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The Best Helen Mirren Movies

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

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

In 2006, Helen Mirren won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen

This list contains films like The Madness of King George and Gosford Park.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Helen Mirren movies?" and "What are the greatest Helen Mirren roles of all time?" If you loved Mirren as Mother Ginger, check out the best The Nutcracker and the Four Realms quotes to relive some of his best lines.

 

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  • 1
    Helen Mirren, John Lynch
    150
    15

    Released1984

    Directed byPat O'Connor

    Cal is a 1984 Irish drama film directed by Pat O'Connor and starring John Lynch and Helen Mirren. Based on the novella Cal written by Bernard MacLaverty who also wrote the script, the film was...  more
  • 2
    John Benfield, Helen Mirren
    92
    17

    Released1991

    Directed byChristopher Menaul

    Prime Suspect is a British police procedural television drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in Greater...  more

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  • 3
    Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston
    69
    8

    Released2010

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Love Ranch is a 2010 American drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon and Bryan Cranston. It was written by Mark Jacobson. The...  more
  • 4
    Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren
    78
    22

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    Excalibur is a 1981 dramatic fantasy film directed, produced and co-written by John Boorman that retells the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Based solely on the 15th century...  more

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  • 5
    Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick
    62
    9

    Released1996

    Directed byKevin Bacon

    Losing Chase is a 1996 American television film directed by Kevin Bacon in his directorial debut. It stars Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick and Beau Bridges. It debuted at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival....  more
  • 6
    Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman
    183
    111

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Schwentke

    Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech men,...  more

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  • 7
    Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke
    51
    9

    Released2018

    Directed byThe Spierig Brothers

    Winchester is a 2018 American-Australian supernatural horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), whose husband William and their child died suddenly, is...  more
  • 8
    Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren
    64
    21

    Released2010

    Directed byJohn Madden

    The Debt is a 2010 American drama-thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan...  more

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  • 9
    Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck
    56
    20

    Released2012

    Directed byIstván Szabó

    The Door is a 2012 Hungarian drama film directed by István Szabó and starring Helen Mirren. It is based on the Hungarian novel of the same name. The film was selected to be featured in the...  more
  • 10
    Helen Mirren, Peter Fonda
    70
    34

    Released1999

    Directed byChristopher Menaul

    The Passion of Ayn Rand is a 1999 film directed by Christopher Menaul. It is based on the book of the same title by Barbara Branden. The screenplay is written by Howard Korder and Mary Gallagher. The...  more
  • 11
    Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft
    80
    45

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Allan Ackerman

    The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone is a 2003 TV movie remake of the 1961 film The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, based on the 1950 novel of the same title by Tennessee Williams. It first aired in the USA by...  more
  • 12
    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen
    104
    69

    Released2002

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Gosford Park is a 2002 British mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. The film stars an ensemble cast, which includes Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Derek...  more
  • 13
    Helen Mirren, Michael Caine
    56
    23

    Released2001

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Last Orders is a 2001 British/German drama film written and directed by Fred Schepisi. The screenplay is based on the 1996 Booker Prize-winning novel Last Orders by Graham Swift....  more
  • 14
    Helen Mirren, Claire Bloom
    54
    22

    Released1982

    Directed byElijah Moshinsky

    Cymbeline is a 1982 comedy drama film directed by Elijah Moshinsky....  more
  • 15
    Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley
    107
    79

    Released2018

    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on works by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. After being led by her godfather...  more
  • 16
    Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen
    39
    12

    Released2019

    Directed byBill Condon

    The Good Liar is a 2019 British thriller film directed by Bill Condon, based on the novel by Nicholas Searle. An old conman begins to develop feelings for the woman he has been set up as the mark for...  more
  • 17
    Helen Mirren, Kenneth Branagh
    28
    4

    Released1985

    Directed byPeter Barber-Fleming

    Coming Through is a 1985 romantic drama TV movie written by Alan Plater and directed by Peter Barber-Fleming....  more
  • 18

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Greenaway

    This film is a 1989 British-French romantic black comedy drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway, starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard in the titular...  more

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  • 19
    Helen Mirren, Paul Scofield
    33
    11

    Released1989

    Directed byClive Rees

    When the Whales Came is a 1989 British film, based on the 1985 children's book Why the Whales Came written by Michael Morpurgo. The film is set on the fictional British island of Scylla, while the...  more
  • 20
    Helen Mirren, Aidan Gillen
    33
    12

    Released1996

    Directed byTerry George

    Some Mother's Son is a 1996 film written and directed by Irish filmmaker Terry George, co-written by Jim Sheridan, and based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in the Maze Prison, in...  more
  • 21
    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke
    41
    21

    Released2001

    Directed bySean Penn

    The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam...  more

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  • 22
    Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren
    48
    32

    Released2015

    Directed bySimon Curtis

    Woman in Gold is a 2015 British-American drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Dame Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana...  more
  • 23
    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger
    90
    79

    Released2007

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 mystery/adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2004 film National Treasure and is the second part of the National Treasure franchise. It was directed by...  more

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  • 24
    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen
    35
    19

    Released2001

    Directed byJoel Hershman

    Greenfingers is a 2000 British comedy film directed and written by Joel Hershman. It is loosely based on a true story about the award-winning prisoners of HMP Leyhill, a minimum-security prison in...  more
  • 25
    Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren
    57
    45

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Mackenzie

    The Long Good Friday is a British film starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. It was completed in 1979 but, because of release delays, it is generally credited as a 1980 film. It was voted at number...  more