Michelle Pfeiffer took a four-year break early in the decade to raise her children, and then emerged again in 2007, but none of her latest films will end up on the list of the 5 best Michelle Pfeiffer movies. Although she has played some great roles since her return, like Velma Von Tussle in "Hairspray" and Lamia in "Stardust," none come close to some of Michelle's earlier, and oftentimes award-winning, work.
- "The Fabulous Baker Boys." Topping the list of the five best Michelle Pfeiffer movies is 1989's "The Fabulous Baker Boys." Pfeiffer played Susie Diamond, a call girl who turned over a new leaf and became a lounge singer. Her sizzling vocal performances, most memorably "Makin' Whoopee," drew comparisons to Hollywood starlets Carole Lombard and Rita Hayworth, and garnered an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win for Pfeiffer.
- "Dangerous Liaisons." The 1988 film "Dangerous Liaisons," her first period drama, takes second place on the list of best Michelle Pfeiffer movies. She starred as Madame de Tourvel, the very virtuous and very married aristocrat who became an unknown pawn in a game of seduction and deceit, and earned Pfeiffer her first Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actress.
- "Love Field." Her portrayal of Lurene Hallet, a Kennedy obsessed Dallas housewife, makes "Love Field" one of the best Michelle Pfeiffer movies. After the President's assassination Lurene travels by bus from Texas to Washington D.C. to attend his funeral and befriends a young African American woman and her dad along the way. The film earned Pfeiffer her third Academy Award nomination.
- "Married to the Mob." In 1988 Michelle took a role slightly out of her comfort zone when she was cast as Angela de Marco in "Married to the Mob," the next film on the list of best Michelle Pfeiffer movies. Her turn as the brunette mob wife with the thick Brooklyn accent, proved she was as adept at comedy as she was at drama and got her the first of six consecutive Golden Globe nominations.
- "Scarface." Before making "Scarface," Michelle Pfeiffer made a film that definitely did not make the list of the best Michelle Pfeiffer movies—"Grease 2." In fact the movie was so bad that her agent admitted in the book "Pfeiffer: Beyond the Age of Innocence" that for almost a year no one wanted to hire her, including Brian de Palma. The director did ultimately give in to his producer's insistence, and it seems like he made the right choice. After playing Tony Montana's (Al Pacino) cokehead trophy wife Elvira Hancock, Michelle was on the road to great things.