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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

"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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  • 1

    Beaches

    Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik
    376
    66

    Released1988

    Directed byGarry 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
  • 2

    The First Wives Club

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Goldie Hawn
    311
    47

    Released1996

    Directed byHugh 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
  • 3

    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler
    335
    62

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny 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
  • 4

    Big Business

    Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin
    223
    36

    Released1988

    Directed byJim 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 ending in...  more
  • 5

    The Rose

    Bette Midler, Alan Bates
    239
    46

    Released1979

    Directed byMark 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
  • 6

    Ruthless People

    Danny DeVito, Bette Midler
    214
    43

    Released1986

    Directed byJerry 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 Morris,...  more
  • 7

    For the Boys

    Vince Vaughn, Bette Midler
    174
    43

    Released1991

    Directed byMark 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, Midler's...  more
  • 8

    Outrageous Fortune

    Bette Midler, George Carlin
    136
    26

    Released1987

    Directed byArthur 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
  • 9

    Down and Out in Beverly Hills

    Nick Nolte, Bette Midler
    150
    36

    Released1986

    Directed byPaul 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 in Beverly...  more
  • 10

    Then She Found Me

    Helen Hunt, Bette Midler
    124
    20

    Released2007

    Directed byHelen 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 Elinor...  more
  • 11

    Stella

    Ben Stiller, Bette Midler
    119
    42

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn 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 1920...  more
  • 12

    Parental Guidance

    Billy Crystal, Marisa Tomei
    105
    34

    Released2012

    Directed byAndy 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 25,...  more
  • 13

    That Old Feeling

    Bette Midler, Gail O'Grady
    115
    42

    Released1997

    Directed byCarl Reiner

    That Old Feeling is a 1997 romantic comedy starring Bette Midler and Dennis Farina. The film was directed by Carl Reiner....  more
  • 14

    Gypsy

    Bette Midler, Lacey Chabert
    77
    24

    Released1993

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Gypsy is a 1993 film directed by Emile Ardolino. A television adaptation of the classic Broadway musical....  more
  • 15

    The Stepford Wives

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken
    91
    43

    Released2004

    Directed byFrank 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 Walken,...  more
  • 16

    Divine Madness

    Bette Midler
    61
    21

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael 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 features...  more
  • 17

    Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On

    Kamilah Marshall, Kyra DaCosta
    51
    18

    Released2010

    Directed byBette Midler

    Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On is a 2010 film written by Eric Kornfeld and Bruce Vilanch and directed by Bette Midler....
  • 18

    In the Pink

    Cher, Bette Midler
    51
    19

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Hedges

  • 19

    What Women Want

    Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei
    66
    34

    Released2000

    Directed byNancy 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 box...  more
  • 20

    Oliver & Company

    Billy Joel, Bette Midler
    48
    22

    Released1988

    Directed byGeorge 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 film in the...  more
  • 21

    The Thorn

    Bette Midler
    42
    17

    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 was first shown as The Greatest Story Overtold at the Detroit Institute of Art in 1971. It was released...  more
  • 22

    Jackie's Back

    Whoopi Goldberg, Dolly Parton
    47
    22

    Released1999

    Directed byRobert Townsend

    Jackie's Back is a 1999 television film directed by Robert Townsend. It premiered on the Lifetime Television Network on June 14, 1999....  more
  • 23

    Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz

    Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler
    42
    19

    Released2004

  • 24

    Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

    Alan Yentob
    42
    20

    Released2008

    Directed byBarbara Leibovitz

    "A fascinating documentary portrait of the legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz, who introduced images of the Rolling Stones to the world and worked on the magazines Vanity Fair and Vogue....
  • 25

    The Bette Midler Show

    Bette Midler
    39
    19

    Directed byTom 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