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List of Gena Rowlands Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
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2
A Woman Under the Influence
R
17
2

Mabel Longhetti, the wife of Nick, a Municipal construction worker in LA, is lonely and desperate. She craves happiness but gets increasingly unstable especially when there are people around. She is fraying and coming undone because of the varied influences and demands that the society has imposed on her. Nick is convinced that her volatile behaviour may become a threat to his family and thus, he commits her for six months to an institution. With three kids to raise, he awaits her turn but that is not all what's in store.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mabel Longhetti
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands, Katherine Cassavetes
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
2. Opening Night (1977)
15
3
Opening Night
PG-13
15
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Myrtle Gordon
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, John Cassavetes
3. Love Streams (1984)
14
2
Love Streams
PG-13
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah Lawson
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Morley, John Cassavetes, Seymour Cassel, Diahnne Abbott
4. Faces (1968)
13
2
Faces
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeannie Rapp
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Christina Crawford, John Marley, Seymour Cassel, Lynn Carlin
6. The Notebook (2004)
13
2
The Notebook
PG-13
13
2

Adapted from the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks, the movie begins with an elderly man narrating a romance story from his notebook to a woman suffering from dementia. The story revolves around the love of a young couple in 1940s, who get separated due to the differences in social status but eventually find their way to each other

As:
Cast
Role:
Allie Calhoun
Director:
Nick Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
7. Night on Earth (1991)
13
2
Night on Earth
R
13
2

Night on Earth is an anthology comedy drama film, which tells us the story of five different cab drivers in five different cities, and the bond they form with their passengers during their journeys on the same eventful night. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Victoria Snelling
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Rosie Perez, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lisanne Falk
8. Shadows (1959)
12
3
Shadows
PG
12
3
As:
Cast
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Bobby Darin, Jean Shepherd, Dennis Sallas, Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni
9. Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
12
3
Minnie and Moskowitz
GP
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Minnie Moore
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Val Avery, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey, Katherine Cassavetes
10. A Child Is Waiting (1963)
12
3
A Child Is Waiting
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sophie Widdicombe
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Steven Hill, Paul Stewart
11. Gloria (1980)
11
3
Gloria
PG
11
3
As:
Cast
Director:
John Cassavetes
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Buck Henry, Julie Carmen, Tony Knesich, Gregory Cleghorne
12. Paris, je t'aime (2006)
12
2
Paris, je t'aime
R
12
2

Also known as Paris, I love You, it is an anthology film comprising of eighteen short films which are set in the different arrondissements of Paris. Directed by visionary directors from all around the world, these eighteen short films are incredibly humane depictions of life in Paris, which resonate universal themes of love, life, and loss. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
16. Tony Rome (1967)
12
2
Tony Rome
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rita Kosterman
Director:
Gordon Douglas
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Frank Sinatra, Jill St. John, Richard Conte, Simon Oakland
17. The High Cost of Loving (1958)
11
2
The High Cost of Loving
11
2

The High Cost of Loving is a satirical comedy film which tells the story of an office worker who starts feeling that he might be losing his job soon. Things get interesting when at the same time, his wife announces that she might be pregnant with their first child, after nine years of marriage.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ginny Fry
Director:
José Ferrer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Werner Klemperer, Jim Backus, José Ferrer, Joanne Gilbert
18. The Brink's Job (1978)
9
2
The Brink's Job
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Pino
Director:
William Friedkin
Genres:
Crime, History, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Peter Falk, Warren Oates, Allen Garfield
19. Tempest (1982)
9
2
Tempest
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Antonia
Director:
Paul Mazursky
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Molly Ringwald, Susan Sarandon, John Cassavetes, Vittorio Gassman
20. The Spiral Road (1962)
9
2
The Spiral Road
9
2

A Dutch physician, who treats leprosy patients in the forests of Indonesia, has a dangerous encounter with a witch-doctor who uses black magic to eliminate his enemies. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Els
Director:
Robert Mulligan
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Rock Hudson, Geoffrey Keen, Burl Ives, Neva Patterson
21. Machine Gun McCain (1969)
10
2
Machine Gun McCain
GP
10
2

After mobster Charlie Adamo gets his old lieutenant, Hank McCain, out of prison, Hank and his son Jack, plan a heist at a Las Vegas casino. Unfortunately, the casino is run by a rival mob boss. Once the job is done, Jack must find a way to escape the mobsters along with his love Irene. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Giuliano Montaldo
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Britt Ekland, Peter Falk, Gabriele Ferzetti, John Cassavetes, Luigi Pistilli
22. Two-Minute Warning (1976)
10
2
Two-Minute Warning
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Larry Peerce
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Jack Klugman, Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Marilyn Hassett
23. Unhook the Stars (1996)
11
2
Unhook the Stars
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mildred
Director:
Nick Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Marisa Tomei, Bridgette Wilson, Jake Lloyd, Gérard Depardieu, Moira Kelly
24. The Skeleton Key (2005)
11
2
The Skeleton Key
PG-13
11
2

Caroline, a nurse, leaves behind her hospital job and signs up to work at a mansion as a private care giver for an old man, Ben who has suffered a stroke and is wheel chair bound. Caroline soon becomes sceptical of Violet, Ben’s wife, who she believes is a threat to him. The house itself has a terrifying past and is haunted by two spirits.

As:
Cast
Role:
Violet Devereaux
Director:
Iain Softley
Genres:
Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant, Peter Sarsgaard
25. Paulie (1998)
10
2
Paulie
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ivy
Director:
John Roberts
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Bruce Davison, Cheech Marin, Trini Alvarado, Jay Mohr
26. Broken English (2007)
10
2
Broken English
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Vivien Wilder-Mann
Director:
Zoe R. Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Parker Posey, Drea de Matteo, Peter Bogdanovich, Tim Guinee
28. Taking Lives (2004)
8
5
Taking Lives
R
8
5

Serial killer, Martin Asher, has been impersonating his victims as he makes his way across North America. When FBI profiler Illeana Scott is asked to profile the killer by Montreal Inspector Leclair, she becomes close to art dealer James Costa, who was an eyewitness to Martin’s last murder. But when James becomes Martin’s next target, sinister secrets are revealed. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Asher
Director:
D.J. Caruso
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery
29. Hope Floats (1998)
10
1
Hope Floats
PG-13
10
1

Birdee returns to her hometown after she comes to know that her husband has been cheating on her with her best friend. She soon meets her childhood crush, and finds herself attracted to him.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ramona Calvert
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Mae Whitman, Michael Paré
32. Light of Day (1987)
9
1
Light of Day
PG-13
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jeanette Rasnick
Director:
Paul Schrader
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett, Michael McKean, Thomas G. Waites
34. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014)
11
2
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lily Harrison
Director:
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Rita Moreno, Julian Sands, Jacki Weaver, Cheyenne Jackson
35. Silent Cries (1993)
8
2
Silent Cries
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Peggy Sutherland
Director:
Anthony Page
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Phyllis Logan, Gail Strickland, Annabeth Gish, Chloe Webb
36. What If God Were the Sun? (2007)
8
2
What If God Were the Sun?
TV-PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Stephen Tolkin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sarah Rafferty, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Brugel, Sam Trammell, Klea Scott
37. The Neon Bible (1995)
10
2
The Neon Bible
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mae Morgan
Director:
Terence Davies
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Denis Leary, Drake Bell, Diana Scarwid, Jacob Tierney
39. Olive (2011)
8
2
Olive
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tess M Powell
Director:
Patrick Gilles, Hooman Khalili
Genres:
Family
Star Cast:
John Scurti, Christopher Maher, Randi Zuckerberg, Dennis Leonard

TV Movie(s)

1. Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)
15
2
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Abigail Mason
Director:
Milton Katselas
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bette Davis, Ford Rainey, Donald Moffat, Whit Bissell
2. An Early Frost (1985)
13
2
An Early Frost
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Katherine Pierson
Director:
John Erman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
3. A Question of Love (1978)
10
2
A Question of Love
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Linda Ray Guettner
Director:
Jerry Thorpe
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bonnie Bedelia, Nancy McKeon, Clu Gulager, Jane Alexander, Ned Beatty
4. Thursday's Child (1983)
9
2
Thursday's Child
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Victoria Alden
Director:
David Lowell Rich
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rob Lowe, Jessica Walter, Tracey Gold, Don Murray
5. Hysterical Blindness (2002)
10
2
Hysterical Blindness
TV-MA
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Virginia Miller
Director:
Mira Nair
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
6. Best Friends for Life (1998)
11
2
Best Friends for Life
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Harriet Cahill
Director:
Michael Switzer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gwen Verdon, Ja'net DuBois, Linda Lavin, Richard Farnsworth
7. Face of a Stranger (1991)
9
2
Face of a Stranger
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Pat Foster
Director:
Claudia Weill
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Cynthia Nixon, Tyne Daly, Kevin Tighe, Rae Allen
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
8. Charms for the Easy Life (2002)
11
2
Charms for the Easy Life
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Kate Birch
Director:
Joan Micklin Silver
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mimi Rogers, Geordie Johnson, Susan May Pratt, Aaron Ashmore
9. Grace & Glorie (1998)
11
2
Grace & Glorie
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Grace Stiles
Director:
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
10. The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000)
9
2
The Color of Love: Jacey's Story
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Georgia Porter
Director:
Sheldon Larry
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Louis Gossett Jr., Penny Fuller, Stella Parton, Helen Floyd
11. The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
10
2
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs.Ritchie
Director:
Paul Johansson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Justin Chatwin, David Schofield, Leslie Hope, Cameron Daddo
12. The Betty Ford Story (1987)
8
2
The Betty Ford Story
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Betty Ford
Director:
David Greene
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jack Rader, Josef Sommer, Nan Woods, Concetta Tomei
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
13. Wild Iris (2001)
8
2
Wild Iris
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Minnie Brinn
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laura Linney, Emile Davenport Hirsch, Emile Hirsch, Fred Ward, Lee Tergesen
15. Montana (1990)
7
1
Montana
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Bess Guthrie
Director:
William A. Graham
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Richard Crenna, Elizabeth Berridge, Lea Thompson, Justin Deas

Animation(s)

Persepolis (2007)
Persepolis
PG-13
Plot:

Based on the life of Marjane Satrapi, the animated movie follows her journey from a young girl in Iran to growing up to be a punk-loving teenage and leaving for Paris. When she returns to Iran, it has become more intolerant with religious absurdities and liberals are being executed.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Genres:
Drama, Biography, War, Animation
Star Cast:
Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn, Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian

TV Shows and Videos

The Long, Hot Summer (1965)
The Long, Hot Summer
As:
Cast
Director:
Vincent Sherman, Alex March, Mark Rydell, Don Richardson, Robert Gist
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Geraldine Page, James Brolin, Wayne Rogers, Nancy Malone, Roy Thinnes, Paul Geary, Lana Wood
The Tab Hunter Show (1960)
The Tab Hunter Show
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Kinon, William J. Hole Jr., Norman Tokar, Philip Rapp
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mary Tyler Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery, Tab Hunter, Richard Erdman, Jerome Cowan
The Way of the World (1955)
The Way of the World
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Eva Gabor, Louise Allbritton, Tom Tryon, Anne Burr, Eva Gabor

Gena Rowlands Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Betty Ford Story Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1988
A Woman Under the Influence Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1975
Primetime Emmy Awards
Hysterical Blindness Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie 2003
Face of a Stranger Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special 1992
The Betty Ford Story Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special 1987