Mary McDonnell

Mary Eileen McDonnell (born April 28, 1952) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Stands With A Fist in Dances with Wolves, and she is also very well known for her performance as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica, the President's wife in Independence Day, and for her starring role in Donnie Darko as the title character's mother. Description above from the Wikipedia article Mary McDonnell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Independence Day (1996)

Action-packed

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Bill Pullman  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Mary McDonnell

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Bill Pullman  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Mary McDonnell

Blue Chips (1994)

Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Shaquille O'Neal  •  Nick Nolte  •  Mary McDonnell  •  J.T. Walsh

Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Shaquille O'Neal  •  Nick Nolte  •  Mary McDonnell  •  J.T. Walsh

Dances with Wolves (1990)

EpicBeautifulEmotionalAdventurous

Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide—and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Costner
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Graham Greene  •  Rodney A. Grant

Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide—and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Costner
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Graham Greene  •  Rodney A. Grant

Donnie Darko (2001)

DarkMind blowingComplexThought provoking

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Kelly
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Patrick Swayze  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Kelly
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Patrick Swayze  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal

Garbo Talks (1984)

When New York accountant Gilbert Rolfe (Ron Silver) finds out his mother has a brain tumor, he is devastated. His incorrigible mother, Estelle (Anne Bancroft), has one last wish: to meet the great Greta Garbo. Gilbert, wanting to do this last thing for her, sets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Ron Silver  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Catherine Hicks

When New York accountant Gilbert Rolfe (Ron Silver) finds out his mother has a brain tumor, he is devastated. His incorrigible mother, Estelle (Anne Bancroft), has one last wish: to meet the great Greta Garbo. Gilbert, wanting to do this last thing for her, sets ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Ron Silver  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Catherine Hicks

Grand Canyon (1991)

Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds himself in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Kevin Kline  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Steve Martin

Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds himself in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Kevin Kline  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Steve Martin

Matewan (1987)

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  James Earl Jones  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Will Oldham

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  James Earl Jones  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Will Oldham

Mumford (1999)

In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Loren Dean  •  Hope Davis  •  Jason Lee  •  Alfre Woodard

In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Loren Dean  •  Hope Davis  •  Jason Lee  •  Alfre Woodard

Nola (2003)

An urban fairy tale-romantic comedy, in which Nola, an aspiring songwriter, leaves an abusive Kansas home and journeys to New York to find her biological father. Once there, she finds more than she expected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Hruska
CAST:  Emmy Rossum  •  Steven Bauer  •  James Badge Dale  •  Thom Christopher

An urban fairy tale-romantic comedy, in which Nola, an aspiring songwriter, leaves an abusive Kansas home and journeys to New York to find her biological father. Once there, she finds more than she expected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Hruska
CAST:  Emmy Rossum  •  Steven Bauer  •  James Badge Dale  •  Thom Christopher

Passion Fish (1992)

After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Mary McDonnell  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Lenore Banks  •  Angela Bassett

After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Mary McDonnell  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Lenore Banks  •  Angela Bassett

Sneakers (1992)

GrippingSuspensefulCleverFun

When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his 'sneakers' must save ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  David Strathairn

When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his 'sneakers' must save ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  David Strathairn

Woman Undone (1996)

When Terri Hansen (Mary McDonnell) emerges from a fiery car crash as a widow, the local sheriff at first believes her account of the accident. But there's a snag in her story. Namely, a bullet in her dead husband. Just what did happen on that dark desert road? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Evelyn Purcell
CAST:  Mary McDonnell  •  Randy Quaid  •  Sam Elliott  •  Benjamin Bratt

When Terri Hansen (Mary McDonnell) emerges from a fiery car crash as a widow, the local sheriff at first believes her account of the accident. But there's a snag in her story. Namely, a bullet in her dead husband. Just what did happen on that dark desert road? ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Evelyn Purcell
CAST:  Mary McDonnell  •  Randy Quaid  •  Sam Elliott  •  Benjamin Bratt

Evidence of Blood (1998)

When a brilliant crime writer investigates a 40-year-old murder, he confronts a small town's worst fears  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Mondshein
CAST:  David Strathairn  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Sean McCann  •  Chris Wiggins

When a brilliant crime writer investigates a 40-year-old murder, he confronts a small town's worst fears  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Mondshein
CAST:  David Strathairn  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Sean McCann  •  Chris Wiggins

A Father's Choice (2000)

The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  Yvonne Zima

The fast-paced city life of two sisters is turned upside down when they are sent to live in the country with their father after their mother is killed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Cain
CAST:  Peter Strauss  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Michelle Trachtenberg  •  Yvonne Zima

Courage (1986)

A mother in Queens, New York, outraged when she discovers that her son is a drug addict, becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Billy Dee Williams  •  Héctor Elizondo  •  Val Avery

A mother in Queens, New York, outraged when she discovers that her son is a drug addict, becomes an undercover agent for the DEA to clean up the drug trade in her neighborhood. Based on a true story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Billy Dee Williams  •  Héctor Elizondo  •  Val Avery

Replacing Dad (1999)

Linda and George live in a small town. He is the school principal. They are about to celebrate their 16th anniversary. She catches him with her daughter's young teacher, and has to deal with the kids, the town and her love to him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joyce Chopra
CAST:  Mary McDonnell  •  William Russ  •  Jack Coleman  •  Erik von Detten

Linda and George live in a small town. He is the school principal. They are about to celebrate their 16th anniversary. She catches him with her daughter's young teacher, and has to deal with the kids, the town and her love to him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joyce Chopra
CAST:  Mary McDonnell  •  William Russ  •  Jack Coleman  •  Erik von Detten

For All Time (2000)

A man facing middle-age and a failing marriage finds a time slip that can take him back to the end of the nineteenth century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Schachter
CAST:  Mark Harmon  •  David LeReaney  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Catherine Hicks

A man facing middle-age and a failing marriage finds a time slip that can take him back to the end of the nineteenth century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Schachter
CAST:  Mark Harmon  •  David LeReaney  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Catherine Hicks

Margin Call (2011)

Thought provoking

A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.C. Chandor
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Paul Bettany  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Zachary Quinto

A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.C. Chandor
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Paul Bettany  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Zachary Quinto

Scream 4 (2011)

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Emma Roberts  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Adam Brody  •  Courteney Cox

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Emma Roberts  •  Hayden Panettiere  •  Adam Brody  •  Courteney Cox

Tiger Warsaw (1988)

Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amin Q. Chaudhri
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Piper Laurie  •  Lee Richardson  •  Mary McDonnell

Chuck brought sorrow to his family when he shot his father who is now a semi-invalid. After 15 years of self destruction, he returns home to seek forgiveness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amin Q. Chaudhri
CAST:  Patrick Swayze  •  Piper Laurie  •  Lee Richardson  •  Mary McDonnell
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