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Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances

With each film, Meryl Streep floors us with her performances. Her versatility, the range of emotions she brings across and her dedication make each role memorable. Here's a list of some of her most-loved roles...

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Donna Sheridan

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Donna Sheridan

Sophie's mom from Mamma Mia! who while managing a hotel and her daughter's wedding, surprised everyone with some rather scandalous secrets of her own!

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Margaret Thatcher

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Margaret Thatcher

Only Meryl could bring across the strong, dynamic personality of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

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Francesca Johnson

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Francesca Johnson

Did any of us watch The Bridges of Madison County and not wish for Francesca to get out of that car and go away with Robert Kincaid?

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Joanna Kramer

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Joanna Kramer

Kramer vs Kramer gave us Meryl Streep as a strong mother who fights for the custody of her child in court.

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Julia Child

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Julia Child

Ohh the delightful French accent, the French recipes, her laugh, her relationship with her husband - Meryl Streep was at her lovable best as Julia Child in Julie and Julia.

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Miranda Priestly

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Miranda Priestly

She was the classic example of a fashion icon and owner of the best Fashion magazine in the business in The Devil Wears Prada. That's all.

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Violet Weston

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Violet Weston

Volatile and highly dramatic, Violet Weston is the head of the family and knows her place. Her performance in August Osage County is one of her best.

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Jane Adler

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Jane Adler

Meryl Streep made us love her and laugh with her in It's Complicated.

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Jill

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Jill

She played Woody Allen's ex-wife in one his best films Manhattan, who then lives with another woman named Connie and writes a book that reveals some rather personal points of their relationship.

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Sophie

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Sophie

A concentration camp survivor with a heavy secret in her heart, Meryl Streep stunned us in Sophie's Choice.

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Sister Aloysius Beauvier

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Sister Aloysius Beauvier

No one else could have played the role of Sister Aloysius Beauvier as convincingly as Meryl Streep in Doubt

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Karen

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Karen

With a deep understanding of her character, Meryl Streep beautifully portrays the baroness who falls in love with Denys in Out of Africa

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Clarissa Vaughan

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Clarissa Vaughan

Meryl Streep plays a modern woman living in present times who throws a party for her friend who is also a famous author dying of AIDS in The Hours

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Karen Silkwood

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Karen Silkwood

Meryl Streep fits naturally into this character, and the movie is the story of how her character begins to stand out, how she becomes an individual, thinks for herself and is punished for her freedom in Silkwood

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Madeline Ashton

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Madeline Ashton

Meryl Streep teaches us how to spell fabulous in Death Becomes Her.

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Sarah / Anna

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Sarah / Anna

Charles, a biologist, falls in love with an outcast woman played by Meryl Streep. The woman's melancholia forces her to leave Charles after a passionate affair in The French Lieutenant's Woman

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Susan Orlean

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Susan Orlean

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen in Adaptation

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Suzanne Vale

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Suzanne Vale

Suzanne, an actress recovering from drug addiction, is asked by her production company to stay put with her mother, a former actress and champion drinker, who still treats her like a child in Postcards from the Edge

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Gail Hartman

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Gail Hartman

Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river in The River Wild

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Emmeline Pankhurst

Most Memorable Meryl Streep Performances | Emmeline Pankhurst

Suffragette highlights the growing suffragette movement in the early 20th-century Britain.