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 us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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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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Violet Weston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Violet Weston August: Osage County, August: Osage County

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Susan Orlean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Susan Orlean Adaptation

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Julia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Julia Defending Your Life

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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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Joanna Kramer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Joanna Kramer Kramer vs. Kramer

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Jill Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Jill Manhattan

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

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Linda is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Linda Deer Hunter

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Karen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Karen Our of Africa

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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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Eleanor Shaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Eleanor Shaw The Manchurian Candidate, The Manchurian Candidate

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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Julia Child Julie & Julia

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Jane Adler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Jane Adler It's Complicated

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Mrs. Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Mrs. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Clarissa Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Clarissa Vaughan The Hours

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Madeline Ashton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Madeline Ashton Death Becomes Her

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Gail Hartman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Gail Hartman The River Wild

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Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Lee Marvin's Room

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Donna Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Donna Sheridan Mamma Mia!

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Sister Aloysius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Francesca Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins

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Chief Elder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Chief Elder The Giver

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Ricki is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Ricki Ricki and the Flash