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List of Elaine May Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Graduate (1967)
39
10
The Graduate
TV-MA
39
10

The Graduate, which won an Academy Award for Best director, revolves around the life of fresh college graduate Benjamin Braddock who is seduced into having an affair by Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s partner. He is persuaded by his family to go out with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, but things get complicated when Benjamin falls in love with Elaine.  

As:
Cast, uncredited
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
2. Mikey and Nicky (1976)
8
3
Mikey and Nicky
R
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Voiceover
Director:
Elaine May
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Carol Grace, Ned Beatty
3. A New Leaf (1971)
8
3
A New Leaf
G
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Henrietta Lowell
Director:
Elaine May
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts, George Rose, Jack Weston
4. Small Time Crooks (2000)
10
5
Small Time Crooks
PG
10
5

This heist comedy film, tells the story of a crooked married couple, who plan to rob a local bank. However, they also start selling cookies as their cover up business. Ironically their cookie business makes them even richer, and the duo is now unsure whether they should continue stealing.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Woody Allen, Elaine Stritch, Hugh Grant, Tracey Ullman, Tony Darrow, Michael Rapaport
5. Enter Laughing (1967)
6
3
Enter Laughing
6
3

Enter Laughing is a comedy film, which tells the story of an aspiring actor David, who joins a theater company. However, he lacks talent and continues to make effort to make his acting debut.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Angela Marlowe
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Don Rickles, Rob Reiner, Shelley Winters, José Ferrer, Jack Gilford
8. Luv (1967)
4
3
Luv
4
3

Depressed with his life, Harry is about to take his own life by jumping off a bridge, when he is stopped by an old friend, Milt. Milt is having his own problems with his marriage, and decides to use Harry to take away his wife.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Ellen Manville
Director:
Clive Donner
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
9. In the Spirit (1990)
4
3
In the Spirit
R
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Marianne Flan
Director:
Sandra Seacat
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Melanie Griffith, Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis, Jeannie Berlin

TV Shows

Narrator/Dubbing

Mikey and Nicky (1976)
8
3
Mikey and Nicky
R
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Voiceover
Role:
Woman on TV (voice) (uncredited)
Director:
Elaine May
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Carol Grace, Ned Beatty

Director

Mikey and Nicky (1976)
11
4
Mikey and Nicky
R
11
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, Voiceover
Director:
Elaine May
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Carol Grace, Ned Beatty
A New Leaf (1971)
11
4
A New Leaf
G
11
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Elaine May
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, Doris Roberts, George Rose, Jack Weston
Ishtar (1987)
7
9
Ishtar
PG-13
7
9

Ishtar is an adventure comedy film which revolves around Chuck and Lyle, two singers who are both eager to become famous. They both receive an offer in a hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, as lounge singers, and they decide to accept the gig. They soon arrive in a neighboring country named Ishtar, and they both unknowingly get involved in a plot to overthrow its powerful leader.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Elaine May
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Music, Adventure, Comedy

Special Appearance/Cameo

The Graduate (1967)
12
3
The Graduate
TV-MA
12
3

The Graduate, which won an Academy Award for Best director, revolves around the life of fresh college graduate Benjamin Braddock who is seduced into having an affair by Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s partner. He is persuaded by his family to go out with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, but things get complicated when Benjamin falls in love with Elaine.  

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Girl with Note for Benjamin (uncredited)
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:

Elaine May Awards

BAFTA Awards
Primary Colors Best Screenplay - Adapted 1999
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Comedy Performance 1962