The Best Mary Tyler Moore Movies

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

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  • Ordinary People
    Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore
    34 votes
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Robert Redford
    Ordinary People, a profound drama, follows the life of the Jarrett family after a catastrophic incident. Conrad (Timothy Hutton), struggles with guilt and grief post his elder brother's tragic demise. His parents, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore) and Calvin (Donald Sutherland), deal with their own sorrow while navigating their fractured relationship with Conrad. Directed by Robert Redford, Ordinary People is a poignant exploration of familial relationships and personal healing. The film won four Academy Awards in 1981, including Best Picture and Best Director, marking it as an enduring classic in cinema history.

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  • Flirting with Disaster
    Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Téa Leoni
    16 votes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: David O. Russell
    Adopted as a child, new father Mel Colpin (Ben Stiller) decides he cannot name his son until he knows his birth parents, and determines to make a cross-country quest to find them. Accompanied by his wife, Nancy (Patricia Arquette), and an inept yet gorgeous adoption agent, Tina (Tea Leoni), he departs on an epic road trip that quickly devolves into a farce of mistaken identities, wrong turns, and overzealous and love-struck ATF agents (Josh Brolin, Richard Jenkins).

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  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
    Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing
    19 votes
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: George Roy Hill
    In this musical spoof of the roaring '20s, feisty young flapper Millie (Julie Andrews) plans to find a job and marry a wealthy employer. Though fond of penniless paper-clip salesman Jimmy (James Fox), she's determined to marry well-heeled company man Trevor Graydon (John Gavin), who loves Millie's roommate Dorothy Brown (Mary Tyler Moore). As all four try to find love, evil landlady Mrs. Meers (Beatrice Lillie) schemes to sell the orphaned Dorothy into white slavery.
  • Stolen Babies

    Stolen Babies

    Mary Tyler Moore, Lea Thompson, Kathleen Quinlan
    7 votes
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Eric Laneuville
    This film, based on true events, explores the story of a woman who runs an orphanage that harbors a dark secret. Georgia Tann (Mary Tyler Moore) is a beloved member of the Memphis community. A personable middle-aged woman, she is renowned for her work with homeless children. However, social worker Annie Beales (Lea Thompson) suspects that something is amiss at Tann's orphanage. She begins to investigate, and soon makes a shocking discovery about the true nature of Tann's work with children.
  • Change of Habit
    Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair
    17 votes
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: William Graham
    Dr. John Carpenter (Elvis Presley) takes the job of running a health center in a low-income district. He enlists three women to help out who -- unbeknownst to him -- are actually nuns in street clothes. The church wants to improve the neighborhood but fears that nuns in full habit would not be well received. Unaware of her unavailability, John falls for Sister Michelle (Mary Tyler Moore), serenading her with his guitar -- which, luckily for him, effectively wears away at her religious resolve.

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  • Finnegan Begin Again

    Finnegan Begin Again

    Mary Tyler Moore, Sam Waterston, Sylvia Sidney
    12 votes
    • Released: 1985
    Finnegan Begin Again is a 1985 made-for-HBO original romantic comedy film starring Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Preston. The movie was filmed in Richmond, Virginia and premiered in February 1985 before being released on video.