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The Best Piper Laurie Movies 

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Updated September 21, 2019 620 votes 89 voters 4.3k views 48 items

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

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

Examples of films on this list include Distortions and Francis Goes to the Races.

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

If Piper Laurie movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Lee Grant and Dorothy McGuire too.

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Dir. by Michael Pate (1979), starring Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie & Pat Evison
Tim is a 1979 Australian romantic drama film. It was written and directed by Michael Pate, based on the 1974 novel by Colleen McCullough.
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Dir. by Brian De Palma (1976), starring John Travolta, Sissy Spacek & Piper Laurie
Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more

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Dir. by Robert Rossen (1961), starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason & George C. Scott
The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of ...more

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Dir. by Randa Haines (1986), starring William Hurt, Marlee Matlin & Piper Laurie
Children of a Lesser God is a 1986 American romantic drama film directed by Randa Haines and written by Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff. An adaptation of Medoff's Tony Award–winning stage play ...more

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Dir. by Glenn Jordan (1997), starring Piper Laurie, Patty Duke & Jeffrey DeMunn
A Christmas Memory is a 1997 family drama TV film written by Duane Poole and directed by Glenn A. Jordan.
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Dir. by Charles Matthau (1995), starring Edward Furlong, Jack Lemmon & Sissy Spacek
The Grass Harp is a 1995 American comedy-drama film. It is based on the novella by Truman Capote; the screenplay was the final work of Oscar-winning screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. The film ...more
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Dir. by Walter Murch (1985), starring Fairuza Balk, Piper Laurie & Nicol Williamson
Return to Oz is a 1985 fantasy adventure film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz. The plot begins with Dorothy's return to the Land of Oz, and her ...more

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Dir. by Irwin Allen and Louis Eugene King (1954), starring Vincent Price, Piper Laurie & Victor Mature
Dangerous Mission is a 1954 American dramatic color "resort thriller" starring Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, Vincent Price, and William Bendix. The movie was produced by Irwin Allen, ...more
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Dir. by Nathan H. Juran (1953), starring Rock Hudson, Anita Ekberg & Piper Laurie
The Golden Blade is an adventure film from 1953 directed by Nathan Juran and starring Rock Hudson as Harun Al-Rashid and Piper Laurie as Princess Khairuzan. It is set in ancient Bagdad and ...more
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Dir. by Michael Winner (1988), starring Carrie Fisher, Lauren Bacall & John Gielgud
Appointment with Death is a 1988 mystery film, made by Golan-Globus Productions and produced and directed by Michael Winner. It is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Appointment with ...more
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Dir. by Michael Clancy (2004), starring Zooey Deschanel, Famke Janssen & Kelly Preston
Eulogy is a 2004 comedy film directed by Michael Clancy.
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Dir. by Robert Wise (1957), starring Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine & Jean Simmons
Until They Sail is a 1957 American black and white CinemaScope drama film directed by Robert Wise. The screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on a story by James A. Michener included in his 1951 ...more
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Dir. by Gregg Champion (2001), starring Sidney Poitier, Piper Laurie & Wendy Crewson
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Dir. by Glenn Jordan (1986), starring James Woods, James Garner & Piper Laurie
Feckless bachelor Bob, who promised his mother that at her death he would care for his schizophrenic younger brother D.J., becomes apprehensive when the time comes. Facing up to his ...more
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Dir. by Deborah Kampmeier (2007), starring Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright & David Morse
Hounddog is a 2007 coming-of-age drama film written, directed, and produced by Deborah Kampmeier and starring Dakota Fanning, Isabelle Fuhrman, Robin Wright Penn, and Piper Laurie, among others. ...more

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Dir. by Sean Penn (1995), starring Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright & Anjelica Huston
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Dir. by Douglas Sirk (1952), starring James Dean, Rock Hudson & Piper Laurie
Has Anybody Seen My Gal? 1952 film comedy film directed by Douglas Sirk, and starring Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn, and Gigi Perreau. Set in the 1920s, the film is named after The ...more
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Dir. by Robert Rodriguez (1998), starring Salma Hayek, Usher & Famke Janssen
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Dir. by Marc Rocco (1989), starring Corey Feldman, Corey Haim & Victoria Jackson
Dream a Little Dream is a 1989 teen film directed by Marc Rocco and stars Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Meredith Salenger, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie and Harry Dean Stanton. It was filmed in ...more

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Dir. by Norman Jewison (1991), starring Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck & Penelope Ann Miller
Other People's Money is a 1991 drama/romantic comedy film starring Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck and Penelope Ann Miller. It was based on the play of the same name by Jerry Sterner. The film ...more

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Dir. by Arthur Lubin (1951), starring Piper Laurie, Donald O'Connor & Cecil Kellaway
Francis Goes to the Races is a 1951 American black-and-white comedy film from Universal-International, produced by Leonard Goldstein, directed by Arthur Lubin, and starring Donald O'Connor, ...more
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Dir. by Daniel Petrie (1999), starring Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott & Piper Laurie
Inherit the Wind is a 1999 television film adaptation of the play of the same name. The original 1955 play was written as a parable which fictionalized the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial ...more
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Dir. by Mike Robe (1988), starring Linda Hamilton, Brian Bonsall & Ned Beatty
Go Toward the Light is a 1988 television film starring Linda Hamilton, Joshua Harris and Richard Thomas. The film first aired on CBS on November 11, 1988.
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The Mao Game Dir. by Joshua John Miller (1999), starring Kirstie Alley and Piper Laurie
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Dir. by George Schaefer (1981), starring Anthony Hopkins, Piper Laurie & Susan Blakely
The Bunker is a 1981 CBS television film, Time/Life production based on the book The Bunker. The film, directed by George Schaefer and adapted for the screen by John Gay, is a dramatisation ...more