Anne Heche: Her best movies and how to watch them

Anne Heche leaves a legacy of film behind her (Picture: Getty Images/Universal Pictures/Columbia Pictures)

Star of the big and small screen, the enigmatic Anne Heche died on Friday, aged 53, after suffering serious injuries following a horrific car crash in Los Angeles on August 5. 

The actress and Hollywood star appeared in some of the most well-known films of the 1990s and beyond, including Donnie Brasco and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

She has been described as ‘fearless’ and ‘wonderful’ by her friends and co-stars and had a varied career over two decades which included prominent roles in film and TV.

Below, we take a look at some of her best movies and tell you how you can watch them: 

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Heche had a small but memorable role in the now cult teen slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer as Missy Egan, the sister of the man Julie (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt) believes she and her friends accidentally ran over the summer prior. 

Heche played a small yet memorable role in I Know What You Did Last Summer (Picture: COLUMBIA PICTURES)

She was in just two scenes, but has a memorable and haunting presence regardless as she grieves the loss of her brother. Missy isn’t who she seems though and the actress is utterly convincing. 

Rent it on iTunes

Donnie Brasco (1997)

This 1997 mob movie is perhaps one of Heche’s most well-known roles, if not her most recognisable. In it, she plays Maggie Pistone, wife to FBI agent Joe Pistone (played by Johnny Depp) as he goes undercover to infiltrate the mob. She does a phenomenal job of capturing the strain that the intense undercover operation places on their marriage.

Heche’s Donnie Brasco co-stars include Al Pacino and Paul Giamatti, among others. Directed by Mike Newell, the film earned an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay.

Stream it on Netflix

Volcano (1997)

Heche was decidedly of the moment in 1997 with the actress in a series of high-profile projects, amid going public with dating Ellen DeGeneres. Following Donnie Brasco came Volcano, a big-budget disaster film where Heche stars as seismologist Dr. Amy Barnes.

This disaster flick is still very watchable (Picture: Getty Images)

She teams up with Los Angeles’ head of emergency management (played by Tommy Lee Jones) to save the city from a volcanic threat that emerges from the La Brea Tar Pits. It sounds OTT but the actress paired with Tommy Lee make it work and the film holds up surprisingly well. 

Rent it on iTunes 

Catfight

Anne starred opposite Killing Eve alum Sandra Oh in 2017’s Catfight. She and Oh play college friends who reconnect years later only to find they’ve ended up in very different places. Veronica married rich, becoming an ‘entitled trophy wife, while Ashley is a starving artist in a rocky relationship with her partner.’

Think old grudges and hostility before a no-holds-barred fist fight occurs with consequences for them both. Heche excels at playing another complicated, damaged, yet determined character that stretched her skill as an actor. 

Stream it on Netflix

Psycho (1998)

The actress was striking on screen in the 90s remake of the classic horror (Picture: UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Despite its intense loyalty to the source material, Gus Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho doesn’t quite do it as a horror film overall.  The remake is still one of the more misguided projects in legacy horror. To be fair, Vince Vaughn is notoriously miscast as Norman Bates, a fact that is not Heche’s fault.

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In fact, she dazzles as her variation of Marion Crane, with an icy, laid-back cool. With her striking icy blonde pixie cut perfectly reminiscent of the hairdo Janet Leigh sported for the original, she both looks and acts the part tremendously. It’s worth watching for her alone.  

Rent it on iTunes 

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