angeles Laugh Factory, thus marking the beginning of greater things to come. Her roles in Nickelodeon gigs include All That, Figure It Out and her own comedy show – The Amanda Show. She went ahead to feature in a series of movies and television shows before she suddenly going on a hiatus in July 2010.
There have been several speculations about her reason for quitting acting. Among them were her several run-ins with the law and her constant substance abuse. After several interventions by her parents with them filling for her conservatorship, she has sought help and booked herself into an institution. Moreover, she announced in 2018 that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder which might be the explanation for her erratic public behavior.
Amanda seems to be heading towards the right direction with her venture into a career in fashion which she has always been passionate about since her childhood. She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Irvine. While Amanda hasn’t been acting in recent times, she featured in some great movies and television shows with very thrilling performances. Here is a list of her movies ranked from best to worst.
Amanda Bynes Movies and TV Shows Ranked From Best To Worst
The Amanda Show (1999-2002)
After finding success on the TV Series All That, Amanda Bynes featured in her own sketch comedy at the age of 13. The show became a success especially with her Judge Trudy character and split personality parody which soon became a favorite with the kids.
The series won Favourite Television Actress at the Kids Choice Awards 4 consecutive times among several other awards and nominations.
Amanda Bynes featured as Penny Lou Pingleton in the romantic comedy musical which is based on a Broadway musical with the same name. The movie has been considered her most successful movie for her sterling performance, it earned positive reviews and success in the box office. Rating an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie went ahead to make $202.5 million off a $75 million budget.
All That (1996- 2000)
Amanda rose to prominence with her several roles in the television series, All That, from season 3 to season 6. She was popular for her “Ask Ashley” segment where she plays the role of an innocent girl responding to the letters of people seeking advice. Her performances were great and it opened up several opportunities for her especially for her personal sketch-comedy show, The Amanda Show. She also won a Kids Choice Award for ‘Favourite Television Actress’ in 2000 for her acting.
Easy A (2010)
This was the last Amanda Bynes movie that audiences were treated to before her abrupt hiatus. She featured as Marianne Bryant – a devout Christian trying to save Olive Penderghast in the teen comedy. A resounding success all round, the movie grossed $75 million against a budget of $8 million and got a rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Amanda got an MTV Movie Awards nomination alongside Emma Stone for her performance.
What I Like About You (2002-2006)
The series tells the story of the lives of two sisters with Amanda featuring as the younger teenaged sister. The series had 4 seasons with 86 episodes. Amanda’s great acting skills, wit, and vivacity were apparent in her performance. For her role, she received 3 Teen Choice Award nominations for ‘Choice TV Actress’ from 2003-2005. She was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for ‘Best Performance in a TV Series: Leading Young Actress’.
What A Girl Wants (2003)
Despite the mixed reaction of critics, this is one of the greatest among Amanda Bynes movies and TV shows thanks to Amanda’s believable portrayal of Daphne Reynolds – the unknown daughter of a popular politician who journeys to London to meet her absent father who is contesting for a seat in the House of Commons. Amanda portrays the outgoing, awkward American girl quite well and won a Kids Choice Awards for Favourite Movie Actress for her sterling performance. The movie grossed $50.7 million against a $25 million budget.
With Amanda’s experience in the theatre and television, she has been able to groom and cultivate her voice to have a lot of character. She was able to successfully voice the part of ‘Piper Pinwheeler’ – a feisty yellow robot in this animated comedy. She starred alongside established actors including Robin Williams, Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor, Mel Brooks and Jim Broadbent to mention a few. The movie garnered a rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. While critics’ comments about the movie have been both positive and negative, the movie was a box office hit grossing $260.7 million against a budget of $75 million. The movie also won an ASCAP award and earned several nominations.
Living Proof (2008)
Amanda Bynes features in the Lifetime Television movie as Jamie – a student assistant to Dr. Slamon. The movie is based on a true-life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon and the book written by Robert Bazell titled HER-2: The Making of Herceptin, a Revolutionary Treatment for Breast Cancer. It chronicles how Dr. Slamon helped with the development of Herceptin – a breast cancer drug for eight years.
Amanda featured alongside great and talented actors like Harry Connick, Jr, Angie Harmon, Paula Cale, Bernadette Peters, Regina King, Tammy Blanchard, and Trudie Styler. Critics reviewed the film positively and the film had an average of 2.5 million viewers on its debut.
Big Fat Liar (2002)
Amanda’s performance as Kaylee in the teen comedy has become one of her successful roles. She featured as the best friend to Jason – a chronic liar whose English assignment gets stolen by a movie producer – Marty Wolf. The pair travel to Los Angeles to get justice.
While the movie was more of a success in the box office than with the critics, especially with a 43% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and some dubbing it ‘clichéd’ and ‘strictly for kids,’ it was a success for Amanda as she got a Teen Choice Award, Young Artist Award nominations and a Kids Choice Awards win for Favorite Movie Actress.
She’s The Man (2006)
The movie was inspired by the popular Shakespearean play – Twelfth Night. The romantic sports comedy features Amanda as Viola Hastings who pretends to be her brother in order to play on the boy’s soccer team. The movie made $57.2 million in the box office against a budget of $20 million. Critics appraisal of the movie has been mixed with Rotten Tomatoes giving it 44%. Moreover, Amanda herself has revealed that her role had a negative effect on her mental health and she went into a deep depression for 4-6 months after seeing herself as a boy.
Sydney White (2007)
Amanda features as the titular character – Sydney White – in this romantic comedy. The movie is loosely based on the Snow White fairy tale. Unfortunately, the movie was a flop both critically and in the box office. It grossed a total of $13.6 million from a budget of $16.5 million. It holds a rating of 36% on Rotten Tomatoes with a general consensus that it is a poor and stereotypical adaptation of Snow White.
Love Wrecked (2005)
There are some of Amanda Bynes movies that were not so good and sadly, Love Wrecked sits atop them. It was a wreck! The film, which is internationally known as Temptation Island, stars Amanda features as Jenny Taylor – a young girl who gets stranded on a Caribbean beach with a rock star whom she is a fan of. The movie generally received very poor reviews with a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Beyond the criticism of the plot, Amanda’s performance was also described as dull.