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The Best Mary Steenburgen Movies 

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of films like Capital City and Inland Empire.

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

Ron Howard and David Lynch have both worked with Mary Steenburgen over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors.

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Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jack Nicholson

Goin' South is an American western-comedy film, directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi, Richard Bradford, Veronica Cartwright, Danny DeVito ...more
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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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Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1979

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Time After Time is a 1979 American science fiction film starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen. It was the directing debut of screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, whose screenplay ...more

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Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2011

Directed by: Tate Taylor

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Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 2008

Directed by: Adam McKay

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Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1993

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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One Magic Christmas Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Harnois, Sarah Polley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Phillip Borsos

One Magic Christmas is a 1985 American Christmas fantasy film directed by Phillip Borsos. It was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and stars Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton. It was shot ...more
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Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White

Released: 2009

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

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Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen, Lance Henriksen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Victor Salva

Powder is a 1995 American fantasy drama film written and directed by Victor Salva and starring Sean Patrick Flanery in the titular role, with Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen, Bradford Tatum and ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Samuel L. Jackson, Fran Drescher

Released: 1981

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards Jr., Dabney Coleman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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Anthony Hopkins, James Woods, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2008

Directed by: Seth Gordon

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The Long Walk Home Whoopi Goldberg, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1990

Directed by: Richard Pearce

The Long Walk Home is a 1990 film starring Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by Richard Pearce. Set in Alabama, it is based on a screenplay about the Montgomery Bus Boycott by John ...more

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Jodie Foster, Zoë Kravitz, Terrence Howard

Released: 2007

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, Frances McDormand

Released: 1991

Directed by: Terry Hughes

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Martin Short, Mary Steenburgen, Charles Grodin

Released: 1994

Directed by: Paul Flaherty

Clifford is a 1994 comedy film starring Martin Short, Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen, and Dabney Coleman. The film was shot in 1990 and originally planned for release in the summer of 1991, ...more
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Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, Alfre Woodard

Released: 1983

Directed by: Martin Ritt

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Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1982

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Omar Sharif, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Charles Sturridge

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Ian Somerhalder, Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline

Released: 2001

Directed by: Irwin Winkler

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