Best Helen Mirren Movies and TV Shows Ranked

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Helen Mirren, the British actor, is the only artist to have won both the American and British Triple Crowns of Acting. She has won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. She won three British Academy Television Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as DCI Jane Tennison in the series Prime Suspect. Mirren has appeared in several other films, one of which is Cal (1984), a film that earned her the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress. The actress’s body of work is vast. To make it easy for her fans, we have compiled a list of the ten best Helen Mirren movies and TV shows per their IMDb rating.

10 Best Helen Mirren Movies and TV Shows According to IMDb rating 


IMDb Rating: 8.4

Distinguished by the undeniable star power of Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, 1923 is a solid addition to Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone universe, although it maintains a consistently grim tone. The series depicts the Dutton family in 1923, facing numerous challenges such as Prohibition, drought, and the early stages of the Great Depression. These hardships significantly impacted Montana even before the 1929 Stock Market Crash.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Harrison Ford
  • Brandon Sklenar
  • Julia Schlaepfer
  • Jerome Flynn
  • Darren Mann
  • Isabel May
  • Brian Geraghty
  • Aminah Nieves
  • Michelle Randolph
  • Timothy Dalton
Created by Taylor Sheridan
Release Date December 18, 2022
Running Time 47–69 minutes

Prime Suspect

IMDb Rating: 8.3

Helen Mirren plays Jane Tennison, one of Greater London’s Metropolitan Police Service’s first female Detective Chief Inspectors, who becomes Detective Superintendent while fighting institutionalized misogyny in this police procedural series. In season 4, she is promoted to the position of Detective Superintendent. She then decides to retire from policing at the end of season 7. Between 1992 and 1994, Mirren won three British Academy Television Awards for Best Actress as Tennison. She was placed 29th on ITV’s 2006 British public poll of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars, primarily due to Prime Suspect. The Prime Suspect series consistently received high rankings on IMDb charts across all seasons.


  • Helen Mirren
Created by Lynda La Plante
Release Date April 7, 1991
Running Time 100 minutes

Elizabeth I 

IMDb Rating: 7.9

Elizabeth I is a British-American historical drama TV show that aired in 2005. It has two parts. It was directed by Tom Hooper and written by Nigel Williams. Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth I of England. The story is mainly about the last 24 years of her nearly 45-year rule. Jeremy Irons plays the Earl of Leicester, and Part 1 is about the last few years of her friendship with him. Part 2 is about her connection with the Earl of Essex, played by Hugh Dancy. The series won Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe Awards.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Hugh Dancy
Directed by Tom Hooper
Release Date September 29, 2005
Running Time 223 minutes

Door to Door

IMDb Rating: 7.8

The television drama movie Door to Door was released on the TNT network on July 14, 2002. The film revolves around the life of Bill Porter, a remarkable and accomplished door-to-door salesman who has cerebral palsy. The film received twelve Emmy Award nominations and won six, which included Outstanding Male for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for William H. Macy. Additionally, it was the recipient of a Peabody Award.


  • Helen Mirren
  • William H. Macy
  • Kyra Sedgwick
  • Michael Shanks
  • Kathy Baker
Directed by Steven Schachter
Release Date July 14, 2002
Running Time 90 minutes

White Bird

IMDb Rating: 7.7

The film White Bird premiered on July 30, 2023, at the 43rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. It is slated for release in theatres by Lionsgate. It is based on the 2019 graphic novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio. The film is a spin-off and prequel to Wonder (2017) and features a talented cast, including Ariella Glaser, Orlando Schwerdt, Bryce Gheisar, Gillian Anderson, and Helen Mirren. Notably, Bryce Gheisar reprises his role as Julian from the original Wonder film. The director’s sensitive artistry yields a beautiful end product that subtly achieves the intended emotional and motivational goals, even though some may find fault with the story’s basic aspects.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Ariella Glaser
  • Orlando Schwerdt
  • Bryce Gheisar
  • Gillian Anderson
Directed by Marc Forster
Release Date July 30, 2023 (SFJFF)
Running Time 120 minutes

The Long Good Friday

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Though it follows a standard formula for thrillers set in London’s criminal underworld, The Long Good Friday is significantly better conceived and written than the average tale of its kind. In 2016, the British film magazine Empire ranked The Long Good Friday as the 19th best British film on its list of the 100 best British films. The storyline takes place in London and skillfully intertwines various events and concerns from the late 1970s. These include instances of mid-level political and police corruption, as well as the fundraising activities of the IRA.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Bob Hoskins
Directed by John Mackenzie
Release Date November 3, 1980 (BFI)/ March 29, 1981 (UK)
Running Time 114 minutes

O Lucky Man!

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Helen Mirren essays Patricia / casting call receptionist in O Lucky Man! The movie was entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times, reviewing the movie, wrote: “Staying with it through its almost three-hour running time becomes increasingly nerve-racking, like watching superimposed images that never synchronize. The result does not match the ambition of the intention. The wit is too small, too perfunctory, for the grand plan of the film and the quality of the production itself.”


  • Malcolm McDowell
  • Ralph Richardson
  • Helen Mirren
  • Rachel Roberts
  • Arthur Lowe
  • Dandy Nichols
  • Mona Washbourne
Directed by Lindsay Anderson
Release Date June 20, 1973
Running Time 184 minutes

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 

IMDb Rating: 7.5

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover is a mesmerizing blend of romance and crime that will leave a lasting impression. While it may not cater to every palate, this audacious and powerful film dares to push boundaries and captivate audiences with its bold storytelling. Richard Bohringer plays Richard Boarst (The Crook), Michael Gambon plays Albert Spica (The Thief), Helen Mirren plays Georgina Spica (The Wife), and Alan Howard plays Michael (The Lover) in the film.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Richard Bohringer
  • Michael Gambon
  • Alan Howard
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Release Date September 11, 1989 (TIFF)/ October 13, 1989 (UK)/ November 1, 1989 (France)/ April 6, 1990 (United States)
Running Time 124 minutes


IMDb Rating: 7.4

Trumbo garnered positive reviews, and Bryan Cranston’s performance was highly acclaimed. He received multiple award nominations, including a nomination for the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actor. The film depicts the life of Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter, and is based on a 1977 biography titled Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook. Trumbo is an engrossing revisit to a bygone era of Hollywood where the explored ideas are eerily relevant, and Bryan Cranston’s magnificent performance makes the film practically impossible to miss. It was deemed entertaining, revealing, fascinating, funny, and fast-paced. Helen Mirren plays Hedda Hopper in the flick.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Diane Lane
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Louis C.K.
  • Elle Fanning
  • John Goodman
  • Michael Stuhlbarg
Directed by Jay Roach
Release Date September 12, 2015 (TIFF)/November 6, 2015 (United States)
Running Time 124 minutes

The Queen 

IMDb Rating: 7.3

The Queen portrays the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. In the title role, Helen Mirren’s portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II received widespread critical and popular acclaim. Mirren received high praise from the Queen and was invited to dine at Buckingham Palace. However, Mirren declined to attend the event because she had filming commitments in Hollywood. It is a compelling picture of the British royals in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death and is full of wit, humor, and pathos. The Queen is a fascinating and entertaining watch. Not only does one identify with the subject, but also with the interpretation and storytelling. The film was produced with a budget of $15 million and earned an impressive $123.5 million at the box office.


  • Helen Mirren
  • Michael Sheen
  • James Cromwell
  • Helen McCrory
  • Alex Jennings
  • Roger Allam
  • Sylvia Syms
Directed by Stephen Frears
Release Date September 2, 2006 (Venice)/ September 15, 2006 (United Kingdom)/ October 18, 2006 (France)
Running Time 103 minutes

Other popular Helen Mirren Movies and TV Shows

Movie/Series Title Release Date Genre IMDb Rating
Television Series 1923 December 18, 2022 Western Drama 8.4
Television Series Prime Suspect April 7, 1991 Police Procedural 8.3
Television Series Elizabeth I September 29, 2005 Historical Drama 7.9
Movie Door to Door July 14, 2002 Drama 7.8
Movie White Bird July 30, 2023 (SFJFF) Coming-Of-Age Period Drama 7.7
Movie The Long Good Friday November 3, 1980 (BFI)/ March 29, 1981 (UK) Gangster 7.6
Movie O Lucky Man! June 20, 1973 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy 7.6
Movie The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover September 11, 1989 (TIFF)/ October 13, 1989 (UK)/ November 1, 1989 (France)/ April 6, 1990 (United States) Crime Drama, Art 7.5
Movie Trumbo September 12, 2015 (TIFF)/November 6, 2015 (United States) Biographical Drama 7.4
Movie The Queen September 2, 2006 (Venice)/ September 15, 2006 (United Kingdom)/ October 18, 2006 (France) Biographical Drama 7.3

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