The Best Shirley MacLaine Movies 

Updated September 21, 2019 2.8k votes 563 voters 50.8k views 69 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?"

Notable directors that have worked with Shirley MacLaine include names like Alfred Hitchcock, Garry Marshall and Rob Reiner. Movie fans who love Shirley MacLaine have also been known to enjoy films starring Andie MacDowell and Sissy Spacek.

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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow

Released: 1983

Directed by: James 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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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1960

Directed by: Billy 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 ...more

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Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert 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 ...more

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Shirley MacLaine, James Caan, Jack Lemmon

Released: 1963

Directed by: Billy 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 ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

Released: 1961

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jack Warden

Released: 1979

Directed by: Hal Ashby

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Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

Released: 1970

Directed by: Don 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 ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Griffiths

Released: 1994

Directed by: Hugh 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 ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Released: 1969

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Sweet Charity, full title of which is Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved, is a 1969 American musical film directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, written by Neil ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1977

Directed by: Herbert 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 ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Alfred Hitchcock, John Forsythe

Released: 1955

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Mike Nichols

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Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Toni Collette

Released: 2005

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

In Her Shoes is a 2005 American comedy-drama film based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner. It is directed by Curtis Hanson with an adapted screenplay by Susannah Grant and stars ...more

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Shirley MacLaine, Edward G. Robinson, Yves Montand

Released: 1962

Directed by: Jack Cardiff

My Geisha is a 1962 American comedy film directed by Jack Cardiff, starring Yves Montand, Shirley MacLaine, and Edward G. Robinson, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film was produced by ...more
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Paul Newman, Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke

Released: 1964

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

What a Way to Go! is a 1964 American black comedy directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Cummings and Dick Van
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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin

Released: 1958

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Some Came Running is a 1958 film directed by Vincente Minnelli.
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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jourdan

Released: 1960

Directed by: Walter 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 ...more
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Brendan Fraser, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Krakowski

Released: 1996

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 2005

Directed by: Rob 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
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Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1996

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich

Released: 1956

Directed by: Michael Anderson

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Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert Brooks

Released: 1991

Directed by: Albert Brooks

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Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine

Released: 2011

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Shirley MacLaine, Twiggy, Shabana Azmi

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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