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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.



  • 1


    Helen Mirren, John Lynch


    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

    Prime Suspect

    John Benfield, Helen Mirren


    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

    Elizabeth I

    Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren


    Directed byTom Hooper

    Elizabeth I is a two-part 2005 British historical drama television miniseries directed by Tom Hooper, written by Nigel Williams, and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I of England. The miniseries...  more

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  • 4

    Some Mother's Son

    Helen Mirren, Aidan Gillen


    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
  • 5


    Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren


    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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  • 6


    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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  • 7

    The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

    Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft


    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
  • 8


    Helen Mirren, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


    Directed byLee Daniels

    Shadowboxer is a 2005 crime thriller film directed by Lee Daniels that stars Academy Award winners Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, and Mo'Nique. It opened in limited release in six cities: New York,...  more
  • 9


    Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke


    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
  • 10

    The Debt

    Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren


    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
  • 11

    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley


    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
  • 12

    O Lucky Man!

    Helen Mirren, Malcolm McDowell


    Directed byLindsay Anderson

    O Lucky Man! is a 1973 British comedy-drama fantasy film, intended as an allegory on life in a capitalist society. Directed by Lindsay Anderson, it stars Malcolm McDowell as Mick Travis, whom...  more
  • 13

    Love Ranch

    Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston


    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

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  • 14


    Helen Mirren, Claire Bloom


    Directed byElijah Moshinsky

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  • 15

    Teaching Mrs. Tingle

    Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren


    Directed byKevin Williamson

    Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a 1999 black comedy-drama film and the directing debut of screenwriter Kevin Williamson. The film stars Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan, Barry Watson, and Jeffrey...  more

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  • 16

    Losing Chase

    Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick


    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
  • 17

    National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger


    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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  • 18

    The Clearing

    Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byPieter Jan Brugge

    The Clearing is a 2004 American drama film and the directorial debut of Pieter Jan Brugge, who has worked as a film producer. The film is loosely based on the real-life kidnapping of Gerrit Jan Heijn...  more

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  • 19

    The Door

    Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck


    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
  • 20

    Brighton Rock

    Helen Mirren, John Hurt


    Directed byRowan Joffé

    Brighton Rock is a 2010 British crime film loosely based on Graham Greene's 1938 novel of the same name. Rowan Joffé wrote the screenplay and directed the film, which stars Sam Riley, Andrea...  more
  • 21

    As You Like It

    Helen Mirren, James Bolam


    Directed byBasil Coleman

    Duke Frederick has driven out the lawful Duke and usurped his duchy. Rosalind (daughter of the banished Duke) falls in love with Orlando de Boys, as he is beating Frederick's champion in a wrestling...  more
  • 22

    Woman in Gold

    Katie Holmes, Helen Mirren


    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

    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke


    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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  • 24


    Helen Mirren, John Lithgow


    Directed byPeter Hyams

    2010 is a 1984 American science fiction film written and directed by Peter Hyams. It is a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel 2010:...  more

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    Directed byGarth Jennings

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