Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

Highest Rated: 100% The Parting Glass (2018)

Lowest Rated: 0% Deadtime Stories (1986)

Birthday: Sep 14, 1960

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

After supporting roles in a handful of small films and a short stint on the soap opera All My Children, New York-born Melissa Leo gained prominence on the critically-acclaimed Barry Levinson-produced television drama Homicide: Life on the Streets. After leaving the show in 1997, Leo continued to appear in a range of features, including 1999's 24 Hour Woman. But it was her role as Benicio Del Toro's wife in 2003's 21 Grams that gave Leo her first exposure to a wide moviegoing audience. The performance also won her recognition from the L.A. Film Critics Association, who named Leo the runner-up for the Best Supporting Actress honor.Leo continued to work steadily in a series of independent films including American Gun, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and Stephanie Daley. In 2008 she landed the lead role in Courtney Hunt's debut feature Frozen River. As a financially strapped woman who turns to human-trafficking in order to earn a living, Leo earned thunderous critical praise as well as Best Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy.Frozen River led her to steady work un a variety of projects, but it was as the matriarch of the boxing brothers in The Fighter that Leo had the biggest success of her career capturing numerous year-end critics awards as well as the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In the years after that she appeared in works as diverse as the remake of Mildred Pierce for HBO, and Kevin Smith's Red State.


Highest Rated Movies



81% Unlovable Maddie 2018
52% Equalizer 2 Susan Plummer 2018
20% Furlough Joan Anderson 2018
100% The Parting Glass Actor 2018
86% Novitiate Reverend Mother $0.6M 2017
36% The Most Hated Woman In America Madalyn Murray O'Hair 2017
60% Burn Country Gloria 2016
60% Snowden Laura Poitras $21.6M 2016
88% All the Way Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson 2016
27% London Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan 2016
88% The Big Short Georgia Hale 2015
No Score Yet She's The Best Thing In It Actor 2015
No Score Yet Veronika Decides to Die Mari 2015
No Score Yet After the Spill Actor 2015
59% The Equalizer Susan Plummer $85.3M 2014
No Score Yet Dwegons And Leprechauns Grandma Fitz/Butterfly McDweg/Mrs. Fitzgerald 2014
100% The Only Real Game Narrator 2014
9% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Bette Altmann 2014
33% Bottled Up Producer Fay 2014
27% Charlie Countryman Katie 2013
80% Prisoners Holly Jones $61M 2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Actor 2013
No Score Yet Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Robin 2013
53% Oblivion Sally $89.1M 2013
49% Olympus Has Fallen Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan $98.7M 2013
No Score Yet Silent Witness Patti Mullen 2013
77% Flight Ellen Block $89.5M 2012
No Score Yet Dear Governor Cuomo Actor 2012
33% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best Sarah $7.4K 2012
60% Francine Francine 2012
25% Why Stop Now? Actor $2.1K 2012
No Score Yet Santa Mesa Maggie 2012
60% Red State Sara $1.1M 2011
No Score Yet The Space Between Montine McLeod 2011
15% Seven Days In Utopia Lily $4.4M 2011
75% True Adolescents Sharon 2011
75% Dear Lemon Lima Mrs. Howard 2011
No Score Yet The Sea Is All I Know Actor 2011
91% The Fighter Alice Ward $93.6M 2010
54% Welcome to the Rileys Lois Riley $0.2M 2010
67% Conviction Nancy Taylor $6.8M 2010
64% The Dry Land Martha $7.9K 2010
38% Don McKay Marie 2010
60% According To Greta Actor 2010
No Score Yet Stephanie's Image Stephanie 2009
No Score Yet Runaway (Runaway Boys) Lisa Adler 2009
47% Everybody's Fine Colleen $8.9M 2009
20% Ball Don't Lie Georgia 2008
18% Righteous Kill Cheryl Brooks $40M 2008
88% Frozen River Ray $2.1M 2008
13% The Alphabet Killer Kathy Walsh 2008
31% Black Irish Margaret McKay 2007
No Score Yet One Night Actor 2007
13% Mr. Woodcock Sally Jansen $25.8M 2007
No Score Yet Racing Daylight Sadie Stokes 2007
36% Hollywood Dreams Aunt Bee $89.7K 2007
64% The Cake Eaters Ceci 2007
No Score Yet The House Is Burning Actor 2006
39% American Gun Louise 2006
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Rachel $5M 2006
No Score Yet The Limbo Room KC Collins 2006
90% Stephanie Daley Miri 2006
No Score Yet Lullaby Stephanie 2006
No Score Yet I Believe in America Actor 2006
No Score Yet Confess Agnes Lessor 2005
13% Hide and Seek Laura $51.2M 2005
38% From Other Worlds Miriam 2004
80% 21 Grams Marianne Jordan $16.2M 2003
86% Homicide: The Movie Kay Howard 2000
No Score Yet Fear of Fiction Sigrid Anderssen 2000
47% Twenty-Four Hour Woman Dr. Suzanne Pincus 1999
No Score Yet Código de Éticas Actor 1997
64% Last Summer in the Hamptons Trish 1995
No Score Yet Scarlett Actor 1994
69% The Ballad of Little Jo Mrs. Grey 1993
No Score Yet Venice/Venice Peggy 1992
No Score Yet Immaculate Conception Hannah 1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons Cassie 1992
No Score Yet Nasty Boys Actor 1989
No Score Yet A Time of Destiny Josie Larraneta 1988
0% Deadtime Stories Judith "MaMa" Baer 1986
No Score Yet Always Peggy 1985
No Score Yet Streetwalkin' Cookie 1985


No Score Yet I Know This Much Is True
Ma 2020
50% Dolly Parton's Heartstrings
Amelia Meegers 2019
51% I'm Dying Up Here
Goldie 2018
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2017
60% Wayward Pines
Nurse Pam 2016
96% Treme
Toni Bernette 2013
94% Louie
Laurie 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
Guest 2011
80% Mildred Pierce
Lucy Gessler 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order
Donna Cheponis Sherri Quinn Alice Sutton Sheri Quinn 2008
No Score Yet Cold Case
Tanya Raymes 2007
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Georgia Davis 2007
52% Shark
Elizabeth Rourke 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Maureen Curtis 2005
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Sybil Perez 2004
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Howard Det./Sgt. Kay Howard Sgt. Kay Howard 1999
57% Legacy
Emma Bradford 1998
No Score Yet Miami Vice
Kathleen 1988
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Irina 1985
No Score Yet Treme
Toni Bernette


Susan Plummer says: He didn't come for help. He came for permission.

Brian Plummer says: Can you help him?

Susan Plummer says: He didn't come for help. He came for permission.

Sally says: Tower 49, this is Mission Control, how ya'll doing this lovely morning?

Victoria "Vika" Olsen says: Another day in paradise Sally!

Mallory says: Hey, you know me and Doug, we don't fool around or anything like that. I'm just sayin' that I mean nothin' like that.

Lois Riley says: I believe you

Mallory says: Because, I mean, he's completely old school. It's crazy.

Lois Riley says: I believe you.

Jack Harper says: How can a man die better…

Sally says: You don't have to die, Jack. She doesn't have to die.

Jack Harper says: Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.

Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan says: How's my hair?

Speaker Allan Trumbull says: Not a hair out of place!

President Benjamin Asher says: Not a hair out of place!

Sadie Stokes says: There have always been Stokes'in Cedarsville.

Sadie Stokes says: Part of losing your mind is freeing it.

Sadie Stokes says: The crazy mind creates it's own order.

Sadie Stokes says: Everything I have belonged to someone else before me.

Mallory says: Hey you know me and Doug, we don't fool around or anything like that. I'm just saying I mean nothing like that.

Lois Riley says: I believe you.

Mallory says: Because, I mean, he's completely old school. It's crazy.

Sarah Cooper says: "How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child?"! You get down on your knees and pray for God's forgiveness!

Sarah Cooper says: How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child?! You get down on your knees and pray for God's forgiveness!

Lois Riley says: You can leave me if you have to, but I will never leave you.

Sarah Cooper says: I don't let no man near me unless he's got at least two beers in him.