24. The River Wild (1994)
> Fellow leads: Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazzello
> Director: Curtis Hanson
> Domestic box office: $46.82 million
In this adventure thriller, Streep plays Gail Hartman, who embarks on a river rafting trip with her husband and son. They encounter some strangers who seem friendly at first, before it becomes clear that they are violent criminals. Streep received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for this role.
23. Into the Woods (2014)
> Fellow leads: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
> Director: Rob Marshall
> Domestic box office: $128.00 million
In this Stephen Sondheim musical, Streep plays a witch who forces a baker and his wife to embark on an unusual scavenger hunt to reverse a curse. Streep received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for the role.
22. Death Becomes Her (1992)
> Fellow leads: Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini
> Director: Robert Zemeckis
> Domestic box office: $58.42 million
In this black comedy fantasy, Streep plays Madeline Ashton Menville, a narcissistic actress whose desire for eternal life leads to all sorts of bizarre events. Streep was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for this role.
21. It’s Complicated (2009)
> Fellow leads: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski
> Director: Nancy Meyers
> Domestic box office: $112.74 million
In this romantic comedy, Streep plays Jane Adler, a divorced bakery owner who falls into an affair with her ex-husband when they attend their son’s college graduation. This is problematic because the ex-husband is married to a younger woman. Streep was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for this role.
20. Mamma Mia! (2008)
> Fellow leads: Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård
> Director: Phyllida Lloyd
> Domestic box office: $144.13 million
In this boisterous musical built around the songs of ABBA, Streep plays Donna Sheridan, a single mother who is confronted with questions about her daughter’s paternity just as her daughter is about to get married on a Greek island. Streep received a Golden Globe nomination for this role.