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?"
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  • The Apartment
    Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Steel Magnolias
    Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Herbert Ross
  • Terms of Endearment
    Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: James L. Brooks
  • The Children's Hour
    Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner
    • Released: 1961
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • Being There
    Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Hal Ashby
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara
    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Don Siegel
  • The Turning Point
    Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Mikhail Baryshnikov
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Herbert Ross
  • Irma la Douce
    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Lou Jacobi
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Some Came Running
    Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Sweet Charity
    Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: Bob Fosse
  • The Trouble with Harry
    Edmund Gwenn, Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Guarding Tess
    Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Hugh Wilson
  • Postcards from the Edge
    Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Mike Nichols
  • What a Way to Go!
    Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
  • Desperate Characters
    Shirley MacLaine, Kenneth Mars, Gerald S. O'Loughlin
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Frank D. Gilroy
  • Madame Sousatzka
    Shirley MacLaine, Navin Chowdhry, Peggy Ashcroft
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: John Schlesinger
  • Used People
    Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Beeban Kidron
  • In Her Shoes
    Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Curtis Hanson
  • Coco Chanel
    Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm McDowell, Barbora Bobuľová
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Christian Duguay
  • Two for the Seesaw
    Robert Mitchum, Shirley MacLaine, Edmond Ryan
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Robert Wise
  • Mrs. Winterbourne
    Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake, Brendan Fraser
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Richard Benjamin
  • My Geisha
    Shirley MacLaine, Edward G. Robinson, Yves Montand
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Jack Cardiff
  • These Old Broads
    Elizabeth Taylor, Carrie Fisher, Shirley MacLaine
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Matthew Diamond
  • The Possession of Joel Delaney
    Shirley MacLaine, Perry King, Míriam Colón
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Waris Hussein
  • The Yellow Rolls-Royce
    Ingrid Bergman, Omar Sharif, Shirley MacLaine
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Anthony Asquith