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Melissa Leo

Highest Rated:   100% Novitiate (2017)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Novitiate
  • Reverend Mother
2017
60% Burn Country
  • Gloria
2016
61% Snowden
  • Laura Poitras
2016
87% All the Way
  • Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson
2016
25% 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
60% The Equalizer
  • Susan Plummer
2014
No Score Yet Dwegons And Leprechauns
  • Grandma Fitz/Butterfly McDweg/Mrs. Fitzgerald
2014
100% The Only Real Game
  • Narrator
2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  • Bette Altmann
2014
33% Bottled Up
  • Fay
  • Producer
2014
28% Charlie Countryman
  • Katie
2013
81% Prisoners
  • Holly Jones
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
2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
2013
No Score Yet Silent Witness
  • Patti Mullen
2013
78% Flight
  • Ellen Block
2012
No Score Yet Dear Governor Cuomo
  • Actor
2012
37% The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best
  • Sarah
2012
60% Francine
  • Francine
2012
24% Why Stop Now?
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Santa Mesa
  • Maggie
2012
59% Red State
  • Sara
2011
No Score Yet The Space Between
  • Montine McLeod
2011
14% Seven Days In Utopia
  • Lily
2011
75% True Adolescents
  • Sharon
2011
80% Dear Lemon Lima
  • Mrs. Howard
2011
No Score Yet The Sea Is All I Know
  • Actor
2011
50% Mildred Pierce
  • Lucy Gessler
2011
90% The Fighter
  • Alice Ward
2010
54% Welcome to the Rileys
  • Lois Riley
2010
67% Conviction
  • Nancy Taylor
2010
63% The Dry Land
  • Martha
2010
38% Don McKay
  • Marie
2010
No Score Yet According To Greta
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Stephanie's Image
  • Stephanie
2009
No Score Yet Runaway (Runaway Boys)
  • Lisa Adler
2009
46% Everybody's Fine
  • Colleen
2009
No Score Yet Fear of Fiction
  • Actor
2009
20% Ball Don't Lie
  • Georgia
2008
19% Righteous Kill
  • Cheryl Brooks
2008
88% Frozen River
  • Ray
2008
14% The Alphabet Killer
  • Kathy Walsh
2008
31% Black Irish
  • Margaret McKay
2007
No Score Yet One Night
  • Actor
2007
13% Mr. Woodcock
  • Sally Jansen
2007
No Score Yet Racing Daylight
  • Sadie Stokes
2007
36% Hollywood Dreams
  • Aunt Bee
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
2006
No Score Yet The Limbo Room
  • KC Collins
2006
90% What She Knew
  • 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
2005
38% From Other Worlds
  • Miriam
2004
80% 21 Grams
  • Marianne Jordan
2003
100% 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
73% 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
No Score Yet Dead Time Stories
  • Judith "MaMa" Baer
1986
No Score Yet Always
  • Peggy
1985
No Score Yet Streetwalkin'
  • Cookie
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
80% Mildred Pierce
2011
  • Lucy Gessler
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Toni Bernette
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Laurie
Treme
  • Toni Bernette
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Maureen Curtis
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Donna Cheponis Sherri Quinn Alice Sutton Sheri Quinn
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Tanya Raymes
58% Wayward Pines
2015-2016
  • Nurse Pam
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Georgia Davis
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Sybil Perez

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