Mary Louise Streep, better known as Meryl Streep, is an American actress. She is often regarded as the best and one of the most influential actresses of her generation. The New Jersey-born actress is a recipient of multiple awards, having won 149 out of 403 nominations in her very productive career. She holds the record for the highest number of Academy Award nominations received by an individual, 21 nominations in total and she won three of them. Here, we give you a list of Meryl Streep movies ranging from the best to the worst.
Meryl Streep Movies Ranked From Best To Worst
1. Mamma Mia! (2008)
This is one of the many Meryl Streep movies where she featured as a lead character. In this romantic comedy film, she is ‘Donna Sheridan. Streep’s character is the mother of the soon to be bride, Sophie Sheridan. Donna runs a hotel on the Greek Island and seeks a wealthy man who can change her life for the better.
Mamma Mia! was produced with a budget of $52 million. It went on to gross a worldwide income of $615.7 million at the box office. The film was rated 6.4/10 by IMDb, 54% by Rotten Tomatoes and 51% by Metacritic. The project was directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
2. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
First released in Los Angeles on June 22, 2006, and distributed by 20th Century Fox, The Devil Wears Prada is one of Meryl Streep movies that generated huge income for her. The movie was filmed with a budget of $35 million and it grossed a worldwide sum of $326.5 million at the box office. The film was rated 6.9/10 by IMDb, 75% by Rotten Tomatoes and 62% by Metacritic.
Meryl Streep starred in the film as its lead character Miranda Priestly, an over-demanding editor-in-chief of a top fashion magazine in New York. Streep’s performance won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
3. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
The film is one of Meryl Streep movies recently produced and it is the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia!. Meryl Streep reprised her role as Donna Sheridan in this sequel. Following the huge profit from the film’s first part and the demand for a follow-up film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was made. It was produced with a budget of $75 million and gathered a total sum of $395 million at the box office worldwide. The film was directed by Ol Parker and produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman. It got 6.7/10 on IMDb, 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and 60% on Metacritic.
4. It’s Complicated (2009)
The 120-minute-long comedy, drama and romance film starred Meryl Streep as Jane Adler, a successful owner of a bakery and single mother with three kids. She starts a secret affair with her ex-husband after they reunited at their son’s graduation party. What makes the romance more complicated besides the fact that they are divorced is that her ex-husband has since remarried. The film also starred Alec Baldwin as Jake Adler, Jane’s ex-husband.
Like many other Meryl Streep movies, It’s Complicated got good ratings with an IMDb rating of 6.6/10, 58% by Rotten Tomatoes and 57% by Metacritic. The film was produced with a budget of $85 million. It was distributed by Universal Pictures and made a return of $219.1 million at the box office worldwide.
5. Into The Woods (2014)
Meryl Streep played the role of a witch who places a curse on a baker and his wife to remain childless. The only way the couple can break the curse placed on them for the consequences of theft on her farm is if they can bring to her four items which she can not collect by herself.
Into The Woods was produced with a budget of $50 million and upon its release, it premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 8, 2014. It was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and earned a return of $213.1 million at the box office. The film was directed by Rob Marshall and it was made based on the self-titled book written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.
6. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
The adventure and comedy film was released on December 17, 2004. It was produced with a budget of $140-142 million and grossed a total of $209.1 million at the box office. It was distributed by Paramount Pictures and made based on the book A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Meryl Streep’s role in the film was as Josephine Anwhistle, a temporary guardian of the orphaned Baudelaire kids. The film was rated 6.8/10 on IMDb, 72% on Rotten Tomatoes and 62% on Metacritic.
7. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Among other Meryl Streep movies, this film got such an impressive return at the box office after earning several times more than the budget used to produce it. The film was produced with a budget of $22 million and it made an impressive $182 million at the box office. Its ratings were as well impressive, earning 7.6/10 on IMDb, 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and 66% on Metacritic.
The romantic drama starred Meryl Streep as Francesca Johnson, the female lead character of the film and romantic interest of Robert Kincaid, played by Clint Eastwood. The film earned her nominations at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
8. The Post (2017)
Meryl Streep starred in this highly-rated historical cum political thriller, playing the role of Katherine Graham, the first female publisher of a major newspaper based in the United States. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Singer and Liz Hannah. The Post was distributed by 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures. The former distributed the film in North America while the latter distributed it internationally. The Post was made with a budget of $50 million and it grossed a total sum of $179.8 million at the box office worldwide. It was rated 7.1% on IMDb, 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and 83% on Metacritic.
9. Death Becomes Her (1992)
One again, Meryl Streep takes centre stage and this time in the Robert Zemeckis film, Death Becomes Her, where she is cast as Madeline Ashton, an actress who charms her friend’s fiancé, who in turn breaks up his engagement to his former fiancée and gets married to Madeline. It led Madeline’s friend, Helen Sharp into a psychotic state and she winds up in a psychiatric institution. Years later, Helen comes back looking so radiant, leaving her ex-fiancé and Madeline wowed and wondering what might just be her secret. The film was produced with a budget of $55 million and it made a return of $149 million at the box office worldwide.
10. Julie & Julia (2009)
Rated PG-13 by IMDb, Julie & Julia is a biography, drama and romantic film. Meryl Streep played the role of Julia Child, a chef, author and television personality. The film tells of how Julia’s chef lifestyle falls in line with that of Julie Powell’s, a blogger who proposed to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s debut cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The film was made with a budget of $40 million and grossed $129.5 million at the box office.
11. Out of Africa (1985)
Like most of Meryl Streep movies categorized under romantic drama, Out of Africa is a biography, drama and romance film centred around the love affair between a Danish baroness/plantation owner Baroness Karen Von Blixen and an English aristocratic big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton. Meryl Streep portrayed Baroness Karen Von Blixen while Robert Redford was cast as Denys Finch Hatton. The film was produced with a budget of $28 million and it made a huge return of $227.5 million at the box office. It was rated 7.2/10 on IMDb, 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and 69% on Metacritic.
12. The Iron Lady (2011)
Meryl Streep played the role of Margaret Thatcher in the British-French biographical drama The Iron Lady. The film illustrates the life and career of the former British Prime Minister who happened to be the first female Prime Minister in the United Kingdom and she was as well the longest-serving UK Prime Minister in the 20th century. Meryl Streep’s role as “The Iron Lady” earned her a Golden Globe Award, as well as her third Academy Award. The film was shot with a budget of $10.6 million and it grossed $115 million at the box office worldwide.
13. Falling in Love (1984)
Also among Meryl Streep movies, Falling in Love was acted in the early 80s. The film has Streep starring as Molly Gilmore, the romantic interest of Frank Raftis. The film was released in November 21, 1984, by Paramount Pictures. It was shot with a budget of $12 million but could not make a profit at the box office.
14. The House of the Spirits (1993)
The film is an adaptation of a best-selling book by Isabel Allende, describing the struggle faced by a family in South America. The film is among the Meryl Streep movies distributed by Miramax Films and it was released on October 17, 1993. It was produced with a budget of $40 million and made a gross income of $6 million worldwide.
15. The Homesman (2014)
In the film directed by Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep was cast as Altha Carter. The film is based on the titular book written by Glendon Swarthout. $16 million was used to produce the film. At the box office, the film grossed only $3.44 million worldwide.