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The Best Meryl Streep Movies

Updated December 2, 2019 11.9k votes 1.6k voters 86.7k views69 items

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The best Meryl Streep movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Meryl Streep's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, and have earned millions around the world. The order of these top Meryl Streep movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Meryl Streep movies will be at the top of the list. Get it? Great.

Meryl Streep has been in a lot of films... she's an actress. That's her job. And she's probably the greatest of all time. So, understandably it might be difficult to say what the most entertaining Meryl Streep movie is, or even the greatest Meryl Streep movie.

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

Meryl Streep's filmography includes Sophie's Choice, The Devil Wears Prada, and more.

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

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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum
    423
    126

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who goes to...  more
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    Sophie's Choice

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline
    345
    98

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Sophie's Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William Styron's novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant who shares a boarding...  more
  • 3

    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman
    254
    91

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its impact...  more
  • 4

    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
    253
    95

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

    Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, the...  more
  • 5

    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep
    273
    107

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso...  more
  • 6

    Silkwood

    Meryl Streep, Cher
    220
    79

    Released1983

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. In real life, it was vindicated in a...  more
  • 7

    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro
    217
    85

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De Niro,...  more
  • 8

    Out of Africa

    Meryl Streep, Robert Redford
    239
    88

    Released1985

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book...  more
  • 9

    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep
    311
    149

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, with...  more
  • 10

    Death Becomes Her

    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis
    229
    99

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    This film is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted by David Koepp and Martin Donovan. Starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Isabella...  more
  • 11

    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey
    210
    93

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Meryl Streep as a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret affair...  more
  • 12

    The Iron Lady

    Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent
    212
    99

    Released2011

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd....  more
  • 13

    Julie & Julia

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep
    225
    111

    Released2009

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia...  more
  • 14

    Angels in America

    Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright
    144
    50

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Angels in America is a 2003 HBO miniseries adapted from the play of the same name by Tony Kushner. Kushner adapted his original text for the screen, and Mike Nichols directed. Set in 1985, the film...  more
  • 15

    The French Lieutenant's Woman

    Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons
    153
    63

    Released1981

    Directed byKarel Reisz

    The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1981 film directed by Karel Reisz, produced by Leon Clore and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter. It is based on the novel by John Fowles. The music score is by...  more
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    August: Osage County

    Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep
    143
    53

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Wells

    August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the play by Tracy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths...  more
  • 17

    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon
    145
    67

    Released1994

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as Roarke. The...  more
  • 18

    Marvin's Room

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep
    127
    43

    Released1996

    Directed byJerry Zaks

    Marvin's Room is a 1996 American drama film based on the play of the same name by Scott McPherson. The play, which was directed by David Petrarca, was adapted for the screen by McPherson and directed...  more
  • 19

    Postcards from the Edge

    Meryl Streep, Annette Bening
    141
    87

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Carrie Fisher is based on her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The film...  more
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    Evil Angels

    Sam Neill
    119
    56

    Released1988

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Evil Angels, released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand, is a 1988 Australian film directed by Fred Schepisi. The screenplay by Schepisi and Robert Caswell is based on John...  more
  • 21

    The House of the Spirits

    Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder
    116
    60

    Released1993

    Directed byBille August

    The House of the Spirits is a 1993 German-Danish-Portuguese period drama directed by Bille August and starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas and Vanessa...  more
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    Florence Foster Jenkins

    Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant
    102
    40

    Released2016

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. A New York heiress (Meryl Streep) decides to became an opera singer despite her painful lack of singing...  more
  • 23

    Hope Springs

    Meryl Streep, Steve Carell
    97
    67

    Released2012

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    Hope Springs is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, written by Vanessa Taylor, and starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. The film was released on...  more
  • 24

    A Prairie Home Companion

    Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep
    95
    58

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert Altman

    A Prairie Home Companion is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Robert Altman in his final film. The film is a fictional representation of behind-the-scenes activities at the long-running public...  more
  • 25

    Still of the Night

    Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider
    81
    42

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Still of the Night is a 1982 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Benton and starring Roy Scheider, Meryl Streep, Joe Grifasi and Jessica Tandy. It was written by Benton and David...  more