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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.

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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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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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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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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
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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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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Casino Royale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Judi Dench Movies
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pierce Brosnan, Teri Hatcher, Gerard Butler
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce
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All Is True is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Judi Dench Movies
Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, during a performance of his play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns ...more
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Madonna, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan
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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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