1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)

IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

Natalie Dormer plays Cressida, a film director who dedicates to capturing Katniss Everdeen’s journey as the face of the rebellion in both the Mockingjay films. Although the rebellion is filled with its share of dangers and perils, she bravely documents everything to create inspiring propaganda films that motivate the districts to unite against the Capitol.

Why it’s a major performance:
Dormer brings a committed and captivating performance as Cressida, whose character was not as fleshed out in the book as it was in the film. Despite her comparatively limited screen time, she makes a lasting impression with her passionate dedication to the cause, and her undercut hairstyle, which even inspired trends among viewers.

Dormer’s prowess in acting blends perfectly into the dystopian world of Panem, adding a solid depth to the ensemble cast. A subtle yet powerful performance, Natalie Dormer proves that even with a minimalistic character framework, she can create a compelling and memorable character.

2. Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

IMDB Rating: 9.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Natalie Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell, the subtly intelligent queen navigating the treacherous waters of Westeros’ politics. She becomes a pivotal character in the story, using her charm and intellect to solidify her place on the Iron Throne.

Why it’s a major performance:
Her performance in “Game of Thrones” is one of the best, presenting Margaery as a cunning yet compassionate character. She adeptly balances the fragility and strength of Margaery’s character while maneuvering around the brutal politics of King’s Landing.

Margaery’s evolution from a secondary character to one of the pivotal actors showcases Dormer’s versatility and commitment to bringing the character to life. Her performance in “Game of Thrones” has been critically acclaimed and loved by the audience for its complexity and sophistication.

3. W.E. (2011)

IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%

Natalie Dormer is seen in a small, but significant role in W.E., a two-tiered romantic drama. The film explores the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, alongside a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

Why it’s a major performance:
Although her role was small, Natalie’s performance was impactful and memorable. She played the character of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who after King Edward VIII’s abdication became the Queen mother.

This intimate character portrayal by Dormer will be remembered for its elegance and subtle dignity. Even with minimal screen time, she proved to be an actor of great caliber and grace.

4. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Natalie Dormer’s role in Captain America might have been small, but every Marvel film matters to the overall MCU arc. Natalie took on the role of Private Lorraine, a soldier who tried to kiss Steve Rogers.

Why it’s a major performance:
While this role didn’t allow Dormer much time to shine, her appearance helped move the story along, fueling Peggy Carter’s jealousy and developing her character as well as her relationship with Rogers more completely.

No matter how small the screen time, Natalie Dormer makes a significant impact on every scene she is in. Her short yet important role in Captain America is proof that she can hold her own in any franchise, no matter how big or small her role is.

5. The Riot Club (2014)

IMDB Rating: 6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

The Riot Club saw Dormer portraying a sex worker named Charlie, who becomes the plaything of a group of inebriated, entitled young men. The role may not have been big, but Dormer carries it powerfully.

Why it’s a major performance:
Dormer’s brilliant acting skills shine through solving her character’s complex layers in this 2014 drama. Her character’s arc might be short, but it delivers an impact that resonates throughout the film.

Dormer shows a sense of realism and depth in the portrayal of her character in this film. It is a bold and brave performance that contributes significantly to the themes of the movie and moves the plot forward.

6. Rush (2013)

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Natalie Dormer brings life to the seductive nurse Gemma in this high-speed biographical sports film. While her role was not integral to the main storyline, she still left an impression with her exemplary acting skills.

Why it’s a major performance:
Not one to shy away from diverse roles, Dormer does a splendid job in providing an early romantic interest for Chris Hemsworth’s James Hunt. She leaves her mark despite her minimal screen presence, proving her versatility.

This performance is a testament to Natalia’s ability to present distinct characters in every role she undertakes. It yet again displays her knack for bringing an impressive depth to even the smallest of roles.

7. Flawless (2007)

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

In Flawless, Dormer embodies the character of Cassie, a young woman working in London Diamond Corporation amidst a nerve-wracking heist situation. This crime thriller showcases Dormer in a different light from her previous roles.

Why it’s a major performance:
Her portrayal as Cassie showcases her strengths in playing a professional role. She delivers a performance filled with subtlety and nuance that perfectly fits the film’s thrilling narrative.

Dormer’s exceptional acting skills give life and depth to her character in this movie. Her role, albeit not central, is crucial to the plot’s progression, proving once again that she can make a significant impact no matter how big or small her character.

8. The Forest (2016)

IMDB Rating: 4.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 10%

In this supernatural horror film, Natalie takes on the lead role as Sara Price, an American woman who ventures into Japan’s Aokigahara forest to find her twin sister Jess. The movie delves into the power of bond, love, and the human will to survive against the odds.

Why it’s a major performance:
Even though the movie did not fare well with the critics, Natalie Dormer’s acting was praised for her double roles. Her performance as Sara and Jess Price seizes the attention from the get-go, showing an incredible range.

This performance shows Dormer’s bravery in taking on uncharted territories of the genre. It’s a bold choice, and she gives it her all, providing stellar performances and packing a powerful emotional punch as both Sara and Jess.

9. The Tudors (2007-2010)

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

In the historical fiction television series, The Tudors, Dormer plays Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s most infamous wife. The series explores the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII where Dormer’s role is central to the plot.

Why it’s a major performance:
Natalie Dormer’s portrayal of Anne Boleyn in The Tudors was one of her early roles that indeed caught public attention. Her depiction of the ambitious, manipulative, yet tragic queen earned her widespread acclaim.

Dormer’s performance in the series is a testament to her diverse acting range. She brilliantly capturing the essence of a woman who dared to challenge the norms of her time, excellently depicting Anne’s transformation from a bewitching seductress to a fearful woman facing her tragic end.

10. In Darkness (2018)

IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%

Dormer plays Sofia—an unsuspecting, visually-impaired pianist sucked into a world of turmoil after she hears her neighbor getting murdered. The thriller, partially written by Dormer herself, pivots around her performance.

Why it’s a major performance:
In an intriguing departure from her usual roles, Dormer’s performance as Sofia takes center stage in this thriller. She carries the narrative on her shoulders, charting a course through uncertainty and paranoia excellently.

Dormer deftly brings forth the multi-faceted aspects of her character, showcasing fear, resilience, and a quiet kind of strength. It’s a demanding role that she executes with aplomb—making this a major performance in her career.