Meryl Streep's Magic on Screen: 10 Iconic Roles That Define Excellence

Sophie's Choice (1982)

Streep delivered a heart-wrenching performance as Sophie Zawistowski, a role that earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. The film's emotional depth and historical importance have left an indelible mark on cinema history​​.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

As Miranda Priestly, Streep became the quintessential portrayal of a demanding fashion magazine editor, adding depth and nuance to a role that resonates with audiences even today​​.

The Iron Lady (2011)

Streep transformed into Margaret Thatcher, capturing the essence of the Iron Lady's steely resolve and winning another Academy Award for Best Actress​​.

Doubt (2008)

In a powerful and nuanced performance, Streep played Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a nun who suspects a priest of inappropriate behavior, showcasing her remarkable range and earning an Academy Award nomination​​.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Streep portrayed Joanna Kramer, delivering a compelling performance in this story about a couple's divorce and custody battle, which solidified her reputation as a leading actress in Hollywood​​.

Out of Africa (1985)

As Karen Blixen, Streep exuded warmth and resilience in this epic romance set in early 20th-century Africa, contributing to the film's Academy Award for Best Picture​​.

Silkwood (1983)

Playing real-life whistleblower Karen Silkwood, Streep's performance was both heroic and humanizing, highlighting her versatility and commitment to bringing complex characters to life​​.

Adaptation (2002)

Streep showcased her versatility and depth as Susan Orlean, proving her ability to masterfully portray layered, real-life characters in this critically acclaimed performance​​.

Death Becomes Her (1992)

In this dark comedy, Streep played a rival who, along with Goldie Hawn, drinks a magic elixir for eternal youth, showcasing her ability to step outside her award-winning drama roles and excel in comedy​​.

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Streep's portrayal of Francesca Johnson, a housewife who engages in a passionate romance, is a testament to her ability to capture the depth of her characters' emotions and transform a love story into a timeless tale​​.