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List of Ricki Lake Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Business of Being Born (2008)
13
2
The Business of Being Born
13
2
Starring:
Julia Barnett, Louann Brizendine, Mary Helen Ayres, Sylvie Blaustein, Michael Brodman
Directed By:
Abby Epstein
2. Hairspray (1988)
15
2
Hairspray
PG
15
2

This musical comedy drama film revolves around the story of an overweight teen who manages to win a spot on a popular teen dance show, after an audition.  

Role:
Tracy Turnblad
Starring:
Directed By:
3. Hairspray (2007)
15
2
Hairspray
PG
15
2

Sixteen years old plump Tracy Turnblad loves watching a teen dance TV show The Corny Collins Show. When she gets an opportunity to dance in the show, she quickly emerges as a popular performer. However, the manager of the TV station, Velma, is not happy with Tracy’s success. Meanwhile, Tracy encourages the idea of white and Negro kids dancing together on the show every day. 

Directed By:
Adam Shankman
4. Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
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2
Last Exit to Brooklyn
R
12
2

A union strike leader stuck in an unhappy marriage realizes that he is homosexual. Meanwhile, a prostitute falls for one of her clients. Meanwhile, another factory worker is unable to cope with the fact that their teen daughter is illegitimately pregnant.

Starring:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Baldwin, Alexis Arquette, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Peter Dobson
Directed By:
Uli Edel
5. Working Girl (1988)
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2
Working Girl
R
11
2

Hard working secretary Tess McGill gets upset as she discovers that boss Katherine Parker is about to pinch her idea. When Katherine suffers a broken leg, Tess poses as Katherine and uses her own idea to close a deal with help of investment-broker Jack Trainer. Both grow closer, but Tess is unaware that Jack is Katherine’s boyfriend. Soon, Katherine finds out everything.

Directed By:
7. Serial Mom (1994)
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2
Serial Mom
R
13
2

The satirical black comedy features a dedicated homemaker Beverly Sutphin, who leads a happy life with two teenaged children. But she insists on retaliating against any slight. The parking place-snatcher neighbor starts receiving obscene calls; the math teacher gets run over for criticizing her son. As homicides increase, police get wise on the killer and Beverly becomes media sensation as ‘Serial Mom.’ 

Role:
Misty
Directed By:
8. Cry-Baby (1990)
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2
Cry-Baby
PG-13
12
2

Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is a delinquent; but with a golden heart. Also the leader of the 1950s’ Baltimore subculture called the ‘drapes’, he is very popular with the girls for his ability to shed a single tear. Then he fall in love with a squire girl called Allison, causing heartburns, and jealous people around them conspire to keep them apart. 

Starring:
Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Traci Lords, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen
Directed By:
9. Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
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2
Mrs. Winterbourne
PG-13
12
2

Connie is an unmarried pregnant woman who is heading to Boston by train. She meets Hugh and Patricia, two newlyweds. Unfortunately, the train crashes and the two are killed. Connie however wakes up in the hospital, where she is mistaken to be Patricia. Circumstances eventually force her to assume the identity of Patricia.

Role:
Connie Doyle
Starring:
Brendan Fraser, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Krakowski, Loren Dean, Miguel Sandoval
Directed By:
Richard Benjamin
11. Park (2006)
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2
Park
R
9
2
Starring:
Melanie Lynskey, Francesco Quinn, David Fenner, Maulik Pancholy
Directed By:
Kurt Voelker
12. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
11
2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
PG-13
11
2

Buffy Summers is a cheerleader and a popular girl in her school. She eventually comes to know that she belongs to a long line of vampire hunters. Now, she has to eradicate a nest of vampires in Los Angeles.   

Starring:
Luke Perry, Hilary Swank, Thomas Jane, Donald Sutherland, Seth Green, Ben Affleck, David Arquette
Directed By:
Fran Rubel Kuzui
13. Cabin Boy (1994)
8
2
Cabin Boy
PG-13
8
2

Cabin Boy is a romantic adventure comedy film which tells the story of a foul-mouthed, snobbish and self-centered young man who is invited by his father to sail to Hawaii aboard the Queen Catherine. His life takes a turn when he instead winds up on an ill-fated fishing boat. Due to his arrogant and descipable behavior, things only get worse as he earns the wrath of the crew and they start considering him bad luck.

Starring:
Alfred Molina, Jim Cummings, Brian Doyle-Murray, James Gammon, Chris Elliott, Brion James, Melora Walters
Directed By:
Adam Resnick
14. The In Crowd (1988)
10
2
The In Crowd
PG
10
2
Starring:
Joe Pantoliano, Bruce Kirby, Jennifer Runyon, Donovan Leitch Jr.
Directed By:
Mark Rosenthal
15. Gemini (2017)
10
2
Gemini
R
10
2
Role:
Vanessa
Starring:
Zoë Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho, Greta Lee
Directed By:
Aaron Katz
16. Starlight: A Musical Movie (1988)
9
2
Starlight: A Musical Movie
9
2
Starring:
Kario Salem, Tichina Arnold, Jean Taylor, Kathryn Eames
Directed By:
Orin Wechsberg
17. Breastmilk (2014)
9
2
Breastmilk
9
2
Directed By:
Dana Ben-Ari
18. Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)
8
2
Inside Monkey Zetterland
R
8
2
Starring:
Sofia Coppola, Patricia Arquette, Tate Donovan, Sandra Bernhard, Steve Antin
Directed By:
Jefery Levy
19. Cookie (1989)
8
2
Cookie
R
8
2
Starring:
Joy Behar, Peter Falk, Dianne Wiest, Jerry Lewis, Brenda Vaccaro, Adrian Pasdar
Directed By:
Susan Seidelman
20. Skinner (1993)
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2
Skinner
R
8
2
Role:
Kerry Tate
Starring:
Traci Lords, Ted Raimi, Richard Schiff, David Warshofsky
Directed By:
Ivan Nagy
21. Dan Savage's New Threat to Rick Santorum (2011)
5
1
Dan Savage's New Threat to Rick Santorum
5
1
Starring:
Rick Fox, Andy Richter, Rick Dees, Tony Baack
Directed By:
Chris Kelly

TV Movie(s)

1. Loving Leah (2009)
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2
Loving Leah
TV-PG
14
2
Starring:
Natasha Lyonne, Timothée Chalamet, Lauren Ambrose, Adam Kaufman, Susie Essman, Harris Yulin
Directed By:
Jeff Bleckner
2. Hairspray Live! (2016)
12
2
Hairspray Live!
TV-PG
12
2
Starring:
Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Martin Short, Rosie O'Donnell, Jennifer Hudson, Dove Cameron
Directed By:
Kenny Leon, Alex Rudzinski
3. The Middle (2007)
12
2
The Middle
12
2
Starring:
Bonita Friedericy, Ashley Devane, Amanda Arentsen, Rusty Burns
Directed By:
Chris Koch
4. Babycakes (1989)
17
2
Babycakes
M
17
2
Role:
Grace
Starring:
Paul Benedict, Betty Buckley, Craig Sheffer, Nada Despotovich
Directed By:
Paul Schneider
5. Jackie's Back! (1999)
12
2
Jackie's Back!
12
2
Starring:
Tom Arnold, Kathy Griffin, Rudy Ray Moore, Diahann Carroll, Dolly Parton, Eva Marie Saint, Liza Minnelli
Directed By:
Robert Townsend
6. The Chase (1991)
8
2
The Chase
PG-13
8
2
Starring:
Ben Johnson, Barry Corbin, Robert Beltran, Casey Siemaszko,
Directed By:
Paul Wendkos
7. Based on an Untrue Story (1993)
8
2
Based on an Untrue Story
8
2
Role:
Velour
Starring:
Greg Kinnear, Harvey Korman, Morgan Fairchild, Dan Hedaya, Victoria Jackson
Directed By:
Jim Drake
8. Matters of Life & Dating (2007)
8
2
Matters of Life & Dating
TV-PG
8
2
Role:
Linda Dackman
Starring:
Holly Robinson Peete, Dylan Neal, Rachael Harris, Gabriel Hogan
Directed By:
Peter Wellington

Animation(s)

The Critic (1994)
The Critic
TV-14
Starring:
Phil Hartman, Milton Berle, Rod Steiger, Steve Allen, Billy Crystal, Rhea Perlman, Margaret Cho
Directed By:
Gregg Vanzo, Bret Haaland, Lauren MacMullan, Rich Moore, Dan Jeup
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995)
The Wonderful World of Disney
Starring:
Judd Nelson, Patrick Warburton, Jenna Haze, Alan Thicke, Marion Ross, Malcolm McDowell, Dick Van Dyke
Directed By:
Simon Wincer, James Frawley, Robert King, Nadia Tass, Mark Rosman
King of the Hill (1997)
King of the Hill
TV-14
Starring:
Carl Reiner, Billy West, Laura Dern, Topher Grace, Nathan Fillion, Mike Judge, Sydney Pollack
Directed By:
Wesley Archer, Klay Hall, Tricia Garcia, Kyoung Hee Lim, Adam Kuhlman
Gravedale High (1990)
Gravedale High
TV-Y7
Role:
Cleofatra (13 episodes, 1990)
Starring:
Rick Moranis, Sorrell Booke, Tim Curry, Phil Hartman, Barry Gordon, Shari Belafonte, Jackie Earle Haley
Directed By:
Robert Alvarez, Oscar Dufau, Ray Patterson, Don Lusk, Paul Sommer
Higglytown Heroes (2004)
Higglytown Heroes
TV-Y
Starring:
Alanna Ubach, Trace Adkins, Donald Faison, Cyndi Lauper, Erik Estrada, Wayne Brady, Betty White
Directed By:
George Evelyn, Denis Morella

TV Shows and Videos

China Beach (1988)
China Beach
Starring:
Kathy Bates, James Cromwell, Kyle Chandler, Helen Hunt, Vivica A. Fox, John Slattery, Vince Vaughn
Directed By:
Diane Keaton, Mimi Leder, John Sacret Young, Christopher Leitch, Michael Fresco
The Idiot Box (1991)
The Idiot Box
Role:
Daughter (2 episodes)
Starring:
Alex Winter, Danny Cooksey, Tom Stern, Lee Arenberg
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Starring:
Amber Riley, Patton Oswalt, Phil McGraw, Josh Groban, Lea Salonga, Yael Grobglas, Brittany Snow
Directed By:
Michael Patrick Jann, Joanna Kerns, Alex Hardcastle, Steven K. Tsuchida, Stuart McDonald
The King of Queens (1998)
The King of Queens
TV-PG
Starring:
Gavin MacLeod, Adam Sandler, Erik Per Sullivan, Bryan Cranston, Kirstie Alley, Vanna White, Doris Roberts
Directed By:
Rob Schiller, James Widdoes, Pamela Fryman, Mark Cendrowski, Henry Chan
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)
ABC Afterschool Specials
Starring:
Kerry Washington, William H. Macy, Lauryn Hill, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Sue Anderson, Eve Plumb, Ron Leibman
Directed By:
Larry Elikann, Arthur Allan Seidelman, Richard C. Bennett, Robert Fuest, Robert C. Thompson
Drop Dead Diva (2009)
Drop Dead Diva
Starring:
Katherine McNamara, Tony Goldwyn, Candice King, Jennifer Tilly, Janel Parrish, John Ratzenberger, Veronica Cartwright
Directed By:
Michael Grossman, Robert J. Wilson, Jamie Babbit, Bethany Rooney, Michael Lange
Kate & Allie (1984)
Kate & Allie
TV-PG
Starring:
Jonathan Brandis, Kelsey Grammer, Debra Jo Rupp, Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin
Directed By:
Bill Persky, Linda Day
Riders in the Sky (1991)
Riders in the Sky
TV-G
Starring:
Patrick Bristow, Michael Capellupo, Mindy Sterling, Riders in the Sky
The Ricki Lake Show (2012)
The Ricki Lake Show
Role:
Herself - Hostess (118 episodes, 2012-2014)
Starring:
William Dorfman, Maureen Hancock, Vanessa Bednar, Lauren Frances
Charm School with Ricki Lake (2009)
Charm School with Ricki Lake
Role:
Headmistress (11 episodes, 2009)
Starring:
Anthony La La, Stryker, Ashley Klarich, Alison Arnold
Ricki Lake (1992)
Ricki Lake
Role:
Herself - Hostess (42 episodes, 1992-2004)
Starring:
Michelle R. Callahan, Moniere, James Easter Bradford, Pepa