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The Best Joan Plowright Movies

Updated September 21, 2019 1.0k votes 86 voters 7.1k views45 items

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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?"

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    Mrs. Palfrey at the Clarmemont

    Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend

    Released2005

    Directed byDan Ireland

    Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont is a 2005 US-produced comedy-drama film based on the 1971 novel by Elizabeth Taylor. It was directed by Dan Ireland and produced by Lee Caplin, Carl Colpaert and Zachary...  more
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    Tea with Mussolini

    Cher, Judi Dench

    Released1999

    Directed byFranco 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 circle of...  more
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    101 Dalmatians

    Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close

    Released1996

    101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. It is the second adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians...  more

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    Enchanted April

    Alfred Molina, Jim Broadbent

    Released1992

    Directed byMike 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 Campbell in...  more
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    Dennis the Menace

    Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

    Released1993

    Directed byNick Castle

    Dennis the Menace is a 1993 live-action American family film based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. This, however, is not the first live-action Dennis the Menace film: The first...  more

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    Widows' Peak

    Mia Farrow, Jim Broadbent

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn 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 original...  more

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    Avalon

    Elijah Wood, Elizabeth Perkins

    Released1990

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Avalon is a 1990 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson. It is the third in Levinson's semi-autobiographical four "Baltimore Films" set in his hometown during the 1940s, '50s, and '60s:...  more
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    The Scarlet Letter

    Demi Moore, Gary Oldman

    Released1995

    Directed byRoland Joffé

    The Scarlet Letter is a 1995 American film adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel of the same name. It was directed by Roland Joffé and stars Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, and Robert Duvall. This...  more

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    I Love You to Death

    Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves

    Released1990

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    This film is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is based in 1984, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Frances Toto repeatedly tried to end her husband, Anthony...  more

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    Jane Eyre

    Anna Paquin, Elle Macpherson

    Released1996

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Jane Eyre is a 1996 American, British, French and Italian romantic epic and dramatic feature film adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name. This Hollywood version, directed by...  more

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    Last Action Hero

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Turner

    Released1993

    Directed byJohn 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 action films...  more

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    The Merchant of Venice

    Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Sichel

    The Merchant of Venice is a 1973 drama film directed by John Sichel....
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    The Entertainer

    Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney

    Released1960

    Directed byTony Richardson

    The Entertainer is a 1960 drama film directed by Tony Richardson, based on the stage play of the same name by John Osborne. It stars Laurence Olivier as a failing third-rate music-hall stage...  more
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    Three Sisters

    Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi

    Released1970

    Directed byLaurence 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 based...  more
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    Back to the Secret Garden

    Camilla Belle, David Warner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Tuchner

    Back to the Secret Garden is a 2001 family fantasy film. Produced for television, the film serves as a sequel to the 1987 Hallmark Hall of Fame film, The Secret Garden. It contains some of the...  more
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    Mr. Wrong

    Ellen DeGeneres, Joan Cusack

    Released1996

    Directed byGaylene Preston, Nick Castle

    Mr. Wrong is a 1996 American romantic/black comedy film starring Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Pullman. Ellen DeGeneres still mentions this film occasionally in her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show....  more
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    The Spiderwick Chronicles

    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Waters

    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick Estate...  more

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    Dinosaur

    Hayden Panettiere, Julianna Margulies

    Released2000

    Directed byRalph Zondag, Eric Leighton

    Dinosaur is a 2000 American live-action/computer-animated science fiction adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation with The Secret Lab, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the...  more

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    Surviving Picasso

    Julianne Moore, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1996

    Directed byJames Ivory

    Surviving Picasso is a 1996 Merchant Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins as the famous painter Pablo Picasso. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant and David L. Wolper. Ruth...  more
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    Brimstone and Treacle

    Sting, Denholm Elliott

    Released1982

    Directed byRichard Loncraine

    Brimstone and Treacle is a 1982 film directed by Richard Loncraine....
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    Time Without Pity

    Peter Cushing, Joan Plowright

    Released1957

    Directed byJoseph Losey

    Time Without Pity is a thriller about a father trying to save his son from execution for murder. It stars Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, and Leo McKern....  more
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    Revolution

    Al Pacino, Annie Lennox

    Released1985

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Revolution is a 1985 British historical drama film directed by Hugh Hudson, written by Robert Dillon, and starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, and Nastassja Kinski. The film stars Pacino as a New...  more

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    I Am David

    Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright

    Released2003

    Directed byPaul Feig

    I Am David is a 2003 film directed by Paul Feig. It is based on the novel I Am David by Anne Holm. The film was produced by Walden Media and Lions Gate Entertainment....  more
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    Uncle Vanya

    Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright

    Released1963

    Directed byStuart Burge

    Uncle Vanya is a 1963 British film adaptation of the work Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. The film was directed by Stuart Burge. It was a filmed version of the Chichester Festival production, directed...  more
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    The Assistant

    Joan Plowright, Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Released1997

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    The Assistant is a 1998 film directed by Daniel Petrie. It is based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Bernard Malamud. It follows a young man who finds work at a shop at the turn-of-the-century,...  more