Sandra Oh's Best Movies and TV Shows, Ranked by Metacritic

'Turning Red' has already cracked into Sandra Oh's top 10 films and TV shows. Discover the rest, ranked by Metascore.

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Perhaps best known for playing the highly skilled, no-nonsense cardiac surgeon Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy, Sandra Oh is a chameleon of sorts, starring in everything from romantic dramedies to voicing animated characters several times over.

Her near decade-long turn in ABC's aforementioned hit medical drama garnered her five Emmy nominations (all in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category), which she has since followed up with seven more across co-leading and executive producing BBC America's Killing Eve, guest-hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live, and co-hosting the 76th Golden Globe Awards alongside Andy Samberg

Outside of being a mainstay on television, which began in the late 1990s with a supporting role on the sports-themed sitcom Arli$$, Oh has cultivated adoration from fans and critics alike for her memorable big-screen portrayals — so much so that her 2-minute-long scene as Vice Principal Gupta in The Princess Diarieshas reached bona fide cult status

Her soon-to-be-released projects include Pixar and Walt Disney Studios' collaboration Turning Red about an adolescent Chinese-Canadian girl as she experiences puberty unlike any other person her age, transforming into a giant red panda at the whim of her emotions. Afterward, Oh will try her hand at horror, starring in Ummaas a Korean American immigrant who is haunted by the remains of her estranged mother. Next year, Oh will be in Paramount Animation's adaptation of the best-selling children's book The Tiger's Apprentice.

Here, Metacritic highlights the top 10 movies and shows Oh has acted in, ranked by Metascore.


Metascore: 94
Best for: Having a mid-life crisis and fans of It's Complicated
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunes, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 126 minutes

A comedy road movie grounded in emotion, this Oscar-winning feature sees soon-to-be-groomsman Jack (Thomas Haden Church) and his best man Miles (Paul Giamatti) embark on one last hoorah through California's wine country. While pondering their respective life-related disappointments (Jack is a fading actor and Miles is a failed writer) and what their future holds, the two meet and pursue relations with friends Stephanie (Oh) and Maya (Virginia Madsen). The trip predictably goes, ahem, sideways when the women discover Jack's status as a spoken-for man, leading its protagonists to ruminate and reflect on love, dreams, and loneliness.

"Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, Sideways brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

American Crime

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of shows with a sociopolitical message and docudramas
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunes, Vudu

An anthology series featuring the likes of Felicity Huffman, Regina King, and Timothy Hutton, American Crime's third season — which includes Oh — explores the exploitative system of servitude in agriculture that primarily targets undocumented workers. The season follows Luis Salazar (Benito Martinez) as he travels from Mexico to the United States in search of his missing son and becomes one of the farm's overworked and unprotected employees. Among the lives that orbit around him is Oh's Abby Tanaka, a social worker whose aim is to protect workers from being trafficked and abused. 

"Each character, each interpersonal relationship is exquisitely nuanced, realistically detailed and fully unpredictable." — David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

Window Horses

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of Studio Ghibli films and coming-of-age stories
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes
Runtime: 85 minutes

Rosie Ming (Oh) is a young Canadian poet who resides with her overprotective Chinese grandparents. While her family is reluctant to let her go to an invitational poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, they eventually relent, prompting Rosie to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Soon, she finds herself in the company of like-minded creatives, cultural ambassadors, and writers, eventually stumbling upon a discovery that connects her to her Persian roots. The indie animated film, from Ann Marie Fleming, also touches on various events of historical and social significance, such as the Iran-Iraq War and the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

"Director-writer-animator Ann Marie Fleming creates an entertaining, educational, and poignant tale about identity and imagination that is filled with stories and poetry." — Alissa Simon, Variety

Turning Red

Metascore: 83
Best for: Fans of movies like Inside Out and Bao
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Runtime: 100 minutes

Oscar winner Domee Shi's directorial feature film debut follows young teen Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang) as she experiences average 13-year-old moments — from dealing with snobbish schoolmates to physical and emotional growing pains. But amid her coming-of-age narrative is a tale unlike any other: Her overbearing mother (Oh's Ming Lee) has failed to warn her of a family secret — that Mei will turn into a giant red panda when she's overly excited. The voice cast is rounded out by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, James Hong, and Wai Ching Ho.

"Turning Red is original, funny and tender, an affectionate reminder that adolescence is a time of life not easily tamed, and sometimes the animal inside us demands release." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Killing Eve

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, women-led thrillers, and whip-smart dialogue
Where to watch: 

Google PlayiTunes
Seasons: 4

Created and written by Fleabag's Waller-Bridge as an adaptation of Luke Jennings' Codename Villanelle novellas, Killing Eve follows the thrilling twists and turns of MI5 agent Eve Polastri's (Oh) cat-and-mouse chase of skilled international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). As Eve grows dangerously closer to her target — both physically and emotionally — she slowly begins to unravel a web of organized crime headed by the mysterious organization called The Twelve, which is responsible for numerous high-level murders worldwide. 

"Perfect is a strong word, but Killing Eve is a series that merits those." — Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast

Rabbit Hole

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of films exploring grief, healing, and family
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 91 minutes

As parents Howie (Aaron Eckhart) and Becca (Nicole Kidman) struggle to move on from the tragic loss of their 4-year-old son Danny, their grief and paths toward healing starkly diverge. The former desires to remain connected with the memory of their son, while the latter would rather move forward and sell the family's home. Their marriage grows increasingly tumultuous as Howie seeks solace in group therapy, befriending fellow attendee Gabby (Oh), and Becca begins confiding in Jason (Miles Teller), the teenage driver who accidentally killed Danny. Rabbit Hole, adapted from screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, also stars Dianne Wiest.

"Don't go down this Rabbit Hole unless you believe that tragedy's grief, when transmuted through art's protective lens, can feel liberating, even joyful in its painful truths." — Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail


Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of comic books, animated series, and complex origin stories
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun) is just like any other 17-year-old, save for the fact that his father is renowned superhero Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons), the most powerful being on the planet. As he begins to develop his own powers to become Invincible, Mark uncovers dark secrets that cast doubt on his father's otherwise-pristine legacy of heroism. The animated series based on Robert Kirkman's eponymous comic book franchise also stars Oh as Mark's mother Debbie. Already renewed for two more seasons, the star-studded cast includes Seth Rogen (who also serves as executive producer), Zazie Beetz, Jason Mantzoukas, Mark Hamill, and more.

"From its slick animation to its excellent voice cast, it's a winner from top to bottom." — Brittany Vincent, Decider

Raya and the Last Dragon

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of animated Disney films and coming-of-age fantasy-adventure tales
Where to watch:

, , Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 107 minutes

Half a millennium ago, humans and mystical creatures coexisted in the ancient, fantasy world of Kumandra until tragedy struck with the invasion of the Druun, a horde of faceless monsters whose evil lies in their power to transform living creatures into stone. Following dragons' sacrifice for humanity, Raya and the Last Dragon sees Kumandra split into five discordant factions and once again facing the threat of the Druun. Now, a brave warrior (Kelly Marie Tran) must track down the final dragon, Sisu (Awkwafina), to save humankind. Oh portrays Virana, the leader of Fang — one of the Kumandra lands — who will stop at nothing to defend her homeland at the expense of the other factions.

"The movie feels fresh not just for the mere fact of its female-forward and predominantly Asian cast, but for the breeziness with which it bears the weight of Disney history." — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

Six Feet Under

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of prestige HBO dramas, family dramas, and rich settings
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes,
Seasons: 5

This nine-time Emmy-winning drama series with a dark, ironic comic edge unfolds through the eyes of the Fisher family, who own and operate a Los Angeles-based funeral home. Created by Oscar-winner Alan Ball, the series stars Peter Krause as the main Fisher patriarch, Nate, who, following his father's death, reluctantly inherits half of the business, where he learns that he has a natural affinity at comforting the grieving. Oh appears in an early Season 1 episode entitled "An Open Book," where she portrays a porn starlet whose wake is arranged by Fisher & Sons Funeral Home.

"Alan Ball … has done something wonderfully unusual. He has written a tremendously life-affirming drama about death." — Marisa Guthrie, Boston Herald 

The Chair

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of academic dramas and those who bemoan the lack of college settings on TV
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

This bite-sized series comprising six 30-minute episodes offers a commentary on the sociocultural pressure-cooker environment of academic settings. Oh stars as Ji-Yoon Kim, the first woman of color to be promoted to the post of English department chair at the prestigious Ivy-inspired Pembroke University. While there, she struggles to balance workplace politics, student interests, and a hemorrhaging institution once hailed as the college's creative bastion. To make matters worse, her personal and professional life head toward a collision course after an incident involving respected — yet disheveled — professor Bill Dobson (Jay Duplass) makes waves among the student body. 

"In addition to Oh's charms, The Chair is a darkly funny satire, skewering aspects of modern higher education with veritable glee." — Kelly Lawler, USA Today