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List of Annette Bening Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. American Beauty (1999)
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4
American Beauty
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4

Middle-aged magazine executive Lester Burnham abhors his job, is unhappy with his loveless marriage to ambitious real estate agent Carolyn, and is hated by his moody teenage daughter Jane. Unaware of his wife's extramarital affair, Lester suddenly falls for Jane's sexually experienced classmate Angela, which affects his life and those around him in a tragic way.

As:
Cast
Role:
Carolyn Burnham
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Kevin Spacey, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Mena Suvari, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2. Open Range (2003)
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3
Open Range
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3

Boss, an open range cattleman, is driving his cattle across the country with his three hired hands; Charley, a civil war veteran, Mose, and Button. On the way, Mose is sent to Harmonville to get supplies; but when he does not return Boss and Charley decide to enquire and find him in jail, badly injured.  They somehow get him out and decide to take revenge. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sue Barlow
Director:
Genres:
Western, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Kim Coates, Michael Gambon, Michael Jeter
3. 20th Century Women (2016)
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2
20th Century Women
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14
2

20th Century Woman tells the story of a teenage boy, and his mother, in 1979 Santa Barbara, and two other women who help in raising him.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Dorothea Fields
Director:
Mike Mills
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
4. Richard III (1995)
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2
Richard III
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12
2

Due to his lust for the British throne, Richard III starts descending into madness. Though England is torn apart by a civil war, he aspires to rise to dictatorship, but for this, he needs to remove the obstacles to his ascension.

As:
Cast
Role:
Queen Elizabeth
Director:
Richard Loncraine
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Star Cast:
5. Mother and Child (2009)
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2
Mother and Child
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13
2

The film revolves around the lives of three women, Karen, Elizabeth, and Lucy. Karen is a physical therapist who regrets giving up her daughter for adoption during her teenage years. Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who was adopted as a child, is now having a successful career as a lawyer, but she is unhappy with her personal life. The film also tells the story of Lucy and her husband, who decides to adopt, after failing to conceive.

As:
Cast
Role:
Karen
Director:
Rodrigo García
Genres:
Romance, Drama
7. Ruby Sparks (2012)
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3
Ruby Sparks
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12
3

Calvin, a successful writer struggling with a writer’s block, has done very little work in the last decade. His personal life, too, is not so great after his breakup with a long-time girlfriend. When eventually he manages to create a character Ruby, something strange happens. This fictional character comes to life. Also, Calvin realises that he can manipulate Ruby as per his wish.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gertrude
Director:
Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Steve Coogan, Antonio Banderas, Chris Messina, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano
8. The American President (1995)
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2
The American President
PG-13
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2

The US President Andrew Shepherd is running for re-elections and has a high approval rating. As the widower with a young daughter meets environmental lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade, both are drawn towards each other. But this gives a chance to his opponent, Senator Bob Rumson, to question the popular president’s character. With plummeting approval rating, Shepherd has a hard decision to make.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sydney Ellen Wade
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
9. The Grifters (1990)
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2
The Grifters
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13
2

The Grifters is a crime drama thriller film which tells the story of Roy Dillon, a conman, whose life gets complicated when his estranged mother returns home, and doesn’t seem to like his girlfriend. Soon both women seem to battle for Roy’s attention.

As:
Cast
Role:
Myra Langtry
Director:
Stephen Frears
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
10. Being Julia (2004)
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2
Being Julia
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13
2

Julia Lambert is an aging actress, who starts having an affair with a younger actor named Tom. However, she is outraged when she learns that Tom wants to only use her to advance his career. She soon starts planning revenge against him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Julia Lambert
Director:
István Szabó
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
11. Danny Collins (2015)
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2
Danny Collins
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12
2

Danny Collins is an aging rock star who decides to change his life after he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon. He even reunites with his illegitimate son and his family, but over time, his past demons return and start to haunt him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Sinclair
Director:
Dan Fogelman
Genres:
Comedy, Music, Drama
12. Valmont (1989)
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2
Valmont
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11
2

A widow asks her ex-lover to corrupt a recently married woman. Valmont tries to seduce her, but in the process, ends up falling in love with her.

As:
Cast
Role:
Merteuil
Director:
Milos Forman
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk, Siân Phillips
13. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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3
The Kids Are All Right
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11
3

Nic and Jules are a lesbian couple raising their two children Laser and Joni together. When the children contact the sperm donor Paul, to get to know him better, he becomes a part of their family and even starts having an affair with Jules. Complications arise leading the family to a confrontation. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Nic
Director:
Lisa Cholodenko
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
14. Regarding Henry (1991)
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2
Regarding Henry
PG-13
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2

Regarding Henry is a romantic drama film, which tells the story of a successful lawyer who starts to suffer from amnesia after he is shot. With the help of his loving wife and daughter, he tries to rediscover his identity and his career.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah Turner
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Harrison Ford, John Leguizamo, Rebecca Miller, Michael Haley, Stanley Swerdlow, Julie Follansbee
15. Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
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3
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
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12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Gloria Grahame
Director:
Paul McGuigan
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Kenneth Cranham, Julie Walters, Jamie Bell
16. The Search (2014)
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2
The Search
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen
Director:
Michel Hazanavicius
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Bérénice Bejo, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev, Zukhra Duishvili
17. Bugsy (1991)
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3
Bugsy
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10
3

This biographical crime drama film revolves around Bugsy Siegel, a notorious gangster, who moves to Hollywood and gets involved with a film star. He soon starts gambling and comes up with the idea of developing a gambling haven in Las Vegas.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Virginia Hill
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Biography
18. Hope Gap (2020)
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2
Hope Gap
PG-13
12
2
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Romance
19. Postcards from the Edge (1990)
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2
Postcards from the Edge
R
11
2

Suzanne is an actress who is a recovering drug addict. Her production company says that she has to stay with her mother, if she wants to continue working. However, the problem is that her mother, who is a former actress, still treats her like a child. In addition, she is manipulative and self-absorbed.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
20. The Great Outdoors (1988)
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2
The Great Outdoors
PG
10
2

Chet Ripley, who lives in Chicago, is on a vacation with his wife and two kids. They are having a great time till they are joined by Ripley’s obnoxious brother-in-law Roman Craig along with his wife and two daughters. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Kate Craig
Director:
Howard Deutch
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Chris Young, Stephanie Faracy
23. The Siege (1998)
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2
The Siege
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12
2

After a series of escalating terrorist attacks in Brooklyn, FBI Special Agent Anthony Hubbard teams up with CIA Agent Elise Kraft to find the terrorists. But martial law has been declared and the sadistic racist US Army General William Devereaux has started arresting anyone of Arab descent and torturing or killing them for information.

As:
Cast
Role:
Elise Kraft / Sharon Bridger
Director:
Edward Zwick
Genres:
Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Wood Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila
24. Mars Attacks! (1996)
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3
Mars Attacks!
PG-13
12
3

Earth is surrounded by a fleet of Martians spaceships who initially claim to have come in peace. But they soon kill the entire U.S. Congress and later assassinate President James Dale. Earth survives when it is accidentally discovered that Martians die on hearing Slim Whitman’s song “Indian Love Call” which is then played all over the world. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Land
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
25. Ginger & Rosa (2012)
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2
Ginger & Rosa
PG-13
10
2

Ginger and Rosa are two inseparable teen girls growing up in the 1960s, who are inseparable friends. However, things get complicated between them after Rosa begins a relationship with Ginger’s father, shortly after his divorce. Ginger is disturbed by this, and she starts to think about leaving her house.

As:
Cast
Director:
Sally Potter
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Elle Fanning, Jodhi May, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks
26. The Face of Love (2013)
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2
The Face of Love
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nikki Lostrom
Director:
Arie Posin
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Amy Brenneman, Ed Harris, Linda Park, Jess Weixler
27. Running with Scissors (2006)
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2
Running with Scissors
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9
2

Augusten Burroughs has an alcoholic father and a mother who suffers from mental illness. Therefore. he faces a very difficult childhood. Eventually his mother, who claims that her husband is the reason for her unhappiness, sends Augusten to live with Dr Finch, her eccentric and unconventional psychiatrist.

As:
Cast
Role:
Deirdre Burroughs
Director:
Ryan Murphy
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
29. Girl Most Likely (2012)
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2
Girl Most Likely
PG-13
9
2

After failing in her career as a playwright and being left by her partner, a young woman attempts suicide. She eventually returns to her home in New Jersey but must now deal with her eccentric mother. She soon learns that her father never died but left to pursue a PhD.

As:
Cast
Role:
Zelda
Director:
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Genres:
Comedy
31. What Planet Are You From? (2000)
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2
What Planet Are You From?
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9
2

This science fiction comedy film tells the story of Harold, an extraterrestrial, whose planet plans to take over Earth. He is sent on a mission to earth as a human clone, with the goal to impregnate a human being and take the child back to his planet. However, things get complicated when Harold ends up falling in love.

As:
Cast
Role:
Susan
Director:
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy
32. In Dreams (1999)
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2
In Dreams
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8
2

In Dreams is a psychological horror film which tells the story of a Claire, a mother, whose world turns upside down after her daughter is murdered brutally. One night, she starts to dream of the man who killed her daughter, who is also responsible for the deaths of several children.

As:
Cast
Role:
Claire Cooper
Director:
Neil Jordan
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Guilfoyle, Katie Sagona
33. The Women (2008)
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1
The Women
PG-13
8
1

Mary Haines, a successful designer and happily married woman, is shocked to learn about husband Stephen’s affair with a Saks salesgirl. Her close friends, though having their own romantic or professional issues, rally around in support. Realizing that at sometime or the other, everyone has faced a similar rough patch, she finds strength to figure out how to achieve what she wants in life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sylvie Fowler
Director:
Diane English
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
35. PoliWood (2009)
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2
PoliWood
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Herself
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Stephen Baldwin, Rachael Leigh Cook, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Abramowitz

TV Movie(s)

1. Mrs. Harris (2005)
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2
Mrs. Harris
TV-MA
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jean Harris
Director:
Phyllis Nagy
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman, Mary McDonnell, Frank Whaley
2. Hostage (1988)
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2
Hostage
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jill
Director:
Peter Levin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carol Burnett, Ardon Bess, Doris Belack, Mike Anscombe
3. Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986)
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2
Manhunt for Claude Dallas
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jerry London
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Claude Akins, Lois Nettleton, Frederick Coffin, Matt Salinger

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

Annette Bening Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Kids Are All Right Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 2011
Being Julia Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 2005
BAFTA Awards
American Beauty Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2000