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The Best Susan Sarandon Movies 

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List of the best Susan Sarandon movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Susan Sarandon was a cult-film icon before she became an Oscar-winning actress, as one of her first roles was in the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Susan Sarandon'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 Susan Sarandon movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Susan Sarandon movies will be at the top of the list. Susan Sarandon has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Susan Sarandon movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Susan Sarandon films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Susan Sarandon role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Susan Sarandon performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

These films, like Dead Man Walking and Stepmom, include images when available.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Susan Sarandon movies?" and "What are the greatest Susan Sarandon roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Sarandon's strong characters, you might also enjoy our list of best Geena Davis movies and best Sean Penn movies.

Susan Sarandon is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Joel Schumacher, Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson. Susan Sarandon has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Sally Field and Anne Bancroft in terms of fame and success.

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Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Thelma & Louise is a 1991 American film, written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. It stars Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, two friends who embark on a road ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 1994

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

The Client is a 1994 American legal thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by John Grisham. A young boy who witnessed the suicide of a mafia lawyer hires an attorney ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman ...more

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Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham ...more

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Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

Released: 1995

Directed by: Tim Robbins

This film is a 1995 American drama film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and co-produced and directed by Tim Robbins, who adapted the screenplay from the non-fiction book of the same name. ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher

Released: 1987

Directed by: George Miller

The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American comedy-fantasy film based on John Updike's novel of the same name. Directed by George Miller, the film stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, ...more

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Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris. Sarandon won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress and ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Wallace Shawn

Released: 1980

Directed by: Louis Malle

Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late 1979, it was released in France and Germany in 1980 and in the United States in 1981. The script was ...more
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Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Laura Linney

Released: 1992

Directed by: George Miller

Lorenzo's Oil is a 1992 American drama film directed by George Miller. It is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son ...more

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Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kevin Lima

Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri

Released: 2002

Directed by: Bob Dolman

The Banger Sisters is a 2002 American comedy film produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures about the reunion of two middle-aged women who used to be friends and groupies when they were young. The ...more
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Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2009

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more

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Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Chelsom

Shall We Dance? is a 2004 American film that is a remake of the award-winning 1996 Japanese film of the same name. The film made its US premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

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Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine

Released: 1978

Directed by: Louis Malle

Pretty Baby is a 1978 American historical fiction and drama film directed by Louis Malle, and starring Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, and Susan Sarandon. The screenplay was written by Polly ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Ralph Fiennes, James Rebhorn

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bob Balaban

Bernard and Doris is a 2006 film directed by Bob Balaban. The teleplay by Hugh Costello is a semi-fictionalized account of the relationship that developed between socialite heiress and ...more
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Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Eva Amurri

Released: 1999

Directed by: Wayne Wang

Anywhere but Here is a 1999 American dramatic film, based on the novel of the same name by Mona Simpson. The screenplay was written by Alvin Sargent, and the film was directed by Wayne Wang. It ...more

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Arbitrage Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Laetitia Casta

Released: 2012

Directed by: Nicholas Jarecki

Arbitrage is a 2012 American thriller drama film directed by Nicholas Jarecki and starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, and Brit Marling. Filming began in April 2011 in New York City. ...more

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Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams

Released: 2013

Directed by: Justin Zackham

The Big Wedding is a 2013 American comedy film written and directed by Justin Zackham. It is an American remake of the original 2006 Swiss/French film Mon frère se marie, written by ...more

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Susan Sarandon, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna

Released: 1985

Directed by: Frank Perry

Compromising Positions is a 1985 American film released by Paramount and directed by Frank Perry. The screenplay, by Susan Isaacs, was adapted from her 1978 novel. The plot concerns a Long ...more
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Emily Blunt, Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ann Turner

Irresistible is a 2006 drama thriller film written and directed by Ann Turner.
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Susan Sarandon, Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick

Released: 1970

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Joe is a 1970 drama film distributed by Cannon Films and starring Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick and Susan Sarandon in her film debut. The film was directed by John G. Avildsen.
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Kate Winslet, Mandy Moore, Susan Sarandon

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Turturro

Romance & Cigarettes is a 2005 American musical romantic comedy film written and directed by John Turturro. The film stars an ensemble cast which includes James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, ...more

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Cradle Will Rock Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Robbins

Cradle Will Rock is a 1999 drama film written, directed, and produced by Tim Robbins. The film fictionalizes the true events that surrounded the production of the 1937 musical The Cradle Will ...more
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Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Margot Kidder

Released: 1975

Directed by: George Roy Hill

The Great Waldo Pepper is a 1975 drama film directed, produced, and co-written by George Roy Hill. Set during 1926–1931, the film stars Robert Redford as a disaffected World War I veteran pilot ...more