The Best 41 Films of Meryl Streep

The best female actor of all time is featured in this list of remarkable films, each featuring the wonderful Meryl in one of her many breathtaking performances. Meryl has created
many indelible screen characterizations since her debut in
1977. Here are 41 of her very best!
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1.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
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After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him. (150 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
2.
Doubt (2008)
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A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
 
3.
Silkwood (1983)
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The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
4.
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
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A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married... (124 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
5.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
 
6.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
7.
Ironweed (1987)
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An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades. (143 mins.)
Director: Hector Babenco
 
8.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
9.
Out of Africa (1985)
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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
10.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
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A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine. (109 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
 
11.
The Iron Lady (2011)
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An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
12.
Marvin's Room (1996)
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A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow. (98 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zaks
 
13.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
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Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
14.
Adaptation. (2002)
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A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. (114 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
15.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
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A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment. (101 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
16.
The Hours (2002)
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The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
17.
Music of the Heart (1999)
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Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids. (124 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
18.
Heartburn (1986)
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An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel... (108 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
19.
Falling in Love (1984)
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During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives... (106 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
 
20.
One True Thing (1998)
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A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother. (127 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
21.
Julie & Julia (2009)
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Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (118 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
22.
Defending Your Life (1991)
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In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting. (112 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
 
23.
The River Wild (1994)
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Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river. (111 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
24.
Manhattan (1979)
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The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
25.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
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In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes. (129 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
26.
Still of the Night (1982)
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A Manhattan psychiatrist probes a patient's murder and falls for the victim's mysterious mistress. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
27.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
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When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
28.
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
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Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment.... (108 mins.)
 
29.
Julia (1977)
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At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany. (117 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
30.
Lions for Lambs (2007)
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Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
31.
It's Complicated (2009)
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When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried. (120 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
32.
Rendition (2007)
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A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US. (122 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
33.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
 
34.
Before and After (1996)
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Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend. (108 mins.)
 
35.
She-Devil (1989)
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A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist. (99 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
 
36.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
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The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. (108 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
37.
August: Osage County (2013)
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (121 mins.)
Director: John Wells
 
38.
Into the Woods (2014)
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A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. (125 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
39.
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
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A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
40.
Suffragette (2015)
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The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. (106 mins.)
Director: Sarah Gavron
 
41.
The Homesman (2014)
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Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her. (122 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones