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The Best Meryl Streep Movies

Updated December 2, 2019 11.7k votes 1.6k voters 84.6k 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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    Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Sophie's Choice

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

    Sophie's Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton

    Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Silkwood

    Meryl Streep, Cher

    Released1983

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The Deer Hunter

    Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Doubt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

    Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Out of Africa

    Meryl Streep, Robert Redford

    Released1985

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Death Becomes Her

    Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    This film is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 10
    The Hours is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The Hours

    Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep

    Released2002

    Directed byStephen Daldry

    The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Mamma Mia!

    Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    It's Complicated

    Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2009

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Julie & Julia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Julie & Julia

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The Iron Lady

    Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent

    Released2011

    Directed byPhyllida Lloyd

    The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The French Lieutenant's Wo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The French Lieutenant's Woman

    Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons

    Released1981

    Directed byKarel Reisz

    The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1981 film directed by Karel Reisz, produced by Leon Clore... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The River Wild

    Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon

    Released1994

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

    The River Wild is a 1994 adventure thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Marvin's Room is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Marvin's Room

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep

    Released1996

    Directed byJerry Zaks

    Marvin's Room is a 1996 American drama film based on the play of the same name by Scott... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Angels in America

    Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright

    Released2003

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    Postcards from the Edge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Postcards from the Edge

    Meryl Streep, Annette Bening

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    August: Osage County

    Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Wells

    August: Osage County is a 2013 American comedy-drama film directed by John Wells, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Evil Angels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Evil Angels

    Sam Neill

    Released1988

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Evil Angels, released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand, is a 1988... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Adaptation

    Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep

    Released2002

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Florence Foster Jenkins

    Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant

    Released2016

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. ... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Julia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    Julia

    Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda

    Released1977

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

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    The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
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    The House of the Spirits

    Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder

    Released1993

    Directed byBille August

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