Best of Anne Bancroft

by brijeshmarand | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

September 17th, 2021 marks the 90th birth anniversary of Anne Bancroft. She is considered one of the most versatile actors of Hollywood. Along with a lot of acting accolades and award wins, she is one of only 24 thespians to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting.

Which of these movies (having IMDb rating of 6.0 or above) featuring Anne Bancroft is your favorite?

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1. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 263,888 | Gross: $104.95M

2. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 231,312

3. Antz (1998)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson | Stars: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 150,591 | Gross: $90.76M

4. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 132,127 | Gross: $119.50M

5. G.I. Jane (1997)

R | 125 min | Action, Drama, War

62 Metascore

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Bancroft, Jason Beghe

Votes: 77,764 | Gross: $48.17M

6. Heartbreakers (2001)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

47 Metascore

A mother and daughter con team seduce and scam wealthy men.

Director: David Mirkin | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta

Votes: 53,230 | Gross: $40.34M

7. Great Expectations (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Modernization of Charles Dickens' classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria, Chris Cooper

Votes: 52,688 | Gross: $26.33M

8. Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman, Anne Bancroft

Votes: 51,088 | Gross: $37.05M

9. Point of No Return (1993)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 26,757 | Gross: $30.04M

10. Malice (1993)

R | 107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.

Director: Harold Becker | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth

Votes: 24,446 | Gross: $46.04M

11. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 18,175 | Gross: $5.45M

12. Silent Movie (1976)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy

75 Metascore

A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar

Votes: 16,861 | Gross: $36.15M

13. Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr., Charles Durning

Votes: 12,637 | Gross: $17.52M

14. How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Kaelynn Craddick

Votes: 11,376 | Gross: $23.57M

15. To Be or Not to Be (1983)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, War

61 Metascore

At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.

Director: Alan Johnson | Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham, Estelle Reiner

Votes: 10,850 | Gross: $13.03M

16. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer

Votes: 9,784 | Gross: $1.08M

17. Agnes of God (1985)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

When a naive novice nun is discovered with a dead newborn in her convent quarters, a court-appointed psychiatrist investigates her case.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 7,289 | Gross: $25.63M

18. Torch Song Trilogy (1988)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Arnold is a gay man working as drag queen in 1971 NYC. He meets a handsome bisexual man.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 7,134 | Gross: $4.87M

19. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 6,548

20. The Hindenburg (1975)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes

Votes: 5,638 | Gross: $27.95M

21. The Sunchaser (1996)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

Michael Reynolds is a rich oncologist who has a one hundred seventy-five thousand dollar sports car, a multi-million dollar house, and a new boost in his career. Brandon "Blue" Monroe is a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft, Alexandra Tydings

Votes: 4,571 | Gross: $0.02M

22. The Turning Point (1977)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

When her daughter joins a ballet company, a former dancer is forced to confront her long-ago decision to give up the stage to have a family.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tom Skerritt

Votes: 4,495 | Gross: $33.60M

23. Nightfall (1956)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith, Jocelyn Brando

Votes: 3,866

24. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Approved | 101 min | Action, Drama, History

In first-century Rome, Christian slave Demetrius is sent to fight in the gladiatorial arena and Emperor Caligula seeks Jesus' robe for its alleged magical powers.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget

Votes: 3,685 | Gross: $26.00M

25. The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)

PG | 98 min | Comedy

A suddenly-unemployed company executive suffers a nervous breakdown, and his supporting wife tries everything to console him and pick up the slack.

Director: Melvin Frank | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Gene Saks, Elizabeth Wilson

Votes: 3,358

26. Up at the Villa (2000)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A widow finds choosing a new husband might not be her choice at all, as the actions of her various prospects confine her freedom.

Director: Philip Haas | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft, James Fox

Votes: 2,690 | Gross: $2.93M

27. Young Winston (1972)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, War

Complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-known politician.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Peter Cellier, Ronald Hines

Votes: 2,433 | Gross: $4.69M

28. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Londoner Jo and her third husband Jake live with six of her children but the marriage is strained by numerous factors. Her doctor thinks Jo uses childbirth as a rationale for sex. Jo's issues leave her in a fragile mental state.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray

Votes: 2,370

29. 7 Women (1966)

Passed | 87 min | Drama

In China in 1935, seven dedicated missionary women try to protect themselves from the advances of a barbaric Mongolian warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton, Flora Robson

Votes: 2,296

30. 'night, Mother (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

A mother and daughter spend a night together after the daughter reveals that she will kill herself by the end of it.

Director: Tom Moore | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins

Votes: 2,233 | Gross: $0.44M

31. Fatso (1980)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An overweight bachelor is fat, 40 and fed up--to the gills--but when his obese cousin Sal dies at 39, he must finally come to terms with his own weight problem.

Director: Anne Bancroft | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Anne Bancroft, Ron Carey, Candice Azzara

Votes: 2,137 | Gross: $7.65M

32. The Slender Thread (1965)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

College volunteer Alan is working alone at the crisis center one evening when he receives a telephone call from suicidal caller Inga Dyson.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas, Steven Hill

Votes: 2,080

33. Garbo Talks (1984)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

The son of a woman dying of a brain tumor tries to fulfill his mother's last wish: to meet Greta Garbo.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 1,636 | Gross: $1.49M

34. The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | 98 min | History, Romance, Western

A trapper and his two partners work as scouts for a remote army fort where they witness an incompetent colonel's decision to throw his small unprepared garrison against Red Cloud's sizable Sioux force.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,534

35. Walk the Proud Land (1956)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, History, Western

An agent sent from Washington in 1874 takes charge of an Apache reservation and has the oppressive US Army back off, which creates conflicts and causes the Indians to have great respect for him.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Anne Bancroft, Pat Crowley, Charles Drake

Votes: 910



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