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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.

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

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Gena Rowlands has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Woody Allen and John Cassavetes. Is Gena Rowlands your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Ellen Burstyn and Anna Magnani films lists too.

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A Woman Under the Influence Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Charles Horvath 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

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The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner 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 ...more

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Gloria Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Tom Noonan 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 ...more

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Hope Floats Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr. 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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Opening Night Peter Falk, Joan Blondell, John 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.

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The Skeleton Key Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant 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 ...more

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Paris, je t'aime Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte 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 ...more

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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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Faces Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery 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 ...more

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Another Woman Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm 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 ...more

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Lonely Are the Brave Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau 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 ...more

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Love Streams John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel 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 ...more

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Night on Earth Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez, Roberto Benigni 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 ...more

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Minnie and Moskowitz John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel 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.

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Something to Talk About Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid 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 ...more

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Unhook the Stars Marisa Tomei, GĂ©rard Depardieu, Clint Howard 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 ...more

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Paulie Cheech Marin, Jay Mohr, Tony Shalhoub 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

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Once Around Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss, Gena Rowlands 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

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Hysterical Blindness Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Justin Chambers 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 ...more

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Tempest Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwald, John Cassavetes 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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Persepolis Sean Penn, Catherine Deneuve, Iggy Pop Persepolis is a 2007 French-Iranian-American animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent ...more

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Tony Rome Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Gena Rowlands Tony Rome is a 1967 detective film starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Gordon Douglas, adapted from Marvin H. Albert's novel Miami Mayhem. The story follows the adventures of Miami private ...more

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A Child Is Waiting Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, John 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

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Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands 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 ...more

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An Early Frost Bill Paxton, Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands 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 ...more

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She's So Lovely John Travolta, Sean Penn, Robin Wright 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

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The Mighty Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini The Mighty is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Chelsom and based on the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.

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Charms for the Easy Life Mimi Rogers, Gena Rowlands, Susan May Pratt

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Wild Iris Laura Linney, Gena Rowlands, Fred Ward Wild Iris is a drama film starring Laura Linney, Gena Rowlands, Emile Hirsch and Fred Ward, including Miguel Sandoval, Scott Gibson, Amy Stewart and Lee Tergesen. Original screenplay by Kent ...more

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Two-Minute Warning Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands Two-Minute Warning is a 1976 disaster film directed by Larry Peerce and starring Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Jack Klugman, Gena Rowlands, and David Janssen. It ...more

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Machine Gun McCain Britt Ekland, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes Machine Gun McCain is a 1969 Italian crime film directed by Giuliano Montaldo based on the 1961 novel Candyleg by Ovid Demaris.

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The Spiral Road Rock Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Burl Ives The Spiral Road is a 1962 American drama starring Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands, Geoffrey Keen, Reggie Nalder and Neva Patterson. It was directed by Robert Mulligan with a screenplay by ...more

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The Weekend Brooke Shields, Gena Rowlands, Jared Harris The Weekend is a 1999 drama film written and directed by Brian Skeet.

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Thursday's Child Rob Lowe, Gena Rowlands, Tracey Gold Thursday's Child is a 1983 television film directed by David Lowell Rich, based on the book by Victoria Poole.

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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie James Caan, Kevin Zegers, Gena Rowlands The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie is a 2004 drama television movie written and directed by Paul Johansson.

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Light of Day Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett, Gena Rowlands Light of Day is a 1987 American drama film starring Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands and Joan Jett. It was written and directed by Paul Schrader. The original music score was composed by Thomas ...more

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The Neon Bible Denis Leary, Gena Rowlands, Drake Bell 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 ...more

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What If God Were the Sun? Lacey Chabert, Sarah Rafferty, Gena Rowlands What If God Were the Sun? is a 2007 American television film directed by Stephen Tolkin and starring Lacey Chabert and Gena Rowlands. Written by Janet Dulin Jones and Jamie Pachino, based in ...more

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Yellow Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta Yellow is a 2012 drama film written by Nick Cassavetes and Heather Wahlquist and directed by Nick Cassavetes.

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Broken English Parker Posey, Justin Theroux, Drea de Matteo Broken English is a 2007 American romance film written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes, starring Parker Posey and Melvil Poupaud.

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The Color Of Love: Jacey's Story Louis Gossett, Jr., Gena Rowlands The Color of Love: Jacey's Story is a 2000 drama film written by Nancey Silvers and directed by Sheldon Larry.

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The Brink's Job Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Paul Sorvino The Brink's Job is a 1978 film directed by William Friedkin and starring Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates, Gena Rowlands, and Paul Sorvino. It is based on the Brink's ...more

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Parallel Lives Liza Minnelli, Matthew Perry, Mira Sorvino Parallel Lives is a 1994 drama thriller film directed by Linda Yellen.