Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor. In 1980, while studying at Juilliard, McGovern was offered a part in her first film, Ordinary People, in which she played the girlfriend of troubled teenager Timothy Hutton. The following year she completed her education as an actress at the American Conservatory Theatre and at The Juilliard School, and began to appear in plays, first Off-Broadway and later in famous theaters. In 1981, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Evelyn Nesbit in the film Ragtime. In 1984, she starred in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America as Robert De Niro's romantic interest, Deborah Gelly. In 1989, she played Mickey Rourke's girlfriend in Johnny Handsome, directed by Walter Hill, and the same year she appeared as a rebellious lesbian in Volker Schlöndorff's thriller The Handmaid's Tale.

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Buffalo Soldiers (2002)

A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Ed Harris  •  Scott Glenn  •  Anna Paquin

A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregor Jordan
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Ed Harris  •  Scott Glenn  •  Anna Paquin

Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Leone
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  James Woods  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Tuesday Weld

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Leone
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  James Woods  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Tuesday Weld

Ordinary People (1980)

Thought provokingGrippingEmotionalDepressing

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Mary Tyler Moore  •  Judd Hirsch  •  Timothy Hutton

Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Mary Tyler Moore  •  Judd Hirsch  •  Timothy Hutton

Racing with the Moon (1984)

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Benjamin
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  John Karlen

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Benjamin
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  John Karlen

Ragtime (1981)

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Brad Dourif  •  Moses Gunn  •  Elizabeth McGovern

A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family set among the racial tensions, infidelity, violence, and other nostalgic events in early 1900s New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Brad Dourif  •  Moses Gunn  •  Elizabeth McGovern

She's Having a Baby (1988)

Clever

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alec Baldwin  •  William Windom

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hughes
CAST:  Kevin Bacon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alec Baldwin  •  William Windom

The Bedroom Window (1987)

Terry Lambert is sleeping with Sylvia, the wife of his boss. One night, while in Terry's apartment, Sylvia witnesses a man assault a young woman, Denise, on the road below. Not wanting to reveal her affair with Terry, she keeps quiet. Terry instead steps forward, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Paul Shenar

Terry Lambert is sleeping with Sylvia, the wife of his boss. One night, while in Terry's apartment, Sylvia witnesses a man assault a young woman, Denise, on the road below. Not wanting to reveal her affair with Terry, she keeps quiet. Terry instead steps forward, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Paul Shenar

The Favor (1994)

Kathy is married to Peter. Now she can't help but wonder how things could have been if she got together with her old boyfriend, Tom. Being married prevents from doing that so she asks her friend, Emily to go to him and see if she can sleep with him then tell Kathy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Petrie
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Harley Jane Kozak  •  Bill Pullman  •  Elizabeth McGovern

Kathy is married to Peter. Now she can't help but wonder how things could have been if she got together with her old boyfriend, Tom. Being married prevents from doing that so she asks her friend, Emily to go to him and see if she can sleep with him then tell Kathy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Petrie
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Harley Jane Kozak  •  Bill Pullman  •  Elizabeth McGovern

The Flamingo Rising (2001)

When Hubert Lee decides to open the world's largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor, a feud erupts between Lee and Turner Knight, the owner of the funeral home. As Lee's many promotional ideas become more and more outrageous, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  William Hurt  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Brian Benben  •  Olivia Oguma

When Hubert Lee decides to open the world's largest drive-in movie theater across the street from a funeral parlor, a feud erupts between Lee and Turner Knight, the owner of the funeral home. As Lee's many promotional ideas become more and more outrageous, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  William Hurt  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Brian Benben  •  Olivia Oguma

The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Volker Schlöndorff
CAST:  Natasha Richardson  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Robert Duvall  •  Aidan Quinn

In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Volker Schlöndorff
CAST:  Natasha Richardson  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Robert Duvall  •  Aidan Quinn

The Wings of the Dove (1997)

CharmingCuteEmotionalHeartbreaking

Kate is secretly betrothed to a struggling journalist, Merton Densher. But she knows her Aunt Maude will never approve of the match, since Kate's deceased mother has lost all her money in a marriage to a degenerate opium addict. When Kate meets a terminally ill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Softley
CAST:  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Alison Elliott  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alex Jennings

Kate is secretly betrothed to a struggling journalist, Merton Densher. But she knows her Aunt Maude will never approve of the match, since Kate's deceased mother has lost all her money in a marriage to a degenerate opium addict. When Kate meets a terminally ill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Iain Softley
CAST:  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Alison Elliott  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alex Jennings

A Shock to the System (1990)

Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Egleson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Peter Riegert

Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Egleson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Peter Riegert

King of the Hill (1993)

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jesse Bradford  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Karen Allen

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to a sanatorium with tuberculosis. His father, a German immigrant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Jesse Bradford  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Lisa Eichhorn  •  Karen Allen

Wings of Courage (1996)

In 1920's South America a small group of Americans struggle to prove they can offer a reliable airmail service over the Andes. When one of the young pilots crashes on such a flight he has to try and get back to civilization on foot. Back home, his wife and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Jacques Annaud
CAST:  Craig Sheffer  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Tom Hulce  •  Ken Pogue

In 1920's South America a small group of Americans struggle to prove they can offer a reliable airmail service over the Andes. When one of the young pilots crashes on such a flight he has to try and get back to civilization on foot. Back home, his wife and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Jacques Annaud
CAST:  Craig Sheffer  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Tom Hulce  •  Ken Pogue

Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)

Martin works at the local radio station, which just hired a new scriptwriter with a reputation for great drama, Pedro Carmichael. Martin’s aunt Julia, not related by blood, returns home after many years away and Martin falls for her. Once Pedro finds out about this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Amiel
CAST:  Barbara Hershey  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Peter Falk  •  Hope Lange

Martin works at the local radio station, which just hired a new scriptwriter with a reputation for great drama, Pedro Carmichael. Martin’s aunt Julia, not related by blood, returns home after many years away and Martin falls for her. Once Pedro finds out about this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Amiel
CAST:  Barbara Hershey  •  Keanu Reeves  •  Peter Falk  •  Hope Lange

Lovesick (1983)

Forget about accountants who want to fly, professors whose brains are being zapped by aliens and bored housewives passing the time. The one all-consuming problem Manhattan psychiatrist Saul Benjamin has is himself! Saul (Dudley Moore) and Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marshall Brickman
CAST:  Dudley Moore  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alec Guinness  •  Christine Baranski

Forget about accountants who want to fly, professors whose brains are being zapped by aliens and bored housewives passing the time. The one all-consuming problem Manhattan psychiatrist Saul Benjamin has is himself! Saul (Dudley Moore) and Chloe (Elizabeth McGovern) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marshall Brickman
CAST:  Dudley Moore  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Alec Guinness  •  Christine Baranski

Tales from Hollywood (1992)

A slightly ironical description of the colony of German artists in Los Angeles, who had to leave their country during the Nazi-regime. A young playwriter (von Horvath) joins them and finds out, that there are gaps between the artistical attitudes and the real live ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Davies
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Alec Guinness  •  Carsten Norgaard  •  Charles Durning

A slightly ironical description of the colony of German artists in Los Angeles, who had to leave their country during the Nazi-regime. A young playwriter (von Horvath) joins them and finds out, that there are gaps between the artistical attitudes and the real live ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Davies
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Alec Guinness  •  Carsten Norgaard  •  Charles Durning

Manila (2000)

Due to a delayed flight a group of German flight passengers have to wait in the hall of the airport of Manila. The crowd is quite mixed, ranging from an cultivated east German teacher couple up to sleazy sex tourists. As the waiting prolongs, more and more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Romuald Karmakar
CAST:  Eddi Arent  •  Ana Capri  •  Margit Carstensen  •  Michael Degen

Due to a delayed flight a group of German flight passengers have to wait in the hall of the airport of Manila. The crowd is quite mixed, ranging from an cultivated east German teacher couple up to sleazy sex tourists. As the waiting prolongs, more and more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Romuald Karmakar
CAST:  Eddi Arent  •  Ana Capri  •  Margit Carstensen  •  Michael Degen

Broken trust (1995)

Judge Nash is highly regarded for his position and decisions in the courtroom. He's approached by a special agent from a government task force investigating corrupt judges and lawyers, and asked to participate in a sting operation. Initially it's against some ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoffrey Sax
CAST:  Tom Selleck  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  William Atherton  •  Charles Haid

Judge Nash is highly regarded for his position and decisions in the courtroom. He's approached by a special agent from a government task force investigating corrupt judges and lawyers, and asked to participate in a sting operation. Initially it's against some ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoffrey Sax
CAST:  Tom Selleck  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  William Atherton  •  Charles Haid

Native Son (1986)

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerrold Freedman
CAST:  Victor Love  •  Matt Dillon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Geraldine Page

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerrold Freedman
CAST:  Victor Love  •  Matt Dillon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Geraldine Page
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