Bette Midler’s 10 Best Movies, Ranked by IMDb
Over the past few decades, many icons have come off movie screens and become some of the most beloved actors and actresses of this generation. It’s hard to lump them into one category as they’re each unique in their own way, but when it comes to Bette Midler, she’s a woman of many talents. Midler is a multiple Grammy Award winner who is also a singer, comedian and author. There’s nothing Midler can’t do, and that’s why she’s one of the best actresses around.
So to really recognize how talented she is, looking back at her best movies is the best place to start. Bette Midler does not mold herself into a specific genre; it essentially manufactures its own.
ten Parental guidance – 2012 (6.0)
Artie Decker (Billy Crystal) and Diane Decker (Bette Midler) are empty nesters enjoying their lives. When their daughter Alice (Marisa Tomei) asks them to take care of her three children, they reluctantly agree because they don’t see them enough. While Artie and Diane are from the old school, Alice and her husband Phil (Tom Everett Scott) are from the “new school” and have a different take on how to raise their children.
Parental guidance is a classic comedy with lessons and bumps that teach everyone that living a little doesn’t hurt.
9 Stella – 1990 (6.2)
Based on the 1923 novel Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty, Stella focuses on a vulgar, independent and old-fashioned single mom named Stella Claire (Midler) who wants the best for her daughter Jenny (Trini Alvarado). Because Stella raised Jenny on her own, she doesn’t have much but will do just about anything to ensure her happiness.
When Jenny’s dad, Steve Dallas (Stephen Collins) comes back into her life, she’s torn between the rich lifestyle she’s suddenly given birth to and the hardworking, humble life she’s used to. Stella realizes this and hopes the contrasts between the two don’t jeopardize the bond she has with her daughter.
8 Down And Out in Beverly Hills – 1986 (6.2)
Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 comedy film based on the 1919 French stage play titled Boudu Saved From The Waters. The film follows the wealthy Whiteman family who seem to have it all, but they are extremely dysfunctional in reality. While celebrating Thanksgiving, they realize that a homeless man is trying to drown in their swimming pool after losing what little he had.
Dave Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss) invites the man over for a hot meal, and from there everything changes. Bette Midler plays Barbara Whiteman, Dave’s hapless wife who cares only about materialistic worth and is blind to her husband’s affairs.
7 For boys – 1991 (6.4)
For the boys is a 1991 comedy-drama starring Bette Midler, James Caan, and George Segal. Set during the days of WWII, a man named Eddie Sparks (Caan) wants to entertain American soldiers and turns to singer / actress Dixie Leonard (Midler) for help.
Together, Sparks and Leonard travel across the United States with their act and play “for the boys” to brighten up their war-torn days. Midler won a Golden Globe Award for her performance and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
6 Large company – 1988 (6.4)
Lily Tomlin is perhaps best known today for her hilarious role as Frankie in the sitcom comedy Grace and Frankie, but years ago she joined Better Midler in the American comedy called Big deal. Tomlin and Midler play two roles as identical twins separated at birth. The two sets of twins were born in the small town of Jupiter Hollow and, by accident, they are mixed up by the nurse on duty. As a result, one set lives a humble lifestyle on a farm, while the other lives a charmed life in the city.
Fast forward to the 1980s, and the long-lost twins are about to come face to face when they find themselves in the place where the change happened: Jupiter Hollow.
5 The First Wives Club – 1996 (6.4)
The first wives club is a 1996 comedy about three middle-aged women who met in college. Each woman split after college, but when their fourth friend, Cynthia Swann Griffin (Stockard Channing), commits suicide, they reunite. It is then that they realize that they are all on the verge of divorce and band together to take revenge on their husbands.
Starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, the film pays homage to a long-standing friendship, sweet revenge, and wonderful musical numbers.
4 Ruthless People – 1986 (6.9)
Directed by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, Ruthless people is a detective comedy about two couples with different motivations. The film’s title explains the story well, as manufacturing millionaire Sam Stone (Danny DeVito) despises his wife Barbara (Midler) and plans to kill her for the inheritance. By only marrying her for the millions of dollars his father will leave him, he realizes that it will be some time before he passes away. While considering running away with his lover Carol (Anita Morris), he arrives home to “end” his marriage but finds that Barbara is not there.
In an ode to take revenge on Stone for ripping off their clothing ideas, couple Ken Kessler (Judge Reinhold) and Sandy Kessler (Helen Slater) kidnap Barabra and promise to kill her. But what none of them know is that Barbara is a lot smarter than any of them and has a few tricks up her own sleeve.
3 Beaches – 1988 (6.9)
Filmmaker Garry Marshall is known for some of the most beloved rom-com movies like A pretty woman and At the sea, and in 1988 he decided to release an instant classic called Beaches. Midler stars as CC Bloom, an artist who has a child who has an indestructible bond with a wealthy woman named Hilary Whitney Essex (Hershey). As they get older, their friendship never falters, as they write letters to each other and end up moving in together.
The story focuses on the trials and tribulations of their intertwined lives, where they end up finding themselves in love with the same man.
2 Hocus Pocus – 1993 (6.9)
One of Bette Midler’s best-known performances is in the 1993 Halloween classic, Hocus pocus. Along with Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, the trio made history as one of the most beloved witch sisters in movie history. Three hundred years after the Sanderson sisters were sentenced to death for practicing witchcraft, they return with a vengeance, thanks to a black candle and a teenage boy named Max (Omri Katz).
From this point on, Max, his little sister Dani (Thora Birch) and his crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) are hunted by the sisters to retrieve the spellbook from Winifred (Midler) so that they can argue in the children. to find an eternal youth.
1 The Rose – 1979 (7.0)
Bette Midler’s most played film is Mark Rydell’s dramatic romance in 1979, The Rose. Midler plays Rose, a rock star who has major similarities to Janis Joplin. The film focuses primarily on Rose’s career, her past with drug addiction, her search for love, and the success she has found so far.
Although she has done well, Rose is totally on her own and wants to return to her hometown of Florida. Will she find what she is looking for or will she take the wrong path? The Rose is a moving story with an energizing performance from Midler and the rest of the cast.
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