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The Best Bette Midler Movies 

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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

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Beaches is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik, Barbara Hershey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Garry Marshall

Beaches, is a 1988 American comedy-drama film adapted by Mary Agnes Donoghue from the Iris Rainer Dart novel of the same name. It was directed by Garry Marshall, and stars Bette Midler, Barbara ...more

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn, Heather Locklear

Released: 1996

Directed by: Hugh Wilson

The First Wives Club is a 1996 comedy film, based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as ...more

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bette Midler Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Harry Dean Stanton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Mark Rydell

The Rose is a 1979 American drama film which tells the story of a self-destructive 1960s rock star who struggles to cope with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless ...more
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Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Seth Green

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jim Abrahams

Big Business is a 1988 American comedy film farce starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. The movie revolves around two sets of identical female twins who were mismatched at birth, with one ...more

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Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Helen Slater

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

Ruthless People is a 1986 black comedy film written by Dale Launer, directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, and starring Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Anita ...more

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Vince Vaughn, Bette Midler, Andy Dick

Released: 1991

Directed by: Mark Rydell

For the Boys is a 1991 film which traces the life of Dixie Leonard, a 1940s actress/singer who teams up with Eddie Sparks, a famous performer, to entertain American troops. As in The Rose, ...more

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Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss

Released: 1986

Directed by: Paul Mazursky

Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy film based on the French play Boudu sauvé des eaux, which had previously been adapted on film in 1932 by Jean Renoir. Down and Out ...more

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Bette Midler, George Carlin, Shelley Long

Released: 1987

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

Outrageous Fortune is a 1987 American film written by Leslie Dixon, directed by Arthur Hiller, and stars Shelley Long and Bette Midler. The title is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet. The film was ...more
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Ben Stiller, Bette Midler, John Goodman

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Erman

Stella is a 1990 American drama film produced by The Samuel Goldwyn Company and released by Touchstone Pictures. The screenplay by Robert Getchell is the third feature film adaptation of the ...more

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Bette Midler, Gail O'Grady, Paula Marshall

Released: 1997

Directed by: Carl Reiner

That Old Feeling is a 1997 romantic comedy starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina. The film was directed by Carl Reiner.
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Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei, Bette Midler

Released: 2012

Directed by: Andy Fickman

Parental Guidance is a 2012 American family-comedy film starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott and directed by Andy Fickman. The film was released on December ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Bette Midler

Released: 2004

Directed by: Frank Oz

The Stepford Wives is a 2004 American sci-fi dramedy film. It was directed by Frank Oz from a screenplay by Paul Rudnick and stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher ...more

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Bette Midler, Lacey Chabert, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 1993

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Gypsy is a 1993 film directed by Emile Ardolino.

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Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei, Helen Hunt

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake, directed by Nancy Meyers, and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The film was a ...more

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Bette Midler

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Divine Madness is a 1980 concert film directed by Michael Ritchie, and featuring Bette Midler during her 1979 concert at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The 94-minute film ...more
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Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On Kamilah Marshall, Kyra DaCosta, Kandis Mak

Released: 2010

Directed by: Bette Midler

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On is a 2010 film written by Eric Kornfeld and Bruce Vilanch and directed by Bette Midler.
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Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin

Released: 1988

Directed by: George Scribner

Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical buddy comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988 by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th ...more

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Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick

Released: 2007

Directed by: Helen Hunt

Then She Found Me is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Helen Hunt. The screenplay by Hunt, Alice Arlen, and Victor Levin is very loosely based on the 1990 novel of the same name by ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Ferrell, Danny DeVito

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nick Gomez

This film is a 2000 comedy-mystery film starring Danny DeVito as Wyatt Rash, a local police chief from Verplanck, New York, who investigates Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, cruel and ...more
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Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones

Released: 1999

Directed by: James Algar, Don Hahn, Paul Brizzi, Francis Glebas, Eric Goldberg, + more

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Bette Midler, Amanda Peet, John Cleese

Released: 2000

Directed by: Andrew Bergman

Isn't She Great is a 2000 American film, that presents a fictionalized biography of best-selling author Jacqueline Susann, played by Bette Midler. The film was directed by Andrew Bergman, with a ...more
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The Bette Midler Show Bette Midler

Directed by: Tom Trbovich

The Bette Midler Show is a HBO Video special of one of Bette Midler's tours entitled 'The Depression Tour', The video is of her show at the Cleveland Music Hall during February 1976. the show ...more
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Bette Midler, Rip Torn, Jack Elam

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah, Don Siegel

Jinxed! is a 1982 comedy-drama film starring Bette Midler, Rip Torn and Ken Wahl. Directed by Don Siegel, the veteran filmmaker would suffer a heart attack during the troubled production. This ...more
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Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

Released: 2008

Directed by: Diane English

The Women is a 2008 American comedy film written, produced and directed by Diane English. The screenplay is an updated version of the George Cukor-directed 1939 film of the same name based on a ...more

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