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The Best Frances McDormand Movies  

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

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

List contains films like Almost Famous and Beyond Rangoon.

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

Frances McDormand has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Michael Bay and Robert Altman. Frances McDormand has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson in terms of fame and success.

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Frances McDormand Movies
Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, Frances McDormand
Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief who ...more
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Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich
Burn After Reading is a 2008 black comedy film written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and ...more
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Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman, Frances McDormand
Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Chris Gerolmo. It was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the incidents involving of three ...more
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Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, M. Emmet Walsh
Blood Simple is a 1984 neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was the directorial debut of the Coens and the first major film of cinematographer Barry ...more
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Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin
Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit. It tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist ...more
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Amy Adams, Mark Strong, Frances McDormand
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The screenplay by David Magee and Simon Beaufoy is based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Winifred ...more
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Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney
Primal Fear is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film, based on William Diehl's 1993 novel of the same name and directed by Gregory Hoblit. The film tells the story of Chicago defense attorney ...more
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Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, Marcia Gay Harden
Miller's Crossing is a 1990 American film by the Coen brothers and starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Jon Polito, J. E. Freeman, and Albert Finney. The plot concerns a ...more
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John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand
Barton Fink is a 1991 American period film written, produced, directed and edited by the Coen brothers. Set in 1941, it stars John Turturro in the title role as a young New York City playwright ...more
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Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Holly Hunter
Raising Arizona is a 1987 American comedy film directed, written, and produced by the Coen brothers, and starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins
Short Cuts is a 1993 American drama film directed by Robert Altman. Filmed from a screenplay by Altman and Frank Barhydt, it is inspired by nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver. ...more
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Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton, Jennifer Jason Leigh
The Man Who Wasn't There is a 2001 British-American neo-noir film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Billy Bob Thornton stars in the title role. Also featured are Tony ...more
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Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton
Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola. Described as an "eccentric pubescent love story", it features newcomers Jared ...more
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Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Bruce Campbell
Darkman is a 1990 American superhero action film directed and co-written by Sam Raimi. It is based on a short story Raimi wrote that paid homage to Universal's horror films of the 1930s. The ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas
Wonder Boys is an American 2000 comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. The film was based on the novel of the same title by Michael Chabon. Michael Douglas stars as ...more
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Frances McDormand Movies
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf, John Malkovich
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and the third film in the series. The Autobots learn of a ...more
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Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Julianna Margulies
Paradise Road is a 1997 war film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned by the Japanese in Sumatra during World War II. It was ...more
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Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson, Frances McDormand
Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles.
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Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, Frances McDormand
The Butcher's Wife is a 1991 romantic comedy film, in which a clairvoyant woman thinks that she's met her future husband, who she has seen in her dreams and is a butcher in New York. They marry ...more
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Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku
City by the Sea is a 2002 film starring Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, Frances McDormand and William Forsythe. It deals with the family problems of a wayward youth and is set ...more
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Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Jasmine Guy
Madeline is a 1998 live-action film adaptation of the book series by Ludwig Bemelmans, starring Hatty Jones as the title character, Frances McDormand as Miss Clavel and Nigel Hawthorne as Lord ...more
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Salma Hayek, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan
Searching for Debra Winger is a 2002 American documentary film conceived and directed by Rosanna Arquette. It presents a series of interviews with leading actresses who discuss the various ...more
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Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson
North Country is a 2005 American drama film directed by Niki Caro, starring Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sean Bean, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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Frances McDormand, Kim Dickens, Vincent Gallo
Palookaville is a 1995 motion picture about a trio of burglars and their dysfunctional family of origin. Prominent actors featured in the film include William Forsythe, Lisa Gay Hamilton, ...more
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Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller
Æon Flux is a 2005 American science fiction spy action film directed by Karyn Kusama. The film is a loose adaptation of the animated science fiction television series of the same name, ...more