Meryl Streep’s 10 best co-stars, ranked


Meryl Streep is one of the world’s most acclaimed and iconic actors. She was nominated for 21 Oscars and won three. She has also won BAFTAs, Emmys and Golden Globes. Streep has appeared in all kinds of movies, from the darkest dramas to the silliest comedies. She recently showed off her improvisational skills in Adam McKay’s sci-fi satire. Do not seek.

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But for an actor to really shine, he needs a well-matched stage partner. Throughout her prolific decades-long career, Streep has shared the screen with stars such as Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, and Shirley MacLaine.

ten Tom Hanks in the post

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep chatting in Ben Bradlee's office in The Post

As the many VFX shots were added to Loan Player One, Steven Spielberg took the time to direct Meryl Streep opposite Tom Hanks in The post office. Bringing together three Hollywood legends, the docudrama chronicles the Washington Post’s efforts to expose the corruption of the Nixon administration.

Throughout the film, Streep and Hanks are on the same page (pardon the pun) about using this story to convey the importance of the free press.

9 Amanda Seyfried in Mamma Mia!

Telling the story of a bride-to-be’s efforts to uncover the identity of her biological father before her marriage, Mom Mia! became one of the highest grossing musical films ever made.

ABBA’s music is the real star of the film, but Streep and her co-star Amanda Seyfried anchor the material with a tangible and comparable mother-daughter dynamic.


8 Jonah Hill in Don’t Look Up

don't look up jonah hill

The star-studded cast of Adam McKay’s new sci-fi satire Do not seek – a witty allegory of the climate crisis – features Streep as a hilarious and ineffective US president and Jonah Hill as his son and chief of staff.

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Streep and Hill are both hilarious improvisers. Their dynamic is a sharp critique of nepotism in the White House and they steal every scene they find themselves in.

seven Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Streep and Dustin Hoffman both won Oscars for their performances in Kramer vs. Kramer. The film offers a heartbreaking portrait of a bitter divorce.

The film frames this story through the effect the divorce has on the couple’s young son. The script explores then-taboo social issues like fathers’ rights, gender roles, and single parenthood, which Streep and Hoffman brought to life in sympathetic portrayals of their characters.

6 Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway Meryl Streep

A sharp criticism of the fashion industry, The devil wears Prada stars a delightfully wicked Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly and the adorable Everywoman Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs.

Andy lands a job as Miranda’s co-assistant and quickly learns just how ruthless she really is. Miranda is believed to be a satirical caricature by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, which Streep leans on for hysterical effect.

5 Robert De Niro In The Deer Hunter

One of Streep’s first roles was Linda in The deer hunter. While the film is often ranked among the most powerful cinematic representations of the Vietnam War, only about half an hour of its three-hour run takes place on the battlefields of Vietnam. Director Michael Cimino is more interested in the psychological toll of war on his veterans.

The first scenes in small blue-collar American towns establish that Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken’s characters – Mike and Nick, respectively – are in love with Streep. She falls in love with Nick, but tragically, Mike is the only one to return from the war.

4 Shirley MacLaine in the ship’s postcards

Meryl Street and Shirley MacLaine in Postcards From the Edge

In one of Streep’s many collaborations with director Mike Nichols, she starred in Ship’s postcards as a recovering actor and drug addict who only came out of rehab on the condition that she stayed with her responsible mother, brilliantly portrayed by Shirley MacLaine.

Carrie Fisher has adapted her own semi-autobiographical novel into a screenplay. The talents of Fisher, Nichols and the perfectly matched Streep and MacLaine all came together to bring out the beauty and humanity of this story.

3 Clint Eastwood in Madison County Bridges

Clint Eastwood taking a photo of Meryl Streep in Madison County Bridges

Clint Eastwood headed out with Streep in the lead roles in an adaptation of Madison County Bridges it is surprisingly much more respected than its source.

The efforts of two of the greatest, most iconic actors of all time elevate the novel’s notoriously tasteless content with genuine emotional depth.

2 Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her

Death becomes her

Streep has a hysterical back-and-forth with Goldie Hawn in Robert Zemeckis’ cult classic black comedy Death becomes her as vain romantic rivals vying for the affection of Bruce Willis’ plastic surgeon character, Dr. Ernest Menville.

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They both take a potion that grants them eternal life, which creates a fun and unique dynamic between the two characters that perfectly matches the dark comedic tone of the film.

1 Kevin Kline in Sophie’s Choice

The arm of Kevin Kline around Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice

Perhaps Streep’s most critically acclaimed performance is her Oscar-winning tour as a titular Holocaust survivor in Sophie’s choice. The film is primarily defined by Sophie’s past, but the story is told through the tumultuous relationship in her present.

Streep easily gives the movie’s greatest performance as Sophie, but Kevin Kline puts on a fascinating, sometimes disturbing, twist as the erratic boyfriend.

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