Meryl Streep's 21 best performances
Would Hollywood even exist without the three-time Academy Award-winning legend?
It's almost become a cliché in itself to champion the Meryl Streep's unparalleled, once-in-a-generation talents on the screen, but you don't become an icon without the work to back it up. Here, EW has assembled the finest performances from the world's greatest living actress, from the ingenue days of The Deer Hunter and The Seduction of Joe Tynan, through to her ongoing imperial phase in commercial hits (The Devil Wears Prada), prestige gems (Doubt), and even the messiest — yet nonetheless delectably juicy — bits in between (She-Devil). While Streep may one day turn her full-time attention elsewhere (like making her president role — well, a more just version anyways — in Adam Mckay's Don't Look Up a reality), read on for a chronological unranked compilation of the cinema deity's best work to date.