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The Exorcist (1973)

Ellen Burstyn as "Chris MacNeil"

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

Academy Award (1973) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1973) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Last Picture Show (1971)

Ellen Burstyn as "Lois Farrow"

High school seniors and best friends, Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges), live in a dying Texas town. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), while Sonny is having an affair with the coach's wife, Ruth (Cloris Leachman). As graduation nears, both boys contemplate their futures. While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else.

Academy Award (1971) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1971) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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