Meryl Streep was part of the graduating class of 1975 at Yale Drama. A 26-year-old just out of school, she hit New York to become an actor and a year later, she had won her first Tony Award. Three years into acting, she had won an Oscar—it's safe to say that she knew what she was doing. Since then, she's been nominated for 21 Academy Awards (won three), 32 Globe Globes (won eight) along with countless other awards spanning her multi-decade career. She has been in over 50 movies in her 43-year long career—from Miranda Priestly to Margaret Thatcher, every Streep role is iconic—just by virtue of her playing the character. Scroll ahead as we list 9 iconic Meryl Streep movies that prove that there is no one like her.Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
In Kramer vs. Kramer, Streep plays Joanna Kramer, a woman who tries to find herself after she walks out on her husband Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) and their son. Forced to raise his son alone, Ted loses his job but forms a great bond with his son. Years later, when Joanna returns to claim custody of her son—the ensuing court battle takes a toll on everyone concerned. Her performance in this fiercely raw drama earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress.
Streaming on NetflixSophie's Choice (1989)
The movie depicts the story of a holocaust survivor Sophie (Meryl Streep) and her abusive lover, the Jewish-American Nathan (Kevin Kline), who is obsessed with the Holocaust. Their relationship is affected by his obsession and Sophie's traumatic history as they as they befriend Stingo (Peter MacNicol), a writer, and the narrator of the film. The role earned Streep an Oscar in 1982—her compassionate portrayal of Sophie will stick with you for years.
Streaming on NetflixOut Of Africa (1985)
Karen Blixen (Streep), a Danish baroness, joins her husband Baron Bror Blixen in Africa, only to find out he's spent their money on a plantation and has been unfaithful to her. She falls for Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), a big game hunter, but soon realises that they don't have a lot in common, forcing Karen to choose between her love and personal growth.
Streaming on NetflixThe Devil Wears Prada (2006)
No millennial list on Streep can be without the mention of the The Devil Wears Prada. Based on the book by the same by Lauren Weisbergez, it is a workplace drama centred around the high-gloss world of fashion. Meryl Streep's portrayal of Miranda Priestley—from her wardrobe to the fear she instills in her assistants—is perhaps one of her most revisited roles.
Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar PremiumJulie & Julia (2009)
Julie & Julia is based on not one but two true stories, Julia Child's autobiography, My Life in France and Julie Powell's memoir, Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. It takes you through the journey of Julie Powell (Amy Adams) and her journey of cooking through Julia Childs' cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This is intertwined with Julia Child's story of how she fell in love with cooking in France and the struggles she went through while writing her book—it's a love letter to all cooks.
Streaming on NetflixIt's Complicated (2009)
As the name suggests, this romcom is a hilarious take on a complicated relationship. Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) is an accomplished food business owner, who falls back in love with her married ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), but that's not where it ends. It's her equation with her architect Adam (Steve Martin) that really turns this into a complicated love triangle. A relatable watch for all ages.
Streaming on NetflixThe Iron Lady (2011)
A biographical drama, The Iron Lady focuses on the life and career of Margaret Thatcher, who served as the United Kingdom's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Portraying the role of the older Thatcher on screen, who was not only the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th Century, but also the longest-serving Prime Minister, Streep captures the audience by her humane portrayal of Thatcher, which also earned her an Oscar for best actress.
Streaming on NetflixFlorence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Meryl Streep has been part of multiple musicals like Mamma Mia! and Into the Woods. Her portrayal of an opera singer in Florence Foster Jenkins shows that it's never to late to follow your dreams. The movie takes you back to New York in 1944 as Streep plays a socialite heiress who celebrates her love for music by founding The Verdi Club, and finally decides to resume singing lessons after she sees Lily Pons in concert with Bayfield. If musicals aren't your thing, Streep and Hugh Grant are delightful to watch together in this heart-warming film.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoThe Post (2017)
The Post is the story of Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, The Washington Post, and how she along with her former editor, Bren Bradlee (Tom Hanks) work together to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four US presidents. The film saw Streep perfectly capture the gender bias and it comes as no surprise that she was nominated for an Oscar for her role.
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