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The Best Gena Rowlands Movies

Updated June 11, 2019 903 votes 136 voters 11.9k views

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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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    A Woman Under the Influence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    A Woman Under the Influence

    Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    A Woman Under the Influence is a 1974 American drama film written and directed by John... more on Wikipedia

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    Minnie and Moskowitz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Minnie and Moskowitz

    John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands

    Released1971

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Minnie and Moskowitz is a film by John Cassavetes, starring his wife, Gena Rowlands, and actor... more on Wikipedia
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    Unhook the Stars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Unhook the Stars

    Marisa Tomei, Gérard Depardieu

    Released1997

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    Unhook the Stars is a 1996 drama film starring Gena Rowlands, Marisa Tomei, and Gérard... more on Wikipedia
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    Playing by Heart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Playing by Heart

    Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff

    Released1998

    Directed byWillard Carroll

    Playing by Heart is a 1998 American comedy-drama film, which tells the story of several... more on Wikipedia
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    Lonely Are the Brave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Lonely Are the Brave

    Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Miller

    Lonely Are the Brave is a 1962 film adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Once Around is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Once Around

    Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1991

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    Once Around is a 1991 romantic comedy-drama film about a young woman who falls for and... more on Wikipedia
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    Gloria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Gloria

    Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Gloria is a 1980 American crime thriller film written and directed by John Cassavetes. It... more on Wikipedia

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    Opening Night is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Opening Night

    Peter Falk, Joan Blondell

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Opening Night is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Hysterical Blindness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Hysterical Blindness

    Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis

    Released2002

    Directed byMira Nair

    Hysterical Blindness is a TV movie made for HBO, directed by Mira Nair and starring Gena... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Tempest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Tempest

    Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwald

    Released1982

    Directed byPaul Mazursky

    Tempest is a 1982 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky. It is a loosely based,... more on Wikipedia

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    Love Streams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Love Streams

    John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Love Streams is a 1984 American film directed by John Cassavetes that tells the story of a... more on Wikipedia
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    Faces is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Faces

    Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel

    Released1968

    Directed byJohn Cassavetes

    Faces is a 1968 drama film, directed by John Cassavetes and starring John Marley, Cassavetes'... more on Wikipedia
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    The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    The Notebook

    Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

    Released2004

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on... more on Wikipedia

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    Strangers: The Story of a Moth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies

    Released1979

    Directed byMilton Katselas

    Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter is a 1979 television film drama directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    Another Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Another Woman

    Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow

    Released1988

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Another Woman is a 1988 American film written and directed by Woody Allen. The drama stars... more on Wikipedia
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    Paris, je t'aime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Paris, je t'aime

    Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    Tony Rome is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Tony Rome

    Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John

    Released1967

    Directed byGordon Douglas

    Tony Rome is a 1967 detective film starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Gordon Douglas,... more on Wikipedia
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    Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Persepolis

    Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve

    Released2007

    Directed byMarjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

    Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie

    James Caan, Kevin Zegers

    Released2003

    Directed byPaul Johansson

    The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie is a 2004 drama television movie written and directed by Paul...amazon_watch buy button
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    What If God Were the Sun? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    What If God Were the Sun?

    Lacey Chabert, Sarah Rafferty

    Released2007

    Directed byStephen Tolkin

    What If God Were the Sun? is a 2007 American television film directed by Stephen Tolkin and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Spiral Road is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    The Spiral Road

    Rock Hudson, Gena Rowlands

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    The Spiral Road is a 1962 American drama starring Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands,... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Machine Gun McCain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Machine Gun McCain

    Britt Ekland, Peter Falk

    Released1969

    Directed byGiuliano Montaldo

    Machine Gun McCain is a 1969 Italian crime film directed by Giuliano Montaldo based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    Hope Floats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Hope Floats

    Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick

    Released1998

    Directed byForest Whitaker

    Hope Floats is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Thursday's Child is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    Thursday's Child

    Rob Lowe, Gena Rowlands

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Lowell Rich

    Thursday's Child is a 1983 television film directed by David Lowell Rich, based on the book by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Weekend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Gena Rowlands Movies
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    The Weekend

    Brooke Shields, Gena Rowlands

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Skeet

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