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The Best Joan Plowright Movies 

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

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

Items here include everything from A Pyromaniac's Love Story to The Merchant of Venice.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Joan Plowright movies?" and "What are the greatest Joan Plowright roles of all time?"

Orson Welles and Adam Shankman are among those who have directed Joan Plowright at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Anna Massey

Released: 2005

Directed by: Dan Ireland

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Cher, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith

Released: 1999

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Tea with Mussolini is a 1999 Anglo-Italian semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, scripted by John Mortimer, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a ...more
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Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels

Released: 1996

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Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Natasha Lyonne

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nick Castle

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Alfred Molina, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mike Newell

Enchanted April is a 1992 film adaptation of Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel, "The Enchanted April," directed by Mike Newell. The novel was previously adapted as a stage play by Kane ...more

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Elijah Wood, Elizabeth Perkins, Aidan Quinn

Released: 1990

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Kline

Released: 1990

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall

Released: 1995

Directed by: Roland Joffé

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner, Sharon Stone

Released: 1993

Directed by: John McTiernan

Last Action Hero is a 1993 American action-comedy-fantasy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and its clichés, containing several parodies of ...more

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Mia Farrow, Jim Broadbent, Natasha Richardson

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Irvin

Widows' Peak is a 1994 British-Irish film which stars Mia Farrow, Joan Plowright, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar and Jim Broadbent and was directed by John Irvin. The film is based on an ...more

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Anna Paquin, Elle Macpherson, William Hurt

Released: 1996

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

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Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Waters

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Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Cusack, Casey Kasem

Released: 1996

Directed by: Gaylene Preston, Nick Castle

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Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton

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Camilla Belle, David Warner, Joan Plowright

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Tuchner

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Julianne Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone

Released: 1996

Directed by: James Ivory

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Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, Alan Bates

Released: 1960

Directed by: Tony Richardson

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The Merchant of Venice Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett

Released: 1973

Directed by: John Sichel

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Al Pacino, Annie Lennox, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1985

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi, Alan Bates

Released: 1970

Directed by: Laurence Olivier, John Sichel

Three Sisters is a 1970 film starring Alan Bates, Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, based on the 1900 play by Anton Chekhov. Olivier also directed, with co-director John Sichel. The film was ...more
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Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Arthur Lowe

Released: 1978

Directed by: Waris Hussein

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Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright, Paul Feig

Released: 2003

Directed by: Paul Feig

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Mischa Barton, Joan Plowright

Released: 2001

Directed by: JoBeth Williams

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Clive Owen, Ray Stevenson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Jack Gold

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Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek

Released: 1995

Directed by: Charles Matthau

The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman Capote; the screenplay was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. The film ...more