Best Gena Rowlands movies

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Best Gena Rowlands movies
We present our ranking of the best Gena Rowlands movies. Do you love cinema? Or are you looking for a movie of your favorite actor to watch tonight? Surely you have some to see or that you did not know yet about Gena Rowlands.

TOP 25:
Something to Talk About
Something to Talk About
Gena Rowlands as: Georgia King
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 1995
In one of her best-ever roles, Julia Roberts is Grace, whose reaction to the infidelities of Eddie (Dennis Quaid) turns the lives and loves of the people around her into something like falling dominoes. Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands, Kyra Sedgwick and others in "the year's best ensemble of characters" (Jack Matthews, 'Newsday') co-star in this juicy, truthful story written by Callie Khouri
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Kyra Sedgwick movies?

TOP 24:
She's So Lovely
She's So Lovely
Gena Rowlands as: Miss Green
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Release: 1997
Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and is put in a psychiatric institution. Ten years later, Eddie is released and finds that Maureen has divorced him and is remarried with three children, one of whom is his little girl Jeanie. Eddie goes to reclaim his wife
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Debi Mazar movies?


TOP 23:
Once Around
Once Around
Gena Rowlands as: Marilyn Bella
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: 1991
Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful salesman, is much older than Renata. She is swept away by his excessively flamboyant style and irrepressible nature. The very traits she finds romantic, however, lead to repeated conflict with her family, especially her beloved father Joe, leaving Renata trapped in the middle.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Greg Germann movies?

TOP 22:
Hope Floats
Hope Floats
Gena Rowlands as: Ramona Calvert
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: 1998
Birdee Pruitt has been humiliated on live television by her best friend, Connie, who's been sleeping with Birdee's husband, Bill. Birdee tries starting over with her daughter, Bernice, by returning to her small Texas hometown, but she's faced with petty old acquaintances who are thrilled to see Birdee unhappy -- except for her friend Justin. As he helps Birdee get back on her feet, love begins to blossom.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Harry Connick Jr. movies?

TOP 21:
Paulie
Paulie
Gena Rowlands as: Ivy
Genre: Comedy, Family
Release: 1998
Paulie, an intelligent parrot who actually talks, relates the story of his struggle to a Russian immigrant who works as a janitor at the research institute where he is housed and neglected. Paulie's story begins many years earlier when he is given as a gift to a little girl who stutters. Eventually, he teaches the girl to speak correctly but is taken away by her father because he believes the girl cannot distinguish fantasy from reality because she believes the bird can talk. Paulie goes through a series of adventures with a pawn shop owner, an aging widow, a Mexican-American troubadour and a would be thief before being taken to the institute where he now lives
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Bruce Davison movies?


TOP 20:
Taking Lives
Taking Lives
Gena Rowlands as: Mrs. Rebecca Asher
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Release: 2004
Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is a museum employee who might be the killer's only eyewitness.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Shawn Roberts movies?

TOP 19:
Two-Minute Warning
Two-Minute Warning
Gena Rowlands as: Janet
Genre: Action, Thriller
Release: 1976
A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly (Charlton Heston) and SWAT commander Sergeant Button (John Cassavetes), learn of the plot and rush to the scene. Still, they may be too late, as an all-star cast finds itself lined up in the sights of a gun-toting madman.

TOP 18:
The Skeleton Key
The Skeleton Key
Gena Rowlands as: Violet Devereaux
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release: 2005
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Peter Sarsgaard movies?


TOP 17:
Broken English
Broken English
Gena Rowlands as: Vivien Wilder-Mann
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: 2007
Nora Wilder (Parker Posey), a single, career woman works at a Manhattan boutique hotel where her excellent skills in guest relations lack in the romantic department. If it is not her loving and dominant mother (Gena Rowlands) attempting to set her up that consistently fail, she has her friend鈥檚 (Drea de Matteo) disastrous blind dates to rely on as a backup for further dismay. She's surrounded by friends who are all happily engaged or romantically involved and somehow, love escapes Nora -- until she meets an unusual Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) who helps her discover life beyond her self-imposed boundaries.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Justin Theroux movies?

TOP 16:
Tony Rome
Tony Rome
Gena Rowlands as: Rita Kosterman
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Release: 1967
Tony Rome, a tough Miami PI living on a houseboat, is hired by a local millionaire to find jewelry stolen from his daughter, and in the process has several encounters with local hoods as well as the Miami Beach PD.

TOP 15:

Husbands

Husbands
Gena Rowlands as: Party guest
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 1970
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Blythe Danner movies?


TOP 14:

Minnie and Moskowitz

Minnie and Moskowitz
Gena Rowlands as: Minnie Moore
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Release: 1971
Depressed and jaded after being dumped by her married boyfriend, aging beauty Minnie Moore wonders if she'll ever find love. After shaggy-haired parking lot attendant Seymour Moskowitz comes to her defense from an angry and rebuffed blind date, he falls hopelessly in love with her despite their myriad differences. Minnie reluctantly agrees to a date with Moskowitz, and, slowly but surely, an unlikely romance blossoms between the two.

TOP 13:

Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart
Gena Rowlands as: Hannah
Genre: Drama
Release: 1998
Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah's TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent's charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit. An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Patricia Clarkson movies?

TOP 12:

Gloria

Gloria
Gena Rowlands as: Gloria Swenson
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release: 1980
When a young boy's family is killed by the mob, their tough neighbor Gloria becomes his reluctant guardian. In possession of a book that the gangsters want, the pair go on the run in New York.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Chris Mulkey movies?

TOP 11:

Paris, Je T'Aime

Paris, Je T'Aime
Original Title: Paris, je t'aime
Gena Rowlands as: Gena (Quartier Latin)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 2006
Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include a pair of mimes, a husband trying to chose between his wife and his lover, and a married man who turns to a prostitute for advice.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Juliette Binoche movies?


TOP 10:

Another Woman

Another Woman
Gena Rowlands as: Marion
Genre: Drama
Release: 1988
Marion is a woman who has learned to shield herself from her emotions. She rents an apartment to work undisturbed on her new book, but by some acoustic anomaly she can hear all that is said in the next apartment in which a psychiatrist holds his office. When she hears a young woman tell that she finds it harder and harder to bear her life, Marion starts to reflect on her own life. After a series of events she comes to understand how her unemotional attitude towards the people around her affected them and herself.
Did you know that this movie is also one of best Ian Holm movies?

TOP 9:

And the Oscar Goes To...

And the Oscar Goes To...
Genre: Documentary, TV Movie
Release: 2014
The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in forming this professional honorary organization. Two years later the Academy began bestowing awards, which were nicknamed "Oscar," and quickly came to represent the pinnacle of cinematic achievement.

TOP 8:

The Mighty

The Mighty
Gena Rowlands as: Gram
Genre: Drama
Release: 1998
This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty, the film explores a building of trust and friendship. Kevin, an intelligent guy helps out Maxwell to improve his reading skills. In return, Kevin wants Maxwell to take him out places since he is not allowed out unauthorized. Being the social outcasts of the town, Kevin and Maxwell come to realize that they are similar to each other and accept that they are "freaks" and nothing will stop them.

TOP 7:

Faces

Faces
Gena Rowlands as: Jeannie Rapp
Genre: Drama
Release: 1968
Middle-aged suburban husband Richard abruptly tells his wife, Maria, that he wants a divorce. As Richard takes up with a younger woman, Maria enjoys a night on the town with her friends and meets a younger man. As the couple and those around them confront a seemingly futile search for what they've lost -- love, excitement, passion -- this classic American independent film explores themes of aging and alienation.

TOP 6:

Love Streams

Love Streams
Gena Rowlands as: Sarah Lawson
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 1984
Two closely-bound, emotionally wounded siblings reunite after years apart.


TOP 5:

Lonely Are the Brave

Lonely Are the Brave
Gena Rowlands as: Jerry Bondi
Genre: Drama, Western
Release: 1962
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.

TOP 4:

Night on Earth

Night on Earth
Gena Rowlands as: Victoria Snelling
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: 1991
An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

TOP 3:

Opening Night

Opening Night
Gena Rowlands as: Myrtle Gordon
Genre: Drama
Release: 1977
Actress Myrtle Gordon is a functioning alcoholic actress who is a few days from the opening night of her latest play, concerning a woman distraught about aging. One night a car kills one of Myrtle's fans who is chasing her limousine in an attempt to get the star's attention. Myrtle internalizes the accident and goes on a spiritual quest, but fails to finds the answers she is after. As opening night inches closer and closer, fragile Myrtle must find a way to make the show go on.

TOP 2:

A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence
Gena Rowlands as: Mabel Longhetti
Genre: Drama
Release: 1974
Mabel Longhetti, desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick. Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.

TOP 1:

The Notebook

The Notebook
Gena Rowlands as: Allie Calhoun
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release: 2004
An epic love story centered around an older man who reads aloud to a woman with Alzheimer's. From a faded notebook, the old man's words bring to life the story about a couple who is separated by World War II, and is then passionately reunited, seven years later, after they have taken different paths.



If you like the best Gena Rowlands movies, then you will also like the best Blythe Danner movies, where many of their films coincide.