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The Best Melanie Griffith Movies

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List of the best Melanie Griffith movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Melanie Griffith has been acting since 1969, but it wasn't until she swapped her heels for sneakers in Working Girl in 1988 that she became a star. Melanie Griffith'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 Melanie Griffith movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Melanie Griffith movies will be at the top of the list. Melanie Griffith has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Melanie Griffith movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Melanie Griffith films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features films like Shining Through and Pacific Heights.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Melanie Griffith movies?" and "What are the greatest Melanie Griffith roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Melanie Griffith's rom-coms, you might also enjoy our list of best Alec Baldwin movies and best Antonio Banderas movies.

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    Night Moves

    Gene Hackman, James Woods

    Released1975

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Night Moves is a 1975 mystery thriller film directed by Arthur Penn. It stars Gene Hackman, Jennifer Warren, Susan Clark, and features early career appearances by Melanie Griffith and James...  more
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    Born Yesterday

    John Goodman, Melanie Griffith

    Released1993

    Directed byLuis Mandoki

    Born Yesterday is a 1993 film based on Born Yesterday, a play by Garson Kanin. The film stars Melanie Griffith, John Goodman and Don Johnson. It was adapted by Douglas McGrath and directed by Luis...  more

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    RKO 281

    Liev Schreiber, John Malkovich

    Released1999

    Directed byBenjamin Ross

    RKO 281 is a 1999 historical drama film directed by Benjamin Ross. It stars Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Liam Cunningham. The film depicts the...  more
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    Paradise

    Melanie Griffith, Elijah Wood

    Released1991

    Directed byMary Agnes Donoghue

    Paradise is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue. The original music score is composed by David Newman. Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson play Lily and Ben Reed, a young...  more
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    Tart

    Mischa Barton, Lacey Chabert

    Released2001

    Directed byChristina Wayne

    Tart is a 2001 coming of age film starring Dominique Swain, Bijou Phillips, and Brad Renfro....  more
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    A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures

    Jenny McCarthy, Tim Curry

    Released2010

    Directed byBen Stassen

    A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures is a 2010 Belgian/French animated film that's co-written and directed by Ben Stassen. The film was released on 4 August 2010 in Belgium, and on 11 August 2010 in...  more
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    Celebrity

    Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released1998

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Celebrity is a 1998 comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The screenplay describes the divergent paths a couple takes following their divorce....  more

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    Roar

    Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren

    Released1981

    Directed byNoel Marshall

    Roar is a film starring real life married couple, Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall. In addition to starring in the film, Marshall also directed and wrote the film, producing it together with Hedren....  more

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    The Grief Tourist

    Melanie Griffith, Pruitt Taylor Vince

    Released2012

    Directed bySuri Krishnamma

    The Grief Tourist is a 2011 drama and thriller film written by Frank John Hughes and directed by Suri Krishnamma....  more
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    The Garden

    Melanie Griffith, Shaike Ophir

    Released1977

    Directed byVictor Nord

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    Stormy Monday

    Sting, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1988

    Directed byMike Figgis

    Stormy Monday is the 1988 feature film debut of director Mike Figgis. Starring Sean Bean, Tommy Lee Jones, Sting and Melanie Griffith, it is an atmospheric, noirish thriller. The notable jazz...  more
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    One on One

    Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole

    Released1977

    Directed byLamont Johnson

    One on One is a 1977 drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by Benson and Jerry Segal, and shot on location in 1976 at Colorado State University. The film features songs...  more
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    Smile

    Melanie Griffith, Bruce Dern

    Released1975

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Smile is a 1975 satirical comedy-drama film directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson about a beauty pageant in Santa Rosa, California. It stars Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon and...  more
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    The Harrad Experiment

    Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson

    Released1973

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern, Ted Post

    The Harrad Experiment is a film about a fictional school called Harrad College where the students learn about sexuality and experiment with each other. Based on the 1962 book of the same name by...  more
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    Underground Aces

    Melanie Griffith, Nicky Katt

    Released1981

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Underground Aces is a 1981 film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Dirk Benedict and Melanie Griffith....  more
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    Fear City

    Melanie Griffith, Tom Berenger

    Released1984

    Directed byAbel Ferrara

    Fear City is a 1984 American action-thriller directed by Abel Ferrara. The lead roles are played by Billy Dee Williams and Tom Berenger. In 2012 the film was released on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory....  more
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    Yellow

    Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith

    Released2012

    Directed byNick Cassavetes

    Yellow is a 2012 drama film written by Nick Cassavetes and Heather Wahlquist and directed by Nick Cassavetes....  more
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    Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me

    Mary J. Blige, Melanie Griffith

    Released2004

    Directed byMichael Sporn

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    At 2:15

    Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith

    Directed byMaria De Kannon Cle

    At 2:15 is not yet released, it's an upcoming film....  more
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    In the Spirit

    Melanie Griffith, Peter Falk

    Released1990

    Directed bySandra Seacat

    In the Spirit is a 1990 film starring Marlo Thomas and Elaine May, directed by noted acting coach Sandra Seacat, with a screenplay co-authored by May's daughter Jeannie Berlin and Laurie Jones, both...  more
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    Happy End

    Rose Byrne, Melanie Griffith

    Released2003

    Directed byAmos Kollek, Paul Goldman

    Happy End is a 2003 French film written and directed by Amos Kollek. It stars Audrey Tautou, Justin Theroux, Jennifer Tilly and Jim Parsons....  more