|Beaches 1988 PG, 123 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Musical
Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Spalding Gray, Lainie Kazan, Joe Grifasi, James Read, Grace Johnston, Bo Sabato, Marcie Leeds, Mayim Bialik, Lynda Goodfriend, Carol Williard, Allan Kent, Phil Leeds
Two lifelong friends Cecilia "CC" Carol Bloom and Hillary Whitney Essex (Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey) reunite when one of them is threatened with a fatal illness. Terrific music includes "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Under the Boardwalk."
|Big Business 1988 PG, 97 min.|
Director: Jim Abrahams
Cast: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, Michele Placido, Barry Primus, Michael Gross, Deborah Rush, Nicolas Coster, Joe Grifasi, Daniel Gerroll, Patricia Gaul, J.C. Quinn, Norma MacMillan, John Vickery
Sadie and Rose Ratliff and Sadie and Rose Shelton (Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin) are two sets of twins who get swapped at birth. One set is raised by a poor family, and the others are raised by a wealthy family who are passing through town. Now, 40 years later, they are about to meet each other in Jupiter Hollow.
|Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 R, 103 min.|
Director: Paul Mazursky
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Bette Midler, Nick Nolte, Little Richard, Tracy Nelson, Elizabeth Pena, Paul Mazursky, Evan Richards, Valerie Curtin, Barry Primus, Donald F. Muhich, Jack Bruskoff, Irene Tsu, Geraldine Dreyfuss, Michael Yama
What happens when a couple–Dave and Barbara Whiteman (Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler)–saves a bum, Jerry Bascin(Nick Nolte), from drowning himself in their massive swimming pool behind their opulent Beverly Hills mansion? You've got the plot of this film. Of course, Barbara is the over-dieted, over-analyzed, over-pampered wife who ends up in bed with the bum, and Dave is the hard working coat hanger manufacturer.
|Drowning Mona 2000 PG-13, 91 min.|
Director: Nick Gomez
Cast: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Affleck, William Fichtner, Peter Dobson, Marcus Thomas, Kathleen Wilhoite, Tracey Walter
Everyone in Verplanck, NY, owns a Yugo and Mona (Bette Midler) drives hers into the Hudson River and drowns. The sheriff (Danny DeVito) suspects foul play and his suspicions are confirmed by an inspection of the car. The biggest problem confronting the sheriff is that virtually everyone in town hated the rotten Mona. The idea is clever, but somewhere along the way the execution failed.
|Fantasia/2000 1999 G, 75 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Musical
Director: Various Directors
Cast: Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Levine, Itzhak Perlman, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Quincy Jones, Penn Jillette, Teller, Russi Taylor, Leopold Stokowski, Ralph Grierson, Kathleen Battle, Tony Anselmo, Wayne Allwine
This IMAX-formatted musical adventure updates the original 1940 version in its use of 21st-century technology. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is still there, but many new sequences have replaced the old in this ambitious Disney Studios undertaking.
|The First Wives Club 1996 PG, 90 min.|
Director: Hugh Wilson
Cast: Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Eileen Heckart, Stephen Collins, Stockard Channing, Rob Reiner, Victor Garber, Elizabeth Berkley, Marcia Gay Harden, Bronson Pinchot, Eileen Heckart
Following the suicide of their friend over her husband's infidelity, three women seek revenge against their own ex-husbands who have left them for younger women.
|For the Boys 1991 R, 145 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Drama
Director: Mark Rydell
Cast: Bette Midler, James Caan, George Segal, Patrick O'Neal, Christopher Rydell, Arye Gross, Norman Fell, Rosemary Murphy, Richard Portnow, Bud Yorkin, Dori Brenner, Jack Sheldon, Karen Martin, Shannon Wilcox, Michael Greene
Dixie Leonard (Bette Midler) joins song and dance man Eddie Sparks (James Caan) and entertains American troops through three wars. This film is filled with 50 years of great music and Bette received an Oscar nomination.
|Get Bruce 1999 R, 82 min.|
Director: Andrew J. Kuehn
Cast: Bruce Vilanch, Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Nathan Lane, Carol Burnett, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor
Bruce Vilanch writes comedy material for stars and has provided material for the Oscar, Tony, and Emmy telecasts. In this documentary the stars pay tribute and roast this especially funny guru.
|Gypsy 1993 TV, 142 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama / Comedy
Director: Emile Ardolino
Cast: Bette Midler, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Riegert, Edward Asner, Christine Ebersole, Michael Jeter, Andrea Martin, Linda Hart, Anna McNeely, Jennifer Rae Beck, Tony Shalhoub, Sean Sullivan, Jeffrey Broadhurst, Rachel Sweet, Lacey Chabert
This TV remake of the Jules Styne/Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical is based on famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee (Cynthia Gibb) and involves her relationship with her domineering stage mother, Mama Rose (Bette Midler). Mama Rose has dreamed of stardom but having failed now concentrates on her daughters June (Jennifer Rae Beck) and Louise (Gibb) in her effort to turn them into vaudeville stars. Louise does succeed, but, instead of becoming a vaudeville star, she gains fame as burlesque stripper "Gypsy Rose Lee."
|Hocus Pocus 1993 PG, 96 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Fantasy / Horror
Director: Kenny Ortega
Cast: Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Charles Rocket, Stephanie Faracy, Norbert Weisser, Kathleen Freeman
Somehow, the premise of this film turns the hanged witches of Salem, Massachusetts in 1693, into child eaters. When these three witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) are resurrected, the town's children must be saved. Poor stuff. And it's Disney!
|Isn't She Great 2000 R, 94 min.|
Director: Andrew Bergman
Cast: Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce, John Cleese, John Larroquette, Amanda Peet, Dina Waters, Paul Benedict
Bette Midler plays romance-novelist Jacqueline Susann, and Nathan Lane takes on the role of Susann's husband, Irving Mansfield, in this shallow rendering of the triumphs and tragedies of the ambitious Jacqueline Susann's life–cut short by cancer.
|Jinxed! 1982 R, 103 min.|
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Bette Midler, Ken Wahl, Rip Torn, Val Avery, Jack Elam, Benson Fong, Jacqueline Scott, F. William Parker, Ian Wolfe, George Dickerson
Las Vegas lounge singer Bonita (Bette Midler) teams up with blackjack dealer Willie (Ken Wahl), who has been "jinxed" by Bonita's lover, Harold (Rip Torn). Bonita and Willie hatch a plot to kill Harold and collect on his life insurance.
|Oliver & Company 1988 G, 72 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy / Musical
Director: George Scribner
Cast: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Dom DeLuise, Bette Midler, Robert Loggia, Natalie Gregory, Taurean Blacque, Carl Weintraub, Frank Welker
This animated Disney flick follows a kitten, Oliver (voice of Joey Lawrence) as he experiences adventures in the tough streets of New York. Though OK for the young ones, the gangster-ridden story may be a little much for the youngest ones. Loosely based on Dickens' "Oliver Twist."
|Outrageous Fortune 1987 R, 105 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Mystery
Director: Arthur Hiller
Cast: Bette Midler, Shelley Long, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky, John Schuck, George Carlin, Anthony Heald, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Christopher McDonald, Florence Stanley, Jerry Zaks, John DiSanti, Diana Bellamy, Gary Morgan, J.W. Smith
Aspiring actresses Sandy (Bette Midler) and Lauren (Shelley Long) are both in love with Michael (Peter Coyote). When Michael vanishes under mysterious circumstances, Sandy and Lauren try to track him down. During their cross-country search, they learn that Michael is an espionage agent for a foreign country, and this, in turn, leads them into involvement with the CIA.
|The Rose 1979 R, 134 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Mark Rydell
Cast: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Primus, David Keith, Sandra McCabe, Will Hare, Rudy Bond, Don Calfa, Doris Roberts, James Keane, Sandy Ward, Claude Sacha, Michael Greer
Superstardom and its pitfalls are what this movie is all about. Loosely based on Janis Joplin's life, the story is moving in its look into the loneliness of a star's life. Bette Midler was nominated for an Oscar in her first starring role; Frederic Forrest was also nominated (Best Supporting Actor).
|Ruthless People 1986 R, 93 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Cast: Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater, Anita Morris, Bill Pullman, Art Evans, Clarence Felder, J.E. Freeman, William G. Schilling, Gary Riley, Phyllis Applegate, Jeannine Bisignano, J.P. Bumstead, Jon Cutler
Ken and Sandy Kessler (Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater) seemingly take care of Sam Stone's (Danny DeVito) problem when they kidnap his wife Barbara (Bette Midler) who Sam has been plotting to kill. Sam refuses to pay the ransom, and the plot twists and turns as Barbara changes from a first-class shrew into a sharp, in-control woman in this hilarious film.
|Scenes from a Mall 1991 R, 87 min.|
Director: Paul Mazursky
Cast: Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Bill Irwin, Paul Mazursky, Daren Firestone, Rebecca Nickels, Wanakee Legardy, Joan Delaney, Amanda Bruce, Glen Alterman, Jack Brodsky, Marilyn Pasekoff, Patrick Farrelly, Carol Harris, Robert Garrett
Nick (Woody Allen) and Deborah Fifer (Bette Midler) are a bizarre couple who, on their 16th anniversary, discuss and fight about their extramarital affairs while shopping.
|Stella 1990 PG-13, 109 min.|
Director: John Erman
Cast: Bette Midler, John Goodman, Trini Alvarado, Stephen Collins, Marsha Mason, Eileen Brennan, Linda Hart, Ben Stiller, William McNamara, Charles W. Gray, John Bell, Ashley Peldon, Alisan Porter, Kenneth Kimmins, Bob Gerchen
This is an update to Olive Higgins Prouty's novel "Stella Dallas," though it strays far afield from the book or earlier movie versions. As Stella's daughter matures, her single mother (Midler) decides it is time for the father to contribute financially to the daughter.
|The Stepford Wives 2004 PG-13, 93 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy / Thriller
Director: Frank Oz
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken, Roger Bart, David Marshall Grant, Jon Lovitz, Dylan Hartigan, Faith Hill, Matt Malloy, Kate Shindle, Fallon Brooking, Tom Riis Farrell, Lorri Bagley
Joanna (Nicole Kidman), Walter (Matthew Broderick), and their kids move to Stepford, Connecticut, where the wives in the neighborhood appear to be much too perfect. Walter loves Stepford, but suspicious Joanna investigates and discovers that the idyllic wives are really robots programmed to serve their husbands.
|That Old Feeling 1997 PG-13, 105 min.|
Director: Carl Reiner
Cast: Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall, Gail O'Grady, David Rasche, James Denton, Danny Nucci, Blu Mankuma, Jayne Eastwood, Michael J. Reynolds
Reunited at their daughter Molly's (Paula Marshall) wedding, Lily (Bette Midler) and Dan (Dennis Farina) resume their hatreds after 15 years apart. Then, the romance of the wedding stirs up "that old feeling" to the dismay of their current mates.
|Then She Found Me 2008 R, 100 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Helen Hunt
Cast: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Lynn Cohen, Ben Shenkman, John Benjamin Hickey, Salman Rushdie, Daisy Tahan, Tommy Nelson, Robert Lupone, Lillias White, Ben Shenkman, Mark Webber, John Ventimiglia
Thirty-nine-year-old schoolteacher April Epner (Helen Hunt) is suffering a midlife crisis: her husband Ben (Matthew Broderick) has walked out on their marriage, and her mother Trudy (Lynn Cohen) has just passed away. In the midst of her problems, her long-lost birth mother Bernice Graves (Bette Midler) appears on the scene attempting to reconcile with April. In her fragile emotional state, April begins a relationship with the single father (Colin Firth) of one of her students. Events take still another turn when April learns that she is pregnant. The father is Ben, and now he tries to woo her back.
|The Women 2008 PG-13, 114 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Diane English
Cast: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, India Ennenga, Jill Flint, Ana Gasteyer, Tilly Scott Pedersen, Joanna Gleason
This remake of 1939's "The Women" is written and directed by Diane English and takes a different slant from the previous film on women and their relationships. When Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) learns that her husband is having an affair with sexy Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes), her immediate response is to turn to her friends–magazine editor Sylvia (Annette Bening), artsy Edie (Debra Messing), and lesbian Alex (Jada Pinkett Smith). Instead of sympathizing with Mary, they tell her to dump her cheating husband. Mary also asks for advice from housekeeper Maggie (Cloris Leachman), nanny Uta (Tilly Scott Pedersen), Hollywood agent Leah (Bette Midler), and even her own mother (Candice Bergen) who offer their own perspectives on how to handle the situation. Finally, when gossip columnist Bailey Smith (Carrie Fisher) learns from her editor Sylvia about the affair, problems grow and extend beyond the marriage breakup.
|1. Beaches (1988)|
2. Big Business (1988)
3. Divine Madness! (1980)
4. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
5. Drowning Mona (2000)
6. Fantasia/2000 (1999)
7. The First Wives Club (1996)
8. For the Boys (1991)
9. Get Bruce (1999)
10. Gypsy (1993)
11. Hocus Pocus (1993)
12. Isn't She Great (2000)
13. Jinxed! (1982)
14. Oliver & Company (1988)
15. Outrageous Fortune (1987)
16. The Rose (1979)
17. Ruthless People (1986)
18. Scenes from a Mall (1991)
19. Stella (1990)
20. The Stepford Wives (2004)
21. That Old Feeling (1997)
22. Then She Found Me (2008)
23. The Women (2008)
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