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This story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
1. Age Of Consent (1969)
Mirren’s first major screen role was in Michael Powell‘s offbeat Australian romance, delivering a captivating turn as the innocent but self-possessed muse to James Mason‘s jaded artist.
2. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1990)
A gangster’s moll never has been so soulful, or so insistently naked, as Mirren’s Georgina Spica in Peter Greenaway‘s super-stylized black comedy.
3. Prime Suspect (1991)
Mirren’s indelible Jane Tennison, an inspector tackling grim cases with no-nonsense ferocity, was a riveting creation that never dimmed during seven seasons of the British TV procedural.
4. Last Orders (2001)
Fred Schepisi‘s drama focuses on men paying tribute to a deceased friend. But as a widow who opts out of the memorial road trip, Mirren created a portrait as tender as it is deceptively simple.
5. Gosford Park (2001)
As the dour housekeeper at an English estate, Mirren had little screen time in Robert Altman‘s delicious period mystery. But the film’s emotional weight rests on her quietly wrenching final scene.
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