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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.

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Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Charles Horvath

Released: 1974

Directed by: John 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

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Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Tom Noonan

Released: 1980

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick 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 ...more

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Peter Falk, Joan Blondell, John Cassavetes

Released: 1977

Directed by: 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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Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr.

Released: 1998

Directed by: Forest 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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Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery

Released: 1968

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel

Released: 1984

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Gene Hackman, Mia Farrow, Ian Holm

Released: 1988

Directed by: Woody 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 ...more
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Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant, Olivier Assayas, Christopher Doyle, Ethan Coen, + more

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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Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant

Released: 2005

Directed by: Iain 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 ...more

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Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez, Roberto Benigni

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jim 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 ...more

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Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands

Released: 1979

Directed by: Milton 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 ...more
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John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel

Released: 1971

Directed by: John 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.
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Angelina Jolie, Hilary Duff, Sean Connery

Released: 1998

Directed by: Willard 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.
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Marisa Tomei, Gérard Depardieu, Clint Howard

Released: 1997

Directed by: Nick 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 ...more
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Kirk Douglas, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau

Released: 1962

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Holly Hunter, Richard Dreyfuss, Gena Rowlands

Released: 1991

Directed by: Lasse 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
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Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1995

Directed by: Lasse 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 ...more

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Cheech Marin, Jay Mohr, Tony Shalhoub

Released: 1998

Directed by: John 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

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Lacey Chabert, Sarah Rafferty, Gena Rowlands

Released: 2007

Directed by: Stephen Tolkin

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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Uma Thurman, Juliette Lewis, Justin Chambers

Released: 2002

Directed by: Mira 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 ...more
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Susan Sarandon, Molly Ringwald, John Cassavetes

Released: 1982

Directed by: Paul 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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Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, John Cassavetes

Released: 1963

Directed by: 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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Bill Paxton, Aidan Quinn, Gena Rowlands

Released: 1985

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Thursday's Child Rob Lowe, Gena Rowlands, Tracey Gold

Released: 1983

Directed by: David Lowell Rich

Thursday's Child is a 1983 television film directed by David Lowell Rich, based on the book by Victoria Poole.