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List of Mary Steenburgen Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
18
3
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
PG-13
18
3

Gilbert Grape’s life has nothing special, only a bunch of responsibilities - he works at a grocery store and takes care of his family that comprises two sisters, an extremely obese mother and a mentally impaired brother. Then one day, he meets and falls in love with Becky who encourages him to focus on his own happiness as well. But how does he find time for that?

As:
Cast
Role:
Betty Carver
Director:
Lasse Hallström
Genres:
Drama
5. Cross Creek (1983)
19
2
Cross Creek
PG
19
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Biography, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Malcolm McDowell, Rip Torn, Dana Hill, Alfre Woodard
6. Time After Time (1979)
15
4
Time After Time
PG
15
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Amy Robbins
Director:
Nicholas Meyer
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Corey Feldman, Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Charles Cioffi
8. Back to the Future Part III (1990)
17
2
Back to the Future Part III
PG
17
2

In the final movie in the Back to the Future trilogy, Marty McFly, stuck in 1955, learns about the death of his friend Dr. Emmett Doc Brown in 1885. To save his friend, he travel backs in time in the DeLorean car and convinces Doc to return to the present. However, DeLorean is damaged and the Doc falls for a local woman.

As:
Cast
Role:
Clara Clayton
Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Western
Star Cast:
Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson
9. I Am Sam (2001)
15
4
I Am Sam
PG-13
15
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. Life as a House (2001)
15
2
Life as a House
R
15
2

George, a divorcee, is diagnosed with terminal cancer the day he loses his job. He decides to take down the house passed on by his father and build a new one. Trying to reconnect, he asks his rebellious son Sam for help. His ex-wife, friends and neighbors extend their support; soon he realizes, he is not rebuilding a house, but also relationships.

As:
Cast
Role:
Colleen Beck
Director:
Irwin Winkler
Genres:
Drama
12. Melvin and Howard (1980)
14
3
Melvin and Howard
R
14
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lynda Dummar
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Jason Robards, Paul Le Mat, Chip Taylor, Elizabeth Cheshire
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
15. Elvis and Anabelle (2007)
12
3
Elvis and Anabelle
PG-13
12
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Geneva
Director:
Will Geiger
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Blake Lively, Joe Mantegna, Max Minghella, Keith Carradine
17. Elf (2003)
17
2
Elf
PG
17
2

A baby boy accidentally lands up with the elves at the North Pole and grows up with them as Buddy. When he realises that he is not one of them, he sets out to meet his biological father, Walter, in New York who has no idea about his existence. As Buddy tries to figure out his place in world, he also spreads Christmas happiness amongst the New Yorkers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Emily
Director:
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Family, Comedy
18. Parenthood (1989)
15
2
Parenthood
PG-13
15
2

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:
Karen
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
20. The One I Love (2014)
12
2
The One I Love
R
12
2

A couple whose relationship is crumbling, decide to see a therapist. They receive a recommendation to take a vacation to a beautiful and large estate. They experience bizarre circumstances but soon come to know that their doppelgangers are residing in the estate as well.

As:
Cast
Director:
Charlie McDowell
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Elisabeth Moss, Marlee Matlin, Ted Danson, Mark Duplass, Kiana Cason
21. A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
12
4
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
PG
12
4

A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy is a sex comedy film which tells the story of an eccentric inventor and his wife, who invite two other couples to their summer house for the weekend. Soon, old romances reignite, new romances develop and everyone ends up sneaking off behind other’s backs.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, José Ferrer, Julie Hagerty, Tony Roberts
22. Step Brothers (2008)
14
2
Step Brothers
R
14
2

Brennan Huff and Dale Doback, two middle-aged slackers living with their parents, are forced to share a room after Brennan's mother and Dale's father get married. Irritated by their rivalry, their parents give them one month ultimatum to find jobs, following which their love for music and shared hatred for Brennen's successful brother Derek bring them together.

As:
Cast
Role:
Nancy Huff
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ken Jeong, Will Ferrell, Richard Jenkins, John C. Reilly, Adam Scott
25. Sunshine State (2002)
11
2
Sunshine State
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Alan King, Miguel Ferrer, James McDaniel
26. One Magic Christmas (1985)
16
2
One Magic Christmas
G
16
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ginny Grainger
Director:
Phillip Borsos
Genres:
Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Arthur Hill, Elisabeth Harnois, Gary Basaraba
27. The Brave One (2007)
11
2
The Brave One
R
11
2

The Brave One is a psychological thriller which tells the story of Erica, who is left traumatized after a brutal attack resulting in the death of her fiancé. She eventually decides to take the law in her own hands, and begins a quest of vengeance against the perpetrators.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Carol
Director:
Neil Jordan
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Zoë Kravitz, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews
28. The Proposal (2009)
12
2
The Proposal
PG-13
12
2

Margaret Tate, a successful executive editor-in-chief of a New York publisher, learns that she is about to be deported back to Canada for violating visa terms, and quickly hatches a plan to marry her timid and abused assistant Andrew Paxton. Now having an upper hand, Andrew agrees to her plan despite both being closely monitored for committing fraud.

As:
Cast
Role:
Grace Paxton
Director:
Anne Fletcher
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
30. Numb (2007)
11
2
Numb
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Harris Goldberg
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew Perry, Kevin Pollak, Helen Shaver, Bob Gunton, Lynn Collins
31. Honeydripper (2007)
11
2
Honeydripper
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
History, Crime, Music, Musical, Drama
Star Cast:
Danny Glover, Kel Mitchell, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Charles S. Dutton, LisaGay Hamilton
32. Last Vegas (2013)
11
2
Last Vegas
PG-13
11
2

Aging friends Billy, Paddy, Archie, and Sam decide to go to Las Vegas for Billy’s bachelor party, who is marrying someone much younger. But Paddy and Billy have unresolved issues over Sophie, Paddy’s recently departed wife. The four friends soon realize that the years have not only changed Las Vegas but also their friendship. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Diana Boyle
Director:
Jon Turteltaub
Genres:
Comedy
34. Happiest Season (2020)
10
2
Happiest Season
PG-13
10
2

Abby, in a relationship with Harper for a year, accepts Harper’s invitation to spend Christmas with her family, and plans to propose at family dinner; but is disheartened to know that Harper has not yet come out to her parents. After meeting Harper’s perfectionist family and her exes who divulge Harper’s refusal to disclose her sexuality, Abby wonders about future of their relationship.

As:
Cast
Role:
Tipper
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
35. Powder (1995)
11
3
Powder
PG-13
11
3

Jeremy ‘Powder’ Reed, a shy albino teenager, raised and home-schooled by grandparents, is sent to home for boys after he is found living alone in grandparents’ farm-house following their death. He struggles to fit in, but his strange appearance and extraordinary intellect make the society fear and shun him. Will his mysterious paranormal powers and his deep compassion bring change for him?

As:
Cast
Role:
Jessie Caldwell
Director:
Victor Salva
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jeff Goldblum, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lance Henriksen, Brandon Smith
36. Nobody's Baby (2001)
9
2
Nobody's Baby
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Estelle
Director:
David Seltzer
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Matthew Modine, Gary Oldman, Radha Mitchell, Skeet Ulrich, Gordon Tootoosis
37. Dirty Girl (2010)
8
3
Dirty Girl
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Abe Sylvia
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Milla Jovovich, Tim McGraw, William H. Macy, Juno Temple, Jeremy Dozier, Zach Lasry, Jonathan Slavin
38. Casa de los babys (2003)
8
3
Casa de los babys
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Director:
John Sayles
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rita Moreno, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daryl Hannah, Angelina Peláez, Lizzie Curry Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Amanda Álvarez
40. A Walk in the Woods (2015)
9
3
A Walk in the Woods
R
9
3

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson, an author, returns to his country of origin, the US. He decides to go on a hike with Stephen Katz, one of his oldest friends, in order to reconnect with his homeland.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jeannie
Director:
Ken Kwapis
Genres:
Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Drama
41. The Discovery (2017)
8
3
The Discovery
TV-MA
8
3

A scientific discovery by Dr Thomas Harbor helps humanity find definite proof of the afterlife. However, this leads to a lot of people committing suicide to reset their lives. Meanwhile, Will, Dr Harbor’s son, helps a mysterious young woman break away from her dark past.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Interviewer
Director:
Charlie McDowell
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
42. Dead of Winter (1987)
8
3
Dead of Winter
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn
Director:
Arthur Penn
Genres:
Horror, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Roddy McDowall, Ken Pogue, William Russ, Jan Rubes
44. In the Electric Mist (2009)
11
3
In the Electric Mist
R
11
3

In the Electric Mist is a mystery crime film which revolves around a Louisiana detective named Dave, who tries to link the murder of a prostitute to a mobster in New Orleans who is co-producing a film based on the Civil War. He soon learns that he might be dealing with a serial killer.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bootsie Robicheaux
Director:
Bertrand Tavernier
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama
Star Cast:
Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, John Goodman, Peter Sarsgaard, Kelly Macdonald
45. Miss Firecracker (1989)
10
3
Miss Firecracker
PG
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Elain Rutledge
Director:
Thomas Schlamme
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Holly Hunter, Timothy Francis Robbins, Ann Wedgeworth, Tim Robbins, Scott Glenn
47. Song One (2014)
9
1
Song One
PG-13
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Karen
Director:
Kate Barker-Froyland
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Anne Hathaway, Lola Kirke, Johnny Flynn, Sarah Steele
48. It Runs in the Family (1994)
8
1
It Runs in the Family
PG
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Parker (Mother)
Director:
Bob Clark
Genres:
Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Charles Grodin, Kieran Culkin, Glenn Shadix, Jean Shepherd, Al Mancini
49. Romantic Comedy (1983)
8
2
Romantic Comedy
PG
8
2

Playwright Jason Carmichael, seeking a writing partner, meets aspiring writer, Phoebe Craddock, on the day he marries affluent Allison St. James. Over the years, Jason-Phoebe’s work-partnership proves successful, but they try to ignore their mutual attraction. Allison’s political ambitions result in Jason’s affair with actress Kate Mallory, which drives away both Allison and Phoebe. Can he disentangle the complications and find happiness?

As:
Cast
Role:
Phoebe
Director:
Arthur Hiller
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ron Leibman, Dudley Moore, Frances Sternhagen, Robyn Douglass
50. Four Christmases (2008)
8
2
Four Christmases
PG-13
8
2

Coming from dysfunctional families, both Brad and Kate have resolved not to marry or have kids. Every Christmas, they travel abroad in order to avoid visiting their parents, all of whom have remarried. But when their plan to visit Fiji falls apart, they have no other option but to visit their four sets of parents, a visit which changes them for good. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Seth Gordon
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama
52. Hope Springs (2003)
9
2
Hope Springs
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Joanie Fisher
Director:
Mark Herman
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Heather Graham, Frank Collison
55. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
8
1
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
PG-13
8
1

An estranged couple in New York, Paul and Meryl witness a murder, and after a while, they are sent to a small town as a part of a witness protection programme. Meanwhile, their strained relationship gets a second chance during this period. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Marc Lawrence
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
56. Brahmin Bulls (2013)
11
3
Brahmin Bulls
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Helen West
Director:
Mahesh Pailoor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Roshan Seth, Justin Bartha, Cassidy Freeman, Sendhil Ramamurthy
57. Katie Says Goodbye (2016)
10
2
Katie Says Goodbye
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Maybelle
Director:
Wayne Roberts
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jim Belushi, Mireille Enos, Olivia Cooke, Christopher Abbott
58. The Evening Journey (2008)
10
2
The Evening Journey
10
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Ye'ela Rosenfeld
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Malcolm McDowell, Nina Avetisova, Mark Bramhall, Anthony Bush, Miranda Charney, Robert Charney
60. Bye Bye Benjamin (2006)
9
2
Bye Bye Benjamin
TV-MA
9
2
As:
Producer
Director:
Charlie McDowell
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ted Danson, Malcolm McDowell, Seymour Cassel, Benjamin Bryan, Griffin Armstorff, Roland Armstorff
61. Pontiac Moon (1994)
9
1
Pontiac Moon
PG-13
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Katherine Bellamy
Director:
Peter Medak
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ted Danson, Cathy Moriarty, Ryan Todd, Eric Schweig
62. End of the Line (1987)
9
1
End of the Line
PG
9
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Director:
Jay Russell
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
63. Mrs. Pilgrim Goes to Hollywood (2002)
8
1
Mrs. Pilgrim Goes to Hollywood
8
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Rogers
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ted Danson, André Gordon, Grant Burns, Dorothy Deavers
64. Wish You Were Dead (2001)
7
2
Wish You Were Dead
R
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sally Rider
Director:
Valerie McCaffrey
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Englund, Christopher Lloyd, Sally Kirkland, Cary Elwes
65. I Do... Until I Don't (2017)
7
1
I Do... Until I Don't
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Cybil
Director:
Lake Bell
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ed Helms, Amber Heard, Paul Reiser, Lake Bell
66. Self Deportation Station with Mary Steenburgen & George Lopez (2012)
3
1
Self Deportation Station with Mary Steenburgen & George Lopez
3
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Erin Gibson
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
George Lopez, Jon Huertas, Lukas Martin

TV Movie(s)

3. Reinventing the Wheelers (2007)
11
2
Reinventing the Wheelers
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Lawrence Trilling
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Brolin, Alyssa Milano, Katy Mixon, Amy Tipton, Bea W. Bliss, Anna Camp
4. Southern Discomfort (2010)
10
2
Southern Discomfort
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Andy Cadiff
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Sophia Bush, Don Johnson, Steve Talley
5. About Sarah (1998)
9
3
About Sarah
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sarah Elizabeth McCaffrey
Director:
Susan Rohrer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Marion Ross, Diane Baker, Kellie Martin, Nick Searcy
6. The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988)
10
2
The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miep Gies
Director:
John Erman
Genres:
War, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Paul Scofield, Eleanor Bron, Huub Stapel, Frances Cuka
7. Outlaw Country (2012)
8
2
Outlaw Country
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Anastasia Lee
Director:
Adam Arkin, Michael Dinner
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Paula Malcomson, Travis Fimmel, John Hawkes, Haley Bennett
9. Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015)
7
1
Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow
TV-PG
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Aunt Cly
Director:
Kirk R. Thatcher
Genres:
Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Genevieve Buechner, Jay Harrington, Reese Alexander, Graham Verchere
10. It Must Be Love (2004)
7
1
It Must Be Love
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Clem Gazelle
Director:
Steven Schachter
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Ted Danson, Adam Frost, Bonnie Bartlett, Erin Karpluk
11. Happiness Isn't Everything (2009)
7
1
Happiness Isn't Everything
7
1
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Richard Dreyfuss, Perry King, Jason Biggs, Michelle Krusiec
12. Picnic (2000)
7
1
Picnic
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Ivan Passer
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Bonnie Bedelia, Josh Brolin, J.D. Evermore, Gretchen Mol, Ben Caswell

Animation(s)

Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013)
Kaguyahime no monogatari
PG
Plot:

When a bamboo-cutter finds a tiny fairy-like girl in a glowing bamboo-shoot, he and his wife lovingly raise the girl, Kaguya, who grows into a beautiful princess. Her parents take her to capital to groom her into a fine lady who is courted by suitors. Then she reveals her origins to her parents.

As:
Cast
Role:
The Bamboo Cutter's Wife / Narrator (voice)
Director:
Isao Takahata
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Back to the Future (1991)
Back to the Future
TV-Y
As:
Cast
Role:
Clara Clayton Brown (25 episodes, 1991-1992)
Director:
Peyton Reed, Bob Gale, Phil Robinson, John Hays
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Bill Nye, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Castellaneta, David Kaufman, Thomas F. Wilson

TV Shows and Videos

Keepin' It Real Estate (2011)
Keepin' It Real Estate
As:
Cast
Role:
Claire
Director:
Felipe Torres Urso
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jonas Fisch, B.J. Bales, Madison Hildebrand, Anthony Bear Williams
Outtakes (2002)
Outtakes
As:
Cast
Role:
Clara Clayton (uncredited)
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Western
Star Cast:
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas F. Wilson, Christopher Lloyd
On Becoming a God in Central Florida (2019)
On Becoming a God in Central Florida
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Ellen Joy Bonar
Director:
Tricia Brock, Rodman Flender, Charlie McDowell
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Kirsten Dunst, Julie Benz, Ted Levine, Mel Rodriguez
Ink (1996)
Ink
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Kate Montgomery (22 episodes, 1996-1997)
Director:
Joe Regalbuto, Thomas Schlamme, Philip Charles MacKenzie, Robert Berlinger, Brian K. Roberts
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Angie Everhart, Kirstie Alley, Ted Danson, Christine Ebersole, Alana Austin

Mary Steenburgen Awards

Academy Awards
Melvin and Howard Best Actress in a Supporting Role 1981
Golden Globe Awards
Melvin and Howard Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture 1981