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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?"

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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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray
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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Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow
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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Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine
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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Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner
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
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. ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, James Caan, Jack Lemmon
Irma la Douce is a 1963 romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder. It is based on the 1956 French stage musical Irma La Douce by Marguerite Monnot and ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre
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
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.
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
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
The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by John Michael Hayes was based on the 1950 novel by Jack Trevor Story. It starred Edmund ...more
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Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, Toni Collette
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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Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman
Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Carrie Fisher is based on her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel of the same title. The ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin
Some Came Running is a 1958 film directed by Vincente Minnelli.
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Paul Newman, Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke
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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Shirley MacLaine, Edward G. Robinson, Yves Montand
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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Brendan Fraser, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Krakowski
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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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Louis Jourdan
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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Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Albert 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 ...more
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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich
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 ...more
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Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine
Bernie is a 2011 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 ...more
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Shirley MacLaine, Twiggy, Shabana Azmi
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.
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Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman
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
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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Kathy Bates, Shirley MacLaine, Marcia Gay Harden
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