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The Best Annette Bening Movies

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List of the best Annette Bening movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Annette Bening'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 Annette Bening movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Annette Bening movies will be at the top of the list. Annette Bening has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Annette Bening movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Annette Bening films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

With films ranging from Love Affair to Richard III, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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    Being Julia

    Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons

    Released2004

    Directed byIstván Szabó

    Being Julia is a 2004 comedy-drama film directed by István Szabó and starring Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons. The screenplay by Ronald Harwood is based on the novel Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham....  more
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    The American President

    Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox

    Released1995

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The American President is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rob Reiner and written by Aaron Sorkin. The film stars Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox...  more

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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Costner

    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring Robert Duvall and Costner, with Annette Bening and Michael Gambon appearing in supporting roles. The...  more

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    Running with Scissors

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin

    Released2006

    Directed byRyan Murphy

    Running with Scissors is a 2006 American black comedy film based on Augusten Burroughs' 2002 memoir of the same name, written and directed by Ryan Murphy, and starring Joseph Cross, Annette Bening,...  more

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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive (Kevin Spacey) has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend...  more

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    Mother and Child

    Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington

    Released2009

    Directed byRodrigo García

    Mother and Child is an American drama film directed and written by Rodrigo García. It premiered on September 14, 2009, at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and at the Sundance Film...  more
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    Regarding Henry

    Harrison Ford, Annette Bening

    Released1991

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Regarding Henry is a 1991 American film drama starring Harrison Ford and Annette Bening, directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by J. J. Abrams focuses on a New York City lawyer who struggles to...  more
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    The Grifters

    Annette Bening, John Cusack

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Frears

    The Grifters is a 1990 neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening. The screenplay was written by Donald E....  more

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    Bugsy

    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley

    Released1991

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Bugsy is a 1991 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe...  more

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    Mrs. Harris

    Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley

    Released2006

    Directed byPhyllis Nagy

    Mrs. Harris is a 2005 American drama film written and directed by Phyllis Nagy. The teleplay, based on the book Very Much a Lady by Shana Alexander, focuses on the tempestuous relationship between...  more
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    The Kids Are All Right

    Julianne Moore, Annette Bening

    Released2010

    Directed byLisa Cholodenko

    The Kids Are All Right is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg. A hit at 2010 Sundance, it opened in limited release on July 9,...  more

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    Sesame Street: Cookie Monster's Best Bites

    Annette Bening

    Released2003

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    Girl Most Likely

    Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

    Girl Most Likely is a 2012 comedy film written by Michelle Morgan and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini....  more
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    The Siege

    Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington

    Released1998

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    In 1996 Nestor Cerpa and his Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) took over 400 people hostage at the Japanese Ambassador's Residence in Lima. Over the next four months a chilling, unlikely,...  more

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    Captain Marvel

    Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2019

    Directed byAnna Boden, Ryan Fleck

    Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson)...  more

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    The Women

    Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan

    Released2008

    Directed byDiane English

    The Women is a 2008 American comedy film written, produced and directed by Diane English. The screenplay is an updated version of the George Cukor-directed 1939 film of the same name based on a 1936...  more
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    The Report

    Adam Driver, Annette Bening

    Released2019

    Directed byScott Z. Burns

    The Report is a 2019 American drama film directed by Scott Z. Burns. Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and...  more
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    Postcards from the Edge

    Meryl Streep, Annette Bening

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Carrie Fisher is based on her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The film...  more
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    In Dreams

    Robert Downey Jr., Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    In Dreams is a 1999 psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Annette Bening as a New England illustrator who begins experiencing visions of a missing child who turns out to be...  more

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    Georgetown

    Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave

    Released2020

    Directed byChristoph Waltz

    Georgetown is a 2020 American crime drama film directed by Christoph Waltz, based on The New York Times Magazine article "The Worst Marriage in Georgetown" by Franklin Foer. An eccentric and...  more
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    Ruby Sparks

    Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll

    Released2012

    Directed byValerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton

    Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, Ruby...  more
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    Valmont

    Annette Bening, Colin Firth

    Released1989

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    Valmont is a 1989 French-American drama film directed by Miloš Forman and starring Colin Firth, Annette Bening, and Meg Tilly. Based on the 1782 French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de...  more
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    Love Affair

    Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening

    Released1994

    Directed byGlenn Gordon Caron

    Love Affair is a 1994 romantic drama film, and a remake of the 1939 film of the same name. It was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron and produced by Warren Beatty from a screenplay by Robert Towne and...  more

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    Richard III

    Robert Downey Jr., Ian McKellen

    Released1995

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

    Richard III is a 1995 drama film adapted from William Shakespeare's play of the same name, starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott...  more
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    The Great Outdoors

    Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byHoward Deutch

    The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette Bening and Stephanie Faracy co-star. Robert Prosky, Lucy Deakins and Lewis Arquette have supporting...  more

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