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Top 10 Greatest Nancy Meyers Movies

VO: Phoebe de Jeu WRITTEN BY: Spencer sher
You know her name and you know her films, now it’s time to decide which ones are the best! For this list, we’ll be looking at films that were written, produced, and/or directed by Nancy Meyers. Our list includes The Parent Trap, What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday, It’s Complicated, and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Nancy Meyers Movies.
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Top 10 Nancy Meyers Movies


You know her name and you know her films, now it’s time to decide which ones are the best! Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Nancy Meyers Movies.

For this list, we’ll be looking at films that were written, produced, and/or directed by Nancy Meyers.

#10: “The Intern” (2015)


Meyers did everything but star in this movie, serving as its writer, producer and director. Exactly the kind of film that has become her signature over the years, “The Intern” is a touching comedy filled with excellent performances. Starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, the plot revolves around a 70-year-old man who signs up for a senior intern program at a fledgling fashion startup. Meyers provides viewers with a fresh take on this fish-out-of-water scenario, breathing life into both the plot and characters in a way that’s refreshingly humorous and deeply moving.

#9: “The Holiday” (2006)


The film your mom makes you watch every time Christmas rolls around, “The Holiday” has slowly become a seasonal treat since its release in 2006. Featuring an all-star cast in Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black, this flick is a Nancy Meyers production through and through, one in which she takes the writing, producing and directing reins yet again. The plot focuses on Iris and Amanda, two women from London and Los Angeles respectively, who decide to swap homes over the Christmas holidays after having their hearts broken. The film was a massive box office success, grossing more than $200 million!

#8: “Irreconcilable Differences” (1984)


A wholly unique plot and an A-list cast drove this mid-‘80s dramadie to critical success. The film is about a child played by Drew Barrymore (at the height of her cuteness) who seeks to divorce her parents, played by Ryan O’Neal and Shelley Long. Meyers served as “Irreconcilable Differences’” co-writer and co-producer, teaming up with her then-husband, writer director Charles Shyer for a second time after the success of 1980’s “Private Benjamin”. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes, but was ultimately unable to walk away with any hardware.

#7: “Baby Boom” (1987)


“Baby Boom” marked another collaboration between Meyers and her triple threat now ex-husband Charles Shyer and it was easily one of their most successful. The film, which is about a young professional played by Diane Keaton who inherits her long-lost cousin’s baby, was nominated for two Golden Globes and spawned a TV show in 1988. Critical response to the film, which also starred Sam Shepard and Harold Ramis, was strong, with one critic calling it both “delightfully funny and honest.” As her fourth film, it began to establish what would become her signature style.

#6: “It’s Complicated” (2009)


Nancy Meyers flexed all of her creative muscles on this project, one in which she served as writer, producer and director. The film, which features everyone from Meryl Streep and Steve Martin to Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski, is about a woman (played by Streep) who enters into an affair with her ex-husband a decade after their divorce. While it would be easy to point to the cast as the reason for the film’s incredible box office success, the truth is that it’s a sharply written rom-com that Meyers directs to perfection. She’s in control of every scene, manipulating the emotions of her characters with the poise of a seasoned cinematic vet.

#5: “Private Benjamin” (1980)


Meyers started off her career with a bang, a bang that earned her first and to date only Academy Award nomination. “Private Benjamin” is about a young woman played by Goldie Hawn who decides to join the army after her husband dies unexpectedly on the night of their wedding. Based on that description you may be thinking that the film is serious business, but in actuality it’s a comedy through and through. Meyers tackled writing and producing duties for the film, one that gave birth to a television series of the same name that ran for three seasons on CBS.

#4: “What Women Want” (2000)


Currently the biggest box office success of her career, having taken in just under $375 million dollars during its initial release, “What Women Want” is a comedy with fantastical elements that stars Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt and Marisa Tomei. The film is about a chauvinistic ad executive who develops the ability to hear what women are thinking after a freak accident. A rarity for Meyers seeing as how she directed “What Women Want” but didn’t write it, the film is nevertheless a tightly woven piece of comedy that never takes itself too seriously.

#3: “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003)


A Nancy Meyers production from top to bottom, the multi-talented triple threat wrote, produced and directed this early 2000s comedy to the tune of $266 million dollars. The film, which stars Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and a slew of other familiar faces, is about a 60-something playboy who for the first time in a long time finds himself attracted to someone much closer to his own age. “Something’s Gotta Give” earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win for Keaton, but was notably absent from the Best Original Screenplay category. Better luck next time, Meyers!

#2: “The Parent Trap” (1998)


If you grew up in the ‘90s and didn’t see this film, we apologize for what must have been a terrible childhood. “The Parent Trap” is not just the ultimate family comedy, it’s also the film debut of Lindsay Lohan, who plays not one but two characters! The film is about a set of identical twins separated at birth, who serendipitously bump into each other while attending a summer camp and hatch a plan to get their divorced parents back together. “The Parent Trap”, which is a remake of a film from 1961, was the last collaboration between Meyers and her ex-husband Charles Shyer.

#1: “Father of the Bride” (1991)


If you still haven’t seen this film, we recommend that you stop what you’re doing immediately and go watch it…it’s okay, we’ll wait. Starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, “Father of the Bride” is about; you guessed it, a father who freaks out when he learns that his baby girl is planning on getting married. A critical success, the film is equal parts touching and hilarious, and features a side splitting performance from Martin Short that will have you rolling on the floor in laughter. Meyers, who is one of four people credited with writing the film, also served as one of its producers…. so unsurprisingly it was a hit!
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