From ‘Beaches’ To ‘Hocus Pocus,’ Relive Bette Midler’s Greatest Movie Roles Ever!

Here Are Eight Of Bette Midler’s Best Film Parts Ever!

Bette Midler's Best Film Performances

Throughout her more than 50 years in showbiz, actress, singer, songwriter, comedian, and film producer Bette Midler has starred in lots of unforgettable roles both on the stage and screen. So, to celebrate the actress recently ringing in her 73rd birthday, we’re taking a look back at eight of her best film parts ever from Beachesand The Rose to The First Wives Club and Hocus Pocus — scroll down to see! 

Beaches (1988)

Bette Midler in Beaches

In what is perhaps Bette’s most beloved screen role ever, the actress portrays a New York actress and singer named C.C. Bloom who reflects on her long friendship with heiress and lawyer Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) after tragedy strikes.

The Rose (1979)

Bette Mdler in The Rose

In The Rose, Bette portrays Mary Rose Foster (known as “The Rose”), a famous 1960s rock singer who struggles to deal with the constant pressure of her career and her demanding manager. Bette received her first Oscar nomination for this role.

The First Wives Club (1996)

Bette Midler in The First Wives Club

In First Wives Club, Bette stars alongside Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn as three divorced friends who seek revenge on their ex-husbands who left them for younger women.

For the Boys (1991)

Bette Midler in For The Boys

For the Boys tells the story of retired singer Dixie Leonard (Bette’s character) and her relationship with her longtime showbiz partner Eddie Sparks (played by James Caan). Bette was nominated for her second Oscar for this movie!

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus has become a cult Halloween classic thanks to Bette’s portrayal of Winifred Sanderson, a witch who comes back to life with her sisters (played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) and tries to become immortal by triumphing over a group of kids hoping to stop them.

Ruthless People (1986)

Bette Midler in Ruthless People

In this film, Bette and Danny DeVito play a couple who kidnap the wife of their ex-boss in order to get revenge and extort money from him.

Big Business (1988)

Bette Midler in Big Business

Big Business stars Bette and Lily Tomlin and the two actresses each portray an identical set of twins mismatched at birth. Hilarity, obviously, ensues!

Bette Midler in Down And Out In Beverly Hills

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

This comedy is about a dysfunctional wealthy couple who save the life of a suicidal homeless man. Bette stars alongside Nick Nolte and Richard Dreyfuss in the movie!

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