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The Best Bette Midler Movies

Updated October 15, 2019 4.9k votes 1.3k voters 112.1k views34 items

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List of the best Bette Midler movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Singing, dancing, telling jokes, Bette Midler can do it all and her impressive filmography proves it. Bette Midler'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 Bette Midler movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bette Midler movies will be at the top of the list. Bette Midler has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Bette Midler movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Bette Midler films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Bette Midler role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Bette Midler performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The Rose and Beaches are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Bette Midler movies?" and "What are the greatest Bette Midler roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Bette Midler's versatile performances, you might also like our list of the best Sarah Jessica Parker movies and best Barbra Streisand movies.

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    Beaches is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Beaches

    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik

    Released1988

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The First Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh Wilson

    The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

    Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Big Business is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Big Business

    Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin

    Released1988

    Directed byJim Abrahams

    Big Business is a 1988 American comedy film farce starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The Rose

    Bette Midler, Alan Bates

    Released1979

    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Rose is a 1979 American drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ruthless People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Ruthless People

    Danny DeVito, Bette Midler

    Released1986

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Ruthless People is a 1986 black comedy film written by Dale Launer, directed by David Zucker,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    For the Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    For the Boys

    Vince Vaughn, Bette Midler

    Released1991

    Directed byMark Rydell

    For the Boys is a 1991 film which traces the life of Dixie Leonard, a 1940s actress/singer who... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    Nick Nolte, Bette Midler

    Released1986

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Outrageous Fortune is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Outrageous Fortune

    Bette Midler, George Carlin

    Released1987

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Outrageous Fortune is a 1987 American film written by Leslie Dixon, directed by Arthur Hiller,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Bette Midler Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The Bette Midler Show

    Bette Midler

    Directed byTom Trbovich

    The Bette Midler Show is a HBO Video special of one of Bette Midler's tours entitled 'The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Stella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Stella

    Ben Stiller, Bette Midler

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Erman

    Stella is a 1990 American drama film produced by The Samuel Goldwyn Company and released by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Parental Guidance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Parental Guidance

    Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei

    Released2012

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    Parental Guidance is a 2012 American family-comedy film starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    That Old Feeling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    That Old Feeling

    Bette Midler, Gail O'Grady

    Released1997

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    That Old Feeling is a 1997 romantic comedy starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina. The film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Newton Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The Newton Boys

    Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    The Newton Boys is a 1998 American comedy-drama film based on the true story of the Newton... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Gypsy

    Bette Midler, Lacey Chabert

    Released1993

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

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    The Stepford Wives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The Stepford Wives

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken

    Released2004

    Directed byFrank Oz

    The Stepford Wives is a 2004 American sci-fi dramedy film. It was directed by Frank Oz from a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Divine Madness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Divine Madness

    Bette Midler

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Hawaiians is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The Hawaiians

    Bette Midler, Charlton Heston

    Released1970

    Directed byTom Gries

    The Hawaiians, released in the UK as Master of the Islands, is a 1970 American historical film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Bette Midler: The Showgirl Mus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On

    Kamilah Marshall, Kyra DaCosta

    Released2010

    Directed byBette Midler

    Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On is a 2010 film written by Eric Kornfeld and Bruce...amazon_watch buy button
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    What Women Want is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    What Women Want

    Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei

    Released2000

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    In the Pink is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    In the Pink

    Cher, Bette Midler

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Hedges

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    Oliver & Company is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Oliver & Company

    Billy Joel, Bette Midler

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge Scribner

    Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Jackie's Back is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Jackie's Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    Jackie's Back is a 1999 television film directed by Robert Townsend. It premiered on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Thorn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    The Thorn

    Bette Midler

    Released1974

    Directed byPeter McWilliams, Peter Alexander

    The Thorn is a comic, religious satire movie released on May 24, 1974, as The Divine Mr. J. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
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    Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz

    Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler

    Released2004

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