Graph movies
seen per year

home

Graph # of
movies reviewed

Favorite 100 Movies Browse Movies
Search Movies by:
Title: Year:
Power Search
Search Cast by:
First: Last:
Browse Cast Lists Recently Reviewed Movies

Bette Midler
Scroll down for movie list.
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

Actress, singer, producer. (b. Dec. 1, 1945, Honolulu.) Not many superstars get their show-biz starts entertaining in gay bathhouses, but Bette Midler is not your average superstar. Short, busty, and totally uninhibited on stage, her brassy demeanor, passion for old songs and older jokes, and selfmocking devotion to the muse of comedy make her a refreshing change in an era when most divas take themselves so-o-o seriously. Her legendary concerts are preserved in several cable specials and albums, as well as the 1980 featureDivine Madness! (She earned two Emmys, one for a performance on "The Tonight Show," the program that introduced her to a national audience, and another for a 1978 variety special. She was also awarded a special Tony Award in 1974.) After some extra work (in films likeHawaii largely filmed in her home state) and a role in a 1970s cheapie retitledThe Di vine Mr. J she hit the big time with her first major role, playing a thinly disguised Janis Joplin inThe Rose (1979), and earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance. She then crashed in the aptly titledJinxed! (1982); her feuds with costar Ken Wahl and director Don Siegel garnered more ink than the film itself.

Midler would seem to have been finished in movies, though she did film a very funny music video, "Beast of Burden," with Mick Jagger (in which they each got a pie in the face). Then in 1986 Paul Mazursky cast her as an uptight Beverly Hills matron in Down and Out in Beverly Hills and she scored a hit. The Disney studio then kept her busy in such popular comedies as Ruthless People (also 1986),Outrageous Fortune (1987), andBig Business (1988); that same year, she provided a voice for the animatedOliver & Company and starred in the soapyBeaches which she produced, and which earned her a Grammy for the song "Wind Beneath My Wings." She wasn't as lucky withStella a treacly 1990 remake ofStella Dallas Her teaming with Woody Allen inScenes From a Mall (1991) was more inspired than the film itself. She produced and starred in the ambitious, lavish musical dramaFor the Boys (also 1991), which failed at the box office but did give Midler some residual satisfaction when her performance was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1993 she starred as a witch in the uninspired comedy Hocus Pocus and then took the plum role of Mama Rose in a TV production of the Broadway musical "Gypsy."

Bette Midler stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Beaches 1986 With Jessica 1/2 *
Ruthless People 1986 With Jessica Digital ****
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 With Jessica ** 1/2
Outrageous Fortune 1987 With Jessica **
Big Business 1988 With Jessica ** 1/2
Scenes From a Mall 1991 With Greta and Trish at Showcase Orange *
Hocus Pocus 1993 Suzy and Hanna Digital **
The First Wives Club 1996 Don't Remember ***
What Women Want 2000 Hoyts Branford *** 1/2
Drowning Mona 2000 Cheri and Durkins at Showcase North Haven? ***
The Stepford Wives 2004 w/ Suzy on DVD **
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 Suzy, Hanna and Aleah Digital * 1/2
Parental Guidance 2012 Suzy and Hanna Digital ** 1/2