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The Best Ellen Burstyn Movies

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

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

Items on this list include The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond and Within These Walls.

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


  • 1

    The Last Picture Show

    Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd
    The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted...  more

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  • 2

    The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Ann-Margret
    The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is a 2008 independent film by director Jodie Markell. The film...  more
  • 3

    The Spitfire Grill

    Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden
    The Spitfire Grill is a 1996 American motion picture that tells a story of a woman who was...  more
  • 4

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson
    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin...  more
  • 5

    The Ambassador

    Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum
    The Ambassador is a 1984 American thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson and stars Robert...  more
  • 6

    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto
    Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky...  more

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  • 7

    The Stone Angel

    Ellen Page, Ellen Burstyn
    The Stone Angel is a 2007 Canadian drama film written and directed by Kari Skogland. The...  more
  • 8

    How to Make an American Quilt

    Claire Danes, Winona Ryder
    How to Make an American Quilt is a 1995 movie which was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and...  more
  • 9

    The Exorcist series

    Louise Fletcher, Jason Miller
    The Exorcist is an American horror film series consisting of five installments based on the...  more
  • 10

    Silence of the North

    Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerritt
    Silence of the North is a 1981 semi-autobiographical Canadian film of author Olive...  more
  • 11

    The Fountain

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz
    The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history,...  more

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  • 12

    Same Time, Next Year

    Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn
    Same Time, Next Year is a 1978 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Robert...  more

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  • 13

    Harry and Tonto

    Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman
    Harry and Tonto is a 1974 road movie written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld and directed...  more

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  • 14

    Playing by Heart

    Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff
    Playing by Heart is a 1998 American comedy-drama film, which tells the story of several...  more
  • 15

    The Yards

    Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg
    The Yards is a 2000 American crime film directed by James Gray. It was written by Gray and...  more

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  • 16


    Renée Zellweger, Tim Roth
    Deceiver is a 1997 murder mystery film. It won Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay at the...  more
  • 17

    When a Man Loves a Woman

    Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 American romantic drama film written by Al Franken and...  more

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  • 18

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    Jon Voight, Jeff Daniels
    The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a 2004 film directed by Lloyd Kramer....  more
  • 19

    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn
    The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted...  more

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  • 20


    Ellen Burstyn, John Gielgud
    Providence is a 1977 French/Swiss film directed by Alain Resnais from a screenplay by David...  more
  • 21

    The Wicker Man

    Nicolas Cage, James Franco
    The Wicker Man is a 2006 American horror thriller film written and directed by Neil LaBute and...  more

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  • 22

    Dying Young

    Julia Roberts, Ellen Burstyn
    Dying Young is a 1991 American romance film, directed by Joel Schumacher. It is based on a...  more
  • 23


    Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton
    W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life and presidency of...  more

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  • 24

    A Dream of Passion

    Ellen Burstyn, Melina Mercouri
    A Dream of Passion is a 1978 Greek drama film directed by Jules Dassin. The story follows...  more
  • 25

    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Rachael Leigh Cook, Ellen Burstyn
    The Baby-Sitters Club is a 1995 family comedy drama film directed by Melanie Mayron, in her...  more

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