The best of Meryl Streep

For twenty years she was RoboStreep, able to mimic accents and the colorings of humans stunning accuracy — a figure of fun, especially during her eighties run when except for Out of Africa a Meryl Streep Picture, like Gucci or Greer Garson, signified respectability: dinner before a movie, a kiss before a grope, that sort of thing.Then in the nineties she accepted roles that coaxed her romantic side, especially if the script allowed her to play the goofball she is. The Bridge Over Madison County is goop that almost works because of the shades of regret that Streep brings to her sex-starved Italian widow. Adaptation and especially The Devil Wears Prada completed her transformation into a comic actress; by 2009’s awful It’s Complicated she had become what had eluded her for thirty years: a star. If I were a star, I’d think I could play Margaret Thatcher too.

1. Silkwood
2. A Cry in the Dark
3. The Devil Wears Prada
4. The Bridge of Madison County
5. Plenty
6. Adaptation
7. The Deer Hunter
8. Defending Your Life
9. Death Becomes Her
10 Fantastic Mr. Fox
11. Kramer vs. Kramer
12. The Seduction of Joe Tynan

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