Watchworthy

The Best Phoebe Cates Movies 

Reference
Updated September 23, 2019 627 votes 277 voters 35.1k views 15 items

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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?"

Movie fans who love Phoebe Cates have also been known to enjoy films starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jami Gertz.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1982

Directed by: Amy 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 ...more

More Fast Times at Ridgemont High 

#90 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime #47 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #33 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies

2
Ranker Video
Phoebe Cates, Betsy Russell, Sylvia Kristel

Released: 1983

Directed by: Noel 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 Private School 

#256 of 265 The Best Teen Romance Movies #153 of 314 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s #16 of 119 The Best R-Rated Sex Comedies

3
Ranker Video
Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joe 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

More Gremlins 

'Gremlins' Was So Intense That It Led To The Invention Of The PG-13 Rating #22 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #32 of 350 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

4
Ranker Video
Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ate 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 ...more

More Drop Dead Fred 

'Drop Dead Fred' Is A Bizarre Fever Dream That's Even Darker Than You Remember #242 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #887 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

5
Ranker Video
Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1994

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more

More Princess Caraboo 

#428 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #50 of 69 The Best John Lithgow Movies

6
Ranker Video
Christopher Lee, Phoebe Cates, Howie Mandel

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chuck 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

More Gremlins 2: The New Batch 

'Gremlins 2' Brilliantly Makes Fun Of Everyone Who Loved The First Movie #223 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #836 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

7
Ranker Video
Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Annabeth Gish

Released: 1989

Directed by: Zelda 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 ...more

More Shag 

#483 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #323 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #31 of 46 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic

8
Ranker Video
Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates

Released: 1988

Directed by: James 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 ...more
9
Ranker Video
Angela Lansbury, Phoebe Cates, Honor Blackman

Released: 1984

Directed by: William 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 ...more
10
Ranker Video
Heather Graham, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Kline

Released: 1990

Directed by: Lawrence 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
11
Ranker Video
Phoebe Cates, Ted Wass, Pamela Bellwood

Released: 1983

Directed by: Steven 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 ...more
12
Ranker Video
Bodies, Rest & Motion Tim Roth, Alicia Witt, Bridget Fonda

Released: 1993

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
13
Ranker Video
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jennifer 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.
14
Ranker Video
Phoebe Cates, Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen

Released: 1989

Directed by: Martin 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 ...more
15
Ranker Video
Phoebe Cates, Emmanuelle Béart, Charles Lane

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tom 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 ...more

More Date with an Angel 

#28 of 32 The Best Movies About Angels #93 of 314 The Greatest Teen Movies of the 1980s #140 of 142 The Best Classic Fantasy Movies, Ranked