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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.

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    Mississippi Burning
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    Mississippi Burning

    Willem Dafoe, Gene Hackman

    Released1988

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    Fargo
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 3
    Almost Famous
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    Almost Famous

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson

    Released2000

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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  • 4
    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
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    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    Amy Adams, Mark Strong

    Released2008

    Directed byBharat Nalluri

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    Primal Fear
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    Primal Fear

    Edward Norton, Richard Gere

    Released1996

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

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    Miller's Crossing
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    Miller's Crossing

    Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand

    Released1990

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Raising Arizona
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    Raising Arizona

    Nicolas Cage, John Goodman

    Released1987

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Barton Fink
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    Barton Fink

    John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

    Released1991

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 9
    Short Cuts
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    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore

    Released1993

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    The Man Who Wasn't There
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    The Man Who Wasn't There

    Scarlett Johansson, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2001

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Moonrise Kingdom
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

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  • 12
    Darkman
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    Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand

    Released1990

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • 13
    Wonder Boys
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    Wonder Boys

    Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes

    Released2000

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    Burn After Reading
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    Burn After Reading

    Brad Pitt, George Clooney

    Released2008

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Lone Star
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    Lone Star

    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Sayles

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    Paradise Road
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    Paradise Road

    Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close

    Released1997

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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  • 18
    Madeline
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    Madeline

    Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne

    Released1998

    Directed byDaisy von Scherler Mayer

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  • 19
    The Butcher's Wife
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    The Butcher's Wife

    Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels

    Released1991

    Directed byTerry Hughes

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  • 20
    City by the Sea
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    City by the Sea

    Robert De Niro, James Franco

    Released2002

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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    Blood Simple
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    Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand

    Released1984

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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  • 22
    North Country
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    North Country

    Charlize Theron, Amber Heard

    Released2005

    Directed byNiki Caro

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    Searching for Debra Winger
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    Searching for Debra Winger

    Salma Hayek, Sharon Stone

    Released2002

    Directed byRosanna Arquette

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  • 24
    Æon Flux
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    Æon Flux

    Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand

    Released2005

    Directed byKaryn Kusama

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    Palookaville
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    Palookaville

    Frances McDormand, Kim Dickens

    Released1996

    Directed byAlan Taylor

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