The Best Ellen Burstyn Movies Films

The Best Ellen Burstyn Movies

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List of the best Ellen Burstyn movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ellen Burstyn's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ellen Burstyn movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ellen Burstyn movies will be at the top of the list. Ellen Burstyn has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ellen Burstyn movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ellen Burstyn films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ellen Burstyn role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ellen Burstyn performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond and Within These Walls.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ellen Burstyn movies?" and "What are the greatest Ellen Burstyn roles of all time?"


Brett Ratner and Joel Schumacher have both worked with Ellen Burstyn over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Is Ellen Burstyn your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Brian Dennehy and Gena Rowlands films lists too.



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    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

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    Resurrection

    Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth

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    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman

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    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith

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    Same Time, Next Year

    Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar

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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Harry and Tonto

    Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman, Geraldine Fitzgerald

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    The Spitfire Grill

    Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton

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    The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Ann-Margret, Chris Evans

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    The King of Marvin Gardens

    Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern

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    Silence of the North

    Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerritt, Gordon Pinsent

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    Playing by Heart

    Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff, Sean Connery

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    When a Man Loves a Woman

    Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andy Garcia

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    The Stone Angel

    Ellen Page, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Zegers

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    The Fountain

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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    Deceiver

    Renée Zellweger, Tim Roth, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Ambassador

    Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Exorcist series

    Louise Fletcher, Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn

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    How to Make an American Quilt

    Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Jared Leto

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    According to Greta

    Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Melissa Leo

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    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Rachael Leigh Cook, Ellen Burstyn, Marla Sokoloff

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    Roommates

    Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Yards

    Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix

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    The Wicker Man

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski

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    Lovely, Still

    Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Landau

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    W.

    Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Josh Brolin

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    Providence

    Ellen Burstyn, John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde

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    Main Street

    Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn

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    Dying Young

    Julia Roberts, Ellen Burstyn, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    You Can Thank Me Later

    Ellen Burstyn, Mary McDonnell, Ted Levine

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    Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day

    Ellen Burstyn, Samantha Mathis, Michael Imperioli

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    The Cemetery Club

    Christina Ricci, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener

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    Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

    Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Sean Penn

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    Down in the Valley

    Kat Dennings, Evan Rachel Wood, Edward Norton

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    Walking Across Egypt

    Mark Hamill, Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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    For Those Who Think Young

    Tina Louise, Ellen Burstyn, Nancy Sinatra

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    The Mighty Macs

    Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Ellen Burstyn

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    Terror in the Aisles

    Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    A Dream of Passion

    Ellen Burstyn, Melina Mercouri, Andreas Voutsinas

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    Mrs. Harris

    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Sevigny

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    Brush With Fate

    Brush With Fate Glenn Close, Ellen Burstyn, Kelly Macdonald

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    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air Ellen Burstyn, Tate Donovan, Robert Prosky

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    When You Remember Me

    Kevin Spacey, Fred Savage, Ellen Burstyn

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    Twice in a Lifetime

    Ann-Margret, Gene Hackman, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Patron Saint of Liars

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dana Delany, Ellen Burstyn

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    Pack of Lies

    Teri Garr, Ellen Burstyn, Alan Bates

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    Goodbye Charlie

    Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn

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    The Velveteen Rabbit

    Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerritt

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