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The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies

Updated September 21, 2019 2.9k votes 570 voters 51.2k views69 items

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon

    Released1960

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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    Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Terms of Endearment

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1983

    Directed byJames L. Brooks

    Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    Steel Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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

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  • 4
    Being There is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Being There

    Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers

    Released1979

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipedia
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    The Children's Hour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    The Children's Hour

    Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1961

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Children's Hour is a 1961 American drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia

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    Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1970

    Directed byDon Siegel

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    Guarding Tess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Guarding Tess

    Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1994

    Directed byHugh Wilson

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

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  • 8
    Irma la Douce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Irma la Douce

    Shirley MacLaine, James Caan

    Released1963

    Directed byBilly Wilder

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    The Turning Point is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    The Turning Point

    Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft

    Released1977

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    The Turning Point is a 1977 drama film centered on the world of ballet in New York City,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Sweet Charity is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Sweet Charity

    Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis

    Released1969

    Directed byBob Fosse

    Sweet Charity, full title of which is Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be... more on Wikipedia
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    The Trouble with Harry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    The Trouble with Harry

    Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1955

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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    In Her Shoes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    In Her Shoes

    Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine

    Released2005

    Directed byCurtis Hanson

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    My Geisha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    My Geisha

    Shirley MacLaine, Edward G. Robinson

    Released1962

    Directed byJack Cardiff

    My Geisha is a 1962 American comedy film directed by Jack Cardiff, starring Yves Montand,... more on Wikipedia
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    Some Came Running is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Some Came Running

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1958

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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    Can-Can is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Can-Can

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1960

    Directed byWalter Lang

    Can-Can is a 1960 musical film made by Suffolk-Cummings productions and distributed by 20th... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Rumor Has It is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Rumor Has It

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Rumor Has It is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Jennifer... more on Wikipedia
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    The Evening Star is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    The Evening Star

    Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Harling

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    Coco Chanel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Coco Chanel

    Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm McDowell

    Released2008

    Directed byChristian Duguay

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    Postcards from the Edge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Postcards from the Edge

    Meryl Streep, Annette Bening

    Released1990

    Directed byMike Nichols

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    Gambit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Gambit

    Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1966

    Directed byRonald Neame

    Gambit is a 1966 comedy heist film starring Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine as two... more on Wikipedia
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    Carolina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Carolina

    Julia Stiles, Shirley MacLaine

    Released2003

    Directed byMarleen Gorris

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    Ocean's 11 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Ocean's 11

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1960

    Directed byLewis Milestone

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  • 23
    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Bewitched

    Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell

    Released2005

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    Valentine's Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Valentine's Day

    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift

    Released2010

    Directed byGarry Marshall

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    Artists and Models is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies
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    Artists and Models

    Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1955

    Directed byFrank Tashlin

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