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Blood Simple. (1984)
Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh, Samm-Art Williams, Deborah Neumann and Holly Hunter (voice)
Abby is cheating on her saloon-keeper husband, Marty. The object of her affections is Ray, one of Marty's bartenders. Marty hires Visser, an unscrupulous detective, to kill them. But Visser has other, more lucrative plans of his own. So begins a calculating round of double and triple crosses that build to a bloodcurdling, surprise-filled climax.
Broadcast News (1987)
Director: James L. Brooks
Starring: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Joan Cusack, Peter Hackes, Christian Clemenson, Jack Nicholson, Leo Burmester, Marita Geraghty, Glen Roven, Marc Shaiman and John Cusack
A highly strung television news producer finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even through she loathes everything he personifies. To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her.
The Firm (1993)
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Jerry Hardin, David Strathairn, Terry Kinney, Wilford Brimley, Sullivan Walker, Gary Busey, Steven Hill, Joe Viterelli, Jerry Weintraub, Tobin Bell, Dean Norris and Karina Lombard
A new attorney, Mitch McDeere, is drawn into a seductive law firm that seems to have many secrets. When he finds out who they are representing and what price has been paid by others who have come across the truth, he risks it all to escape with his law license and his life.
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Director: Jodie Foster
Producers: Jodie Foster and Peggy Rajski
Starring: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson, Claire Danes, Austin Pendleton and David Strathairn
After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics.
The Piano (1993)
Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker, Genevieve Lemon, Tungia Baker, Ian Mune, Peter Dennett, Cliff Curtis, George Boyle and Rose McIver
After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair Stewart. Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines, leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.
Raising Arizona (1987)
Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman, William Forsythe, Sam McMurray, Frances McDormand, Randall "Tex" Cobb, T.J. Kuhn, Lynne Dumin Kitei, Warren Keith, Henry M. Kendrick, Charles 'Lew' Smith, M. Emmet Walsh and Patrick McAreavy
An ex-con and an ex-cop meet, marry and long for a child of their own. When it is discovered that Hi is unable to have children, they decide to snatch a baby. They try to keep their crime a secret while friends, co-workers and a bounty hunter look to use the child for their own purposes.
Roe vs. Wade (1989)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
Starring: Holly Hunter, Amy Madigan, Chris Mulkey, Dion Anderson, Terry O'Quinn, Stephen Tobolowsky, Alycia Grant, James Avery, Maggie Baird, Kathy Bates, Daniel Benzali and Kevin Cooney
A pregnant carnival barker in rural Texas struggles to find a doctor willing to perform an abortion. Instead, she's recommended to two lawyers who need a plaintiff for their lawsuit in an attempt to change the abortion laws in Texas. The pseudonymous Jane Roe and her lawyers face off against Dallas district attorney Henry Wade and the two sides fight all the way to a landmark decision in the Supreme Court. Based on the historic real-life court case.
Top of the Lake (2013)
Directors: Jane Campion and Garth Davis
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan, David Wenham, Tom Wright, Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm
When pregnant 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets.
A list of the films that I have so far seen starring American actress Holly Hunter.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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