Every Kaitlyn Dever Movie and TV Performance, Ranked

Emmy® Award-nominated actress Kaitlyn Dever has amassed tremendous respect and admiration with her dynamic and impactful performances in film and television.

Kaitlyn Dever - The 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards: Broadcast & Cable
Kaitlyn Dever – The 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards: Broadcast & Cable

Below, we’ve rounded up the best Kaitlyn Dever movies and series, ranked by critics’ scores!


Unbelievable (2019 - TV series)

Unbelievable (2019 – TV series)

Tomatometer: 98%

Credit: Marie Adler (Character)

Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2019

TV Network: Netflix

Dopesick (2021 - TV series)

Dopesick (2021 – TV series)

Tomatometer: 89%

Credit: Betsy (Character)

Premiere Date: Oct 13, 2021

TV Network: Hulu

Monsterland (2020 - TV series)

Monsterland (2020 – TV series)

Tomatometer: 86%

Credit: Toni (Character)

Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2020

TV Network: Hulu


Short Term 12 (2013)

Short Term 12 (2013)

Tomatometer: 98%

Credit: Jayden (Character)

Directed By: Destin Daniel Cretton

Distributor: Cinedigm

Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart (2019)

Tomatometer: 96%

Credit: Amy (Character)

Directed By: Olivia Wilde

Distributor: Annapurna Pictures

Outside In (2017)

Outside In (2017)

Tomatometer: 96%

Credit: Hildy (Character)

Directed By: Lynn Shelton

Distributor: The Orchard

The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Tomatometer: 91%

Credit: Krystal (Character)

Directed By: James Ponsoldt

Distributor: A24

Detroit (2017)

Detroit (2017)

Tomatometer: 96%

Credit: Karen (Character)

Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

Distributor: Annapurna Pictures

Kaitlyn Dever Biography

Born and raised in the American Southwest, Kaitlyn Dever spent her youth bouncing between gymnastics and ballet before eventually most enjoying acting. 

Dever starred in Netflix’s 8-episode, limited series “Unbelievable,” the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with a misdemeanor for falsely reporting being raped, and the two female detectives, Toni Collette and Merritt Wever, who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth. The series debuted on September 13, 2019. Dever’s standout performance earned her nominations in the lead actress of a limited series category of both the Golden Globe® Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards, and a 2020 Television Critics Association (TCA) Award nomination in the individual achievement in drama category. Additionally, the series was nominated for a 2020 TCA Award in the types of outstanding achievement in movie or miniseries and program of the year. Further, “Unbelievable” won a 2020 Peabody Award in the entertainment category.

In May 2019, Dever starred in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, “Booksmart,” opposite Beanie Feldstein and Billie Lourd. Dever and Feldstein co-lead as two overachieving high schoolers who set out to cram four years of fun into one night before they graduate. Annapurna Pictures produced the film, which was released to critical acclaim in May 2019 following a successful world premiere at SXSW Festival. Dever was recognized by the Hollywood Critics Association as the 2020 breakthrough artist under the age of 23, and was named an EE BAFTA Rising Star nominee for her performance. The film was named the winner of the 2020 GLAAD Media Award in the category of outstanding film – wide release.

Dever co-starred in the Hulu limited series “Dopesick” opposite Michael Keaton. Based on Beth Macy’s bestselling novel, the 8-episode series follows a compassionate school doctor (Keaton) who finds himself embroiled in a sinister corporate scheme that perpetuates America’s opioid addiction crisis. The streaming platform released the series on October 13. From her standout performance as Betsy, Dever was nominated for a 2022 Primetime Emmy® Award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie, a 2022 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards nomination for best supporting actress in a streaming limited or anthology series or movie, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award nomination for best supporting actress in a limited series or movie made for television.

Last Fall, Dever starred as the titular character and served as an executive producer in 20th Century Studios’ Romeo and Juliet revolutionist picture “Rosaline.” The film is a modern twist on the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet through the eyes of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (Dever), a sharp yet idealistic young woman who happens tobe Romeo’s former lover. The feature premiered on Hulu and Disney+/Star in October 2022.

Following, Dever appeared on the big screen in Universal Studios and Working Title’sfilm “Ticket to Paradise” opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts. The story centers on a divorced couple that teams up and travels to Bali to stop their soon-to-be-married daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25-years ago.

Last Summer, Dever portrayed the love interest of the title character in “Dear Evan Hansen” opposite Ben Platt who reprised the role on screen. Universal Studios’ film adaptation of the six-time Tony®-award-winning-play had its world premiere on the opening night of the 46th Annual Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2021, and was released in theaters nationwide later that month.

Previously, Dever starred in the third episode of B.J. Novak’s anthology series “The Premise” for FX Networks. The show used the boldest issues of our times as a jumping-off point to tell singular, character-driven stories.

To come, Dever will star in the half-hour, live-action comedy series “The WildestAnimals in Griffith Park,” created by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz and executive produced by Margot Robbie. Based upon Nilson and Schwartz’s own life experience as they secretly lived in a park in the hills of Los Angeles while developing “The PeanutButter Falcon,” the story follows two young women (Dever and Joey King) as they move into a house in the park to experience nature and discover their purpose in life.

In August 2020, Dever voiced one of the three leads in the Audible Original “When YouFinish Saving the World” alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Finn Wolfhard. Directed by Eisenberg, the audio-only story focuses on three separate, yet interlocking monologues of a husband, wife, and son, told at different times from different perspectives. The project premiered exclusively on Audible.

In 2020, Dever co-starred in HBO’s satiric special “Coastal Elites” opposite Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Sarah Paulson, and Issa Rae. Written by Paul Rudnick and directed by JayRoach, the show features characters from New York and Los Angeles, who are all coping with divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection during a pandemic.

Dever appeared in the anthology series “Monsterland” opposite Jonathan Tucker. Based on the short stories by Nathan Ballingrud, the series follows a group of people who, after experiencing encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts, are desperate to repair their lives, ultimately showing that there is a thin line between man and monster. Hulu released the show in October 2020.

In 2019, Dever starred in the Orchard’s “Them That Follow,” an independent drama feature that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is set inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia when a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition. Olivia Colman and WaltonGoggins co-star.

In 2018, Dever appeared in Sony Pictures’ “The Front Runner” for director Jason Reitman, opposite Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons. She played Laurenin Amazon Studios’ “Beautiful Boy” opposite Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen the film is an adaptation of the memoirs by father and on David and Nic Sheff.

Dever can also be seen in director and writer Lynn Shelton’s “Outside In” opposite Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, and Ben Schwartz. The feature had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by The Orchard, and globally on Netflix. Dever and Shelton also teamed up for the comedy-drama “Laggies” in which Dever appeared alongside Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, and Sam Rockwell. Released by A24 Films, it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

In July 2017, Dever appeared in “Detroit” for Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, with an ensemble cast including John Boyega, Hannah Murray, Will Poulter, and Jacob Latimore. In October 2014, she co-starred in Paramount’s “Men, Women &Children” alongside Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer, Adam Sandler and Emma Thompson. The Jason Reitman comedy-drama, on a novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

In September 2013, Dever played a supporting role in the coming-of-age feature “The Spectacular Now,” starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. Based on Tim Tharp’snovel and directed by James Ponsoldt, the romantic comedy-drama premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2013, Dever delivered a powerful and pivotal performance in the critically acclaimed“Short Term 12” opposite Brie Larson. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and based on his short film of the same name, the coming-of-age drama premiered at the 2013 SXSWFestival where it won the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative as well as the Audience Award. Dever was also highlighted as a SXSW breakout for her performance.

Dever’s additional film credits include “We Don’t Belong Here” opposite CatherineKeener and Anton Yelchin; “Grass Stains” opposite Tye Sheridan; “J. Edgar” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood; and the Cameron Diaz comedy “Bad Teacher” directed by Jake Kasdan.

On the small screen, Dever co-stars in “Last Man Standing” as the youngest, toughest, and most athletic daughter of the Baxter family. Created by Jack Burditt and directed by John Pasquin, the series also stars Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, and Molly Ephraim. Additional television credits include FX’s drama “Justified,” CBS’ crime drama “TheMentalist,” Starz’s comedy “Party Down,” ABC’s “Modern Family” and “Private Practice,” and critically acclaimed HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Kaitlyn Dever Filmography

2022Ticket to Paradise (2022)Lily
2021Dear Evan Hansen (2021)Zoe Murphy
2019Them That FollowDilly
2018The Front RunnerAndrea Hart
2018Beautiful Boy (2018)Lauren
2017Detroit (2017)Karen
2017Outside In (2018)Hildy
2017All Summers EndGrace Turner
2014Men, Women and ChildrenBrandy Beltmeyer
2013The Spectacular NowKrystal
2013Short Term 12Jayden
2011Bad TeacherSasha Abernathy