From The Mask to Bad Teacher: 5 iconic Cameron Diaz movie scenes

From sex symbol to box office dynamite, celebrating the best of Cameron Diaz.

Cameron Diaz in The Mask
Screen siren Cameron Diaz in her movie breakthrough The Mask. Image Picture New Line Cinema

Cameron Diaz might have made her name as a 90s bombshell in The Mask, but in the years since that Jim Carrey classic she’s cemented herself as a major box office draw.

Powered by the Shrek and Charlie’s Angels series, Diaz’s films have grossed more than $3 billion combined, making her one of the most successful movie stars of all time.

It’s easy to see why: Diaz’s movies have broad mass appeal while simultaneously managing to stand up to repeat viewing. Here’s a look back at some of her best ever movie moments to jog your memory.


1

The Mask


If you’re going to make a movie entrance, best to do it in some style. Diaz did just that in The Mask, leaving Jim Carrey’s jaw on the floor… and everyone else who happened to be watching in the audience. A star-making moment is ever there was one.

2

There’s Something About Mary

A dash of pre-date nerves forced Ben Stiller to, ahem, relieve himself in the Farrelly Brothers’ There’s Something About Mary. The result is this “hair gel” scene that had viewers laughing and squirming in equal measure.

3

Charlie’s Angels

The Charlie’s Angels movies were never going to go down as screen classics, but they worked largely thanks to the charisma of Diaz and her co-stars Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. This Diaz dance scene is a prime example.

Bad Teacher


Diaz’s sex appeal was on full show in this moment from her 2011 comedy Bad Teacher. The film centred around her morally shady teacher desperately trying to raise cash for plastic surgery – what better way to do it than this?

5

The Counselor


Another movie, another Diaz car scene. How best to explain this…? We really can’t, it’s just best to watch it and embrace the madness of this twisted, pitch-black Ridley Scott thriller. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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