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August: Osage County (2013)
Director: John Wells
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Bruce Myles, Neil Fitzpatrick, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Maurie Fields, Nick Tate, Lewis Fitz-Gerald and Dorothy Alison
Based on the true story of Lindy Chamberlain: during a camping trip to Ayer's Rock in outback Australia, she claims she witnessed a dingo stealing her baby daughter Azaria from the family tent. Azaria's body is never found. Police note some apparent inconsistencies in her story and she is charged with murder. The case attracts a lot of attention, turning a simple investigation into a media circus, with the public divided in their opinion.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep and George Dzundza
Michael, Nick and Steven are three buddies from the steel mill town of Clairton, Pennsylvania.They are like schoolmates, hanging out in a local bar and enjoying weekends of deer-hunting. Michael and Nick are also both in love with Linda, who seems to juggle both of the men.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Director: David Frankel
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Emily Blunt, Adrian Grenier, Gisele Bündchen, Tracie Thoms, Heidi Klum and Ivanka Trump
In New York, the simple and naive just-graduated in journalism Andrea Sachs is hired to work as the second assistant of the powerful and sophisticated Miranda Priestly, the ruthless and merciless executive of the Runway fashion magazine. Andrea dreams to become a journalist and faces the opportunity as a temporary professional challenge. The first assistant Emily advises Andrea about the behavior and preferences of their cruel boss, and the stylist Nigel helps Andrea to dress more adequately for the environment. Andrea changes her attitude and behavior, affecting her private life and the relationship with her boyfriend Nate, her family and friends. In the end, Andrea learns that life is made of choices.
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis
A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring (voices): George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker
Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community.
Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda and John Kavanagh
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Director: Karel Reisz
Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae, Jean Faulds, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons, Liz Smith, Patience Collier, Richard Griffiths, David Warner, Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton, Lynsey Baxter, Emily Morgan and Leo McKern
A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her leave him after a short, but passionate affair. During the shooting of the film, Anna and Mike, who play the characters of Sarah and Charles, go through a relationship that runs parallel to that of their characters.
The Homesman (2014)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Meryl Streep, John Lithgow, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, Caroline Lagerfelt, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Plemons, William Fichtner, David Dencik, Barry Corbin, Evan Jones, Jo Harvey Allen and Karen Jones
When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs, to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.
The Hours (2002)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, John C. Reilly, Toni Collette, Ed Harris, Allison Janney, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Lyndsey Marshal, Linda Bassett, Jack Rovello and Margo Martindale
Three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel 'Mrs Dalloway' by Virginia Woolf. These are Clarissa Vaughan, a New Yorker preparing an award party for her AIDS-stricken long-time friend and poet, Richard in 2001; Laura Brown, a pregnant 1950s California housewife with a young boy and an unhappy marriage; and Virginia Woolf herself in 1920s England, who is struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel.
The Iron Lady (2011)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen, Olivia Colman, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant, Nicholas Farrell, Susan Brown, Martin Wimbush, Paul Bentley, Robin Kermode, John Sessions, Roger Allam, David Westhead, Michael Pennington, Angus Wright, Julian Wadham, Nick Dunning, Pip Torrens, Nicholas Jones, David Rintoul, Matthew Marsh and Reginald Green
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Starring: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Maximilian Schell, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, John Glover, Lisa Pelikan, Susan Jones and Lambert Wilson
At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Jane Lynch, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joan Juliet Buck, Amanda Hesser, Deborah Rush, Vanessa Ferlito, Casey Wilson, Jillian Bach, Frances Sternhagen, Françoise Lebrun and Mary Kay Place
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Director: Robert Benton
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander, Petra King, Melissa Morell, Howard Duff, George Coe, JoBeth Williams, Howland Chamberlain and Dan Tyra
Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Christine Baranski, Philip Michael, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Ashley Lilley, Rachel McDowall, Enzo Squillino, Niall Buggy, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Rita Wilson
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Kimberly Elise, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Simon McBurney, Bruno Ganz, Ann Dowd, Ted Levine, Miguel Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Charles Napier, Jude Ciccolella, Tom Stechschulte, Pablo Schreiber, Anthony Mackie, Robyn Hitchcock, Obba Babatundé, Željko Ivanek, Al Franken, Sidney Lumet, Anna Deavere Smith, Roy Blount Jr., Fab Five Freddy, Roger Corman, Beau Sia and Gayle King
When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what did or didn't happen in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out.
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne, Michael O'Donoghue, Wallace Shawn, Karen Ludwig, Charles Levin, Karen Allen, David Rasche, Mark Linn-Baker and Frances Conroy
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Out of Africa (1985)
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Shane Rimmer, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui, Michael Gough, Suzanna Hamilton, Rachel Kempson, Graham Crowden, Benny Young, Leslie Phillips, Annabel Maule and Iman
Writer Karen Blixen travels to Kenya to be with her German husband but falls for an English adventurer.
Director: Fred Schepisi
Screenplay: David Hare
Starring: Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman, John Gielgud, Sting, Ian McKellen and Sam Neill
Susan Traherne is trying to put find her purpose in the wake of World War II. After a brief but intense affair with a soldier, she stumbles into a job in politics. Her career brings her into contact with Raymond Brock, who she ultimately marries. But after the two struggle to start a family, the union begins to crack. Struggling to find happiness, Susan is forced to confront the notion that she may have been happiest during the war.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Director: Mike Nichols
Screenplay: Carrie Fisher, Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone
Starring: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow, Gary Morton, C. C. H. Pounder, Robin Bartlett, Barbara Garrick, Anthony Heald, Dana Ivey and Oliver Platt
Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother's shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems - and further ones to do with the men in in her life - Suzanne can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too.
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin
A long-running live radio show is in danger of being cancelled by new owners of the company that holds both radio station "WLT" and the theater where the show is broadcast. The film takes place on the night of the show's last performance.
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Sebastian Stan, Audra McDonald, Rick Springfield, Ben Platt and Charlotte Rae
It's been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo, a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom in California. Now the singer and guitarist must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete, troubled daughter Julie, engaged son Josh and younger son Adam. Filled with regret, Ricki hopes to find redemption for all of the bad choices that she made in the past.
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Screenplay: Alan Alda
Starring: Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn and Melvyn Douglas
Respected liberal Senator Joe Tynan is asked to to lead the opposition to a Supreme Court appointment. It means losing an old friend and fudging principles to make the necessary deals, as well as further straining his already part-time family life. But it could be a big boost to his career, so he takes it on. Helping him prepare the case is pretty southern researcher Karen Traynor, and their developing relationship further complicates and compromises his life.
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Fred Ward, Diana Scarwid, Ron Silver, Josef Sommer, Charles Hallahan, Sudie Bond, Henderson Forsythe, Bruce McGill, David Strathairn, M. Emmet Walsh, Ray Baker, Will Patton, E. Katherine Kerr and J.C. Quinn
Based on the true story of Karen Silkwood, a rank-and-file worker at an Oklahoma plutonium factory, who was accidentally exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. Historically, the company downplayed employee's complaints about radiation sickness, much to Karen's frustration. Her own ordeal made Karen an activist. She was about to go public with evidence of dangerous conditions at the plant when she died in a mysterious car accident.
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Josef Sommer, Rita Karin, Stephen D. Newman, Josh Mostel, Marcell Rosenblatt, Moishe Rosenfeld, Robin Bartlett, Eugene Lipinski, John Rothman, Neddim Prohic, Katharina Thalbach, Jennifer Lawn, Adrian Kalitka, Joseph Leon, David Wohl, Nina Polan, Vida Jerman, Karlheinz Hackl and Günther Maria Halmer
Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, a young American writer newly arrived in New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions.
Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Starring: Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Moriarty, Meryl Streep, James Woods, David Warner, Fritz Weaver, Sam Wanamaker, Deborah Norton, Robert Stephens, George Rose, John Houseman, Marius Goring, Rosemary Harris, Ian Holm, Lee Montague, Blanche Baker, Michael Beck, Tony Haygarth and Tom Bell
The story of the Holocaust from the perspective of the (fictional) Weiss family of German Jews and that of a rising member of the SS, who gradually becomes a merciless war criminal.
A list of films that I have so far seen starring Meryl Streep.
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