Movies starring Penelope Cruz include "Vanilla Sky," "Captain Corelli's Mandolin," "Volver" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Cruz began acting in her native Spain in the 1990s before becoming a Hollywood star.
In 2001, Penelope Cruz co-starred with Tom Cruise in the psychological science fiction thriller "Vanilla Sky." The movie is a remake of the 1997 Spanish film "Open Your Eyes," and Cruz played the same role in both movies. Cruz also starred in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" in 2001. The war movie's makers dedicated it to the thousands of Italian soldiers massacred by German soldiers in 1943. The film also explores the impact of a post-war earthquake on the tranquil Greek island where the movie is set.
"Volver" is a 2006 Spanish drama directed by Pedro Almodovar, starring Cruz and a large ensemble cast. The plot centers on an eccentric family of women in southern Spain and explores issues including sexual abuse, loneliness and death.
In 2008 Cruz starred in the Woody Allen film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," a romantic comedy centering on two American women who spend a summer in Barcelona. Cruz won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the mentally and emotionally unstable ex-wife of an artist.