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The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies

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

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

List films range from Joan of Arc to Terms of Endearment.

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


  • 1

    The Trouble with Harry

    Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • 2

    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon


    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some Like It...  more

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  • 3

    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito


    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra...  more

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  • 4

    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton


    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana town,...  more

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  • 5

    The Evening Star

    Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byRobert Harling

    The Evening Star is a 1996 sequel to Academy Award for Best Picture-winning Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, who reprises the role of Aurora Greenway she won an Oscar for playing in...  more
  • 6

    Defending Your Life

    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byAlbert Brooks

    Defending Your Life is a 1991 romantic comedy-fantasy film about a man who arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the...  more

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  • 7


    Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell


    Directed byNora Ephron

    Bewitched is a 2005 American romantic comedy fantasy film produced by Columbia Pictures and is a re-imagining of the television series of the same name. The film was released in the United States and...  more

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  • 8

    Ocean's 11

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byLewis Milestone

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  • 9

    Mrs. Winterbourne

    Brendan Fraser, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byRichard Benjamin

    Mrs. Winterbourne is a 1996 American romantic comedy/drama starring Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, and Brendan Fraser. It is loosely based on Cornell Woolrich's novel I Married a Dead Man, which has...  more

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  • 10

    The Children's Hour

    Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Children's Hour is a 1961 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes is based on the 1934 play of the same title by Lillian Hellman. The film stars Audrey...  more
  • 11


    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byWalter Lang

    Can-Can is a 1960 musical film made by Suffolk-Cummings productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Walter Lang, produced by Jack Cummings and Saul Chaplin, from a screenplay...  more
  • 12

    Being There

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers


    Directed byHal Ashby

    Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970 novella by Jerzy Kosinski, the screenplay was written by Kosinski and the uncredited Robert C. Jones. The...  more

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  • 13

    Coco Chanel

    Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm McDowell


    Directed byChristian Duguay

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  • 14

    Valentine's Day

    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift


    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Valentine's Day is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The screenplay and the story were written by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The film consists of...  more

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  • 15

    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byDon Siegel

    Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It was...  more

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  • 16

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists. The epic...  more

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  • 17


    Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black


    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Bernie is a 2012 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on...  more

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  • 18

    Irma la Douce

    Shirley MacLaine, James Caan


    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Irma la Douce ([iʁ.ma la dus], "Irma the Sweet") is a 1963 American romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder. It is based on the 1956 French stage...  more

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  • 19

    Salem Witch Trials

    Kirstie Alley, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byJoseph Sargent

  • 20

    Madame Sousatzka

    Shirley MacLaine, Twiggy


    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Madame Sousatzka is a 1988 British drama film directed by John Schlesinger, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Bernice Rubens....  more
  • 21

    Used People

    Kathy Bates, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byBeeban Kidron

    Used People is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Beeban Kidron. The screenplay by Todd Graff, adapted from his 1988 off-Broadway play The Grandma Plays, takes a humorous look at a...  more
  • 22

    Rumor Has It

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner


    Directed byRob Reiner

    Rumor Has It is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine and Mark Ruffalo. The screenplay by Ted Griffin derives from a...  more
  • 23

    Guarding Tess

    Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine


    Directed byHugh Wilson

    Guarding Tess is a 1994 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage, directed by Hugh Wilson. MacLaine plays a fictional former First Lady protected by an entourage of Secret Service agents led...  more
  • 24

    The Turning Point

    Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft


    Directed byHerbert Ross

    The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City, written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Herbert Ross. The film stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft,...  more
  • 25

    The Matchmaker

    Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byJoseph Anthony

    The Matchmaker is a 1958 American comedy film directed by Joseph Anthony. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes is based on the 1955 play of the same name by Thornton Wilder. Costumes by Edith Head....  more