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List of Frances McDormand Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
29
8
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
R
29
8

When even months later, her daughter’s murderer is not found, an angry Mildred Hayes rents three billboards on the outskirts of her town, Ebbing. The message on the board questions the reputed chief of police William Willoughby, much to the chagrin of everyone around, especially Officer Jason Dixon. As Mildred persists in her stance, she enters into a conflict with the authorities.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress
2. Fargo (1996)
31
4
Fargo
R
31
4

Jerry Lundegaard, sales manager at an automobile dealership company, incurs a huge debt and devises the ingenious plan of kidnapping his wife so he can extort money from his boss and wealthy father-in-law. However, the supposedly non-violent plan goes awry after his two hired goons attract the attention of pregnant sheriff Marge Gunderson with one killing after another.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
3. Blood Simple. (1984)
16
2
Blood Simple.
R
16
2

The owner of a small bar in Texas starts to suspect that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. He orders the detective to have them both murdered, if it turns out that his suspicions are true.

As:
Cast
Role:
Abby
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Holly Hunter, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, John Getz, Samm-Art Williams
4. Mississippi Burning (1988)
23
2
Mississippi Burning
R
23
2

FBI agents, Rupert Anderson and Alan Ward, are sent to investigate when 3 civil rights workers go missing in Jessup County, Mississippi. The agents, with diverse approach towards investigation, encounter non-cooperating residents, hostile police, and aggressive Ku Klux Klan. As the KKK assault the local African-Americans and set their houses on fire, the agents have to resort to unorthodox methods of investigations.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Pell
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey
5. Primal Fear (1996)
17
2
Primal Fear
R
17
2

A thriller court-room drama, Primal Fear shows the audience how deceptive appearances can be, when experienced Chicago defence attorney Martin Vail, lands-up fighting on behalf of an altar boy, Aaron Stampler, who is accused of murdering Archbishop Rushman, brutally. The film progresses through Vail’s perspective and his reactions to unearthing dark hidden secrets of the Church, while being astutely manipulated.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Molly Arrington
Director:
Gregory Hoblit
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Andre Braugher, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Richard Gere
6. Almost Famous (2000)
12
3
Almost Famous
R
12
3

Inspired by writer-director Cameron Crowe's boyhood experiences, the film records the coming of age story of 15-year-old rock music enthusiast William Miller, who receives an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to write about up-and-coming band Stillwater. Despite his mother's concerns about drug usage and raunchy language, he joins the band on an enlightening tour that changes his life.

As:
Cast
Role:
Elaine Miller
Director:
Cameron Crowe
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Music, Drama
7. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
12
2
Moonrise Kingdom
PG-13
12
2

Directed by Wes Anderson in his typical style, Moonrise Kingdom features a young boy and girl, Sam and Suzy, living on a New England island who run away to a secluded beach while the entire island searches for them. Pen-pals, Sam, an orphan in a Scout camp, and Suzy, who lives with her family, escape on an adventure through the woods.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Bishop
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Adventure
8. Nomadland (2021)
17
3
Nomadland
R
17
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Fern
Genres:
Drama
10. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
10
2
The Man Who Wasn't There
R
10
2

Barber Ed Crane is unhappy with his life and his wife Doris who he suspects of having an affair. After a blackmail attempt by Ed on Doris’s boss Big Dave Brewster goes horribly wrong, Ed finds himself in more trouble than he anticipated and tragic consequences await the Crane family. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Doris Crane
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Crime, Drama
11. Lone Star (1996)
13
2
Lone Star
R
13
2

When a 40-year-old skeleton is found in Rio County, Texas, Sheriff Sam Deeds is summoned to investigate. According to local stories, the tyrannical sheriff Charlie Wade was killed by deputy Buddy Deeds, Sam’s father, who succeeded Wade to become a much-loved sheriff. Sam, who had a difficult relationship with his father, digs deeper and learns to see Buddy in a different light.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Cooper, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang
12. North Country (2005)
15
2
North Country
R
15
2

Josey Aimes runs away from her husband after she suffers sexual abuse and violence for a long time. Despite her father’s disapproval, she starts working at a mine, in order to support her two children.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Glory
Director:
Niki Caro
Genres:
Drama
13. Wonder Boys (2000)
10
2
Wonder Boys
R
10
2

Professor Grady Tripp teaches creative writing but is unable to overcome his writer’s block and complete his novel. Besides that, his platter is full with – his third wife leaves him, his literary agent arrives to push him to complete his manuscript, his married girlfriend becomes pregnant with their child, his troubled student has problems with life. Can the weekend accommodate any more complications?

As:
Cast
Role:
Dean Sara Gaskell
Director:
Curtis Hanson
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
14. Raising Arizona (1987)
11
3
Raising Arizona
PG-13
11
3

Raising Arizona is a crime-comedy film directed by the famous Coen brothers, wherein an ex-con and an ex-cop abduct one baby from a set of quintuplets belonging to a furniture mogul called Nathan Arizona after they discover that they can't have a child. The couple's lives are in jeopardy when Arizona offers a huge reward for the return of his missing baby.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
15. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
15
2
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
PG-13
15
2

After losing her job, needy middle-aged London governess Miss Guinevere Pettigrew grabs a chance to reach American actress-singer Delysia Lafosse, who is actually looking for a social secretary. Winning her friendship, Guinevere helps Delysia manage her entangled romantic life and career. Giving Guinevere a high-society make-over, Delysia takes her to a fashion show where Guinevere finds an admirer in lingerie designer Joe Blomfield.

As:
Cast
Director:
Bharat Nalluri
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Amy Adams, Stephanie Cole, Christina Cole, David Alexander
16. Burn After Reading (2008)
13
2
Burn After Reading
R
13
2

Burn After Reading is a comedy centered around two foolish gym employees who chance upon a CIA agent's memoirs in a CD and try to sell it. Mistakenly assuming that the CD contents are highly sensitive, they first try to blackmail the CIA agent, failing which, they attempt to sell it to the Russians.

As:
Cast
Role:
Linda Litzke
Director:
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama
17. Something's Gotta Give (2003)
15
2
Something's Gotta Give
PG-13
15
2

Aging music mogul and womanizer, Harry Sanborn, has been dating the much younger Marin Klein. A heart attack forces Harry to stay for a few days at Marin’s mother Erica’s beach house. Hilarious complications arrive when Harry and Erica fall for each other, while a young doctor Julian falls for Erica.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Zoe
Director:
Nancy Meyers
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
18. Hidden Agenda (1990)
8
2
Hidden Agenda
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ingrid Jessner
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling, Bernard Archard
19. Paradise Road (1997)
9
3
Paradise Road
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Verstak
Director:
Bruce Beresford
Genres:
Drama, War, History
Star Cast:
Glenn Close, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Ehle, Pauline Collins, Glenn Close
20. This Must Be the Place (2011)
8
2
This Must Be the Place
R
8
2

This Must be The Place is a comedy drama film, which tells the story of a former rockstar who, after his father’s death, sets out to find the Nazi war criminal, who is responsible for his father’s humiliation during the Second World War.

As:
Cast
Director:
Paolo Sorrentino
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Sean Penn, Harry Dean Stanton, Olwen Fouere, Eve Hewson, Johnny Ward
21. Laurel Canyon (2002)
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1
Laurel Canyon
R
14
1

Laurel Canyon is a drama film which tells the story of Sam, who moves to Los Angeles to stay in his mother’s house, along with his fiancée Alex. Although Sam expected that his mother would be away, and he and Alex would have the luxurious house to himself, he finds his mother still at their house working on a project with her boyfriend who is a record producer.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jane
Director:
Lisa Cholodenko
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kate Beckinsale, Christian Bale, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Kate Beckinsale
22. Beyond Rangoon (1995)
8
2
Beyond Rangoon
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Andy Bowman
Director:
John Boorman
Genres:
Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Patricia Arquette, Spalding Gray, U Aung Ko, Tiara Jacquelina
23. Palookaville (1995)
7
2
Palookaville
R
7
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Alan Taylor
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Vincent Gallo, Kim Dickens, William Forsythe, Adam Trese, LisaGay Hamilton
24. Darkman (1990)
10
1
Darkman
R
10
1

After being burnt hideously in an attack, a mentally unstable scientist stretches his invention of the synthetic skin to the limit, so that he can take revenge on the people who are responsible for his condition. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Hastings
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Liam Neeson, Bruce Campbell, Larry Drake, Colin Friels
25. Promised Land (2012)
9
4
Promised Land
R
9
4

Steve Butler, competent salesman of a natural gas company, along with his colleague, Sue Thomason, reaches economically hit rural town to buy drilling rights of local land. At first locals are receptive as Butler explains how they can benefit from the project. But when revered schoolteacher Frank Yates raises objections, environmentalist Dustin and teacher Alice support him by initiating a grassroots crusade.

As:
Cast
Director:
Gus Van Sant
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Matt Damon, Lucas Black, Hal Holbrook, John Krasinski, Benjamin Sheeler, Terry Kinney
26. Chattahoochee (1989)
10
1
Chattahoochee
R
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mae Foley
Director:
Mick Jackson
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Pamela Reed, Ned Beatty
27. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
8
1
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
PG-13
8
1

Based on the Transformers toy line, the movie follows the last days of war between the rival groups Autobots and Decepticons. The third installment in the live-action Transformers film series, the movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide and was praised for the special effects, action scenes, scores, and 3D work. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi
28. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
9
3
Hail, Caesar!
PG-13
9
3

Based in 1950s Hollywood, Hail, Caesar! is a dark comedy that revolves around a movie industry 'fixer' who is tasked with investigating the disappearance of the star of a biblical epic. With a stellar star cast, this film showcases the dark side of Hollywood of that era where fixers would clean up the messes of the bigwigs of the movie business.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Comedy, Mystery
29. City by the Sea (2002)
11
1
City by the Sea
R
11
1

Vincent Lamarca is a respected New York homicide detective whose son becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. During the course of his investigation, he realizes that his failure as a father has influenced his son’s life negatively.

As:
Cast
Role:
Michelle
Director:
Michael Caton-Jones
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
30. Madeline (1998)
9
1
Madeline
PG
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Clavel
Director:
Daisy Mayer von Scherler
Genres:
Family, Comedy
Star Cast:
Nigel Hawthorne, Ben Daniels, Hatty Jones, Arturo Venegas
31. Friends with Money (2006)
8
1
Friends with Money
R
8
1

After quitting her comfortable and lucrative job, Olivia struggles to make ends meet. However, she starts feeling insecure about her future, and also tries to maintain her relationships with her successful and rich friends.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Nicole Holofcener
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Marin Hinkle, Catherine Keener, Timm Sharp, Greg Germann
32. Crimewave (1985)
7
2
Crimewave
PG-13
7
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Horror, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Bruce Campbell, Brion James, Paul L. Smith, Louise Lasser
33. Passed Away (1992)
7
3
Passed Away
PG-13
7
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Charlie Peters
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tim Curry, Bob Hoskins, Jack Warden, William Petersen
34. Æon Flux (2005)
6
1
Æon Flux
PG-13
6
1

In late 2415, four centuries after a deadly virus wiped out 99% of the Earth's population, mere five million people live in the futuristic city of Bregna, governed by a congress of scientists. Æon Flux, a skilled warrior assigned by an underground rebel organization to kill Trevor Goodchild, the government's leader, faces a dilemma after discovering a secret conspiracy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Handler
Director:
Karyn Kusama
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Charlize Theron, Marton Csokas, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo
37. Hidden in America (1996)
8
2
Hidden in America
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Martin Bell
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jena Malone, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Davison, Josef Sommer
38. Upheaval (2001)
8
2
Upheaval
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Anne
Director:
Itamar Kubovy
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
David Chandler, Sarah Adler, Ethan Klaris, Delores Yvonne Mitchell
39. Last Night (2004)
7
1
Last Night
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Marit Such
Director:
Sean Mewshaw
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Jamey Sheridan, Greg Bratman, Sheeri Rappaport
40. Plain Pleasures (1996)
8
1
Plain Pleasures
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Kalin
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Lili Taylor, Will Patton,
41. Talk of Angels (1998)
7
1
Talk of Angels
PG-13
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Conlon
Director:
Nick Hamm
Genres:
Romance, Drama, War
Star Cast:
Franco Nero, Penelope Cruz, Polly Walker, Penélope Cruz, Ruth McCabe, Franco Nero
42. Bleeding Hearts (1994)
7
1
Bleeding Hearts
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Gregory Hines
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Lorraine Toussaint, Melina Kanakaredes, Diane Kagan
45. Johnny Skidmarks (1998)
6
1
Johnny Skidmarks
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice
Director:
John Raffo
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
John Lithgow, Jack Black, Peter Gallagher, John Kapelos
46. Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo (1986)
5
2
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo
5
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Brigette
Director:
Marc Daniels
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Bay, Brad Dourif, Brad Davis, Roxanne Hart

TV Shows

State of Grace
State of Grace
As:
Cast
Director:
Victoria Hochberg, Dennis Erdman, Melanie Mayron, James Kramer, Mark Rosman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Fred Savage, Mae Whitman, Alia Shawkat, Michael Mantell
Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
TV-14
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Olive Kitteridge
Director:
Lisa Cholodenko
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Murray, Richard Jenkins, Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series
Leg Work
Leg Work
As:
Cast
Role:
Willie Pipal
Director:
Peter H. Hunt, Ray Danton, John Nicolella, Dale White
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marisa Tomei, Thomas Gibson, Margaret Colin, Patrick James Clarke, Robert Dorfman

Narrator/Dubbing

Barton Fink (1991)
Barton Fink
R

A Broadway playwright, Barton Fink, is offered a thousand dollars a week deal to write a Hollywood script. He accepts the offer and moves to LA, but struggles to write anything due to writer's block. He seeks help from his neighbour, a novelist and his secretary. However, events take a strange turn with a murder taking place and investigators turning up to question him.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Stage Actress (voice) (uncredited)
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Judy Davis

Animation Movies

Isle of Dogs (2018)
Isle of Dogs
PG-13

Isle of Dogs is an animated adventure comedy film, which takes us to Japan, and tells the story of a young boy, who is on a quest to find his lost dog. On his journey, he befriends several other dogs, who decide to help him. 

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Animation, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
TV-PG

An animated comedy, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is the third film in the series and showcases four animals still trying to get back to their home in Central Park Zoo of New York. In this instalment, Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman join a travelling circus in Europe, all the while trying to evade capture by an overzealous animal control officer.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Comedy, Animation
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Good Dinosaur
PG

A gentle young Apatosaurus, Arlo, finds himself far away from his home and family after he accidentally falls into a fast moving river. The way back to his home is not a simple one and as he journeys, he learns to conquer his fear and recognise his own capabilities. Helping him is his new friend – a wild human child named Spot.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Momma
Director:
Peter Sohn
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
Sam Elliott, John Ratzenberger, Anna Paquin, Jeffrey Wright, Maleah Nipay-Padilla
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big (2000)
Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
The Adult Fannie
Director:
Berkeley Breathed
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Emily Osment, Haley Joel Osment, Catherine O'Hara, Jonathan Winters
Sosei kishi Gaiasu
Sosei kishi Gaiasu
As:
Cast
Director:
Shinji Aramaki, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Masayuki Ozeki, Hideaki Ôba
Genres:
Adventure, Sci-Fi, Animation, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Rick Forrester, Tim Beeding, Ralph Brownewell, Pierre Brulatour

Special appearance/Cameo

Miller's Crossing (1990)
Miller's Crossing
R

Two rival mafia bosses are at loggerheads when Irish mobster Leo O'Bannon provides protection to bookie Bernie Bernbaum, brother of his girlfriend Verna, from Italian gangster Johnny Caspar. Leo expels his right-hand man, Tom Reagan, after learning about Verna's affair with him, following which Tom shifts allegiance to Johnny, but must now prove himself trustworthy by killing Bernie.

As:
Cast, uncredited
Role:
Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:

Frances McDormand Awards

Academy Awards
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 2018
Fargo Best Actress in a Leading Role 1997
Golden Globe Awards
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2018
Winner Short Cuts (1993) 1994
Primetime Emmy Awards
Olive Kitteridge Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie 2015
Olive Kitteridge Outstanding Limited Series 2015
BAFTA Awards
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Leading Actress 2018