All 75 Movies Meryl Streep Has Been in, Ranked From Best to Worst

Streep’s lowest-rated film is “Lions for Lambs” (2007).

Meryl Streep in “Lions for Lambs.”

MGM Distribution Co.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Summary: The war drama “Lions for Lambs” explores the interconnected ties between college professor Stephen Malley (Robert Redford), presidential hopeful Senator Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise), journalist Janine Roth (Streep), and a troop of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

Critics felt the drama was too heavy-handed in its messaging and suffered from a staggered pacing. 

“The film is built not upon characters and plot but upon ideas,” James Berardinelli wrote for Reel Views. “That would be fine if the ideas were revolutionary or interesting, but they’re fairly commonplace.”

The actress played Lila in “Evening” (2007).

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Meryl Streep and Vanessa Redgrave in “Evening.”

Focus Features


Rotten Tomatoes score: 27%

Summary: In “Evening,” when Ann (Vanessa Redgrave) falls ill, she surprises her daughters Constance (Natasha Richardson) and Nina (Toni Collette) when she calls out the name of a man she loved long ago. In flashbacks stretching back 50 years, Ann reminisces about her past. 

Streep played Ann’s college friend Lila.

Despite its stellar cast of actresses, critics felt like the family drama held its actors back from displaying their full potential. 

“The performances are oddly muted, as if the screenplay refuses to allow a fine cast full rein,” Derek Malcolm wrote for the London Evening Standard

In “The House of the Spirits” (1994), she was Clara.

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Meryl Streep in “The House of the Spirits.”

Live Home Video


Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Summary: Based on the novel by Isabel Allende, “The House of the Spirits” traces the lives of a family across generations as Chile goes through massive social and political changes.

Streep had a starring role in the film as Clara, the wife of Esteban (Jeremy Irons). 

Reviewers were puzzled by “The House of the Spirits,” which had all of the elements of a promising drama but proved to be a disappointment. 

“How can an accomplished director take a great novel, the best actors working and the finest technicians available and make a film so … bland?” Carrie Rickey wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Streep starred as Carolyn Ryan in “Before and After” (1996).

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Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep in “Before and After.”

Disney


Rotten Tomatoes score: 32%

Summary: After their young son Jacob (Edward Furlong) is accused of murder, Ben (Liam Neeson) and Carolyn Ryan (Streep) do everything in their power to prove their son’s innocence as the neighbors in their small town turn against them. 

Critics couldn’t deny that “Before and After” had enviable star power, but they said the acting couldn’t overcome unrelatable characters and an uneven script. 

“Despite Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and the usually estimable Edward Furlong, this nonevent huffs and puffs to attain even the level of an ordinary motion picture,” Mike Clark wrote for USA Today.

She had a leading role as Chief Elder in “The Giver” (2014).

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Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in “The Giver.”


The Weinstein Company



Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%

Summary: Based on the science-fiction novel by Lois Lowry, “The Giver” takes place in the near future, where Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) comes of age in a utopian society that has eliminated all need for emotion. 

Streep played a crucial role in the film as the Chief Elder of the society. 

Critics felt like “The Giver” was a rushed adaptation that failed to capture the charm of the compelling young-adult novel. 

“The problems show up during the climactic action sequences,” Sandra Hall wrote for The Sydney Morning Herald. “Logic is jettisoned and once that happens, the basic flaws in the whole scenario become all too obvious.”

The actress played Mary Fisher in “She-Devil” (1989).

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Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr. in “She-Devil.”

20th Century Fox


Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Summary: In “She-Devil,” after romance novelist Mary Fisher (Streep) successfully seduces a married man (Ed Begley Jr.), his wife holds nothing back in seeking her revenge. 

Although they championed Streep’s performance, many critics felt like “She-Devil” bordered on being outright offensive rather than funny, 

“Meryl Streep is divine in this misguided guilty pleasure,” Neil Cohen wrote for Echo Magazine.

In “Dark Matter” (2008), Streep was university patron Joanna Silver.

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Meryl Streep in “Dark Matter.”

First Independent Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Summary: In “Dark Matter,” a gifted exchange student named Liu Xing (Liu Ye) faces opposition at an American university when his groundbreaking theories on dark matter go against his teacher’s life work. 

Streep had a supporting role in the drama as Liu’s benefactor Joanna Silver. 

With strange tonal shifts and haphazard plotting, “Dark Matter” made reviewers feel like they were watching two movies at once.

“There is nothing wrong with taking inspiration from actual events, but it’s a tricky business, and ‘Dark Matter’ does no one right by sticking to the shocking conclusion,” Reyhan Harmanci wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

She played Ellen Martin in the dramatic comedy “The Laundromat” (2019).

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Meryl Streep in “The Laundromat.”

Netflix


Rotten Tomatoes score: 40%

Summary: Based on a true story, “The Laundromat” follows scheming law partners Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) who make their money helping the super-wealthy get richer. But they face comeuppance when Ellen Martin (Streep) uncovers a big issue. 

“The Laundromat” earned mixed reviews from critics, who felt director Steven Soderbergh’s narrative oversimplified a complex issue. 

“An intriguingly interpretive if scattershot and tonally uneven attempt to deconstruct the financial and legal arcana contained in the massive data-dump known as the Panama Papers,” wrote Ann Hornaday for The Washington Post.

The actress starred opposite Jack Nicholson in the romantic drama “Heartburn” (1986).

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Meryl Streep in “Heartburn.”

Paramount Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 43%

Summary: In “Heartburn,” renowned food critic Rachel (Streep) marries newspaper columnist Mark (Jack Nicholson), but she quickly realizes that she is jumping through hoops to make their marriage work while Mark grows more and more distant. 

Although “Heartburn” wasn’t a complete wash with critics, most felt like a film with such reputable actors and a sharp director should have been better. 

“Despite engaging performances by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, the screen adaptation of Nora Ephron’s popular novel is shallow and wan,” William Wolf wrote for The San Bernardino Sun.

Streep appeared as Corrine Whitman in “Rendition” (2007).

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Meryl Streep in “Rendition.”

New Line Cinema


Rotten Tomatoes score: 47%

Summary: In the drama “Rendition,” chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) disappears without a trace on a flight from South Africa to the US. Fearing that he’s been captured, his wife Isabella (Reese Witherspoon) travels to Washington DC to demand answers.

Streep appeared as Corrine Whitman, a superior at the CIA. 

“Rendition” hit theaters to mixed reception, with some critics accusing it of being ham-fisted and lacking nuance. 

“‘Rendition’ is a barely tolerable narrative masquerading as an important film,” Felicia Feaster wrote for Creative Loafing.

She played a therapist in “Prime” (2005).

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Meryl Streep in “Prime.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

Summary: In the romantic comedy “Prime,” therapist Lisa Metzger (Streep) is in for a surprise when she realizes that her son David (Bryan Greenberg) is dating her favorite client Rafi Gardet (Uma Thurman). 

Although some critics said “Prime” was a touch better than most formulaic romantic comedies, others expected more from a film starring Streep and Thurman. 

“‘Prime’ is an above average romantic comedy that still doesn’t quite make the grade,” wrote film critic Cole Smithey.

She won an Academy Award for her role in “The Iron Lady” (2012).

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Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher.

The Weinstein Co.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 52%

Summary: “The Iron Lady” tells the story of how Margaret Thatcher (Streep) came to power as the first female prime minister of England as she clashed against male leaders in the political realm. 

For critics, the drama itself left much to be desired, but Streep’s tour-de-force performance elevated “The Iron Lady” by leaps and bounds. The role won her the Oscar for best actress. 

“What keeps ‘The Iron Lady’ afloat is the mesmerizing work of its star,” Leonard Maltin wrote for IndieWire. “As we already know, Streep goes beyond mimicry to fully inhabit her characters, from ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ to Julia Child.”

In the comedy “Death Becomes Her” (1992), she played Madeline Ashton Menville.

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Meryl Streep in “Death Becomes Her.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%

Summary: In “Death Becomes Her,” famed actress Madeline Ashton Menville (Streep) uses a potion of immortality to compete with her rival Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn). But she realizes too late that the ability to live forever comes at a cost. 

Even as Streep continued to prove her prowess as a comedic actress, critics felt like “Death Becomes Her” was overblown and relied too heavily on slapstick humor.

“Meryl Streep shines in a glitzy black comedy, but it’s still ‘She-Devil’ with a make-over,” wrote Richard Corliss for Time magazine.

The actress played Dee Dee Allen in “The Prom” (2020).

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Meryl Streep in “The Prom.”

Netflix


Rotten Tomatoes score: 54%

Summary: In “The Prom,” based on the Broadway musical of the same name, a group of Broadway stars — Dee Dee Allen (Streep), Barry Glickman (James Corden), and Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) — visit a small, conservative town in Indiana where a teen is fighting to take her girlfriend to the high-school prom. 

Critics were split on their reviews for the


Netflix

film, with some praising its feel-good story and others lamenting its failure to serve its source material. 

David Fear wrote for Rolling Stone, “This is what it looks like when you ‘Glee’ a beloved Broadway production to death.”

Streep starred as Donna in the movie musical “Mamma Mia” (2008).

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Meryl Streep in “Mamma Mia.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%

Summary: In the musical comedy “Mamma Mia,” Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) stumbles upon her mother Donna’s (Streep) old diary and realizes that her estranged father could be one of the three men mentioned in the pages. As her wedding approaches, Sophie invites her three possible fathers to their hotel on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi. 

Although more cynical critics called “Mamma Mia” flimsy and forced, others let go of narrative critique and allowed themselves to get sucked into the fun of the musical numbers. 

“This is entertainment, not a movie,” Jeff Bayer wrote for The Scorecard Review. “And as entertainment goes, ‘Mamma Mia!’ belts it out of the park.”

The actress was in “Don’t Look Up” (2021).

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Meryl Streep in “Don’t Look Up.”

Netflix


Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%

Summary: In “Don’t Look Up,” Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), discover a comet that’s going to crash into Earth. But they can’t seem to get anyone else to care about the impending destructing, especially not President Orlean (Streep).

Critics enjoyed the talent of the star-studded cast, but others felt the film missed the mark a little.

Becca James wrote for the Chicago Reader, “The Adam McKay film stays true to the writer-director’s signature style. It’s star-studded, and the edits often wink at the audience, but it’s not so fun being in on the joke this time around.”

She was Susan in “Plenty” (1985).

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Meryl Streep in “Plenty.”

20th Century Fox Film Corporat


Rotten Tomatoes score: 56%

Summary: In “Plenty,” British housewife Susan (Streep) feels a disconnect growing between her and her family as she looks back on her role during World War II in comparison to her contemporary lifestyle. 

Critics were relatively split on their consensus of “Plenty,” with some calling it an illuminating drama and others discounting it as pretentious. 

“‘Plenty’ emerges as an absorbing and fastidiously made adaptation of David Hare’s acclaimed play, but also comes off as cold and ultimately unaffecting,” Matt Wolf wrote for Variety.

In the intense drama “The River Wild” (1994), she played Gail.

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Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon in “The River Wild.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 57%

Summary: In “The River Wild,” white-water rafter Gail (Streep) and her husband Tom (David Strathairn) take their son on a rafting trip for his 10th birthday. But their family trip goes south when a dangerous criminal (Kevin Bacon) commandeers their raft and forces Gail to navigate raging waters. 

Critics cited formulaic plotting and lack of originality as the film’s shortcomings. 

Roger Ebert wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times “‘The River Wild’ was constructed from so many ideas, characters and situations recycled from other movies that all the way down the river I kept thinking: Been there. Done that”

The actress narrated the documentary “Stolen Childhoods” (2005).

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Meryl Streep narrated the documentary.

Galen Films


Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Summary: The documentary “Stolen Childhoods” covers global child labor and exposes the cruel and unthinkable positions of children around the globe. The project was narrated by Streep. 

The subject of the documentary was eye-opening for some, but some critics felt like the project itself was perfunctory instead of compelling. 

“At times, ‘Stolen’ feels more like a fundraising tool than a theatrical release, but it’s still an effective call to action,” a critic wrote for E!

She was in a love triangle with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in “It’s Complicated” (2009).

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Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep in “It’s Complicated.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Summary: In the romantic comedy “It’s Complicated,” Jane (Streep) backslides into a relationship with her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) as she’s falling for her contractor Adam (Steve Martin). She soon finds herself caught between the two, all while trying to keep her affair with her ex-husband hidden from their kids.

Filled with laughs and charismatic leads, “It’s Complicated” was enjoyed by critics, even if it didn’t shatter genre expectations.

“Streep is as enjoyable as ever, and if laughs count for anything, this is one of the better romantic comedies of the season,” Anna Smith wrote for Time Out.

The actress played opposite Nicholson again in “Ironweed” (1987).

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Meryl Streep in “Ironweed.”

Vestron Video


Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Summary: Set during the Great


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in the 1930s, “Ironweed” centers on Francis Phelan (Nicholson), a retired athlete estranged from his family. While coming to terms with his past, Francis seeks solace from his girlfriend Helen (Streep). 

“Ironweed” was received as a powerfully rendered, but awfully bleak, period drama. 

Desson Thomson wrote for The Washington Post, “‘Ironweed’ is decent fare, not excellent. It gets by on the strength of the unexpected.”

Streep played Molly Gilmore in the romantic drama “Falling in Love” (1984).

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Meryl Streep in “Falling in Love.”

Paramount Home Video


Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%

Summary: In “Falling in Love,” artist Molly Gilmore (Streep) and architect Frank Raftis (Robert De Niro) can’t deny that they share a certain spark when a mail-delivery error causes them to meet  — even though they’re both married to committed partners.

De Niro and Streep had solid chemistry, but critics felt like the directing style was mismatched with its overt close-ups and punishingly long sequences. 

“The close-up just won’t go away,” Paul Attanasio wrote for The Washington Post. “It’s odd that [Ulu] Grosbard is known as an actor’s director, because no actor can take this kind of relentless pressure … you get Streep’s whole performance, outtakes and all.”

She made a cameo as herself in the comedy “Stuck on You” (2003).

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Meryl Streep in “Stuck on You.”

20th Century Fox


Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Summary: In the comedy “Stuck on You,” conjoined twins Bob (Matt Damon) and Walt Tenor (Greg Kinnear) run a diner together until Walt convinces his introverted brother to move to Hollywood with him. 

Streep had a brief cameo appearance in the film as herself. 

Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, “Stuck on You” had the Farrellys’ trademark silly humor and heart, even if some critics felt like it was too much. 

“What first feels like thin skit material gets funnier and sweeter,” David Ansen wrote for Newsweek. “Damon and Kinnear make a terrific team.”

Streep starred as Karen Blixen in “Out of Africa” (1985).

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Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in “Out of Africa.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 61%

Summary: Based on the memoir by Karen Blixen, the romance “Out of Africa” centers on Blixen (Streep) and hunter Denys (Redford) as they fall in love against the backdrop of Nairobi, Kenya.

Although many admitted that the film was beautiful to look at, critics felt like “Out of Africa” often prioritized sweeping cinematography over character depth and sincerity. 

“Despite its technical assurance and some strong performances, this is a film that favours spectacular landscapes over emotional depth,” Neil Smith wrote for Total Film.

In “The Ant Bully” (2006), she voiced the Queen Ant.

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Meryl Streep voiced a character in “The Ant Bully.”

Warner Bros. Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 62%

Summary: In the animated comedy “The Ant Bully,” Lucas Nickle (voiced by Zach Tyler) gets a new perspective on life when he is shrunk down to the size of an insect and welcomed into an ant colony. 

Streep voiced the Queen Ant, who helps Lucas as he tries to become human-sized again.

Although some critics felt like the animation wasn’t entirely on the same level as other works of its time, most reviewers felt like it was a creative and humorous family adventure. 

“It’s imaginative and amusing with its engaging characters and nicely crafted animation, even though the ants themselves are visually the least interesting,” Louise Keller wrote for Urban Cinefile.

She played museum curator Brooke Reynolds in “Still of the Night” (1982).

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Meryl Streep in “Still of the Night.”

MGM


Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Summary: In the drama “Still of the Night,” doctor Sam Rice (Roy Scheider) accidentally puts his life in harm’s way when he falls for the bewitching museum curator Brooke Reynolds (Streep) and realizes that she has suspicious connections to a murdered patient. 

Streep and Scheider gave their roles their all, but critics thought “Still of the Night” was a solid B-movie when it came to twists and building suspense. 

“Despite the great performances, this thriller ends up becoming a cliché when it fails to propose authentic novelties,” Diego Galán wrote for El País.

In “Music of the Heart” (1999), she starred as Roberta.

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Meryl Streep in “Music of the Heart.”

Miramax


Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Summary: In “Music of the Heart,” after moving to East Harlem and becoming a violin instructor at an underfunded public school, Roberta (Streep) struggles to connect with her students. But as the years go by, Roberta becomes an unlikely pillar in her community. 

Although some critics wrote “Music of the Heart” off as a well-meaning morality tale, the majority of critics were blown away by Streep’s central performance. 

“Meryl dominates the proceedings,” Derek Adams wrote for Time Out. “She simply disappears into the role, and the movie, for all its educational impulses, becomes about watching her do it.”

Streep narrated the polar bear documentary “To the Arctic” (2012).

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Meryl Streep narrated “To the Arctic.”

Warner Bros. Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Summary: Narrated by Streep, the documentary “To the Arctic” traces the journey of a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they fight for survival traversing the Arctic.

Several critics felt like the environmental messaging lacked nuance, but other reviewers connected with the central story of the struggling polar bear family. 

“The film is beautifully made, and you will not be astonished to learn Meryl Streep’s narration is perfect, latching on as it does to the theme of nature’s moms trying to keep their kids safe,” Chris Hewitt wrote for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

In “Dancing at Lughnasa” (1998), she was Kate Mundy.

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Meryl Streep in “Dancing at Lughnasa.”

Sony Pictures Classics


Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Summary: Adapted from the play by Brian Friel, “Dancing at Lughnasa” centers on an unconventional Irish family. Streep starred as Kate Mundy, the eldest sister of six siblings. 

For “Dancing at Lughnasa,” the main complaint among critics was the script itself, but the production and acting were noteworthy. 

“This material could have made a solid one-act play, but Friel has drawn it out into a full-length work which sags in the middle,” Stanley Kauffmann wrote for The New Republic. “But, Friel apart, the making of the film is impressive.”

She played rock singer Ricki Randazzo in “Ricki and the Flash” (2015).

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Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash.”

TriStar Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

Summary: Rock singer Ricki Randazzo (Streep) has no problem commanding a stage, but she realizes she has some work to do when it comes to mothering. Returning home to make amends after her life on the road, Ricki tries to reconnect with her daughter Julie (Mamie Gummer). 

This movie didn’t win any awards, but Streep’s likable performance at the heart of “Ricki and the Flash” was enough for most critics. 

“Without Streep at its center, this might have seemed a flimsy confection,” Geoffrey Macnab wrote for the Independent. “But she plays the rock singer with the utter conviction and fearlessness that she brings to all her roles, however unlikely they seem.”

She played Violet Weston in “August: Osage County” (2013).

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Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County.”

Claire Folger / The Weinstein Company


Rotten Tomatoes score: 67%

Summary: After her husband goes missing, Violet Weston (Streep) gathers her large, dysfunctional family under one roof, including her daughters, Barabra (Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), and Karen (Juliette Lewis).

Jam-packed with characters and drastic tonal shifts, “August: Osage County” made some critics feeling like the film itself left something to be desired — even as Roberts and Streep shined in their roles. 

“Slow but bolstered by the scene-chewing relish of Streep and Roberts, ‘August: Osage County’ tries but fails to be the next great take on American kitchen-sink drama,” wrote Sophie Wing for One Room With A View.

Streep was interviewed for the documentary “Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner” (2006).

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Meryl Streep appeared in the documentary “Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner.”

PBS


Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

Summary: In “Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,” filmmaker Freida Lee Mock details the career and personal life of renowned writer Tony Kushner and his influence on the world of theater.

Streep was interviewed for the project due to her theatrical background with Kushner. 

Although a few critics mentioned that “Wrestling With Angels” appeared biased, many felt like its admiring lens of Kushner was a strength and not a failing. 

“This is an exceedingly friendly portrait, a disarming one, too,” Wesley Morris wrote for The Boston Globe. “The filmmaker invites us to reconsider the author as someone warmer and less intimidating than his body of work.”

The documentary “A Fierce Green Fire” (2013) was narrated by Streep.

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Meryl Streep also narrated the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire.”

First Run Features


Rotten Tomatoes score: 70%

Summary: Narrated by Streep, the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire” details the environmental movement from its grassroots beginnings to its contemporary position as a call for global activism. 

A few critics felt like the focus of the documentary could have been sharper, but many more were moved by “A Fierce Green Fire” and felt called to action. 

“A worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet’s ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved,” Gary Goldstein wrote for the Los Angeles Times.

She played the Witch in “Into the Woods” (2014).

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Meryl Streep as the Witch.

Walt Disney Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%

Summary: In the fantasy musical “Into the Woods,” a Witch (Streep) requests four items from a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) in order to lift a dreadful curse on their family. As they trek into the forest, the pair comes across fairy-tale figures like Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick). 

Clever and delightfully rendered, “Into the Woods” won over most critics with its charming cast.

“When it comes to navigating how to be both a family-friendly holiday crowd pleaser and a faithful adaptation of a tricky but profound musical, ‘Into the Woods’ is mostly golden,” Sophie Gilbert wrote for The Atlantic.

Streep appeared in “Theater of War” (2008), a behind-the-scenes look at the play “Mother Courage.”

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Meryl Streep in “Theater of War.”

White Buffalo Entertainment


Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Summary: The documentary “Theater of War” sweeps back the curtain of live theater to detail the preproduction and eventual staging of The Public Theater’s adaptation of “Mother Courage.”

Streep is central to the documentary as the lead actress of the production. 

The majority of critics were engrossed by the play itself, as well as the themes and political topics that arose during its creation. 

“For theater lovers in general, this documentary — a look at a high-powered production of a modern classic and a chance to watch Meryl Streep build a character — is intriguing and educational,” Walter V. Addiego wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

She was Aunt Josephine in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004).

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Meryl Streep as Aunt Josephine.

Paramount Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 72%

Summary: Based on the acclaimed children’s series, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” follows the Baudelaire orphans Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman) as they are whisked from guardian to guardian and pursued by the villainous Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). 

In the film, Streep portrayed Aunt Josephine, a paranoid relative who takes them in. 

True to the spirit of the original books, the film adaptation was comically dark and uniquely sinister, according to critics. 

“This film is endlessly dark and gloomy for a kids’ story,” reported film critic Kevin Carr. “But somehow, it works.”

In “Suffragette” (2015), she portrayed Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Meryl Streep in “Suffragette.”

Focus Features


Rotten Tomatoes score: 73%

Summary: Inspired by true events, “Suffragette” finds working wife Maud (Carey Mulligan) falling into step with activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep) amidst the growing feminist movement in early-20th century England. 

A handful of critics had a lukewarm reaction to the drama, but the majority of reviewers felt inspired by the characters and their struggle. 

“Overall, ‘Suffragette’ is compelling, emotive filmmaking with [Carey] Mulligan delivering a standout performance,” Katie Smith-Wong wrote for Flick Fest.

Streep played Anne Marie in the drama “Julia” (1977).

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Meryl Streep in “Julia.”

20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Rotten Tomatoes score: 74%

Summary: In “Julia,” playwright Lillian (Jane Fonda) and her lifelong friend Julia (Redgrave) work together to combat Nazis in Germany during World War II by smuggling money for the resistance. 

Streep played a supporting character named Anne Marie. 

The dramatic narrative sometimes lost focus, but critics felt like the starring performances overcame uneven plotting. 

“‘Julia’ lacks dramatic focus, reflecting confusion as to what exactly Lillian Hellman’s memory text is about, but the actresses, especially Vanessa Redgrave, are fascinating,” wrote film critic Emanuel Levy.

In “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (2001), she was the voice of Blue Mecha.

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Meryl Streep voiced Blue Mecha in “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”

DreamWorks


Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Summary: In a distant future, an artificially intelligent boy named David (Haley Joel Osment) longs to be human in a society where people and sentient robots live side-by-side. 

Streep had a supporting role in the film as the voice of Blue Mecha, a robotic figure David mistakes for a fairy-tale-like character.

Considered long and drawn out by some critics, the science-fiction film still had merit in some reviewers’ eyes. 

“Flawed, to be sure, but beautifully crafted, unimaginably complex, visually dazzling, rich with metaphor and deeply affecting,” R.L. Shaffer wrote for IGN.

The actress played Karen Traynor in “The Seduction of Joe Tynan” (1979).

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Meryl Streep in “The Seduction of Joe Tynan.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Summary: In the comedic drama “The Seduction of Joe Tynan,” US Senator Joe Tynan (Alan Alda) puts his long-term marriage in jeopardy when he falls for an attorney named Karen Traynor (Streep). 

“The Seduction of Joe Tynan” earned praise for its strong acting choices and direction. 

“[Jerry]Schatzberg directs the film with a sleek yet relaxed precision that mirrors Joe’s own breezy confidence,” Richard Brody wrote for The New Yorker.

One of her most memorable roles was as Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006).

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Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly.

20th Century Fox


Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Summary: Set in the world of high fashion, “The Devil Wears Prada” follows assistant Andrea (Anne Hathaway) as she competes with her coworker Emily (Blunt) for the attention of their cold and calculating boss Miranda Priestly (Streep).

Although it sometimes toed a fine line between comedy and career drama, the film was praised for its lead performances. 

“The real joy is in a smolderingly sinister turn by Meryl Streep as Andy’s egomaniacal boss,” Stella Papamichael wrote for the BBC.

In “Hope Springs” (2012), the actress played Kay.

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Meryl Streep in “Hope Springs.”

Sony Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 75%

Summary: In the romantic comedy “Hope Springs,” Kay (Streep) attempts to ignite a spark in her relationship with her husband Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones). After decades of marriage, the two fly off to attend a couples-therapy retreat hosted by renowned specialist Doctor Feld (Steve Carell)

Critics felt like “Hope Springs” was far from Jones or Streep’s best work, but it was indicative of their talent and chemistry. 

“It’s tough to come up with new superlatives for Meryl Streep, but the 63-year-old actress delivers her most frankly sexual performance yet in ‘Hope Springs,'” Rafer Guzman wrote for Newsday.

In the drama “Silkwood” (1983), she depicted Karen Silkwood.

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Meryl Streep in “Silkwood.”

20th Century Fox


Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%

Summary: Based on true events, “Silkwood” follows nuclear-safety activist and lab technician Karen Silkwood who suspects her employer is being negligent and endangering the lives of many. As she grapples with radiation poisoning, Karen pursues her an independent investigation. 

“Silkwood” shined due to its powerhouse cast, powerful story, and strong writing, according to critics. 

“A top notch cast, and a strong, Oscar nominated script by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen, keep ‘Silkwood’ from sliding into cliche ‘Lifetime movie of the week’ territory,” Matthew Lucas wrote for From the Front Row.

She portrayed famous chef Julia Child in “Julie and Julia” (2009).

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Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

Columbia Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Summary: “Julie and Julia” transcends time to compare the early career of chef Julia Child (Streep) in 1950s Paris with the life of aspiring writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) in early 2000s New York. Inspired by Child, Julie decides to master every recipe in her cookbook within a year. 

Critics praised “Julie and Julia” as a cheerful mix of charming leads and impeccable writing. 

“‘Julie and Julia’ was pure entertainment,” Ed Koch wrote for The Atlantic. “The title of this film should be amended to Julie, Julia, and Nora. Nora Ephron’s script and direction, along with the performances of Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, add up to one joyous picture.”

Streep won an Oscar for her performance as Sophie Zawistowska in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982).

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Meryl Streep and Peter MacNicol in “Sophie’s Choice.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%

Summary: Set in the 1940s, aspiring author Stingo (Peter MacNicol) travels to New York and befriends chemist Nathan (Kevin Kline) and Polish refugee Sophie (Streep). As they spend more time together, Stingo sees cracks unfolding in Nathan and Sophie’s relationship as she harbors a dark secret. 

Called both tragic and riveting, “Sophie’s Choice” rewarded patient viewers with an emotional and well-earned conclusion. 

“‘Sophie’s Choice’ is a rare film, literate, deeply moving and gifted with an absolutely awe-inspiring performance by Meryl Streep,” Bob Thomas reported for the Associated Press.

She briefly reprised her role as Donna in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (2018).

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Meryl Streep as Donna.

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Summary: In the sequel to “Mamma Mia,” Sophie (Seyfried) grapples with the unexpected passing of her mother Donna (Streep). As she reminisces with old friends, stories told through flashbacks bring Donna’s past to light.

Streep made a brief appearance as Donna in the sequel.

Notably broad and sometimes silly, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” indulged in its lighthearted sense of fun and captured the hearts of most critics. 

“‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ for all its faults, has a musty charm and even, for reasons that involve Meryl Streep, a hint of heartbreak,” Anthony Lane wrote for The New Yorker.

In the religious drama “Doubt” (2008), she starred as Sister Aloysius Beauvier.

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Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in “Doubt.”

Miramax


Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Summary: In Bronx, New York 1964, Catholic-school principal Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Streep) makes waves in their religious community when she accuses local priest Father Brendan Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of sexual assault. 

Critics said this film may be slow in the beginning, but its layered and emotional performances built to an explosive conclusion.

“‘Doubt’ is simply, engrossingly thought-provoking and, despite its subdued appearance, is one of the brightest films of the year,” Nikki Baughan wrote for her blog Roll Credits.

She played Clarissa Vaughan in “The Hours” (2002).

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Meryl Streep in “The Hours.”

Miramax Films


Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

Summary: Three different women come together in unexpected ways in the novel-based dramaThe Hours.” As Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) writes a novel in 1923, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) reads it in 1949, and book editor Clarissa Vaughn (Streep) connects it to modern-day New York. 

The movie’s time shifts and multiple leads felt dizzying during some scenes, but many critics urged viewers to stick with “The Hours” to the end.   

“Lyrical and surprisingly uplifting — if you’re willing to invest full attention,” Stella Papamichael wrote for the BBC.

Streep had a supporting role as Topsy in “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018).

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Meryl Streep in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Disney


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Summary: In the long-awaited sequel to the classic Disney film “Mary Poppins” (1964), magical nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) returns to uplift the Banks family with the help of Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), the lamplighter. 

Streep had a supporting role in the movie musical as Mary’s cousin Topsy. 

Colorful and brimming with nostalgia, “Mary Poppins Returns” could never top the classic, but it reminded critics what they loved about the original. 

“As wonderful as the original, telling a new story with equally important lessons about family, love, and hope,” wrote Danielle Gensburg for the Chicago Reader.

In “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004), she was Eleanor Shaw.

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Meryl Streep in “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Paramount Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Summary: In the psychological thriller “The Manchurian Candidate,” war veteran Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) stumbles upon a global conspiracy when he draws a connection between Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), his mother Senator Eleanor Shaw (Streep), and an army-implemented brainwashing technology. 

Most critics were in agreement that the remake matched, or maybe even surpassed the quality of the original film from 1962.

BBC reporter Nev Pierce called it “a polished remake of a 60s classic.”

She appeared in the documentary “I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale” (2009).

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Meryl Streep was interviewed for the documentary.

Oscilloscope Laboratories


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Summary: In “I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale,” director Richard Shepard explores Cazale’s esteemed acting career, from “The Godfather” (1972) to “The Deer Hunter” (1978). Due to an early death from cancer in 1978, Cazale did not have a long career as an actor, but he certainly had an impressive one.

Streep met Cazale in the mid-1970s, she was interviewed for the documentary to touch upon their romantic relationship and their work together. 

Short but not small in scope, the documentary had critics welcoming the deep dive into the actor’s life and enviable career. 

“This is an extraordinary work; it runs just under 40 minutes, but the devotion, adoration, love and joy expressed here is clear and true,” Jeffrey M. Anderson wrote for Combustible Celluloid.

Streep played Altha Carter in “The Homesman” (2014).

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Meryl Streep in “The Homesman.”

Roadside Attractions


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Summary: In this Western drama that’s based on a novel, Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) and her partner George Briggs (Jones) transport three women across the Nebraska wilderness so that they can seek refuge with kindly Altha Carter (Streep). 

A few critics felt that the movie’s narrative could have been stronger, but that the lead stars of “The Horseman” earned a rush of praise from others. 

“Swank and Streep are big stars with famous faces, and yet disappear into their roles; these characters convey both quiet strength and gentle kindness,” Moira MacDonald wrote for The Seattle Times.

The actress narrated the documentary “Girl Rising” (2013).

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Meryl Streep also narrated “Girl Rising.”

Netflix


Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

Summary: In the documentary “Girl Rising,” various directors share vignettes of young girls around the world who are rising up within their communities to fight for equal education. Streep joined other actresses like Hathaway, Priyanka Chopra, and Kerry Washington in narrating different segments. 

“Girl Rising” was heralded by reviewers as ambitious and moving. 

“Illuminating and ultimately hopeful, despite the horrible circumstances depicted, ‘Girl Rising’ stands as a testament to the power of information,” Glenn Whipp wrote for the Los Angeles Times.

The actress portrayed Yolanda Johnson in “A Prairie Home Companion” (2006).

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Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, and Lindsay Lohan in “A Prairie Home Companion.”

New Line Cinema


Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%

Summary:  In “A Prairie Home Companion,” cast members of a radio variety show, including Yolanda Johnson (Streep), Lola Johnson (Lindsay Lohan), and Dusty (Woody Harrelson), gather in Minnesota’s Fitzgerald Theater to put on their last live production.  

Critics called “A Prairie Home Companion” a joyful exploration of show business. 

Andrew Sarris wrote for The Observer that the film “sparkles with a magic all its own as an engagingly performed piece of Midwestern whimsy and stoicism.”

The actress played both Sarah and Anna in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981).

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Meryl Streep in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.”

MGM Home Entertainment


Rotten Tomatoes score: 82%

Summary: Cutting back and forth between 19th-century England and present day, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” tells the Victorian romance of Charles (Irons) and Sarah (Streep) and the contemporary filming of the same story, with movie actors Mike (Irons) and Anna (Streep). 

By trusting viewers to follow the drama without too much hand-holding, the film pulled off an intelligent narrative, per critics. 

“‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ is a beautiful film to look at, and remarkably well-acted,” Roger Ebert wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), she was Suzanne Vale.

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Meryl Streep in “Postcards from the Edge.”

Columbia Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher, “Postcards from the Edge” follows Suzanne Vale (Streep), an actress who leaves rehab to live with her famous mother, Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine). 

Critics loved the witty nature of the screenplay — which was also penned by Fisher — coupled with Streep’s likable lead performance. 

“Streep gives the most fully articulated comic performance of her career, the one she’s always hinted at and made us hope for,” Hal Hinson wrote for The Washington Post.

Streep played Lee in “Marvin’s Room” (1996).

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Meryl Streep in “Marvin’s Room.”

Miramax Films


Rotten Tomatoes score: 84%

Summary: After taking care of her father for 20 years, devoted daughter Bessie (Diane Keaton) is diagnosed with leukemia in the family drama “Marvin’s Room.” In need of a bone-marrow transplant, Bessie is forced to ask her estranged sister Lee (Streep) for help. 

Critics called “Marvin’s Room” a treasure trove of rich acting performances. 

“Any movie with Meryl Streep is an occasion, but when you add Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon, you’ve got an embarrassment of riches,” Edward Gutmann wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

She narrated the Hurricane Katrina documentary “Hurricane on the Bayou” (2006).

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Meryl Streep narrated “Hurricane on the Bayou.”

Audubon Nature Institute


Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Summary: Narrated by Streep, the environmental documentary “Hurricane on the Bayou” chronicles the destruction left after Hurricane Katrina through news footage, eye witness accounts, and interviews with local musicians in New Orleans. 

Educational with an ultimately hopeful conclusion, the documentary earned solid reviews from critics. 

“A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana’s wetlands,” Bob Townsend wrote for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

She won her first Academy Award for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979).

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Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Columbia


Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%

Summary: In the marriage drama “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Joanna Kramer (Streep) forces her husband Michael (Dustin Hoffman) to take care of their 6-year-old son Billy for the first time when she sets out to find a career and secure a brighter future for their family. 

The well-rounded drama was praised by critics as a triple threat of strong writing, acting, and direction. 

“What [Robert] Benton achieved with his screenplay he intensified with his direction,” Arthur Knight wrote for The Hollywood Reporter. “Each performance is a minor miracle of perfection — not only Hoffman and Streep, [who] dominate the picture, but each of the supporting roles as well.”

The actress was Alice in “Let Them All Talk” (2020).

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Meryl Streep in “Let Them All Talk.”

HBO Max/Warner Bros.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 86%

Summary: In “Let Them All Talk,” celebrated author Alice (Streep) takes a cruise with her two best friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in an effort to have fun, but the experience forces the writer to come face-to-face with old wounds. 

Critics praised the film for its legendary cast, witty dialogue, and compelling story. 

“It’s a


meditation

on life and a touching ensemble picture, smuggled in by Streep’s star power and [director Steven] Soderbergh’s constant quest for innovation,” Karen Han wrote for Slate.

Streep played the titular character in “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016).

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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

Paramount Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Summary: In the musical comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins,” wealthy heiress Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep) enlists the help of her manager St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) in her mission to become a world-renowned opera singer. 

Despite the silliness inherent to the film’s story, critics found the main character’s journey relatable and surprisingly heartfelt. 

“That’s where the film truly succeeds: [director] Stephen Frears doesn’t treat Florence like a joke, and neither does Streep,” Kate Erbland wrote for IndieWire.

She appeared in the Hollywood documentary “This Changes Everything” (2018).

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Meryl Streep was interviewed in the documentary about women’s rights.

Good Deed Entertainment


Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Summary: The documentary “This Changes Everything” explores the lack of diversity and inclusion of women in Hollywood from both sides of the camera. Streep was interviewed for the documentary alongside celebrities like Shonda Rhimes, Sandra Oh, and Natalie Portman. 

Reviewers said “This Changes Everything” was a riveting and revealing look at modern gender inequality in Hollywood. 

“It’s an exercise in storytelling that evolves quickly into a valuable lesson for anyone who purports to be a feminist, an ally or a film and television lover,” Anne T. Donahue wrote for The Globe and Mail. “You’ll never watch either the same way again.”

In “The Post” (2018), she portrayed newspaper publisher Kay Graham.

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Meryl Streep in “The Post.”

20th Century Fox


Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Summary: Based on a true story, “The Post” follows Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) and her editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they race against the staff of The New York Times to expose a massive political scandal that stretches back decades. 

Critics fawned over “The Post” for its timely nature, powerhouse cast, and satisfying story. 

“This is Streep’s movie, and not because she is typically excellent,” Matthew Norman wrote for the London Evening Standard. “She owns it because Graham is the only character on a journey of self-discovery.”

Streep played Kate Gulden in “One True Thing” (1998).

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Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger in “One True Thing.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 88%

Summary: In the family drama “One True Thing,” Harvard graduate Ellen Gulden (Renée Zellweger) is called home to help care for her mother Kate (Streep) in the wake of a major surgery. 

Critics praised “One True Thing” for celebrating the seemingly routine parts of life and creating a nuanced portrait of family tension. 

“‘One True Thing’ demonstrates that the power of simple things, the transcendent nature of the ordinary, can make for riveting filmmaking,” wrote Kenneth Turan for the Los Angeles Times.

She was part of the star-studded cast in “The Deer Hunter” (1978).

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Meryl Streep in “The Deer Hunter.”

Universal Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%

Summary: Set in Clairton, Pennsylvania, “The Deer Hunter” depicts how the Vietnam War impacts a tight-knit trio of friends — Michael (De Niro), Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher Walken) — and their small town. 

Streep had a central role in “The Deer Hunter” as Linda, Nick’s fiancée. 

The film, which would go on to win five Academy Awards, wowed critics with its poetic depiction of war and friendship. 

“To my mind, ‘The Deer Hunter’ is a major achievement in American movies,” Arthur Knight wrote for The Hollywood Reporter.

She starred as Francesca Johnson in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995).

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Meryl Streep in “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Warner Bros.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Summary: In “The Bridges of Madison County” National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) arrives in Madison County to photograph nearby bridges. While in town, Kincaid has a brief but passionate affair with local housewife Francesca Johnson (Streep). 

A carefully crafted love story that was well-adapted from a novel “The Bridges of Madison County” was called one of Eastwood’s most vulnerable films as an actor and director. 

“The result, if rather thin and certainly far from a masterpiece, is nevertheless quite lovely,” Jay Boyar wrote for the Orlando Sentinel. “This affecting little film is easily one of Eastwood’s best efforts as a director.”

Streep played Susan Orlean in “Adaptation.” (2002).

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Meryl Streep in “Adaptation.”

Sony Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%

Summary: “Adaptation.” centers on screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) as he tries to make headway on his next film script. But when his twin brother Donald (also Cage) moves in with him, writer’s block ensues.

Critics applauded the inventive nature of the screenplay — written by the real-life Charlie and Donald Kaufman  — and director Spike Jonze’s vision. 

“It’s the sort of movie that keeps reinventing itself and nudging us in the ribs as it does,” Eleanor Ringel Cater wrote for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The actress was interviewed for the documentary “Every Act of Life.”

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“Every Act of Life” details the life and work of playwright Terrence McNally.

Floating World Pictures


Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%

Summary: The documentary “Every Act of Life” takes a retrospective look at the life and career of Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, who died in 2020. Streep was interviewed for the film about her working relationship with McNally. 

“Every Act of Life” was received as a sweeping documentary and fitting tribute to McNally’s career. 

“McNally’s life has the sweep of an epic novel, except that the novel’s inevitable movie version could never have as much star power as his life did,” Ren Jender wrote for The Village Voice.

In “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), she voiced Mrs. Fox.

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Meryl Streep voiced Mrs. Fox in the film.

20th Century Fox


Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: After stealing from local farmers, smooth-talking Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) promises his wife Mrs. Fox (voiced by Streep) that he will save their community and set things right. 

Critics praised Wes Anderson’s delicate attention to detail and the delightful cast of voice actors he assembled. 

“There’s always a gag, a visual, a line delivery or something else happening on-screen to capture your interest, and you could watch it half-a-dozen times and still not capture every detail,” Douglas Laman wrote for The Spool.

Streep played Lindy Chamberlain in “A Cry in the Dark” (1988).

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Sam Neill and Meryl Streep in “A Cry in the Dark.”

Warner Home Video


Rotten Tomatoes score: 93%

Summary: Based on true events, “A Cry in the Dark” (also known as “Evil Angels”) centers upon mother Lindy Chamberlain (Streep) who was accused of murdering her daughter. The movie follows Lindy as she attempts to prove her innocence, and that her baby was taken by a wild dingo. 

Critics were blown away by Streep’s lead performance and said it paired perfectly with Fred Schepisi’s direction. 

“Streep’s beauty and talent and director Fred Schepisi’s intelligence are both shown to best advantage, without easy points or grandstanding,” Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote for the Chicago Reader.

In comedic drama “Manhattan” (1979) she played Jill.

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Meryl Streep in “Manhattan.”

United Artists


Rotten Tomatoes score: 94%

Summary: In “Manhattan,” New York City is painted as a beautiful oasis for artists and free spirits, but the reality is much less romantic. One storyline of the film follows author Jill (Streep) as she writes a scathing tell-all about her ex-husband.

Boasting gorgeous cinematography and an inimitable cast, “Manhattan” was a critical darling. 

“‘Manhattan’ is a great film about love in and love for New York,” Peter Bradshaw wrote for The Guardian.

She portrayed Aunt March in “Little Women” (2019).

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Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

Sony


Rotten Tomatoes score: 95%

Summary: Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, “Little Women” centers on the March sisters — Meg (Emma Watson), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen) — as they come of age during the American Civil War. 

Streep had a memorable appearance in the film as their shrewd relative Aunt March. 

“Little Women” was heralded as a unique take on a beloved story that served as a love letter to its characters. 

“Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s novel is intelligent and fleet, refreshing if not radical, and as organic in its feminist convictions as it is in its depiction of close-knit sororal love,” Phillippa Snow wrote for The New Republic.

Streep played Julia in “Defending Your Life” (1991).

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Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks in “Defending Your Life.”

Warner Bros.


Rotten Tomatoes score: 97%

Summary: In “Defending Your Life,” advertising executive Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) dies in a car crash and finds himself waking up in the otherworldly realm of Judgement City. Forced to defend his life choices, Daniel succeed in moving on to the afterlife or face being sent back to Earth to start all over. 

Streep played Julia, another soul caught in purgatory. 

“Defending Your Life” was adored by reviewers who praised the film as sweet, sincere, and genuinely funny. 

Roger Ebert wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times, “The movie is funny in a warm, fuzzy way, and it has a splendidly satisfactory ending.”

In the documentary “Everything Is Copy” (2016), she appeared as herself.

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The documentary centered on the life and work of Nora Ephron.

HBO


Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: “Everything Is Copy” is a documentary by writer/director Jacob Bernstein, who explores the famed career and family life of his late mother Nora Ephron. Streep was interviewed alongside numerous actors, like Hanks and Meg Ryan, for her involvement in Ephron’s work. 

Critics painted “Everything Is Copy” as a personal and emotionally moving documentary. 

“If this film inspires viewers to rush out to find copies of Ephron’s collected essays, or ‘Heartburn,’ it’ll be an especially fitting legacy,” Moira MacDonald wrote for The Seattle Times.

She narrated excerpts from the personal journals of Elizabeth Murray in “Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray” (2017).

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Meryl Streep also narrated “Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray.”

RubyRed Productions


Rotten Tomatoes score: 100%

Summary: In the documentary “Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray,” director Kristi Zea details the incredible career of painter Elizabeth Murray through a compilation of home movies, interviews with fellow artists, and personal journals read aloud by Streep. 

“Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray” earned warm praise from critics who were discovering the artist for the first time or falling in love with her work all over again. 

“The movie shows the great variety of Murray’s always vivid, colorful work, and culminates with a triumph not just for Murray but also, as the film takes pains to point out, for women in American art: a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art,” Glenn Kenny wrote for The New York Times.

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Films without critical scores were not included.

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