Can You Name the Meryl Streep Movie From a Screenshot?

Brittany Rowland

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About This Quiz

Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher, Miranda Priestly, Sophie Zawistowski ... These are only four of the memorable roles Meryl Streep has brought to life in her long, versatile acting career. Hailed as one of the greatest actresses living today, she holds the distinction of earning 21 Academy Award nominations and winning three times: Best Actress for "Sophie's Choice" and "The Iron Lady" and Best Supporting Actress for "Kramer vs. Kramer."

One of Streep's uncanniest talents is her ability to faithfully adopt accents for her roles — everything from Danish, Polish and Italian to Minnesota, Southern and the Bronx. In interviews, she cited her childhood spent listening to artists like Barbra Streisand as an influence on her own voice. That, and she observes and listens to people carefully.

The point is, if you claim to be a movie buff, you must have some familiarity with Meryl Streep's oeuvre! Whether you fancy the lighthearted musicals like "Mamma Mia!" and "A Prairie Home Companion" or the serious dramas such as "The Deer Hunter" or "Doubt," there's something for everyone's tastes and preferences. See how you rank as a Meryl Streep fan and try to identify these movies of hers by a screenshot! We have no "Doubt" you'll be "Falling in Love" with her movies films over again!




Bon appétit! Meryl played a woman who attended Le Cordon Bleu in the 1950s. Can you name this movie?

Meryl Streep delightfully embodied the iconic chef Julia Child, who mastered French cooking. The film reunited Streep and Stanley Tucci, who previously appeared together in "The Devil Wears Prada."

Meryl's character had a horrible decision to make in this Holocaust-era film! What is it?

Polish immigrant Sophie Zawistowski's relationship with Nathan and Stingo is as troubled as the dark secret she carries — what happened to her children at a Nazi concentration camp.

As Cousin Topsy, Meryl played a fix-it shop owner in which fantasy film?

Streep's Cousin Topsy works in a topsy-turvy fix-it shop in "Mary Poppins Returns," providing a whimsical music number. Meryl adopted an Eastern European accent to portray the eccentric character.

Hide the rulers! Meryl played Sister Aloysius in which film based on a stage play?

Streep portrayed the rigid Sister Aloysius, a Catholic school principal who harbors dark suspicions of the parish priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The scenes with Streep and Hoffman sizzle with tension!

As a fashion magazine editor, Meryl's character chews up assistants and spits them out before lunch. Can you identify this film?

Streep looks like she had fun playing the powerful Miranda Priestly, who puts Anne Hathaway's character in her place in a memorable scene. And, of course, the role earned her an Oscar nomination!

Meryl played Aunt Josephine, an eccentric woman with a long list of phobias. What film is this?

The Baudelaire children won't get away with any grammar mistakes around their guardian, Aunt Josephine Anwhistle. However, a grim fate involving leeches awaits her in this comedic fantasy film.

Can Gail and Tom work out their marriage and outwit a pair of killers on the lam ... all on a whitewater rafting trip? Whew, that sounds intense!

Gail and Tom's marriage is on the rocks, but on a whitewater rafting trip with their young son, they face even bigger problems. A pair of criminals hijack their raft in a desperate escape attempt.

Meryl played a woman fighting her ex-husband for custody of little Billy. Do you remember this film?

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep play a divorced couple who enter a bitter custody battle for their young son. Will the parents put aside their hurt feelings to act in the best interest of their child?

A raucous wedding celebration and a hellish experience in Vietnam — this 1978 war drama kept everyone on the edge of their seats! Can you name it?

"The Deer Hunter" featured the infamous Russian roulette scene that disturbed audiences. Meryl Streep played the girlfriend of one of the steelworkers who go off to fight in the Vietnam War.

Which film featured the tragic love story of Karen and Denys, played by Meryl and Robert Redford?

Directed by Sydney Pollack, "Out of Africa" won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Meryl Streep starred as a Danish woman who moves to Africa with her husband but falls for a hunter.

ABBA fans, get out your dancing shoes! Meryl's character faces three old beaus after 20 years in which film?

This musical romantic comedy focuses on a young woman who wants her dad to walk her down the aisle, but she doesn't know who he is out of three candidates. Streep sings ABBA hits like "Dancing Queen."

She's an actress with a substance abuse problem. She has to move back in with her overbearing mom. What could possibly go wrong?

"Postcards from the Edge" was based on Carrie Fisher's novel, a semi-autobiographical tale about a young actress's complicated relationship with her mother. Streep got to flex her comedy muscles.

Meryl's character Clarissa earns the nickname Mrs. Dalloway in this film. Yes, it has Virginia Woolf in it, too.

Directed by Stephen Daldry, "The Hours" explored the lives of three women from different time periods who reflect Woolf's novel "Mrs. Dalloway." Streep co-starred with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

Meryl played a manipulative senator in this political thriller. Who knew politics could be so thrilling?

Before "House of Cards" became a hit thriller, "The Manchurian Candidate" exposed the political machinations in the highest levels of government. Streep played the scheming Eleanor Prentiss Shaw.

Will a boy change his ways when he's shrunk down to the size of a bug? Meryl played a queen, of course.

As the ant queen, Streep forces the ant-sized Lucas to perform hard labor as punishment for tormenting the ant colony. In the end, though, she praises the boy for saving the colony.

Meryl voices the Blue Fairy in this futuristic fairy tale featuring Haley Joel Osment. What's the film?

As a modern retelling of "Pinocchio," the film features a robot designed to look like a young boy who, more than anything, longs to be a real boy loved by his "mother." Will he live happily ever after?

The world is not black and white. Oh, wait! In this film it kinda is ...

Streep played the Chief Elder, the primary antagonist in this dystopian thriller based on the Lois Lowry children's book. She wants to shield the community from pain, but will she go too far?

In this sequel, we learn how Donna met Sam, Harry and Bill. What is it?

After the success of the original "Mamma Mia!" this sequel delivered more ABBA music, dancing and fun. It includes flashbacks to the 1970s when Donna arrived on Kalokairi and met three men ...

Meryl stars as Katharine Graham in this political thriller directed by Steven Spielberg. Can you name it?

In "The Post," Streep plays the owner of "The Washington Post," who fights the government to publish the "Pentagon Papers." For her juicy role, Streep earned another Oscar nomination!

Meryl's first acting credit was in an animated feature. She provided the voice for Stage 6.

"Everybody Rides the Carousel" was an animated film exploring the eight phases of life, according to Erik H. Erikson. Meryl Streep and Charles Levin provided the narration for Stage 6.

Meryl played dual roles as Anna and Sarah Woodruff in which film?

Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons have torrid love affairs in two story lines within this 1981 film, in both a Victorian and a modern-day setting. Streep was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

Robert Altman's last film featured the popular radio show of the same name. What is it?

Streep sings as Yolanda, one of the Johnson Girls, in this film about the final broadcast of Garrison Keillor's radio show. She and Lily Tomlin belt out "My Minnesota Home" with gusto!

In Wes Anderson's stop-motion film, Meryl voices Felicity. Can she and her husband outfox a trio of mean farmers?

Wes Anderson adapted Roald Dahl's children's book "Fantastic Mr. Fox" using charming stop-motion animation. George Clooney and Meryl Streep portray the fox parents, Mr. Fox and Felicity Fox.

Meryl won her third Academy Award for portraying Margaret Thatcher in which film?

Meryl Streep portrayed Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving U.K. prime minister. The juicy role earned Streep many nominations and wins, including an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award.

My, what long, bony fingers you have! Meryl played the Witch in which fairy tale musical?

Meryl Streep played the Witch in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical. The story blends together several fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, including "Cinderella" and "Rapunzel."

You're never too old for rock 'n roll! Meryl plays a rock star with family problems in which film?

Streep co-starred with her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer. She also rejoined Kevin Kline for the third time, after co-starring with him in "Sophie's Choice" and "A Prairie Home Companion."

No one can keep this lady from singing in this film! (Just stuff some cotton balls in your ears.)

Streep plays an heiress who loves music so much that she decides to perform at Carnegie Hall. The only problem? She can't sing, and no one has the heart to tell her! It's a show no one will forget ...

What happens when humans don't believe in the gods anymore? Meryl narrates this Chinese animated tale about the spirit world. Can you identify it?

Streep is the narrator in the English-language version of "The Guardian Brothers." The Chinese animated film tells about one Chinese spirit's attempts to reconnect with the human world.

Meryl played Violet, the matriarch of a dysfunctional family. But where's the patriarch?

This ensemble drama features Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Margo Martindale. One memorable scene in the movie has Julia Roberts' character pouncing on her mother at a post-funeral dinner.

Give votes to women! That's the main fight in this film, in which Meryl played Emmeline Pankhurst.

Streep played Emmeline Pankhurst, the real-life women's rights activist. "Suffragette," which starred Carey Mulligan, shows the struggles of women fighting for suffrage in the UK.

Time for a light-hearted rom-com! Meryl has affairs with two men — one of them her ex-husband! What's this movie?

Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin play a divorced couple who start secretly dating again. However, she's also drawn to Adam, played by Steve Martin. Who will she end up with in this complicated rom-com?

Time for a war drama starring Meryl Streep, Robert Redford and Tom Cruise! Do you remember this one?

This 2007 anti-war drama, directed by Robert Redford, was a box office disappointment. Streep played Janine Roth, a journalist who is skeptical of a new strategy in the war in Afghanistan.

Can a marriage therapist played by Steve Carell help a middle-aged couple reignite their spark? What is this film?

After their children move out, wife Kay (played by Streep) wants to rekindle her marriage with stodgy Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones). So she signs them up for marriage counseling. Will it work out as planned?

Can you trace the origins of the universe? Meryl Streep and Aidan Quinn play the mentors of a Chinese graduate student in which 2007 drama?

Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, "Dark Matter" explores the relationship between Chinese student Liu Xing and his cosmology professor. The film takes a dark turn at the end, inspired by a real-life shooting.

Who knew a writer's life was filled with so many secrets? Meryl played Susan Orlean in this film written by Charlie Kaufman.

Streep plays Susan Orlean, the author of "The Orchid Thief," and Nicholas Cage plays Charlie Kaufman, the writer struggling to adapt it into a screenplay. This meta film scooped up a lot of awards.

What, Wes Craven directed a non-horror movie? Meryl Streep starred as a violin teacher in which 1999 film?

Streep played Roberta Guaspari, a violinist who transformed students' lives at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. But will the music teacher be able to save the music program with a knock-out performance?

Can an estranged daughter come to the aid of her ailing sister and father? That's the question in which film?

Streep played Lee, who abandoned her family 20 years ago. Now, however, her sister Bessie (Diane Keaton) is sick and needs help caring for their bed-ridden dad. Will Lee rise to the occasion?

Get out the tissues! Meryl's character is dying of cancer and must reconcile with her daughter (Renee Zellweger). What's the film?

Renee Zellweger's character sees both her parents in a new light when she comes home to help care for her terminally ill mom. Streep was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

Did her son kill Martha Taverner? That's what Meryl's character must grapple with in this drama. What movie is it?

Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson play the parents of a boy (Edward Furlong) who's gone missing — and worse, he may have killed a young woman. What will a family do to protect the ones they love?

Siblings uncover their late mother's affair from decades ago. What's the name of this 1995 drama?

Directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, "The Bridges of Madison County" reveals the four-day affair between a photographer and an Iowan farm wife. It's the type of poignant role Streep lives for!

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