With a career spanning decades, and a never-ending string of Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep is one of Hollywood’s best-loved actors. She has appeared in a wealth of movies, including iconic pictures such as Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Out of Africa (1985) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and continues to delight and entertain audiences of all ages.

In this post I am taking a look back at Meryl Streep’s career, through a rundown of all her movies. I will be going through Streep’s portfolio, decade-by-decade, to showcase all of her pictures, from the well-known titles to the more obscure stuff.

Ever wondered what all of Meryl Streep’s movies are? Then keep reading, so you can see how her movie career has expanded over the years.




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Meryl Steep kick-started her movie career towards the end of the 1970s, making her on-screen movie debut in the TV movie, The Deadliest Season. This was followed by the big screen story, Julie, and then roles in The Deer Hunter and Kramer vs. Kramer, which won Streep the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.  

Meryl Streep’s 1970s movies include:

  • The Deadliest Season (1977)
  • Julie (1977)
  • The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Manhattan (1979)
  • The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)


The 1980s

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Moving into the 1980s now, and in this decade, Streep appeared in many classic movies, earning multiple Oscar nominations in the process. Some of her most notable roles were in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Silkwood, Out of Africa, Ironweed, A Cry in the Dark and Sophie’s Choice – for which she won Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

Meryl Streep’s movies during the 1980s include:

  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
  • Alice at the Palace (1982)
  • Still of the Night (1982)
  • Sophie’s Choice (1982)
  • Silkwood (1983)
  • Falling in Love (1984)
  • Plenty (1985)
  • Out of Africa (1985)
  • Heartburn (1986)
  • Ironweed (1987)
  • A Cry in the Dark (1988) (aka Evil Angels)
  • She-Devil (1989)

And now onto the 1990s…




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Into the 1990s, and Streep’s success continued in the likes of Postcards from the Edge, The River Wild, and The Bridges of Madison County. One of her most commercially successful movies in this decade was the effects-heavy (and totally fabulous) black comedy, Death Becomes Her.

Streep’s movies during the 1990s include:

  • Postcards from the Edge (1990)
  • Defending Your Life (1991)
  • Death Becomes Her (1992)
  • The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • The River Wild (1994)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  • Before and After (1996)
  • Marvin’s Room (1996)
  • …First Do No Harm (1997)
  • Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
  • One True Thing (1998)
  • Music of the Heart (1999)



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Into the 2000s, and Streep continued to work solidly, with movies including Adaptation, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Manchurian Candidate. In 2003 she appeared in an uncredited role in the comedy, Stuck on You; in 2006 she wowed audiences in The Devil Wears Prada; and in 2008 she took on the role of Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!.

Meryl Streep’s films throughout the 2000s include:

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • Adaptation (2002)
  • The Hours (2002)
  • Stuck on You (2003)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Prime (2005)
  • A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • The Ant Bully (2006)
  • Dark Matter (2007)
  • Evening (2007)
  • Rendition (2007)
  • Lions for Lambs (2007)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • Doubt (2008)
  • Julie & Julia (2009)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • It’s Complicated (2009)



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Kicking off the 2010s, and for her first movie in this decade, Streep took on the role of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for the film, The Iron Lady. The rolewon Streep a Best Actress Award – her third Academy Award in total – and continued to highlight her as one of the best actresses of all-time.

Other movies in this decade included Ricki and the Flash, Mary Poppins Returns, and Little Women. In 2016, Streep provided narration for the animated movie, The Guardian Brothers, while in 2018 she briefly reprised the role of Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!.

Meryl Streep’s movies throughout the 2010s include:

  • The Iron Lady (2011)
  • Hope Springs (2012)
  • August: Osage County (2013)
  • The Homesman (2014)
  • The Giver (2014)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Ricki and the Flash (2015)
  • Suffragette (2015)
  • The Guardian Brothers (2016)
  • Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
  • The Post (2017)
  • Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (2018)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
  • The Laundromat (2019)
  • Little Women (2019)



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And finally, into the 2020s now, which so far has brought The Prom, Let Them All Talk and Don’t Look Up.

  • The Prom (2020)
  • Let Them All Talk (2020)
  • Don’t Look Up (2021)

So, those are all of the films, but what are your favourite Meryl Streep movies? Are you a fan of Silkwood or can you just not get enough of Mamma Mia!? Perhaps A Shot in the Dark is the movie for you, or maybe The Iron Lady? Whatever your favourite Meryl Steep movie is, be sure to drop a comment below and share your love for the actress.



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