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The Best Ellen Barkin Movies

Updated January 16, 2020 1.1k votes 155 voters 21.3k views

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

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

Examples of films on this list: Before Women Had Wings, Happy Tears and many more.

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    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin
    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by...  more

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    She Hate Me

    Monica Bellucci, Kerry Washington
    She Hate Me is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Anthony...  more

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    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo...  more

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    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro
    This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author...  more

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    Down by Law

    Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin
    Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch....  more

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    #554 of 923 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#172 of 225 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

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    Ocean's Thirteen

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney
    Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an...  more

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    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

    Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin
    Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film, released in...  more

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    Siesta

    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen
    Siesta is a 1987 film directed by Mary Lambert, and starring Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne and...  more
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    Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst
    This film is a 1999 American black comedy film directed by Michael Patrick Jann and starring...  more

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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon
    Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is...  more

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    Switch

    Téa Leoni, Ellen Barkin
    Switch is a 1991 comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards, based on George Axelrod's...  more

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by...  more

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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin
    Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay...  more
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    Trust the Man

    Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore
    Trust the Man is a 2005 romantic comedy film starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne...  more
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    Palindromes

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin
    Palindromes is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz. It...  more

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    Crime and Punishment in Suburbia

    Ellen Barkin, Monica Keena
    Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is a 2000 film directed by Rob Schmidt and starring Monica...  more
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    Mad Dog Time

    Diane Lane, Burt Reynolds
    Mad Dog Time is a 1996 ensemble cast film written and directed by Larry Bishop, released...  more
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    Another Happy Day

    Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth
    "A wedding at her parents’ Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the fire of primal,...  more

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    Twelve

    Emma Roberts, 50 Cent
    Twelve is a 2010 American-French crime drama teen film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film...  more
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    The Fan

    Robert De Niro, Jack Black
    The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro...  more
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    The White River Kid

    Antonio Banderas, Ellen Barkin
    The White River Kid is a 1999 film directed by Arne Glimcher....  more
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    Desert Bloom

    Jon Voight, Ellen Barkin
    Desert Bloom is a 1986 American drama film directed by Eugene Corr and starring an ensemble...  more
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    Terminal Choice

    Ellen Barkin
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    Mac

    Ellen Barkin, John Turturro
    Mac is a 1993 drama film directed by John Turturro....  more
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    Happy Tears

    Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin
    Happy Tears is 2010 drama film written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein....  more