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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
The Devil Wears Prada
2
Donna Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Mamma Mia!
3
Zofia
Sophie's Choice
4
Joanna Kramer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Kramer vs. Kramer
5
Madeline Ashton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Death Becomes Her
6
Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Iron Lady
7
Jane Adler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
It's Complicated
8
Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Julie & Julia
9
The Witch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Into the Woods, Into the Woods, Into the Woods
10
Clarissa Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Hours
11
Sister Aloysius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
12
Francesca Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The Bridges of Madison County, The Bridges of Madison County
13
Linda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Linda Deer Hunter
14
Gail Hartman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
The River Wild
15
Karen Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Silkwood
16
Karen Blixen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Our of Africa
17
Violet Weston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
August: Osage County, August: Osage County
18
Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins
19
Rachel Samstat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Heartburn
20
Kate Gulden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Elizabeth Henry added Kate Gulden One True Thing
21
Julia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Defending Your Life
22
Susan Orlean is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Adaptation
23
Ricki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Ricki Ricki and the Flash
24
Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Marvin's Room
25
Mrs. Fox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Meryl Streep, Ranked
Fantastic Mr. Fox