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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 Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough 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 Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini Wild at Heart is a 1990 American crime 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 ...more

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October Sky Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper 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 Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern 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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Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern 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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Rambling Rose Robert Duvall, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd 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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Citizen Ruth Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston, Alicia Witt 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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Dr. T & the Women Kate Hudson, Liv Tyler, Farrah Fawcett 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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Mask Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott 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 Jodie Foster, Laura Dern, Randy Quaid 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 Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film written and directed by Jessie Nelson, and starring Sean Penn as a father with a developmental disability, Dakota Fanning as his inquisitive seven-year-old ...more

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Jurassic Park III Téa Leoni, William H. Macy, Laura Dern Jurassic Park III is a 2001 American science fiction adventure monster film. It is the third installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and a sequel to the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic ...more

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Dern 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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Fat Man and Little Boy Paul Newman, John Cusack, Laura Dern Fat Man and Little Boy is a 1989 film that reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret Allied endeavor to develop the first nuclear weapons during World War II. The film is named after the ...more

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Bastard out of Carolina Christina Ricci, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern Bastard out of Carolina is a 1996 film made by Showtime Networks, directed by Anjelica Huston. It is based on a novel by Dorothy Allison and adapted for the screen by Anne Meredith. Jena Malone ...more

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Lonely Hearts Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Jared Leto 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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The Fault in Our Stars Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern 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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A Perfect World Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Laura Dern A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin Costner as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy, and ends up embarking on a road trip ...more

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Year of the Dog Laura Dern, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon 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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We Don't Live Here Anymore Naomi Watts, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern 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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White Lightning Burt Reynolds, Laura Dern, Ned Beatty White Lightning is a 1973 American action film from United Artists starring Burt Reynolds as Gator McKlusky. The film, directed by Joseph Sargent and written by William W. Norton, also starred ...more

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Smooth Talk Laura Dern, Levon Helm, Mary Kay Place 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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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern 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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The Master Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of ...more

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Little Fockers Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand Little Fockers is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Paul Weitz, and the third movie in the Meet the Parents franchise. Jack Byrne (Robert De Niro) is still reluctant about making ...more

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Teachers Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte, Laura Dern Teachers is a 1984 satirical dark comedy-drama film starring Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Ralph Macchio, and Judd Hirsch, written by W. R. McKinney and directed by Arthur Hiller. The movie was ...more

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Recount Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, John Hurt Recount is a 2008 television film about the 2000 United States presidential election. The political drama was written by Danny Strong, directed by Jay Roach, and produced by Michael Haussman. It ...more

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Happy Endings Lisa Kudrow, Laura Dern, Tom Arnold Happy Endings is a 2005 American film written and directed by Don Roos and starring Tom Arnold, Jesse Bradford, Bobby Cannavale, Steve Coogan, Laura Dern, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow and ...more

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The Baby Dance Laura Dern, Stockard Channing The Baby Dance is a 1998 drama film written and directed by Jane Anderson.

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Wild Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann 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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Everything Must Go Will Ferrell, Laura Dern, Rebecca Hall Everything Must Go is an upcoming film directed by Dan Rush. "After 16 years devising motivational speeches that promise certain success, Nick Porter (Will Ferrell) is abruptly fired. He ...more

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Novocaine Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Martin, Kevin Bacon Novocaine is a 2001 black comedy thriller film written and directed by David Atkins and starring Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Lynne Thigpen and Elias Koteas. It was shot in ...more

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Haunted Summer Laura Dern, Eric Stoltz, Alice Krige Haunted Summer is a 1988 drama film directed by Ivan Passer. It stars Philip Anglim as Lord Byron, Eric Stoltz as Percy Shelley, Alice Krige as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Alex Winter as Dr. ...more

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The Siege at Ruby Ridge Kirsten Dunst, Laura Dern, Randy Quaid The Siege at Ruby Ridge is a 1996 television film directed by Roger Young.

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Tenderness Russell Crowe, Laura Dern, Alexis Dziena Tenderness is a 2009 American crime film directed by John Polson, which stars Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub, and Laura Dern. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Robert ...more

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The Founder Linda Cardellini, Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains Diane Lane, Laura Dern, Ray Winstone Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains is a 1982 film about three teenage girls, played by Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter, who start a punk band.

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Down Came a Blackbird Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Dern, Raúl Juliá Down Came a Blackbird is a 1995 drama film made for TV starring Raúl Juliá. It was the final film appearance of Juliá, filmed in October 1994. Juliá died two weeks ...more

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Within These Walls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
Within These Walls Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Kristin Fairlie Within These Walls is a 2001 drama film written by Robert J. Avrech and directed by Mike Robe.

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Daddy and Them Ben Affleck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kelly Preston Daddy and Them is a 2001 American film written and directed by, as well as starring Billy Bob Thornton. In addition to Thornton, it stars Laura Dern, Ben Affleck, Kelly Preston, Diane Ladd, ...more

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Wilson Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara Wilson is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Craig Johnson, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes. A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man ...more

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When the Game Stands Tall Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 sports drama film. The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur, Laura Dern as Bev Ladouceur, Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson and ...more

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The Monday Before Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
The Monday Before Thanksgiving Courteney Cox, Laura Dern, Rosemary Harris The Monday Before Thanksgiving is a 2008 short drama film directed by Courteney Cox

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The Three Wishes of Billy Grie... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Laura Dern Movies
The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio, Jeffrey Tambor The Three Wishes of Billy Grier is a 1984 made-for-TV feature-length drama, starring Ralph Macchio. It first aired November 1, 1984. While this movie is a fictional work, it is prefaced by a ...more

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Focus Meat Loaf, William H. Macy, Laura Dern Focus is a 2001 film, starring William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer, and Meat Loaf based on a 1945 novel by playwright Arthur Miller.

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Industrial Symphony No. 1 Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Michael J. Anderson Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted is a short, avant-garde musical play directed by David Lynch, with music by Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise.

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Grizzly II: The Predator George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, Laura Dern Grizzly II: The Predator is an unreleased sequel to the popular film, Grizzly. The film is notable for featuring early appearances of future superstar actors George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, and ...more

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Afterburn Laura Dern, Robert Loggia, Michael Rooker Afterburn is a 1992 dramatic film written and produced for television, based on a true story where one woman takes on the United States military and General Dynamics, manufacturer of the F-16 ...more

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Damaged Care Laura Dern, Regina King, Diane Ladd Damaged Care is a 2002 drama TV movie written by Ilene Chaiken and directed by Harry Winer.

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Fight for Your Right Revisited Kirsten Dunst, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell "After the boys leave the party . . ." Quoting the description from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival site.