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Winona forever: Ms Ryder's greatest hits (apart from Stranger Things)

She’s all everyone can talk about right now, thanks to Netflix’s heart-pumping Stranger Things. But Winona Ryder has lived in our hearts for a lot longer



This wasn’t just the cult ship that launched a thousand fancy dress costumes. Winona’s role as high school anti-heroine Veronica Sawyer – who’s had enough of the girls who rule her teenage roost – proved that she could do troubled, complex and downright bad, and we’d still root for her. Buy for £12.99, Amazon

Winona Ryder in Heathers

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott’s March sisters are one of literature’s most famous families. Playing Jo (who ages 10 years – no mean feat), she brings just the right amount of hot-headedness, frustration and wry wit to a young woman looking for more from life than ladies in the 1860s could expect. Buy for £5.99, HMV

Winona Ryder in Little Women

A Scanner Darkly

In Richard Linklater’s animated adaption of Philip K Dick’s science fiction novel – set in an America that’s lost the war on drugs and is under intrusive surveillance – Winona is Donna, dealer to the disturbed Bob (Keanu Reeves), who ends up being every bit as integral to the story as him. And gets under your skin. Rent for £2.49, Talk Talk TV Store

Winona Ryder animated in A Scanner Darkly

Black Swan

Don’t worry, we almost forgot she was in this too. The psychological dance thriller might surround Natalie Portman’s ingénue, but Winona is practically scene-stealing in her cameo as Beth, a principal quickly unravelling by being forced out of the ballet company to make room for a new, younger star. Rent for £3.49, Amazon

Winona Ryder in Black Swan

Show Me A Hero

When The Wire’s David Simon cast her as real-life, tough City Council president Vivvi Restiano opposite Oscar Isaac in HBO’s New York-set drama about desegregation, it was clear that giving her a character to grow over episodes really worked. Clearly Netflix took notice; and what a good thing. Buy for £19.99, Zavvi

Winona Ryder in Show Me A Hero

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