Meryl Streep

Sublime Streep

The Telegraph lists 10 of our favourite Meryl Streep films, in no order of preference

By Ushnota Paul
  • Published 26.06.19, 2:36 PM
  • Updated 28.06.19, 4:26 PM
  • a min read
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Nominated 21 times for the Academy Awards, a winner thrice — that’s Meryl Streep for you: an artiste par excellence who can portray any role more convincingly than the previous one, who turned 70 last week.

Although it’s a tough task, we list 10 of our favourite Meryl Streep films, in no order of preference.

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Sophie’s Choice (1982) Based on a novel of the same name, Streep stars in the role-of-a-lifetime as a Polish immigrant living in Brooklyn. She recounts her gut-wrenching story of being a Holocaust survivor to an aspiring writer, about her time spent in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The role won her an Academy Award for best actress.
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Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Starring two power-packed performers, Streep and Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs Kramer — inspiration for Akele Hum Akele Tum — follows the story of a man (Hoffman) who raises their young boy all by himself after his wife leaves him. When his wife (Streep) comes back, the parents fight for the custody of their child. Streep scooped up her first Academy Award, for best supporting actress.
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The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Think of Meryl Streep and the image of the ruthless boss Miranda Priestly pops up. Although she got an Oscar nomination for her pitch-perfect portrayal of the fire-breathing fashion editor, she didn’t win it (Helen Mirren did for The Queen). Notwithstanding, the film is a cult favourite and her role is admired by fans even today.
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Doubt (2008) Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play Doubt: A Parable, Streep stars as a strict Catholic nun in the film, which also features Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. All of them were nominated for Academy Awards for their performances.
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The Bridges of Madison County (1995) Put all love stories on one side and put The Bridges of Madison County on another. Directed by Clint Eastwood, there are very few films as sublime and heart-wrenching as this. Starring Eastwood and Streep as soul mates who met at the wrong time, the film reaches another level of excellence because of Streep’s passionate performance as an Italian mid-western housewife who had an affair with a travelling photographer.
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The Iron Lady (2011) In this biographical drama, Streep packs a punch as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. After nearly three decades, Streep won her third Oscar, and her second for best actress.
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The Post (2017) It says a lot about a movie when it is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is based on a true story of how The Washington Post’s publisher Katharine Graham (Streep) deals with political pressure when she tries to publish important documents related to the Pentagon Papers.
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Adaptation (2002) Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman (the duo behind Being John Malkovich), Adaptation is about a screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage), who’s trying to write the screenplay adaptation of a novel but faces some serious writer’s block. Streep plays the author.