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List of Dianne Wiest Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
20
3
Edward Scissorhands
TV-14
20
3

After the premature death of his creator, Edward, an artificial humanoid, is left with scissor blades for hands. He is discovered by kind-hearted saleswoman Peg, who welcomes him into her home. He quickly wins affection in the neighborhood and falls in love with Peg's teenage daughter, but his luck turns when he is framed for a robbery.

As:
Cast
Role:
Peg
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Drama
3. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
10
2
The Purple Rose of Cairo
PG
10
2

Set in the depression era, the film centers on an unhappy waitress caught in a loveless marriage. To assuage her loneliness, she often goes to see films, the latest of them being The Purple Rose of Cairo. Fascinated, she sits through it several times until Tom Baxter, the lead character, steps literally out of the screen to talk to her.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Danny Aiello, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, Irving Metzman, Stephanie Farrow
4. I Am Sam (2001)
12
3
I Am Sam
PG-13
12
3

Sam Dawson is an intellectually disabled father raising his daughter Lucy with the help of a group of friends who also have disabilities. As Lucy grows up her intellectual superiority threatens their relationship. Things get more complicated when Lucy is placed in foster care but keeps coming back to her dad. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Annie
Director:
Jessie Nelson
Genres:
Drama
6. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
11
2
Synecdoche, New York
R
11
2

After his wife and daughter leave him, a theatre director faces with a lot of struggles in life. He eventually decides to create a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as a part of his new play. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Charlie Kaufman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein, Tom Noonan
7. Independence Day (1983)
22
3
Independence Day
R
22
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Nancy Morgan
Director:
Robert Mandel
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
David Keith, Cliff De Young, Kathleen Quinlan, Frances Sternhagen,
8. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
11
2
Bullets Over Broadway
R
11
2

David Shayne is a young and idealistic playwright who moves to Broadway in 1928. A gangster agrees to fund his debut play on the condition that David casts his demanding and talentless girlfriend as the actress. David turns into a cheating writer by the time of the opening night.

As:
Cast
Role:
Helen Sinclair
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
9. The Lost Boys (1987)
15
2
The Lost Boys
R
15
2

A divorced mother Lucy with her teenaged sons, Mike and Sam, move to a California town, believed to be a vampire terrain. Soon, Mike gets drawn into a vampire-biker gang, while Sam becomes friendly with two boys who claim to be vampire-hunters. When signs of vampirism become evident in Mike’s conduct, Sam and his friends go after the vampire-chief to save Mike.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lucy
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Horror
Star Cast:
Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Barnard Hughes
10. The Birdcage (1996)
15
2
The Birdcage
R
15
2

Armand Goldman and his long-term partner Albert own the popular drag-club, ‘The Birdcage’, in Miami’s South Beach where Albert, a.k.a. drag-queen Starina is the main attraction. Armand’s son Val declares his intentions of marrying Barbara, daughter of conservative right-wing senator, John Keeley. When the Keeleys arrive to meet Val’s ‘family,’ the Goldmans pretend to be ‘straight,’ and end up creating chaos.

As:
Cast
Role:
Louise Keeley
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
11. Footloose (1984)
12
2
Footloose
PG
12
2

Chicago native Ren MacCormack moves to the small town of Bromont, to find that rock music and dancing are banned inside the town. As Ren starts to rebel and change the town’s view on music and dancing, he begins a relationship with rebellious teen Ariel, whose father Rev. Shaw Moore is the main reason for the ban.

As:
Cast
Role:
Vi Moore
Director:
Herbert Ross
Genres:
Drama, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
12. Parenthood (1989)
12
3
Parenthood
PG-13
12
3

This family comedy drama film is about the life of Gil Buckman who has to work hard to balance his personal and professional life, while also dealing with the problems of his three children. His life gets even more complicated after he discovers that his wife is pregnant again. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Helen
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
13. Rabbit Hole (2010)
9
2
Rabbit Hole
PG-13
9
2

Rabbit Hole is an American drama film, which tells the story of a couple who tries to deal with the grief caused by their four-year-old son’s death. While the husband starts attending a self-help group, the wife finds solace in Jason, the teenage driver of the car that killed their son. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Nat
Director:
John Cameron Mitchell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh, Nicole Kidman, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard
14. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
9
2
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
R
9
2

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a crime drama film about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. He gets drawn into a culture of violence, and while most of his friends end up dead or in prison, he escapes to become a successful writer. He also starts believing that he has been saved from suffering like his friends by various ‘saints’.

As:
Cast
Role:
Flori
Director:
Dito Montiel
Genres:
Crime, Drama
16. I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
10
3
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
R
10
3

The film is based on memoirs of Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon. Despite successful career and strong relationship, Barbara’s anxiety issues draw her to tranquilizers. As her dependency on drugs begins to cripple her life, drowning her in deep darkness, she struggles to find her inner strength and battles with debilitating addiction and withdrawal to get back her sanity.

As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Addison
Director:
Jack Hofsiss
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Jill Clayburgh, Geraldine Page, John Lithgow, Nicol Williamson, Joe Pesci
17. Dan in Real Life (2007)
11
3
Dan in Real Life
PG-13
11
3

Dan Burns writes family advice column for a newspaper, but is perhaps in need of some advice himself.  A widower, he is struggling to deal with his three teenage daughters and their problems. While visiting his parents along with his daughters on Thanksgiving, he comes across Marie with whom he feels an instant connect. Unfortunately, she has a boyfriend, and he is none other Dan’s own brother.

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Hedges
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
20. The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
9
2
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
PG
9
2

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a fantasy comedy-drama film, which revolves around a couple, Cindy and Jim, who are devastated when they learn that Cindy cannot conceive. However, their misery ends after the sudden appearance of an orphan boy Timothy. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Hedges
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Aghdashloo, CJ Adams
21. The Horse Whisperer (1998)
9
2
The Horse Whisperer
PG-13
9
2

The Horse Whisperer is a Western drama film, which tells the story of a young girl Grace, who gets traumatized severely, after she faces a terrible accident while riding her horse. Annie, her mother, therefore decides to take the help of a unique horse trainer named Tom. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Diane Booker
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Western
23. Practical Magic (1998)
10
2
Practical Magic
PG-13
10
2

Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are witches. Their family curse dictates that any man they fall in love with will die an untimely death. Sally suffers the fate and so does Gillian when her abusive boyfriend Jimmy dies. After they use a forbidden spell, Jimmy’s spirit returns with the intention of ending the Owens family. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Aunt Jet
Director:
Griffin Dunne
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
24. I Care a Lot (2021)
8
2
I Care a Lot
R
8
2

A crooked legal guardian makes a living by draining the savings of her elderly wards. Trouble ensues when she tries to swindle a woman having ties to a powerful gangster.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jennifer Peterson
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Thriller
27. It's My Turn (1980)
11
2
It's My Turn
R
11
2

Mathematics professor, Kate Gunzinger, is in a relationship with Homer, but they lack passion. She meets ex-baseball player Ben, at her widowed dad’s wedding to Ben’s mother. The two begin a passionate affair and Kate returns to break up with Homer, even though an unpredictable future awaits her. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Claudia Weill
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Grodin, Michael Douglas, Jill Clayburgh, Steven Hill, Beverly Garland
28. Let Them All Talk (2020)
8
2
Let Them All Talk
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Susan
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
29. Passengers (2008)
10
1
Passengers
PG-13
10
1

Claire, a therapist working as a grief counselor, is working with five survivors of a plane crash who seem to recollect certain incidents that perhaps never took place. As she gets involved with one of them, the others begin to disappear mysteriously. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Toni
Director:
Rodrigo García
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, Andre Braugher, David Morse
30. Sisters (2015)
9
4
Sisters
R
9
4

As their parents have decided to sell their home, recently divorced Maura and her hotheaded sister Kate are required to travel to Orlando to clean out their old bedroom. Once there, they decide to throw one last party and invite their former classmates. But very soon, it starts getting out of control and very soon there may not be any house to sell. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jason Moore
Genres:
Comedy
33. The Scout (1994)
7
1
The Scout
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Doctor H. Aaron
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Sport
Star Cast:
Brendan Fraser, Albert Brooks, Lane Smith, Anne Twomey
35. Cops and Robbersons (1994)
7
1
Cops and Robbersons
PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen Robberson
Director:
Michael Ritchie
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Robert Davi, David Barry Gray
36. Not Afraid, Not Afraid (2001)
9
2
Not Afraid, Not Afraid
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Annette Carducci
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Miriam Margolyes, Jack Davenport, Paul McGlinchey, Ciaran McMahon
37. Merci Dr Rey! (2002)
9
2
Merci Dr Rey!
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elisabeth Beaumont
Director:
Andrew Litvack
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jane Birkin, Jerry Hall, Bulle Ogier, Stanislas Merhar
41. Five Nights in Maine (2015)
7
1
Five Nights in Maine
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Maris Curran
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rosie Perez, David Oyelowo, Teyonah Parris, Hani Furstenberg, Neal Lerner

TV Movie(s)

42. Zalmen: or, The Madness of God (1975)
10
2
Zalmen: or, The Madness of God
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Schneider, Peter Levin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Joseph Wiseman, Robert Prosky, Leib Lensky, Richard Bauer
43. The Wall (1982)
10
2
The Wall
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Action, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Tom Conti, James Cromwell, Eli Wallach, Gerald Hiken, Rachel Roberts
45. Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004)
7
1
Category 6: Day of Destruction
TV-PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Dick Lowry
Genres:
Drama, Sci-Fi, Action
Star Cast:
Randy Quaid, Thomas Gibson, Nancy McKeon, Brian Markinson, Chandra West
46. The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
10
2
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah McClellan
Director:
Gregg Champion
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sidney Poitier, Mary-Louise Parker, George Newbern, Roxzane T. Mims
48. The Blackwater Lightship (2004)
9
2
The Blackwater Lightship
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lily
Director:
John Erman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Angela Lansbury, Sam Robards, Gina McKee, Keith McErlean

Animation(s)

Robots (2005)
Robots
PG
Plot:

Rodney Copperbottom is an aspiring inventor in a world full of sentient robots. He idolizes Bigweld, a famous inventor whose Bigweld Industries makes spare parts. Unfortunately, in Bigweld’s absence, the new owner Phineas T. Ratchet has stopped making spare parts in favor of expensive upgrades. Rodney must find a way to contact Bigweld and stop Rachet. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy

TV Shows and Videos

Road to Avonlea (1990)
Road to Avonlea
PG
As:
Cast
Director:
Harvey Frost, Allan King, Don McBrearty, Stuart Gillard, Stephen Surjik
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Romance, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Theater Close-Up (2014)
Theater Close-Up
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
David Abeles, Curtis Billings, AJ Cedeno, Demosthenes Chrysan
In Treatment (2008)
In Treatment
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Gina Toll (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Director:
Paris Barclay, Rodrigo García, Jim McKay, Melanie Mayron, Ryan Fleck
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Return of Jezebel James (2008)
The Return of Jezebel James
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Parker Posey, Scott Cohen, Lauren Ambrose, Haysha Deitsch

Dianne Wiest Awards

Academy Awards
Bullets Over Broadway Best Actress in a Supporting Role 1995
Hannah and Her Sisters Best Actress in a Supporting Role 1987
Golden Globe Awards
Bullets Over Broadway Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1995
Primetime Emmy Awards
In Treatment Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 2008
Road to Avonlea Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series 1997