Fictional Characters The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best characters played by Meryl Streep ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top Meryl Streep characters come in many forms. Some compelling Streep roles personify intensity while other iconic Streep characters are cool, calm, and collected. A few great Meryl Streep characters are even featured in hilarious comedies.

Which Meryl Streep roles are the best? Miranda Priestly has to be near the top of the list. As a demanding fashion editor, Priestly makes life miserable for those who work for her magazine. Streep was nominated for an Oscar for playing the now iconic Devil Wears Prada character. Streep has taken home several Academy Awards including the Best Actress trophy for her heartbreaking portrayal of the title character in Sophie's Choice.

Streep has played several characters based on real people including Julia Child (Julie & Julia) and Margaret Thatcher (The Iron Lady). Other great roles played by Meryl Streep include Violet Weston in August: Osage County and Susan Orlean in Adaptation.

How will we ever determine which Meryl Streep character is the best? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and voting others down accordingly.

 

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68 10
Miranda Priestly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Devil Wears Prada

2
43 8
Donna Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Mamma Mia!

3
44 16
Zofia
Sophie's Choice

4
33 9
Joanna Kramer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Kramer vs. Kramer

5
28 8
The Witch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Into the Woods, Into the Woods, Into the Woods

6
31 12
Madeline Ashton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Death Becomes Her

7
34 16
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Iron Lady

8
24 8
Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Our of Africa

9
26 10
Karen Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Silkwood

10
27 11
Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Julie & Julia

11
26 11
Jane Adler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
It's Complicated

12
25 11
Linda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Linda Deer Hunter

13
29 16
Violet Weston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
August: Osage County, August: Osage County

14
19 8
Clarissa Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Hours

15
19 8
Francesca Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Bridges of Madison County, The Bridges of Madison County

16
20 9
Rachel Samstat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Heartburn

17
16 6
Ricki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Ricki Ricki and the Flash

18
20 10
Gail Hartman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The River Wild

19
19 10
Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins

20
20 11
Susan Orlean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Adaptation

21
18 10
Sister Aloysius is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked

22
14 7
Lee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Marvin's Room

23
17 10
Mrs. Fox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Fantastic Mr. Fox

24
16 10
Julia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Defending Your Life

25
18 12
Jill Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Manhattan