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The Best Phoebe Cates Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 693 votes 304 voters 37.0k views15 items

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

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

This list includes Bodies, Rest & Motion, I Love You to Death and more.

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

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    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn

    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 American coming-of-age teen comedy film written by Cameron Crowe, adapted from his 1981 book of the same name. As a freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine,...  more

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    Gremlins

    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

    Released1984

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante, released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then...  more

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    Private School

    Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell

    Released1983

    Released1983

    Directed byNoel Black

    Directed byNoel Black

    Private School is a 1983 teen oriented sex comedy film, directed by Noel Black. Starring Phoebe Cates and Matthew Modine, it follows a teenage couple attempting to have sex for the first time....  more

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    Bright Lights, Big City

    Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1988

    Released1988

    Directed byJames Bridges

    Directed byJames Bridges

    Bright Lights, Big City is a 1988 American drama film directed by James Bridges and starring Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Dianne Wiest and Jason Robards, based on the novel by Jay...  more
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    I Love You to Death

    Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves

    Released1990

    Released1990

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    This film is a 1990 American dark comedy film directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It is based in 1984, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Frances Toto repeatedly tried to end her husband, Anthony...  more

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    Lace

    Angela Lansbury, Phoebe Cates

    Released1984

    Released1984

    Directed byWilliam Hale

    Directed byWilliam Hale

    Lace is an American television two-part miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by author Shirley Conran. The series aired on ABC from February 26–27, 1984. The plot concerns the search by...  more
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    Drop Dead Fred

    Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall

    Released1991

    Released1991

    Directed byAte de Jong

    Directed byAte de Jong

    This film is a 1991 British-American fantasy comedy film directed by Ate De Jong, produced by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films and released and distributed by New Line Cinema....  more

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    Princess Caraboo

    Kevin Kline, John Lithgow

    Released1994

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Austin

    Directed byMichael Austin

    Princess Caraboo is a 1994 British-American historical comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Michael Austin, based on the real-life 19th-century character Princess Caraboo, who passed herself...  more
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    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates

    Released1990

    Released1990

    Directed byChuck Jones, Joe Dante

    Directed byChuck Jones, Joe Dante

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch is a 1990 American horror comedy film, and the sequel to Gremlins. It was directed by Joe Dante. The story continues the adventures of the creature Gizmo, who spawns...  more

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    Baby Sister

    Phoebe Cates, Ted Wass

    Released1983

    Released1983

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

    Directed bySteven Hilliard Stern

    Baby Sister is a 1983 television film directed by Steven Hilliard Stern. The film, which stars Phoebe Cates, Ted Wass and Pamela Bellwood, centers on a 19-year-old girl who starts an affair with her...  more
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    Heart of Dixie

    Phoebe Cates, Ally Sheedy

    Released1989

    Released1989

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Directed byMartin Davidson

    Heart of Dixie is a 1989 drama film adaptation of the 1976 novel Heartbreak Hotel by Anne Rivers Siddons and directed by Martin Davidson. The film stars Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen, Phoebe Cates,...  more
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    Date with an Angel

    Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byTom McLoughlin

    Directed byTom McLoughlin

    Date with an Angel is a 1987 American fantasy comedy film, starring Emmanuelle Béart, Phoebe Cates and Michael E. Knight. The film was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. The original music score...  more

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    Shag

    Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates

    Released1989

    Released1989

    Directed byZelda Barron

    Directed byZelda Barron

    Shag is a 1989 British-American comedy film starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey. The film features Carolina shag dancing and was produced in...  more

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    Bodies, Rest & Motion

    Tim Roth, Alicia Witt

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byMichael Steinberg

    Directed byMichael Steinberg

    Bodies, Rest & Motion is a 1993 American drama film written by Roger Hedden based on his play, and directed by Michael Steinberg. The film stars Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth, and Eric...  more
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    The Anniversary Party

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline

    Released2001

    Released2001

    Directed byJennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming

    Directed byJennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming

    The Anniversary Party is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written, directed, produced by, and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming....  more