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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.

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

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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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Mrs Brown Gerard Butler, Judi Dench, Billy Connolly 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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Notes on a Scandal Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy 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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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson 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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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Judi Dench Movies
Skyfall Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem 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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Iris Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent 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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Chocolat Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina 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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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Judi Dench Movies
Casino Royale Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Green, Daniel Craig 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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Ladies in Lavender Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Natascha McElhone 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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Mrs Henderson Presents Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Guest 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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Tea with Mussolini Cher, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith 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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Pride & Prejudice Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Judi Dench 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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GoldenEye Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench 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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A Room with a View Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench 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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Shakespeare in Love Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench 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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Tomorrow Never Dies Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler Tomorrow Never Dies 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 ...more

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The Shipping News Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Kevin Spacey 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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The World Is Not Enough Pierce Brosnan, Denise Richards, John Cleese 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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Jane Eyre Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska 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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Die Another Day Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan Die Another Day 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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My Week with Marilyn Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench 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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Quantum of Solace Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Daniel Craig 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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The Importance of Being Earnest Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Colin Firth 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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Henry V Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench Henry V is a 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars ...more

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Masterpiece Classic: Cranford: Return to Cranford Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce

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84 Charing Cross Road Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Anne Bancroft 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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The Chronicles of Riddick Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Thandie Newton 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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A Midsummer Night's Dream Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Diana Rigg A Midsummer Night's Dream is a 1968 film of William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Peter Hall. It was the first live-action color film version of the play, unless one ...more

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Hamlet Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal Hamlet is a 1996 Shakespearean tragedy film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars in the titular role as Prince ...more

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The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron The Last of the Blonde Bombshells is a 2000 British-American television film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. The script by Alan Plater focuses on the efforts of a recently widowed woman to ...more

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Macbeth Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Ian McDiarmid Macbeth is a 1978 videotaped version of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of the play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Thames Television, it features Ian McKellen as Macbeth ...more

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Nine Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Penélope Cruz Nine is a 2009 musical drama metafilm directed and produced by Rob Marshall. The screenplay, written by Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella, is based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 musical ...more

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Wetherby Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Wilkinson Wetherby is a 1985 British drama film written and directed by playwright David Hare.

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A Handful of Dust Judi Dench, Anjelica Huston, Alec Guinness A Handful of Dust is a 1988 film directed by Charles Sturridge, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh. It stars James Wilby and Kristin Scott Thomas. It was nominated at the ...more

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Funny Ladies of British Comedy John Cleese, Judi Dench, Dawn French

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The Cherry Orchard (1962 / 1981) Judi Dench, Timothy Spall, Jenny Agutter

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A Study in Terror Judi Dench, Barbara Windsor, Anthony Quayle A Study in Terror is a 1965 British thriller film directed by James Hill and starring John Neville as Sherlock Holmes and Donald Houston as Dr. Watson. It was filmed at Shepperton Studios, ...more

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Rage Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, Judi Dench Rage is a 2009 film written and directed by Sally Potter, starring Jude Law and Judi Dench. The filmmakers said that the film created a new genre in filmmaking, called “naked cinema”.

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Jack and Sarah Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Richard E. Grant Jack and Sarah is a 1995 British romantic comedy film written and directed by Tim Sullivan. The film was originally released in the UK on 2 June 1995. The theme song in this film is ...more

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Friend Request Pending Tom Hiddleston, Judi Dench, Philip Jackson Friend Request Pending is a 2011 short comedy drama film written and produced by Chris Croucher and directed by Chris Foggin. It stars Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston, and Philip Jackson. It was ...more

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J. Edgar Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench J. Edgar is a 2011 American biographical drama film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood. Written by Dustin Lance Black, the film focuses on the career of FBI director J. Edgar ...more

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Better Living Through Chemistry Olivia Wilde, Jane Fonda, Judi Dench Better Living Through Chemistry is an American comedy drama film directed and written by David Posamentier and Geoff Moore. The film stars Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Ray ...more

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Angelina Ballerina: Follows Her Dreams Judi Dench, Finty Williams

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The Third Secret Judi Dench, Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins The Third Secret is a 1964 British drama film directed by Charles Crichton. The screenplay by Robert L. Joseph focuses on an American newscaster who investigates the mysterious death of his ...more

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Home on the Range Steve Buscemi, Roseanne Barr, Judi Dench Home on the Range is a 2004 American animated musical western comedy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 2, 2004, and was named after the ...more

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Saigon—Year of the Cat Judi Dench, Wallace Shawn, Roger Rees Saigon: Year of the Cat is a television drama first broadcast in 1983 by Thames Television. It was directed by Stephen Frears; the screenplay was by David Hare. It stars Judi Dench, Frederic ...more

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Luther Judi Dench, Stacy Keach, Julian Glover Luther is the 1973 film of John Osborne's biographical play, presenting the life of Martin Luther. It was one of eight in the first season of the American Film Theater's series of plays made ...more

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Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Judi Dench, Lore Segal, Hedy Epstein Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport is the 2000 Academy Award-winning Warner Bros. documentary feature film about the remarkable British rescue operation, known as the ...more

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The Angelic Conversation Judi Dench, Paul Reynolds The Angelic Conversation is a 1985 arthouse drama film directed by Derek Jarman. Its tone is set by the juxtaposition of slow moving photographic images and Shakespeare's sonnets read by Judi ...more

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Run for Your Wife Judi Dench, Cliff Richard, Sarah Harding Run for Your Wife is a 2011 comedy film written by Ray Cooney and directed by Ray Cooney & John Luton.

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Four in the Morning Judi Dench, Norman Rodway, Ann Lynn Four in the Morning is a 1965 British film directed by Anthony Simmons and starring Judi Dench.