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The Best Ellen Barkin Movies 

Updated January 16, 2020 628 votes 146 voters 20.8k 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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ellen Barkin movies?" and "What are the greatest Ellen Barkin roles of all time?"

Notable directors that have worked with Ellen Barkin include names like Joel Schumacher, Steven Soderbergh and Tony Scott. Movie fans who love Ellen Barkin have also been known to enjoy films starring Anne Francis and Lee Grant.

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Switch Téa Leoni, Ellen Barkin, Catherine Keener

Released: 1991

Directed by: Blake 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

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Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1982

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Tom Berenger, Ellen Barkin, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 1983

Directed by: Martin Davidson

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Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bruce 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 ...more

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Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin, Roberto Benigni

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jim 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, ...more

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 1984

Directed by: W. D. Richter

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Released: 2007

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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Monica Bellucci, Kerry Washington, Jim Brown

Released: 2004

Directed by: Spike 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 ...more

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Ellen Barkin, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong

Released: 1978

Directed by: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong

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Ellen Barkin, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mike Newell

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Patrick Jann

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Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Isabella Rossellini

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mary Lambert

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Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1989

Directed by: Walter Hill

Johnny Handsome is an 1989 American crime-drama film directed by Walter Hill and starring Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin and Morgan Freeman. The film was written by Ken Friedman, and adapted from ...more
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Hugh Jackman, Marisa Tomei, Ashley Judd

Released: 2001

Directed by: Tony Goldwyn

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Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sam Levinson

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Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2005

Directed by: Bart Freundlich

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Todd Solondz

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Diane Lane, Burt Reynolds, Jeff Goldblum

Released: 1996

Directed by: Larry Bishop

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Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Famke Janssen, Emilie de Ravin, Ellen Barkin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jean-Paul Salomé

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Released: 1985

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Ellen Barkin, Monica Keena, Jeffrey Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: Rob Schmidt

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Released: 2009

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

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