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

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Zofia
Zofia "Sophie" Zawistowski Sophie's Choice

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Donna Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Donna Sheridan Mamma Mia!

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

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Madeline Ashton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Madeline Ashton Death Becomes Her

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Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady

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Violet Weston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Violet Weston August: Osage County, August: Osage County

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Jane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Jane It's Complicated

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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Julia Child Julie & Julia

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Susan Orlean is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Susan Orlean Adaptation

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Julia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Julia Defending Your Life

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Rachel Samstat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Rachel Heartburn

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Karen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Karen Our of Africa

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Linda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Linda Deer Hunter

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Karen Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Karen Silkwood Silkwood

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Francesca Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Francesca Johnson The Bridges of Madison County, The Bridges of Madison County

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Gail Hartman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Gail Hartman The River Wild

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

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

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Ricki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Ricki Ricki and the Flash

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Witch Into the Woods, Into the Woods, Into the Woods

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

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Eleanor Shaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Eleanor Shaw The Manchurian Candidate, The Manchurian Candidate

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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins

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Kate Gulden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Elizabeth Henry added Kate Gulden One True Thing

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Jill Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Jill Manhattan

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Mrs. Fox is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Mrs. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Chief Elder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Chief Elder The Giver