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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.

 

Helen Mirren has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Robert Altman and Garry Marshall. Helen Mirren has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Judi Dench and Lillian Gish in terms of fame and success.

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Cal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Ray McAnally

Released: 1984

Directed by: Pat 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
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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
John Benfield, Helen Mirren

Released: 1991

Directed by: Christopher 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 ...more

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Excalibur is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart

Released: 1981

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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The Cook, the Thief, His... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Michael Gambon

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more

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The Debt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Madden

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

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The Roman Spring of Mrs.... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, Brian Dennehy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Gosford Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Altman

Gosford Park is a 2001 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, ...more
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Calendar Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Jay Leno, Patton Oswalt

Released: 2003

Directed by: Nigel Cole

Calendar Girls is a 2003 comedy film directed by Nigel Cole. Produced by Buena Vista International and Touchstone Pictures, it features a screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi based on a ...more

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Love Ranch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, Joe Pesci

Released: 2010

Directed by: Taylor 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 ...more
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The Passion of Ayn Rand ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Peter Fonda, Julie Delpy

Released: 1999

Directed by: Christopher 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 ...more
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The Door is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck, Péter Andorai

Released: 2012

Directed by: István 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 ...more
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Losing Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Kyra Sedgwick, Beau Bridges

Released: 1996

Directed by: Kevin 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 ...more
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Last Orders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins

Released: 2001

Directed by: Fred 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.
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The Queen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stephen Frears

The Queen is a 2006 British historical drama film depicting the British Royal Family's response to Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by ...more

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The Good Liar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey

Released: 2019

Directed by: Bill Condon

The Good Liar is a 2019 American 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 ...more
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The Long Good Friday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren, Bob Hoskins

Released: 1980

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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The Madness of King Geor... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett

Released: 1994

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

The Madness of King George is a 1994 British biographical historical comedy-drama film directed by Nicholas Hytner and adapted by Alan Bennett from his own play, The Madness of George III. It ...more

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Some Mother's Son is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Aidan Gillen, Fionnula Flanagan

Released: 1996

Directed by: Terry 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

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Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Helen Mirren

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sacha Gervasi

Hitchcock is a 2012 American biographical drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi and based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The film was released in ...more

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The Last Station is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy

Released: 2009

Directed by: Michael Hoffman

The Last Station is a 2009 English-language German biographical drama film written and directed by Michael Hoffman, and based on Jay Parini's 1990 biographical novel of the same name, which ...more
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White Nights is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Isabella Rossellini, Gregory Hines

Released: 1985

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

White Nights is a 1985 American drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and choreographed by Twyla Tharp and stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Jerzy Skolimowski, Helen Mirren and Isabella ...more

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Winchester is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook

Released: 2018

Directed by: The 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
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Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Ian McDiarmid

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tom 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 ...more

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Painted Lady is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Painted Lady
Helen Mirren, Iain Glen, Gabriel Thomson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Julian Jarrold

Painted Lady was a 1997 murder mystery mini series starring Helen Mirren, involving art theft. It costarred Franco Nero and Iain Glen, and was directed by Julian Jarrold. The role was created ...more
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Shadowboxer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Helen Mirren Movies
Helen Mirren, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2006

Directed by: Lee 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 ...more