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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.

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Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas

Released: 1995

Directed by: Rob 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. ...more

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Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam 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 ...more

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Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin 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. ...more

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Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, J.J. Abrams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more
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Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty

Released: 1991

Directed by: Barry 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, ...more

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Annette Bening, John Cusack, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1990

Directed by: Stephen 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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Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon

Released: 2004

Directed by: István 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. ...more
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Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Katharine Hepburn

Released: 1994

Directed by: Glenn 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 ...more

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Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lisa 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 ...more

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Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

Released: 2008

Directed by: Diane 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 ...more

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Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy

Released: 1988

Directed by: Howard 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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Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more

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Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, Annette Bening

Released: 1998

Directed by: Edward 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, ...more

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Annette Bening, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Jones

Released: 1989

Directed by: Miloš 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 ...more
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Captain Marvel Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anna 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 ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin, Evan Rachel Wood

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ryan 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 ...more

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Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Rodrigo 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 ...more

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Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine

Released: 2019

Directed by: Scott 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 ...more
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Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tim Burton

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more

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Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Sevigny

Released: 2006

Directed by: Phyllis 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 ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Ian McKellen, Annette Bening

Released: 1995

Directed by: Richard 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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Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, Martin Scorsese

Released: 1991

Directed by: Irwin Winkler

Guilty by Suspicion is a 1991 film about the Hollywood blacklist and associated activities stemming from McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Written and directed by Irwin ...more

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Sesame Street: Cookie Monster's Best Bites Annette Bening

Released: 2003

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Hemingway & Fuentes Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening, Andy Garcia

Released: 2014

Directed by: Andy Garcia

Hemingway & Fuentes is an upcoming 2014 drama film written and directed by Andy Garcia.
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Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon

Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert 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.