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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?"

Meryl Streep has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Steven Spielberg and Robert Altman. Is Meryl Streep your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Glenn Close and Emma Stone films lists too.

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Sophie's Choice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Sophie's Choice Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol 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 ...more

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The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep 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 ...more

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Kramer vs. Kramer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams 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 ...more

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Doubt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Doubt Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman 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, ...more

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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk 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

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Julie & Julia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Julie & Julia Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch 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 ...more

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The Iron Lady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Iron Lady Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Silkwood Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell 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. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Out of Africa Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Iman Abdulmajid 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 ...more

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It's Complicated is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
It's Complicated Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, Alec Baldwin 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 ...more

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan 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, ...more

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The Hours is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Hours Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on ...more

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Death Becomes Her is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Death Becomes Her Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn Death Becomes Her 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 ...more

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The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The French Lieutenant's Woman Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, David Warner 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 ...more

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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal Adaptation. is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more

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August: Osage County is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
samantha-gerland added August: Osage County Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor August: Osage County is a 2013 American drama film written by Tracy Letts and based on his Pulitzer Prize–winning play of the same name, and directed by John Wells. It is produced by George ...more

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The River Wild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The River Wild Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly The River Wild is a 1994 adventure crime-thriller film directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, John C. Reilly, Benjamin Bratt and Joseph Mazzello as ...more

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of U... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of the first three novels of A Series of Unfortunate ...more

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Postcards from the Edge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Postcards from the Edge Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman 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 ...more

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Angels in America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Angels in America Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk 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 ...more

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Marvin's Room is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Marvin's Room Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro 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 ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Manchurian Candidate Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Vera Farmiga The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The film, based on Richard Condon's 1959 novel of the same name and a re-imagining of the previous 1962 ...more

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The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The House of the Spirits Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close 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 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Peter Nagy added Florence Foster Jenkins Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg 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 ...more

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Music of the Heart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Music of the Heart Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Cloris Leachman Music of the Heart is a 1999 drama film, directed by Wes Craven and written by Pamela Gray. It was produced by Craven-Maddalena Films and Miramax Films, and distributed by Buena Vista ...more

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Hope Springs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Hope Springs Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Tommy Lee Jones 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 ...more

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
but chickens double d added Into the Woods Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep Into the Woods is a 2014 American fantasy musical drama film directed by Rob Marshall, and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Broadway ...more

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Ironweed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Ironweed Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Waits Ironweed is a 1987 American drama film directed by Héctor Babenco. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning homonymous novel by William Kennedy, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars ...more

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Fantastic Mr. Fox George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three ...more

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Julia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Julia Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave Julia is a 1977 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann, from a screenplay by Alvin Sargent. It is based on Lillian Hellman's book Pentimento, a chapter of which purports to tell the story of her ...more

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Manhattan Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton Manhattan is a 1979 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The screenplay was written by Allen and Marshall Brickman. Allen co-stars as a ...more

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A Prairie Home Companion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
A Prairie Home Companion Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones 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 ...more

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She-Devil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
She-Devil Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Linda Hunt She-Devil is a 1989 American dark comedy film directed by Susan Seidelman and written by Barry Strugatz and Mark R. Burns. It stars Meryl Streep, Ed Begley, Jr. and Roseanne Barr in her film ...more

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Heartburn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Heartburn Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey Heartburn is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Stockard Channing, Jeff Daniels and Miloš Forman. The screenplay by Nora Ephron ...more

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One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
One True Thing Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, Lauren Graham One True Thing is a 1998 American drama film directed by Carl Franklin. It tells the story of a woman who is forced to put her life on hold in order to care for her mother who is dying of ...more

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Prime is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Prime Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, Mini Andén Prime is a 2005 American romantic comedy film starring Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep and Bryan Greenberg. It was written and directed by Ben Younger. The film grossed $67,937,503 worldwide.

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Lions for Lambs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Lions for Lambs Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford Lions for Lambs is a 2007 American drama war film directed by Robert Redford about the connection between a platoon of United States soldiers in Afghanistan, a U.S. senator, a reporter, and a ...more

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Before and After is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Before and After Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong Before and After is a 1996 film based on the 1992 novel of the same title by American writer Rosellen Brown. The movie was directed by Barbet Schroeder and starred Meryl Streep as Dr. Carolyn ...more

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Ricki and the Flash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
samantha-gerland added Ricki and the Flash Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Rick Rosas Ricki and the Flash is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Demme. A musician (Meryl Streep) who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking ...more

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Still of the Night is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Still of the Night Meryl Streep, Roy Scheider, Jessica Tandy 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 ...more

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Defending Your Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Defending Your Life Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy film about a man who dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to ...more

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Plenty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Plenty Meryl Streep, Sting, Ian McKellen Plenty is a 1985 British drama film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Meryl Streep. It was adapted from David Hare's play of the same name.

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Falling in Love is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Falling in Love Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel Falling in Love is a 1984 American romantic-drama film starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep and directed by Ulu Grosbard. In the film, two married strangers meet randomly, become friends, ...more

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more

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Rendition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Rendition Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Jake Gyllenhaal Rendition is a 2007 abduction thriller film directed by Gavin Hood and starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally. It centers on the ...more

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Evening is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
Evening Meryl Streep, Claire Danes, Glenn Close Evening is a 2007 American drama film directed by Lajos Koltai. The screenplay by Susan Minot and Michael Cunningham is based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan Minot.

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...First Do No Harm is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
...First Do No Harm Meryl Streep, Allison Janney, Margo Martindale ...First Do No Harm is a 1997 American television film, directed by Jim Abrahams, about a boy whose severe epilepsy, unresponsive to medications with terrible side effects, is controlled by the ...more

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The Seduction of Joe Tynan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Meryl Streep Movies
The Seduction of Joe Tynan Meryl Streep, Alan Alda, Rip Torn The Seduction of Joe Tynan is a 1979 American political film drama directed by Jerry Schatzberg and produced by Martin Bregman. The screenplay was written by Alan Alda, who also played the title ...more