Top 5 Tuesday: Five Favorite Meryl Streep Movies

In honor of Meryl Streep Week (countdown to Iron Lady: two days and counting!), we thought this edition of Top 5 Tuesday should be dedicated to the marvelousness of Meryl. It’s not an easy task, choosing five films out of Meryl’s phenomenal body of work, but I’ll do it for you, because that’s how dedicated I am. I should remind you, though, that these are not Meryl’s five best films, or her five most popular films–these are my personal favorites, so no judging. (Hopefully we can persuade Mary to make her own top 5 list later this week, as I’m sure her favorites will differ from mine.) Here we go!

1. Mamma Mia! – Okay, remember that part where I said no judging? Obviously Meryl has plenty of other great films, but if I had to pick one of her movies to watch over and over again, I’m going to have to go with this cheery musical over one of her many weepers. Meryl is absolutely effervescent as the titular “Mamma” trying to get through her daughter’s wedding, all the while fending off three of her former flames. Not only does Meryl dance on a rooftop, make out with a former Bond, and show off her singing voice, but she also dances in a sequined jumpsuit. And she does it all while being awesome.

2. Out of Africa – This is one of my favorite movies for two reasons: Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. They have amazing chemistry, and they’re both such talented actors. Also, Meryl was a total badass in this movie, fighting off a lion with a whip. (And according to her, she actually performed that scene with a live, unleashed lion.)

3. It’s Complicated – Can you think of a better combination than Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin? (Okay, maybe throwing George Clooney into the mix would have been even better, but you can’t have everything.) Oddly enough though, my favorite scenes were the ones with Meryl and John Krasinski. Meryl alone is a comic genius, but add a bunch of other hilarious actors to the cast, and what you get is a sweet, funny, clever, romantic comedy about complicated relationships.

4. The Bridges of Madison County – I can’t tell you why this movie is so great, because I’m too busy sobbing.

5. Silkwood – In one of her many roles based on real people, Meryl plays Karen Silkwood, an employee at a nuclear power plant who tries to expose the plant’s harmful practices. Meryl brought a lot of life to a movie with a dark premise and a dull setting (no offense, Oklahoma). Meryl is so good at embodying her characters that I sometimes wonder if she’s actually a skinwalker or something. It would explain her record sixteen Oscar nominations. Let’s make it seventeen, Iron Lady!

Well, that’s it for my favorite Meryl movies. But there are so many other great ones, I really want to hear yours. Sophie’s Choice? (Get the tissues.) The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Doubt? Leave your favorites in the comments section, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus!

-Louise

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Posted on January 10, 2012, in Film, Meryl Streep, Top 5 and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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