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List of Laura Dern Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Marriage Story (2018)
12
3
Marriage Story
R
12
3

Marriage Story is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drama film which tells the story of a married couple, a successful stage director and an actress, who are going through a divorce. However, the divorce gets more and more complicated over time.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Nora Fanshaw
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress
2. Jurassic Park (1993)
16
4
Jurassic Park
PG-13
16
4

Dr Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler are amongst the group of expert invited by John Hammond to visit his theme park where cloned dinosaurs are the highlight. However, the tour goes wrong when a storms sets in and an employee shuts down the power leaving the man eating dinosaurs to roam around freely. Alan has to ensure a safe return for himself and Hammond’s two grandchildren.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ellie
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure
3. Little Women (2019)
10
2
Little Women
PG
10
2

Little Women is a period drama film which is based on the popular novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott.  The film revolves around four sisters, each determined to live her life according to her own terms.

As:
Cast
Role:
Marmee March
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
5. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
13
4
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
PG
13
4

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a woman who recently loses her husband. She hits the road with her young son, and is determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Harvey Keitel, Diane Ladd, Jodie Foster, Ellen Burstyn, Billy Green Bush, Alfred Lutter III
6. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
12
3
The Fault in Our Stars
PG-13
12
3

The movie, which is based on John Green’s novel of the same name, follows the journey of two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Gus Waters – both cancer patients – who meet and fall in love with each other. The two also travel together to meet her favourite author, though it does not turn to be what she expected.

As:
Cast
Role:
Frannie
Director:
Josh Boone
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
7. Blue Velvet (1986)
12
5
Blue Velvet
R
12
5

Named after Bobby Vinton’s song, Blue Velvet, is a neo-noir thriller by American filmmaker David Keith Lynch. It starts when a college student, who is in town visiting his ailing father, finds a human ear severed and thrown in a field. What follows, is his journey to try and uncover the mystery and getting involved with an enticing lounge singer.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sandy Williams
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Drama
8. October Sky (1999)
10
3
October Sky
PG
10
3

The movie tells the story of Homer H. Hickam Jr., a coal miner’s son who beats all odds stacked against him to build rockets after being inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1. Despite having a disapproving father and hostile townspeople, Homer eventually earns his father’s support and goes on to become a NASA engineer. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Riley
Director:
Joe Johnston
Genres:
Family, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, William Lee Scott
9. I Am Sam (2001)
12
4
I Am Sam
PG-13
12
4

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
Director:
Jessie Nelson
Genres:
Drama
10. A Perfect World (1993)
12
4
A Perfect World
R
12
4

Two escaped prisoners, Butch and Pugh, stumble into a house belonging to eight year old Philip and needing a hostage, grab the boy. Later, Butch kills Pugh as he tries to harm Phillip and the two continue with their journey, quickly developing a loving relationship. Chasing them is Red Garnett, honorable Texas Ranger, who wants to catch Butch alive.        

As:
Cast
Role:
Sally Gerber
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, T.J. Lowther, Keith Szarabajka
11. Wild at Heart (1990)
14
3
Wild at Heart
R
14
3

Sailor Ripley, released from prison after killing in self-defense, breaks his parole to set out for California with girlfriend, Lula Fortune. Lula’s mother, Marietta, sends a private detective and a contract-killer after them to eliminate Sailor. While on the run in a bid to keep one step ahead of Marietta’s plotting, they encounter offensives, and fight through challenges that test their love.

As:
Cast
Role:
Lula Fortune
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Comedy
13. Mask (1985)
13
3
Mask
PG-13
13
3

Rocky is a teenager who is intelligent, but suffers from a serious facial deformity. He manages to outlive his life expectancy, and his mother tries to get him accepted in the public school system. He tries to fit in and live a normal life under the circumstances.

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Sam Elliott, Estelle Getty, Eric Stoltz, Richard Dysart, Cher
14. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)
9
3
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jessica McNeil
Director:
Lou Adler
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Diane Lane, Christine Lahti, Peter Donat, Marin Kanter
15. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
11
4
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
PG-13
11
4

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we see the good guys, aka the Resistance, battle it out with the bad guys, also known as the First Order in epic style. Featuring recurring heroes like Han Solo and Princess Leia, this epic space opera is the third part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

As:
Cast
Director:
Rian Johnson
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Fantasy
16. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
10
3
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
PG-13
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dortha Schaefer
Director:
Jane Anderson
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Trevor Morgan, Ellary Porterfield
17. Wild (2014)
11
2
Wild
R
11
2

After the death of her mother, who had taken great pains to raise her and her brother, Cheryl Strayed finds herself sliding deep into drug addiction which breaks her marriage. To pull herself out of grief and addiction, Cheryl embarks alone on a 1000-miles Pacific Crest Trail hike. As she faces setbacks and hazards, it proves to be a journey of self-discovery. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Bobbi
Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Reese Witherspoon, Michiel Huisman, Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae
18. The Founder (2016)
11
4
The Founder
PG-13
11
4

The biopic follows Ray Kroc, an unsuccessful traveling salesman of Price Castle milkshake mixers. Ray, who has ample but unsatisfactory experience of inefficiently run drive-ins, learns about Richard and Maurice McDonalds’ popular San Bernardino walk-up restaurant. With quality and consistency of food-products, speedy service and family atmosphere, Ray recognizes a franchise potential and enters a contract - creating history with McDonald Empire.

As:
Cast
Director:
John Lee Hancock
Genres:
History, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak
19. 99 Homes (2014)
9
3
99 Homes
R
9
3

A construction worker named Dennis who is in need of money, has no other choice, but to accept a job with a ruthless real estate broker Rick Carver. Rick is the same person who evicted Dennis and his family from their home.

As:
Cast
Director:
Ramin Bahrani
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Randy Austin, Doug Griffin, Carl Palmer
20. White Lightning (1973)
12
2
White Lightning
PG
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Burt Reynolds, Diane Ladd, Jennifer Billingsley, Bo Hopkins, Ned Beatty, Matt Clark
21. The Master (2012)
9
4
The Master
R
9
4

Having witnessed the horrors of WWII, Freddie Quell struggles to return to normal life and drifts from one job to another due to his alcoholism and violent nature. He is easily influenced by Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of the philosophical movement, The Cause, but his rise within the cult makes the other members worried.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
24. Focus (2001)
9
2
Focus
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gertrude Hart
Director:
Neal Slavin
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Meat Loaf, William H. Macy, Kay Hawtrey, David Paymer
25. Rambling Rose (1991)
10
2
Rambling Rose
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rose
Director:
Martha Coolidge
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Duvall, Diane Ladd, Lukas Haas, John Heard
26. Trial by Fire (2018)
7
1
Trial by Fire
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Elizabeth Gilbert
Director:
Edward Zwick
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Jeff Perry, Jack O'Connell, Emily Meade, Joshua Mikel
27. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
9
2
When the Game Stands Tall
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bev Ladouceur
Director:
Thomas Carter
Genres:
Sport, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew Daddario, Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, Michael Chiklis
30. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
9
4
Fat Man and Little Boy
PG-13
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Kathleen Robinson
Director:
Roland Joffé
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History, War
Star Cast:
31. Everything Must Go (2010)
9
3
Everything Must Go
R
9
3

Nick Halsey, a longtime salesman, loses his job when he shows up drunk too many times at work. The same day he also finds that his wife has dumped him, and she has left all his possessions on the front lawn of their house. In an attempt to start over, he starts holding a yard sale on his front lawn. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Dan Rush
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Rosalie Michaels
32. We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
10
2
We Don't Live Here Anymore
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Terry Linden
Director:
John Curran
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Mark Ruffalo, Peter Krause, Naomi Watts, Sam Charles
33. Certain Women (2016)
9
3
Certain Women
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Laura
Director:
Kelly Reichardt
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jared Harris, Kristen Stewart, James Le Gros, Ashlie Atkinson, Edelen McWilliams
36. Smooth Talk (1985)
10
3
Smooth Talk
PG-13
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Connie
Director:
Joyce Chopra
Genres:
Romance, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Levon Helm, Mary Kay Place, Treat Williams, Margaret Welsh
37. Strings (2015)
8
3
Strings
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Annie
Director:
Daniel Duran
Genres:
Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Maria Bello, Josh Duhamel, Lucas Till, Tom Everett Scott
38. Year of the Dog (2007)
8
2
Year of the Dog
PG-13
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bret
Director:
Mike White
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Molly Shannon, Regina King, Tom McCarthy, Josh Pais
39. Jurassic Park III (2001)
8
3
Jurassic Park III
PG-13
8
3

To fund his research, Dr. Grant reluctantly agrees to give an aerial tour of Isla Sorna to an affluent couple. Little does he know that the couple actually intends to find their son who went missing on the island. Grant is once again amidst dangerous predators who are fiercer and smarter. Along with the rest, he must find a way to survive and get out of the island.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joe Johnston
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Star Cast:
Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Jeter, Trevor Morgan
40. Wilson (2017)
8
2
Wilson
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Craig Johnson
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Cheryl Hines, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Brett Gelman, Shaun Brown, Sandy Oian-Thomas, James Robert Miller
42. Little Fockers (2010)
11
2
Little Fockers
PG-13
11
2

In this last film in the Meet the Parents series, Greg and Pam are leading a contented life with their twins when Jack Byrnes shows up and appoints his son in law as the successor of the Byrnes family. However, despite his move, Jack is still doubtful of Greg. His suspicion is enhanced when he sees Greg with the beautiful Andi Garcia.

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Weitz
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
43. Downsizing (2017)
7
2
Downsizing
7
2

Paul Safranek, and his wife, Audrey, decide to take part in a process where scientists shrink people down to miniature size, to live in small communities. Although the procedure is irreversible, the people are able to live a life of wealth and leisure as it helps cut down on the consumption of resources. However, Paul eventually learns that his tiny suburb comes with its own set of problems. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Alexander Payne
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama
45. Tenderness (2009)
8
2
Tenderness
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Aunt Teresa
Director:
John Polson
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Alexis Dziena, Sophie Traub
47. Grizzly II: The Concert (1983)
5
3
Grizzly II: The Concert
PG-13
5
3

Reacting to the slaughter of Grizzly bears by poachers, a giant Grizzly bear goes on a bloody rampage at a rock concert held at the Yellowstone National Park. 

As:
Cast
Director:
André Szöts
Genres:
Music, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
48. The Monday Before Thanksgiving (2008)
9
4
The Monday Before Thanksgiving
9
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Theresa
Director:
Courteney Cox
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Courteney Cox, Evan Brenner, Dolores Cardelucci, Brittney Daylee
50. The Good Time Girls (2017)
8
2
The Good Time Girls
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Clementine
Director:
Courtney Hoffman
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Garret Dillahunt, Alia Shawkat, Q'orianka Kilcher, Annalise Basso
51. Haunted Summer (1988)
9
3
Haunted Summer
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Claire Clairmont
Director:
Ivan Passer
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Eric Stoltz, Philip Anglim, Alice Krige, Alex Winter
52. The Black Ghiandola (2017)
7
2
The Black Ghiandola
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Doctor
Director:
Sam Raimi, Theodore Melfi, Catherine Hardwicke
Genres:
Horror, Short
Star Cast:
53. The Tale (2018)
8
1
The Tale
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jennifer
Director:
Jennifer Fox
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Laura Allen, Elizabeth Debicki

TV Movie(s)

54. A Season for Miracles (1999)
10
4
A Season for Miracles
G
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Berry Thompson
Director:
Michael Pressman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Carla Gugino, Lynn Redgrave, Patty Duke, Kathy Baker
55. Recount (2008)
8
2
Recount
TV-MA
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Katherine Harris
Director:
Jay Roach
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
57. Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
8
3
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Heartbroken Woman
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Music, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Nicolas Cage, Julee Cruise, Lisa Giobbi, Félix Blaska
59. Happy Endings (1983)
7
1
Happy Endings
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jerry Thorpe
Genres:
Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Oliver Clark, Lee Montgomery, Jill Schoelen, Sarah Navin
60. Down Came a Blackbird (1995)
8
1
Down Came a Blackbird
R
8
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Helen McNulty
Director:
Jonathan Sanger
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Vanessa Redgrave, Cliff Gorman, Raul Julia, Sarita Choudhury
61. The Baby Dance (1998)
7
1
The Baby Dance
TV-14
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Wanda LeFauve
Director:
Jane Anderson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Stockard Channing, Peter Riegert, Sandra Seacat, Richard Lineback
62. The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)
8
1
The Siege at Ruby Ridge
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Vicki Weaver
Director:
Roger Young
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Kirsten Dunst, Diane Ladd, Randy Quaid, Darren E. Burrows, G.W. Bailey
63. Afterburn (1992)
8
1
Afterburn
R
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Janet Harduvel
Director:
Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Loggia, Vincent Spano, Welker White, Michael Rooker
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
64. Within These Walls (2001)
7
1
Within These Walls
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Sister Pauline Quinn
Director:
Mike Robe
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ellen Burstyn, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Lucinda Davis, Maria Herrera
65. Damaged Care (2002)
7
1
Damaged Care
PG
7
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Linda Peeno
Director:
Harry Winer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Diane Ladd, Adam Arkin, Regina King, James Le Gros

Animation(s)

F Is for Family (2015)
F Is for Family
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Sue Murphy (16 episodes, 2015-2017)
Director:
Mike Roberts, Romain Bounoure, Olivier Schramm, Laurent Nicolas, Benjamin Marsaud
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Animation
Star Cast:
Michael K. Williams, Justin Long, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Michael Kenneth Williams, Debi Derryberry

TV Shows and Videos

Big Little Lies (2017)
Big Little Lies
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Renata Klein (14 episodes, 2017-2019)
Director:
Andrea Arnold
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Enlightened (2011)
Enlightened
TV-MA
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Amy Jellicoe (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
Director:
Jonathan Demme, Mike White, Nicole Holofcener, Miguel Arteta
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical
More Things That Happened (2007)
More Things That Happened
As:
Cast
Role:
Susan Blue (uncredited)
Director:
David Lynch
Genres:
Drama, Mystery
Star Cast:
Nastassja Kinski, Peter J. Lucas, Karolina Gruszka, William Maier
Shannon (1981)
Shannon
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Jonathan Banks, Kevin Dobson, Bruce Kirby, Michael Durrell
Nightmare Classics (1989)
Nightmare Classics
As:
Cast
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Amy Irving, Linda Hunt, Roy Dotrice, Anthony Andrews

Laura Dern Awards

Academy Awards
Marriage Story Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 2020
Golden Globe Awards
Big Little Lies Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 2018
Enlightened Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical 2012
Recount Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2009
Afterburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1993
Marriage Story Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2020
Primetime Emmy Awards
Big Little Lies Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie 2017
BAFTA Awards
Marriage Story Best Supporting Actress 2020