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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?"

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    Guarding Tess

    Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine
    Guarding Tess is a 1994 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage, directed by Hugh...  more

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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon
    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by...  more

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    The Evening Star

    Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine
    The Evening Star is a 1996 sequel to Academy Award for Best Picture-winning Terms of...  more
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton
    Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the...  more

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    Bewitched

    Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell
    Bewitched is a 2005 American romantic comedy fantasy film produced by Columbia Pictures and is...  more

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    Mrs. Winterbourne

    Brendan Fraser, Shirley MacLaine
    Mrs. Winterbourne is a 1996 American romantic comedy/drama starring Shirley MacLaine, Ricki...  more

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    Ocean's 11

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine
    Ocean's 11 is a 1960 heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five Rat Packers:...  more
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    The Children's Hour

    Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine
    The Children's Hour is a 1961 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by...  more
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    Being There

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers
    Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970...  more

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    Coco Chanel

    Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm McDowell
    Coco Chanel is a 2008 television film directed by Christian Duguay and written by Ron...  more
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    Valentine's Day

    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift
    Valentine's Day is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The...  more

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    Around the World in 80 Days

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine
    Around the World in 80 Days is a 1956 Technicolor epic action adventure comedy film starring...  more

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    Bernie

    Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black
    Bernie is a 2012 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and...  more
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine
    Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set...  more

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    Salem Witch Trials

    Kirstie Alley, Shirley MacLaine
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    Irma la Douce

    Shirley MacLaine, James Caan
    Irma la Douce ([iʁ.ma la dus], "Irma the Sweet") is a 1963 American romantic comedy film...  more

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    Rumor Has It

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner
    Rumor Has It is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Jennifer...  more
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    The Turning Point

    Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft
    The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City,...  more
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    The Matchmaker

    Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Perkins
    The Matchmaker is a 1958 American comedy film directed by Joseph Anthony. The screenplay by...  more
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    In Her Shoes

    Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine
    In Her Shoes is a 2005 American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by...  more

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    The Trouble with Harry

    Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock
    The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The...  more

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    Cannonball Run II

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Reynolds
    Cannonball Run II is a 1984 American comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds and an all-star cast,...  more
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    Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

    Shirley MacLaine, Barbara Hershey
    Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning is a 2008 Canadian made-for-television drama film...  more
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    The Celluloid Closet

    Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis
    The Celluloid Closet is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein...  more