No single person embodies as much talent and skill as Cher does. Legendary, unforgettable, and iconic, Cher is an award winning actress, singer, and television host that has been in the entertainment industry for over 50 years. Cher was brought into mainstream media and became popular with her husband, Sonny Bono, with their song “I Got You Babe.” Since then, Cher has has a flourishing music career and is known for her timeless songs such as the 1989 power ballad, “If I Could Turn Back Time” and the 1998 upbeat dance hit “Believe.” Outside of her prolific music career, Cher is also an accomplished actress, with many of her performances receiving critical acclaim from both viewers and critics alike. Check out out list of the top 5 best Cher movies.
Whether you adore Cher for her music, respect her for her efforts in LGBT and AIDS activism, or admire for her impact and influence on music and our greater societal culture, you will undeniably love her even more for her film performances.
Best Cher Movies – Burlesque (2010)
When Burlesque was released in 2010, Cher had been on a seven year hiatus from acting in film. This break from acting, however, did not dim her ability to captivate you when watching her on screen. The film centers around Ali Rose, played by the amazing Christina Aguilera, after she quits her job and moves to Los Angeles. An aspiring singer and performer, Rose stumbles into a burlesque club during a performance by Tess Scali (Cher) and the rest is history. The dynamic powerhouse of voices between Cher and Aguilera, along with the character she plays, makes Burlesque a fun film to watch again.
Best Cher Movies – The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
When you combine Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson all together in a film, nothing short of magic happens. In The Witches of Eastwick, Cher is Alex Medford, a single mother and sculptor who, unbeknownst to her (as well as Sarandon and Pfeiffer) is a witch. When all three form a coven and discuss their fantasies about the perfect man, Jack Nicholson comes to town and ultimately seduces all of the women. Comedic and a bit crude, Cher’s performance adds to the amazing dynamic between characters and ultimately makes the film an unforgettable one.
Best Cher Movies – Mask (1985)
Throughout her career in movies, Cher has been known to act in comedic and lighthearted films, however, her brilliant performance in Mask completely changed her acting profile and showed how versatile she was as an actress.
Mask centers around Roy “Rocky” Dennis, a teenage boy who has a rare disorder called carniodiaphyseal dysplasia, but commonly known as lionitis. The disorder affects the shape of the face, making it large and disfigured. Cher plays the role of Rusty, Rocky’s strong and loving mother, who fights the public school system to give him a normal teenage experience. Rusty is also depressed and dependent on drugs and alcohol, making life at home both complicated for her and Rocky. Cher’s fearless performance as a dedicated and loving mother to her son makes this one simply one of her best.
Digging further into Cher’s versatility as an actress, Mermaids is a film that makes you appreciate the sometimes dysfunctional relationship between a mother and her children. After facing a breakup with her married boss, single mother of two, Rachel (Cher), moves her and her two daughters to a small town in Massachusetts. Rachel is witty, eccentric, and complex, which doesn’t always sit well with her well mannered and shy daughter, Charolette (Winona Ryder). Displaying the intimate and often times difficult dynamic of a mother and daughter, Cher leaves you wanting to watch the film over and over again.
Perhaps I’m a little biased, however, there are many reasons why Moonstruck is landing the number one spot on this list. For one, the film was nominated for a total of six Oscars, earning Cher the Oscar for Best Actress, as well as Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Olympia Dukakis. Secondly, the cast is filled with a phenomenal cast, including Olympia Dukakis, Nicholas Cage, and Danny Aiello. Moonstruck follows 37 year-old widow Loretta Castorini as she gradually falls in love with her fiancé’s younger and temperamental brother, Ronnie (Nicholas Cage). The film brilliantly captures what it means to be Italian American, have a close knit family, and the unpredictable nature of falling in love. It is a timeless classic and one I will always watch given the chance.