Annette Bening

An American film and television actress. She's a four-time Academy Awards nominee for her roles in the feature films The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right, winning Golden Globe Awards for the latter two films. Her performance in the perfect American Beauty was considered remarkable and groundbreaking by critics and audiences alike. Many believe that Bening should have taken home the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 2000 Oscars over the less impressive Hilary Swank for her performance in Boys Don't Cry.

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The American President (1995)

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Widowed U.S. president Andrew Shepherd, one of the world's most powerful men, can have anything he wants -- and what he covets most is Sydney Ellen Wade, a Washington lobbyist. But Shepherd's attempts at courting her spark wild rumors and decimate his approval ratings.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Annette Bening  •  Michael J. Fox  •  Martin Sheen

Widowed U.S. president Andrew Shepherd, one of the world's most powerful men, can have anything he wants -- and what he covets most is Sydney Ellen Wade, a Washington lobbyist. But Shepherd's attempts at courting her spark wild rumors and decimate his approval ratings.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Annette Bening  •  Michael J. Fox  •  Martin Sheen

American Beauty (1999)

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Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley

Ruby Sparks (2012)

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Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Alia Shawkat  •  Paul Dano  •  Deborah Ann Woll

Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby, in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Dayton  •  Valerie Faris
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Alia Shawkat  •  Paul Dano  •  Deborah Ann Woll

Being Julia (2004)

Julia Lambert is a true diva: beautiful, talented, weathly and famous. She has it all - including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career - but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  István Szabó
CAST:  Michael Gambon  •  Annette Bening  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Leigh Lawson

Julia Lambert is a true diva: beautiful, talented, weathly and famous. She has it all - including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career - but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  István Szabó
CAST:  Michael Gambon  •  Annette Bening  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Leigh Lawson

Bugsy (1991)

New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Annette Bening  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ben Kingsley

New York gangster Ben 'Bugsy' Siegel takes a brief business trip to Los Angeles. A sharp-dressing womanizer with a foul temper, Siegel doesn't hesitate to kill or maim anyone crossing him. In L.A. the life, the movies, and most of all strong-willed Virginia Hill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Levinson
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Annette Bening  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ben Kingsley

Mars Attacks! (1996)

'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Glenn Close  •  Annette Bening  •  Pierce Brosnan

'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Glenn Close  •  Annette Bening  •  Pierce Brosnan

Open Range (2003)

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Costner
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Robert Duvall  •  Michael Gambon  •  Michael Jeter

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Costner
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Robert Duvall  •  Michael Gambon  •  Michael Jeter

Regarding Henry (1991)

Respected lawyer, Henry Turner survives a convenience-store shooting only to find he has lost his memory, and has serious speech and mobility issues. After also losing his job—where he no longer 'fits in'—his loving wife and daughter give him all their love and support.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Annette Bening  •  Michael Haley  •  Bill Nunn

Respected lawyer, Henry Turner survives a convenience-store shooting only to find he has lost his memory, and has serious speech and mobility issues. After also losing his job—where he no longer 'fits in'—his loving wife and daughter give him all their love and support.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Annette Bening  •  Michael Haley  •  Bill Nunn

Richard III (1995)

A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III (Ian McKellen) descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Loncraine
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Annette Bening  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Kristin Scott Thomas

A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III (Ian McKellen) descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Loncraine
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Annette Bening  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Kristin Scott Thomas

The Great Outdoors (1988)

It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig, his wife, Kate, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  John Candy  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Annette Bening  •  Stephanie Faracy

It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig, his wife, Kate, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  John Candy  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Annette Bening  •  Stephanie Faracy

The Grifters (1990)

A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  John Cusack  •  Annette Bening  •  Jan Munroe

A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  John Cusack  •  Annette Bening  •  Jan Munroe

The Siege (1998)

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his Middle East homeland leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and decommission the enemy cells, but must also deal with an Army General gone rogue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Annette Bening  •  Bruce Willis  •  Tony Shalhoub

The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist from his Middle East homeland leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York. An FBI senior agent and his team attempt to locate and decommission the enemy cells, but must also deal with an Army General gone rogue ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Annette Bening  •  Bruce Willis  •  Tony Shalhoub

Valmont (1989)

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Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Annette Bening  •  Meg Tilly  •  Fairuza Balk

Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  Colin Firth  •  Annette Bening  •  Meg Tilly  •  Fairuza Balk

Running with Scissors (2006)

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Murphy
CAST:  Annette Bening  •  Brian Cox  •  Joseph Cross  •  Joseph Fiennes

Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Murphy
CAST:  Annette Bening  •  Brian Cox  •  Joseph Cross  •  Joseph Fiennes

Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ex wife shares a whirlpool of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Winkler
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Annette Bening  •  George Wendt  •  Patricia Wettig

This compelling story vividly recreates Hollywood's infamous 'Blacklist Era'. The witch-hunt has begun and director David Merrill can revive his stalled career by testifying against friends who are suspected communists. Merrill's ex wife shares a whirlpool of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irwin Winkler
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Annette Bening  •  George Wendt  •  Patricia Wettig

In Dreams (1999)

A suburban housewife learns that she has psychic connections to a serial killer, and can predict this person's motives through her dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Jordan
CAST:  Annette Bening  •  Katie Sagona  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Aidan Quinn

A suburban housewife learns that she has psychic connections to a serial killer, and can predict this person's motives through her dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Jordan
CAST:  Annette Bening  •  Katie Sagona  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Aidan Quinn

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. Life becomes so much more interesting when the father, two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Annette Bening  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Mia Wasikowska

Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the donor. Life becomes so much more interesting when the father, two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lisa Cholodenko
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Annette Bening  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Mia Wasikowska

American Beauty: Look Closer... (2000)

A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbara Toennies
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Alan Ball  •  Annette Bening  •  Wes Bentley

A promotional short documentary on the making of the film American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbara Toennies
CAST:  Scott Bakula  •  Alan Ball  •  Annette Bening  •  Wes Bentley

Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal (2018)

Examine the rise and fall of Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein following the scandal in 2017. Learn from exclusive interviews with those who knew him in the industry, and a discussion of the start of the #MeToo movement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Hill
CAST:  Harvey Weinstein  •  Kristyn Burtt  •  Ashley Pearson  •  Marc Malkin

Examine the rise and fall of Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein following the scandal in 2017. Learn from exclusive interviews with those who knew him in the industry, and a discussion of the start of the #MeToo movement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Hill
CAST:  Harvey Weinstein  •  Kristyn Burtt  •  Ashley Pearson  •  Marc Malkin

The Face of Love (2013)

A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arie Posin
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ed Harris  •  Annette Bening  •  Amy Brenneman

A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arie Posin
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ed Harris  •  Annette Bening  •  Amy Brenneman
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