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The Best Laura Dern Movies 

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

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

List features Jurassic Park, Wild at Heart, and more.

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

Steven Spielberg and Robert Altman are among those who have directed Laura Dern at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If you're a fan of Laura Dern, then check out our lists of the best Rod Steiger and Lillian Gish movies as well.

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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Wild at Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini

Released: 1990

Directed by: David Lynch

Wild at Heart is a 1990 American thriller film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel of the same name. Both the book and the film revolve around Sailor ...more

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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joe Johnston

October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more

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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Lynch

Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was ...more

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Rambling Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Robert Duvall, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd

Released: 1991

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Rambling Rose is a 1991 American drama film set in Georgia during the Great Depression starring Laura Dern and Robert Duvall in leading roles with Lukas Haas, John Heard and Diane Ladd in ...more
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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Lynch

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery thriller flm, written and directed by David Lynch. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken ...more

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Citizen Ruth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston, Alicia Witt

Released: 1996

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Citizen Ruth is a 1996 comedy film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne. The film is the directorial debut of Payne. It stars Laura Dern in the title role of a poor, irresponsible and ...more
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Mask is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott

Released: 1985

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott, and Eric Stoltz. Dennis Burkley and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the ...more

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Foxes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Jodie Foster, Laura Dern, Randy Quaid

Released: 1980

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Foxes is a 1980 American teen drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and written by Gerald Ayres. The film stars Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid and Cherie Currie. The ...more
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I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jessie Nelson

I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and in the process teaches ...more

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Dr. T & the Women is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler, Farrah Fawcett

Released: 2000

Directed by: Robert Altman

Dr. T & the Women is a 2000 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Altman. It stars Richard Gere as wealthy gynecologist Dr. Sullivan Travis and Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura ...more

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Jurassic Park III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern

Released: 2001

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Alice Doesn't Live Here ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen ...more

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The Fault in Our Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Released: 2014

Directed by: Josh Boone

The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more

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Smooth Talk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Laura Dern, Levon Helm, Mary Kay Place

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joyce Chopra

Smooth Talk is a 1985 drama film, loosely based on Joyce Carol Oates' 1966 short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, which was in turn inspired by the Tucson murders committed by ...more
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Fat Man and Little Boy ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Paul Newman, John Cusack, Laura Dern

Released: 1989

Directed by: Roland Joffé

Fat Man and Little Boy is a 1989 film that reenacts the Manhattan Project. The film is named after the weapons "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" detonated over Nagasaki and ...more
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Year of the Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Laura Dern, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mike White

Year of the Dog is a 2007 comedy-drama film written and directed by Mike White, and starring Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Regina King, Tom McCarthy, Josh Pais, John C. Reilly and Peter Sarsgaard. ...more
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The Prize Winner of Defi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jane Anderson

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is a 2005 biographical film written and directed by Jane Anderson. It is based on the book by Terry Ryan. The film stars Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and ...more
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Wild is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific ...more
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Bastard out of Carolina ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern

Released: 1996

Directed by: Anjelica Huston

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Lonely Hearts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Jared Leto

Released: 2007

Directed by: Todd Robinson

Lonely Hearts is a 2006 American film directed and written by Todd Robinson. It is based on the true story of the notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the 1940s, Martha Beck and ...more
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Cold Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum

Released: 2019

Directed by: Hans Petter Moland

Cold Pursuit is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Hans Petter Moland. Snowplower Nelson "Mr. Plow" Coxman (Liam Neeson) seeks revenge against a drug cartel in his Rocky ...more
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We Don't Live Here Anymo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Curran

We Don't Live Here Anymore is a 2004 drama film directed by John Curran. It is based on the short stories We Don't Live Here Anymore and Adultery by Andre Dubus. Set in Washington state, the ...more
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Teachers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern

Released: 1984

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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Little Fockers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand

Released: 2010

Directed by: Paul Weitz

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