The Best Meryl Streep Movies and Biography

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Meryl Streep, original name Mary Louise Streep, (born June 22, 1949, Summit, New Jersey, U.S.), American film actress known for her masterly technique, expertise with dialects, and subtly expressive face.

 

15.The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent

Released: 2011

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida..

14.Julie & Julia

Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

Released: 2009

Directed by: Nora Ephron

Julie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina. The film contrasts the life of chef Julia..

13.The Hours

Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep

Released: 2002

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

The Hours is a 2002 British-American drama film directed by Stephen Daldry, and starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by David Hare is based on..

12. Mamma Mia!

Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep

Released: 2008

Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd

Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop..

11.A Prairie Home Companion

Lindsay Lohan, Meryl Streep

Released: 2006

Directed by: Robert Altman

A Prairie Home Companion is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Robert Altman in his final film. The film is a fictional representation of behind-the-scenes activities at the long-running public…

10.Death Becomes Her

Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

This film is a 1992 American black comedy-fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted by David Koepp and Martin Donovan. Starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Isabella..

9.The Deer Hunter

Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De Niro…

8.Out of Africa

Meryl Streep, Robert Redford

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical

7.Doubt

Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

Doubt is a 2008 American drama film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning fictive stage play Doubt: A Parable. Written and directed by Shanley and produced by Scott Rudin, the..

6.Silkwood

Meryl Streep, Cher

Released: 1983

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. In real life, it was vindicated in a…

5.Kramer vs. Kramer

Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Benton

Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple’s divorce and its impact.

4.Sophie’s Choice

Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline

Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

Sophie’s Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William Styron’s novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant who shares a..

3.The Bridges of Madison County

Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

Released: 1995

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and…

2.The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons

Released: 1981

Directed by: Karel Reisz

The French Lieutenant’s Woman is a 1981 film directed by Karel Reisz, produced by Leon Clore and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter. It is based on the novel by John Fowles. The music score is by..

1. The Devil Wears Prada

Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Frankel

The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel of the same name. This screen adaptation stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a college graduate who..
Streep started voice training at age 12 and took up acting in high school. In 1971 she graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a degree in drama and costume design. After working in summer stock theatre, Streep studied drama at Yale University, where she earned a master of fine arts degree in 1975. She then moved to New York City to begin a professional career as an actress.
Streep made her Broadway debut in 1975 with Trelawny of the “Wells.” Two years later she appeared in her first feature film, Julia (1977), but it was her performance in The Deer Hunter (1978) that earned Streep widespread recognition. Though her role was relatively small, she displayed a quiet softness that contrasted sharply with the bravado of the male characters and deepened the film’s testament to the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on young Americans. That same year she starred in the television miniseries Holocaust, for which she won an Emmy Award.
Over the next 10 years, Streep confirmed her reputation as one of Hollywood’s finest dramatic actresses. Her performances in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)—as a mother who leaves her young son and then fights to regain his custody—and Sophie’s Choice (1982)—as a Polish survivor of a Nazi concentration camp—earned her Academy Awards for supporting actress and leading actress, respectively. She further demonstrated her range and her gifts for rendering complex emotional states and seamless characterization in such roles as a modern-day actress portraying a Victorian woman of mystery in The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981), a factory-worker-turned-activist in Silkwood (1983), and the aristocratic Danish author Isak Dinesen in Out of Africa (1985). She won the Cannes film festival and New York Film Critics’ Circle awards for best actress for her moving performance in A Cry in the Dark (1988) as Lindy Chamberlain, the real-life Australian mother accused of having murdered her baby daughter although she claimed that the child was carried off by a dingo…..
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