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The Best Judi Dench Movies 

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

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

Items on this list include Mrs Henderson Presents and A Room with a View.

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

Judi Dench has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Glenn Close and Helen Mirren in terms of fame and success.

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Gerard Butler, Judi Dench, Billy Connolly

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Madden

Mrs Brown, also theatrically released as Her Majesty, Mrs Brown, is a 1997 British drama film starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher and Gerard Butler. It was written ...more

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Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2011

Directed by: John Madden

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2012 British comedy-drama film, directed by John Madden. The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, is based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things, by Deborah ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Notes on a Scandal is a 2006 British psychological thriller-drama film, adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller. The screenplay was written by Patrick Marber and the film ...more

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Judi Dench Movies
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film's villain. It ...more

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Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Eyre

Iris is a 2001 biographical film that tells the story of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch was ...more

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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Judi Dench Movies
Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Casino Royale is the twenty-first film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and the first to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Martin Campbell and ...more

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Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina

Released: 2000

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Chocolat is a 2000 American-British romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström. Adapted by screenwriter Robert Nelson ...more

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Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Natascha McElhone

Released: 2004

Directed by: Charles Dance

Ladies in Lavender is a 2004 English drama film written and directed by Charles Dance, who based his screenplay on a short story by William J. Locke.
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Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joe Wright

Pride & Prejudice is a 2005 British romance film directed by Joe Wright and based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, published in 1813. The film depicts five sisters from an English ...more

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Madden

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard. The film depicts an imaginary love affair ...more

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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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Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest

Released: 2005

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Mrs Henderson Presents is a 2005 British comedy film written by American playwright Martin Sherman and directed by Stephen Frears. It stars Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Kelly Reilly, and Pop Idol ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench

Released: 1985

Directed by: James Ivory

A Room with a View is a British romance drama film directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant of E. M. Forster's 1908 novel of the same name. The film follows closely the novel by ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martin Campbell

GoldenEye is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

This film is the eighteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with the screenplay ...more

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Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska

Released: 2011

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga

Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel ...more

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Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marc Forster

Quantum of Solace is the 22nd James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, and is the direct sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale. Directed by Marc Forster, it features Daniel Craig's second ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Denise Richards, John Cleese

Released: 1999

Directed by: Michael Apted

The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, ...more

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Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan

Released: 2002

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

This film is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2001

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

The Shipping News is a 2001 drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. It stars Kevin Spacey as the protagonist Quoyle, ...more
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Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton

Released: 2004

Directed by: David Twohy

The Chronicles of Riddick is a 2004 American science fiction film which follows the adventures of Richard B. Riddick as he attempts to elude capture after the events depicted in the 2000 film ...more

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Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Anne Bancroft

Released: 1987

Directed by: David Hugh Jones

84 Charing Cross Road is a 1987 British-American drama film directed by David Jones. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore is based on a play by James Roose-Evans, which itself was an adaptation of ...more
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Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth

Released: 2002

Directed by: Oliver Parker

The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 British-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play The Importance of Being ...more

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Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce

Released: 2009

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Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon Curtis

My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Julia ...more

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