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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?"

Brett Ratner and Joel Schumacher have both worked with Ellen Burstyn over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Is Ellen Burstyn your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Brian Dennehy and Gena Rowlands films lists too.

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Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more

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The Last Picture Show Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Cloris Leachman The Last Picture Show is a 1971 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Set in a small town in ...more

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Same Time, Next Year Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar Same Time, Next Year is a 1978 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Bernard Slade is based on his 1975 play of the same title. The film stars Alan ...more

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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 2002 American comedy-drama film starring an ensemble cast headed by Sandra Bullock, directed and written by Callie Khouri. It is based on Rebecca ...more

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Resurrection Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth Resurrection is a 1980 film which tells the story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an ...more

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The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Bryce Dallas Howard, Ann-Margret, Chris Evans The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is a 2008 independent film by director Jodie Markell. The film is based on Tennessee Williams' long-forgotten 1957 screenplay. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard ...more

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Harry and Tonto Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman, Geraldine Fitzgerald Harry and Tonto is a 1974 road movie written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld and directed by Mazursky. It features Art Carney as Harry in an Academy Award-winning performance. Tonto is his ...more

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The Spitfire Grill Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton The Spitfire Grill is a 1996 American motion picture that tells a story of a woman who was just released from prison and goes to work in a small-town café known as The Spitfire Grill. A ...more

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The King of Marvin Gardens Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern The King of Marvin Gardens is a 1972 American drama film. It stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Scatman Crothers. It is one of several collaborations between Nicholson and ...more

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Silence of the North Ellen Burstyn, Tom Skerritt, Gordon Pinsent Silence of the North is a 1981 semi-autobiographical Canadian film of author Olive Frederickson, taken from the book of the same name. The film stars Tom Skerritt as her first husband Walter ...more

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The Stone Angel Ellen Page, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Zegers The Stone Angel is a 2007 Canadian drama film written and directed by Kari Skogland. The screenplay is based on the 1964 novel of the same title by Margaret Laurence.

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The Ambassador Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn The Ambassador is a 1984 American thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson and stars Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn and Rock Hudson. The political thriller was based on the 1974 crime novel 52 ...more

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

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Deceiver Renée Zellweger, Tim Roth, Ellen Burstyn Deceiver is a 1997 murder mystery film. It won Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay at the 1997 Stockholm Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at the 1998 Cognac Police Film Festival.

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Playing by Heart Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff, Sean Connery Playing by Heart is a 1998 American comedy-drama film, which tells the story of several seemingly unconnected characters. It was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.

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How to Make an American Quilt Claire Danes, Winona Ryder, Jared Leto How to Make an American Quilt is a 1995 movie which was directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and stars Winona Ryder, Maya Angelou, Ellen Burstyn and Anne Bancroft. It is based on a novel of the same ...more

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The Fountain Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more

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Dying Young Julia Roberts, Ellen Burstyn, Vincent D'Onofrio Dying Young is a 1991 American romance film, directed by Joel Schumacher. It is based on a novel of the same name by Marti Leimbach, and stars Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott with Vincent ...more

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When a Man Loves a Woman Meg Ryan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andy Garcia When a Man Loves a Woman is a 1994 American romantic drama film written by Al Franken and Ronald Bass, starring Andy García, Meg Ryan, Tina Majorino, Mae Whitman, Ellen Burstyn, Lauren ...more

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The Exorcist series Louise Fletcher, Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn The Exorcist is an American horror film series consisting of five installments based on the fictional story from the novel The Exorcist, created by William Blatty. The films have been ...more

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The Yards Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix The Yards is a 2000 American crime film directed by James Gray. It was written by Gray and Matt Reeves, and stars Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron and James Caan. The setting is ...more

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Roommates Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, Ellen Burstyn Roommates is a 1995 American comedy-drama film, starring Peter Falk, D.B. Sweeney and Julianne Moore, directed by Peter Yates. The original music score was composed by Elmer Bernstein. The film ...more

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Lovely, Still Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Landau Lovely, Still is a 2008 film directed by Nik Fackler.

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Providence Ellen Burstyn, John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde Providence is a 1977 French/Swiss film directed by Alain Resnais from a screenplay by David Mercer. It explores the processes of creativity through a portrayal of an ageing novelist, played by ...more

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The Baby-Sitters Club Rachael Leigh Cook, Ellen Burstyn, Marla Sokoloff The Baby-Sitters Club is a 1995 family comedy drama film directed by Melanie Mayron, in her feature film directorial debut. It is based on The Baby-Sitters Club series of novels and is about one ...more

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A Dream of Passion Ellen Burstyn, Melina Mercouri, Andreas Voutsinas A Dream of Passion is a 1978 Greek drama film directed by Jules Dassin. The story follows Melina Mercouri as Maya, an actress playing Medea, who seeks out Brenda Collins, portrayed by Ellen ...more

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You Can Thank Me Later Ellen Burstyn, Mary McDonnell, Ted Levine You Can Thank Me Later is a 1998 Canadian comedy drama film directed by Shimon Dotan. The film is based on a play titled Hyper-Allergenic written and adapted for the screen by Oren Safdie.

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W. Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Josh Brolin W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. It was produced and directed by Oliver Stone, written by Stanley Weiser, and stars Josh ...more

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According to Greta Hilary Duff, Ellen Burstyn, Melissa Leo According to Greta is a 2009 American independent drama film directed by Nancy Bardawil.

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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Sean Penn Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam is an American grammy Award–winning 1987 documentary, inspired by the anthology of the same title, directed by Bill Couturié. Using real letters ...more

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Down in the Valley Kat Dennings, Evan Rachel Wood, Edward Norton Down in the Valley is a 2005 film starring Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse and Rory Culkin. The film made its debut in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival ...more

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The Cemetery Club Christina Ricci, Ellen Burstyn, Catherine Keener The Cemetery Club is a 1993 film directed by Bill Duke.

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For Those Who Think Young Tina Louise, Ellen Burstyn, Nancy Sinatra For Those Who Think Young is a 1964 beach party film shot in Techniscope, directed by Leslie H. Martinson and featuring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, Nancy ...more

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Terror in the Aisles Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis Terror in the Aisles is a 1984 documentary film about horror films featuring clips from Friday the 13th I and/or II, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween I and II, Jaws 1 and 2, Alien, John ...more

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Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day Ellen Burstyn, Samantha Mathis, Michael Imperioli Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day is a 2007 television film.

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The Wicker Man Nicolas Cage, James Franco, Leelee Sobieski The Wicker Man is a 2006 American horror thriller film written and directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage. The film primarily is a remake of the 1973 British cult classic The Wicker ...more

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Twice in a Lifetime Ann-Margret, Gene Hackman, Ellen Burstyn Twice in a Lifetime is a 1985 film starring Gene Hackman and directed by Bud Yorkin. The plot involves a steelworker and married man going through a mid-life crisis when he finds himself ...more

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When You Remember Me Kevin Spacey, Fred Savage, Ellen Burstyn When You Remember Me is a 1990 fact-based television movie.

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Main Street Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn Main Street is a 2010 drama film about several residents of Durham, North Carolina, a city in the Southern U.S., whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to ...more

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Walking Across Egypt Mark Hamill, Ellen Burstyn, Jonathan Taylor Thomas Walking Across Egypt is a 1999 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by veteran director Arthur Allan Seidelman and written by Paul Tamasy, based on Clyde Edgerton's novel of the ...more

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The Mighty Macs Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Ellen Burstyn The Mighty Macs is a 2011 film directed by Tim Chambers.

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Goodbye Charlie Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn Goodbye Charlie is a 1964 comedy film about a callous womanizer who gets his just reward. It was adapted from George Axelrod's play Goodbye, Charlie and starred Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. ...more

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Thursday's Game Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Rob Reiner Thursday's Game is a television movie comedy written by James L. Brooks and directed by Robert Moore. Though filmed in 1971, it first aired April 14, 1974 on ABC. The film stars Gene Wilder and ...more

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Mrs. Harris Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Sevigny Mrs. Harris is a 2005 American drama film written and directed by Phyllis Nagy. The teleplay, based on the book Very Much a Lady by Shana Alexander, focuses on the tempestuous relationship ...more

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Into Thin Air Ellen Burstyn, Tate Donovan, Robert Prosky Into Thin Air is a 1985 film directed by Roger Young.

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Brush With Fate Glenn Close, Ellen Burstyn, Kelly Macdonald Adaptation of the novel ""Girl in Hyacinth Blue"" by Susan Vreeland.

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Tropic of Cancer Ellen Burstyn, Rip Torn, Phil Brown Tropic of Cancer is a 1970 American film based on Henry Miller's loosely autobiographical novel of the same title. Filming took place on location in Paris, produced by Joseph Strick with some ...more

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Pack of Lies Teri Garr, Ellen Burstyn, Alan Bates Pack of Lies is a 1987 drama film written by Hugh Whitemore and directed by Anthony Page.