Cher's Top Acting Performances: A Ranking

Exploring the Multifaceted Talent of Cher in Film.

by Nouman Rasool
Cher's Top Acting Performances: A Ranking
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In the kaleidoscopic world of entertainment, few stars shine as brightly as Cher. This icon, a household name since the swinging '60s, has not only gifted the world with a treasury of musical hits and mesmerizing world tours, but also graced Broadway with her inimitable presence.

However, what many may not realize is that Cher’s talents extend far beyond her musical prowess; she is also an esteemed actress with a rich tapestry of roles in her portfolio. This versatile artist began her cinematic journey years ago, traversing diverse genres from gripping biographical dramas to heartwarming romantic comedies.

Her acting career is crowned by an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her sterling performance in the beloved classic, 'Moonstruck' For those eager to delve into Cher’s filmography but unsure where to start, this guide ranks some of her most impactful movie performances.

7-'Suspect' – In this late 1980s crime thriller, Cher portrays Kathleen Riley, a determined public defender in Washington D.C. The film, shot in the scenic landscapes of Ontario, features stars like Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson.

6-'Witches of Eastwick' – Around the same period, Cher played Alexandra Medford, a resilient single mother and sculptor in Rhode Island, in 'Witches of Eastwick' The film, which includes legends like Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer, earned two Academy Award nominations.

5-'Mermaids' – In this 1990 romance drama, Cher shines as a single mother navigating life with her two daughters in a quaint New England town during the 1960s. The film, a Golden Globe nominee, also stars Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, marking Ricci's film debut.

4-'Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again' – A list of Cher's top acting roles would be incomplete without this timeless musical, featuring the likes of Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Pierce Brosnan. This film also marked a nostalgic reunion for Cher and Streep, rekindling memories of their collaboration in 'Silkwood'

3-'Mask' – In this 1985 biographical drama, Cher delivers a powerful performance as Rusty Dennis, a motorcycle-riding, former go-go dancer mother. The film is a poignant portrayal of her son Rocky Dennis's life, marked by a rare bone condition.

2- 'Silkwood' – Joining forces with Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell, Cher starred in this 1983 biographical drama. The film, a recipient of five Oscar nominations, including one for Cher's Best Supporting Actress, was co-written by renowned author Nora Ephron.

1-'Moonstruck' – Perhaps Cher’s most acclaimed role, 'Moonstruck' showcases her as Loretta Castorini, a Brooklyn bookkeeper who unexpectedly falls for her fiancé’s brother. This role earned Cher several awards, cementing her status as a multifaceted artist.

Cher's journey in cinema is a testament to her extraordinary versatility and enduring appeal, proving that her talents transcend the boundaries of music and stage, enchanting audiences in the world of film as well.