Gwyneth Paltrow: five best moments

Here's our pick of her finest performances – what would you add to the list?

Mocking Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be an increasingly popular pastime – and with her eccentric diet advice, her auto-parodic lifestyle website Goop, and her temerity to keep on winning things like People magazine's world's most beautiful woman award, she makes sure her detractors are never short of ammo.

To redress the balance, this week we're focusing solely only the positive side of her career. We asked our Facebook followers to name the Iron Man 3 star's greatest scenes, and here's our pick of the suggestions – beware spoilers and adult content. But what have we missed? Tell us your favourite Paltrow performances in the thread below

1. Sliding Doors

Gwyneth pulled off a flawless English accent in this 1998 romance, although we don't hear it in this clip. The film plays out two diverging versions of her character's life – and here's the point where they diverge.

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2. The Royal Tenenbaums

Margot Tenenbaum and her brother (by Margot's adoption) Richie share a moment in a tent.

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3. Shakespeare in Love

In which Gwyneth demonstrates that, while she may be able to pull off a convincing English accent, she's not all that convincing as a man. Never mind – Joseph Fiennes seems convinced.

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4. The Talented Mr Ripley

A convincing portrayal of heartbreak, as Gwyneth, playing Marge Sherwood, spills her guts out to a closed door.

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5. Great Expectations

Gwyneth makes the perfect Estella in Alfonso Cuarón's modern-day take on Dickens' novel.

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Adam Boult

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