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The Best Gena Rowlands Movies

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

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

List ranges from Paris, je t'aime to Tony Rome and more.

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  • 1
    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
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    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young  ...more

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    Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands
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    5

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    A Woman Under the Influence is a 1974 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It focuses on a woman whose unusual behavior leads her husband to commit her for psychiatric  ...more
  • 3
    Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick
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    Released1998

    Directed byForest Whitaker

    Hope Floats is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr., and Gena Rowlands. Birdee is an unassuming housewife whose life is  ...more

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    Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow
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    11

    Released1988

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Another Woman is a 1988 American film written and directed by Woody Allen. The drama stars Gena Rowlands as a philosophy professor who accidentally overhears the private analysis of a stranger but  ...more
  • 5
    Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry
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    19

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Gloria is a 1980 American crime thriller film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It tells the story of a gangster's girlfriend who goes on the run with a young boy who is being hunted by the  ...more

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    John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
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    3

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Love Streams is a 1984 American film directed by John Cassavetes that tells the story of a middle-aged brother and sister who find themselves caring for one another after the other loves in their  ...more
  • 7

    Released1979

    Directed byMilton Katselas

    Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter is a 1979 television film drama directed by Milton Katselas. It stars Bette Davis and Gena Rowlands as a mother and daughter, long estranged, who attempt  ...more
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    Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel
    39
    15

    Released1968

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Faces is a 1968 drama film, directed by John Cassavetes and starring John Marley, Cassavetes' wife Gena Rowlands, Fred Draper, Seymour Cassel and Lynn Carlin. Both Cassel and Carlin received Academy  ...more
  • 9
    Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez
    36
    13

    Released1991

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

    Night on Earth is a 1991 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It is a collection of five vignettes, taking place during the same night, concerning the temporary bond formed between taxi driver  ...more
  • 10
    Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwald
    28
    7

    Released1982

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    Tempest is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky. It is a loosely based, modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, The Tempest. The picture features John  ...more

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    Peter Falk, Joan Blondell
    27
    9

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Opening Night is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and starring Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert, and Cassavetes.  ...more
  • 12
    Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe
    39
    26

    Released2006

    Directed byTom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Ethan Coen

    Paris, je t'aime is a 2006 anthology film starring an ensemble cast of actors of various nationalities. The two-hour film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements. The 22  ...more

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  • 13
    Marisa Tomei, Gérard Depardieu
    21
    6

    Released1997

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    Unhook the Stars is a 1996 drama film starring Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, and Gérard Depardieu. The movie was directed by Nick Cassavetes, son of Gena Rowlands. Rowlands and Tomei both received SAG  ...more
  • 14
    Bill Paxton, Aidan Quinn
    19
    5

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Erman

    An Early Frost is a landmark 1985 TV movie, and the first major film, made for television or feature films, to deal with the topic of AIDS. It was first broadcast on the NBC television network on  ...more
  • 15
    Kate Hudson, John Hurt
    29
    19

    Released2005

    Directed byIain Softley

    The Skeleton Key is a 2005 American supernatural horror film starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joy Bryant. The film centers on a young hospice nurse who acquires a  ...more

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  • 16
    John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
    16
    3

    Released1971

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Minnie and Moskowitz is a film by John Cassavetes, starring his wife, Gena Rowlands, and actor Seymour Cassel in the title roles of Minnie and Moskowitz, respectively.  ...more
  • 17
    Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis
    16
    6

    Released2002

    Directed byMira Nair

    Hysterical Blindness is a TV movie made for HBO, directed by Mira Nair and starring Gena Rowlands, Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis and Ben Gazzara. The movie premiered on HBO on August 21, 2002 to good  ...more
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    Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss
    21
    14

    Released1991

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Once Around is a 1991 romantic comedy-drama film about a young woman who falls for and eventually marries an overbearing older man who proceeds to rub her close-knit family the wrong way, while  ...more
  • 19
    John Travolta, Sean Penn
    14
    7

    Released1997

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    She's So Lovely is a 1997 film directed by Nick Cassavetes, written by John Cassavetes. At the time of its release, it received special attention because, eight years after his death, it was the  ...more
  • 20
    Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster
    18
    12

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    A Child Is Waiting is a 1963 American drama film written by Abby Mann and directed by John Cassavetes. Burt Lancaster portrays the director of a state institution for mentally handicapped and  ...more
  • 21
    Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall
    19
    15

    Released1995

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Something to Talk About is a 1995 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, from a screenplay written by Callie Khouri. It stars Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid as an estranged  ...more
  • 22
    Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy
    21
    19

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Miller

    Lonely Are the Brave is a 1962 film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy. The film was directed by David Miller from a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. It stars Kirk Douglas as cowboy  ...more
  • 23
    Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff
    10
    6

    Released1998

    Directed byWillard Carroll

    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.  ...more
  • 24
    Cheech Marin, Jay Mohr
    24
    24

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Roberts

    Paulie is a 1998 film about a disobedient bird named Paulie, starring Tony Shalhoub, Gena Rowlands, Hallie Eisenberg, and Jay Mohr. Mohr performs the voice of Paulie and plays a minor on-screen  ...more
  • 25
    Denis Leary, Gena Rowlands
    9
    5

    Released1995

    Directed byTerence Davies

    The Neon Bible is a 1995 drama film written and directed by Terence Davies, based on the novel of the same name by John Kennedy Toole. The film is about a boy named David coming of age in Georgia in  ...more