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The Best Ellen Barkin Movies

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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

    Released1983

    Released1983

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Horton Foote focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his life...  more

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    She Hate Me

    Monica Bellucci, Kerry Washington

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Directed bySpike Lee

    She Hate Me is a 2004 independent comedy-drama film directed by Spike Lee and starring Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Bai Ling and...  more

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    Released1984

    Released1984

    Directed byW. D. Richter

    Directed byW. D. Richter

    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction film. It was directed and produced by W. D. Richter, and concerns...  more

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    Down by Law

    Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin

    Released1986

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, and...  more

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    Ocean's Thirteen

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Ocean's Thirteen is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast. It is the third and final film in the Soderbergh series following the 2004 sequel Ocean's...  more

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    Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

    Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin

    Released1978

    Released1978

    Directed byLou Adler, Tommy Chong

    Directed byLou Adler, Tommy Chong

    Up in Smoke, directed by Lou Adler, is Cheech & Chong's first feature-length film, released in 1978 by Paramount Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, Stacy...  more

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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon

    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is Levinson's screen directing debut, and the first of Levinson's four "Baltimore Films" set in his hometown...  more

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    Siesta

    Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byMary Lambert

    Directed byMary Lambert

    Siesta is a 1987 film directed by Mary Lambert, and starring Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne and Jodie Foster. It also stars Martin Sheen, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Julian Sands and Alexei Sayle....  more
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    Drop Dead Gorgeous

    Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst

    Released1999

    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Patrick Jann

    Directed byMichael Patrick Jann

    This film is a 1999 American black comedy film directed by Michael Patrick Jann and starring Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst, Allison Janney, Denise Richards, Brittany Murphy, and Amy...  more

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    Switch

    Téa Leoni, Ellen Barkin

    Released1991

    Released1991

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Switch is a 1991 comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards, based on George Axelrod's play Goodbye Charlie. The movie stars Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Smits, JoBeth Williams and Lorraine Bracco....  more

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    This Boy's Life

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

    This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff. It is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, Robert De...  more

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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted from...  more

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    Trust the Man

    Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byBart Freundlich

    Directed byBart Freundlich

    Trust the Man is a 2005 romantic comedy film starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It was directed and written by Bart Freundlich. The film primarily deals...  more
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    Palindromes

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byTodd Solondz

    Directed byTodd Solondz

    Palindromes is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz. It references Solondz's 1995 film, Welcome to the Dollhouse. It competed for the Golden Lion award at the 61st...  more

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    Eddie and the Cruisers

    Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Released1983

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P.F. Kluge. It was marketed with the...  more
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    Mad Dog Time

    Diane Lane, Burt Reynolds

    Released1996

    Released1996

    Directed byLarry Bishop

    Directed byLarry Bishop

    Mad Dog Time is a 1996 ensemble cast film written and directed by Larry Bishop, released through United Artists. The film is notable for the various cameo appearances, including the first, and final...  more
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    Another Happy Day

    Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth

    Released2011

    Released2011

    Directed bySam Levinson

    Directed bySam Levinson

    "A wedding at her parents’ Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the fire of primal, Byzantine family dynamics. It’s the wedding of Lynn’s son, whom she was deprived of raising because of her...  more
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    Crime and Punishment in Suburbia

    Ellen Barkin, Monica Keena

    Released2000

    Released2000

    Directed byRob Schmidt

    Directed byRob Schmidt

    Crime and Punishment in Suburbia is a 2000 film directed by Rob Schmidt and starring Monica Keena, Ellen Barkin, Michael Ironside, James DeBello and Vincent Kartheiser....  more
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    Twelve

    Emma Roberts, 50 Cent

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

    Twelve is a 2010 American-French crime drama teen film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film was written by Jordan Melamed, adapted from Nick McDonell's novel of the same name. The film, a story of...  more
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    The Fan

    Robert De Niro, Jack Black

    Released1996

    Released1996

    Directed byTony Scott

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams. The Fan is a...  more
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    The White River Kid

    Antonio Banderas, Ellen Barkin

    Released1999

    Released1999

    Directed byArne Glimcher

    Directed byArne Glimcher

    The White River Kid is a 1999 film directed by Arne Glimcher....  more
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    Desert Bloom

    Jon Voight, Ellen Barkin

    Released1986

    Released1986

    Directed byEugene Corr

    Directed byEugene Corr

    Desert Bloom is a 1986 American drama film directed by Eugene Corr and starring an ensemble cast led by Jon Voight and JoBeth Williams. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1986...  more
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    Terminal Choice

    Ellen Barkin

    Released1985

    Released1985

    Directed bySheldon Larry

    Directed bySheldon Larry

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    Mac

    Ellen Barkin, John Turturro

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Turturro

    Directed byJohn Turturro

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    Happy Tears

    Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byMitchell Lichtenstein

    Directed byMitchell Lichtenstein

    Happy Tears is 2010 drama film written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein....  more