Sally Field as Betty and Guy Fieri as himself in '80 For Brady' from Paramount Pictures.

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We like her ... we really like her!

Since her TV debut in the 1960s as 'Gidget' and 'The Flying Nun,' actress Sally Field has gone on to receive 2 Academy Awards for Best Actress for her roles in 'Norma Rae' and 'Places in the Heart,' while she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in 'Lincoln.'

She's also appeared in such classic and beloved movies as 'Smokey and the Bandit,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' 'Steel Magnolias,' 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' and 'Forest Gump.'

Field's latest, '80 for Brady,' which also stars Jane Fonda,Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno, opens in theaters on February 3rd.

In honor of the new film, Moviefone is counting down the top 20 movies of Sally Field's career, including '80 for Brady.'

Let's begin!

20. 'Punchline' (1988)

Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures

Lilah Krytsick (Field) is a mother and housewife who's always believed she could be a stand-up comedian. Steven Gold (Tom Hanks) is an experienced stand-up seemingly on the cusp of success. When the two meet, they form an unlikely friendship, and Steven tries to help the untried Lilah develop her stage act. Despite the objections of her family and some very wobbly beginnings, Lilah improves, and soon she finds herself competing with Steven for a coveted television spot.



"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."
R2 hr 3 minOct 7th, 1988

19. 'Eye for an Eye' (1996)

It's fire and brimstone time as grieving mother Karen McCann (Field) takes justice into her own hands when a kangaroo court in Los Angeles fails to convict Robert Doob (Kiefer Sutherland), the monster who raped and murdered her 17-year-old daughter (Olivia Burnette).

Eye for an Eye

"What do you do when justice fails?"
R1 hr 41 minJan 12th, 1996

18. 'Not Without My Daughter' (1991)

An American woman (Field), trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband (Alfred Molina), must find a way to escape with her daughter (Sheila Rosenthal) as well.

Not Without My Daughter

Not Without My Daughter

"In 1984, Betty Mahmoody's husband took his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. He swore they would be safe. They would be happy. They would be free to leave. He lied."
PG-131 hr 56 minJan 11th, 1991

17. 'Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde' (2003)

Now a rising young lawyer, Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is about to make partner at her firm, but when she finds out her dog's relatives are being used as cosmetic test subjects, she heads to Washington D.C. to fight for animal rights. Field plays Congresswoman Victoria Rudd.

16. 'Stay Hungry' (1976)

A dishonest businessman asks rich layabout Craig Blake (Jeff Bridges) to help him buy a gym, which will be demolished for a development project in Alabama. But after spending time with weightlifter Joe Santo (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and gym worker Mary Tate Farnsworth (Field), Craig wants out of the deal. The property negotiations turn ugly, causing a brawl at the gym and a spectacle at a big bodybuilding meet, as Craig learns that it's not easy to turn your back on fair-weather friends.

Stay Hungry

Stay Hungry

"If you've got an appetite for life:"
Not Yet Rated1 hr 42 minApr 23rd, 1976

15. 'Hello, My Name Is Doris' (2016)

Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions

A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman (Field) to romantically pursue her younger co-worker (Max Greenfield).

Hello, My Name Is Doris

"She's not ready to act her age"
R1 hr 35 minMar 11th, 2016

14. 'The Amazing Spider-Man' (2012)

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is an outcast high schooler abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today.

As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father (Campbell Scott), he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

The Amazing Spider-Man

"The untold story begins."
PG-132 hr 16 minJul 3rd, 2012

13. 'Murphy's Romance' (1985)

Emma (Field), a divorced single mother seeking to start her life over, moves to a small town in Arizona. She befriends Murphy (James Garner), the older local pharmacist, but things turn complicated when her ex-husband (Brian Kerwin) shows up.

Murphy's Romance

Murphy's Romance

"Just when you think you've found the right guy, someone even worse comes along."
PG-131 hr 47 minDec 25th, 1985

12. 'Hooper' (1978)

Legendary stunt man, Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) remains one of the top men in his field, but due to too many stressful impacts to the spine and the need to pop pain killers several times a day, he knows he should get out of the industry before he ends up permanently disabled. Field plays Gwen Doyle, Sonny's girlfriend.



"The greatest stuntman alive!"
PG1 hr 39 minJul 28th, 1978

11. 'Places in the Heart' (1984)

In 1930s Texas, a widow (Field) and her family fight to save their home by harvesting cotton.

Field received her second of two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performance.

Places in the Heart

Places in the Heart

"The story of a woman fighting for her children, for her land, for the greatest dream there is...the future."
PG1 hr 51 minSep 11th, 1984

10. 'Spoiler Alert' (2022)

Bill Irwin stars as Bob, Sally Field as Marilyn, Ben Aldridge as Kit Cowan and Jim Parsons as Michael Ausiello in director Michael Showalter’s 'Spoiler Alert,' a Focus Features release.

(L to R) Bill Irwin stars as Bob, Sally Field as Marilyn, Ben Aldridge as Kit Cowan and Jim Parsons as Michael Ausiello in director Michael Showalter’s 'Spoiler Alert,' a Focus Features release. Photo: Linda Källérus / © 2022 Focus Features LLC.

Based on Michael Ausiello’s best-selling memoir “Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies,” the film is a heartwarming, funny and life-affirming story of how Michael (Jim Parsons) and Kit’s (Ben Aldridge) relationship is transformed and deepened when one of them falls ill. Field plays Kit's mother, Marilyn.

Spoiler Alert

"Love never stops surprising you. Even when you know how it ends."
PG-131 hr 50 minDec 9th, 2022
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9. '80 for Brady' (2023)

Inspired by the true story of four best friends (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno and Field) living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play.

80 for Brady

"Best friends get into the best kind of trouble."
PG-131 hr 38 minFeb 3rd, 2023
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8. 'Soapdish' (1991)

Celeste Talbert (Field) is the star of the long-running soap opera "The Sun Also Sets." With the show's ratings down, Celeste's ruthlessly ambitious co-star, Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty), and the show's arrogant producer, David Seton Barnes (Robert Downey Jr.), plot to aggravate her into leaving the show by bringing back her old flame, Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline), and hiring her beautiful young niece, Lori Craven (Elisabeth Shue).



"All that glitter... All that glamour... All that dirt."
PG-131 hr 37 minMay 31st, 1991

7. 'Smokey and the Bandit' (1977)

A race car driver (Burt Reynolds) tries to transport an illegal beer shipment from Texas to Atlanta in under 28 hours, picking up a reluctant bride-to-be (Field) on the way, while chased by a local Sheriff (Jackie Gleason).

Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit

"What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!"
PG1 hr 36 minMay 27th, 1977
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6. 'Absence of Malice' (1981)

Megan Carter (Field) is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher (Paul Newman), a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, tragedy follows, forcing Carter to face up to the responsibilities of her job when she is confronted by Gallagher.

Absence of Malice

Absence of Malice

"In America can a man be guilty until proven innocent?"
PG1 hr 56 minDec 18th, 1981

5. 'Norma Rae' (1979)

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

Norma Rae (Field) is a southern textile worker employed in a factory with intolerable working conditions. This concern about the situation gives her the gumption to be the key associate to a visiting labor union organizer (Ron Leibman). Together, they undertake the difficult, and possibly dangerous, struggle to unionize her factory.

Field received the first or her two Academy Awards for Best Actress for this performance.

Norma Rae

Norma Rae

"The story of a woman with the courage to risk everything for what she believes is right."
PG1 hr 50 minMar 2nd, 1979

4. 'Lincoln' (2012)

The revealing story of the 16th US President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Field plays First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.


PG-132 hr 29 minNov 16th, 2012

3. 'Steel Magnolias' (1989)

A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women (Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, and Olympia Dukakis) share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

"The funniest movie ever to make you cry"
PG1 hr 59 minNov 15th, 1989

2. 'Mrs. Doubtfire' (1993)

Loving but irresponsible dad Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), estranged from his exasperated spouse (Field), is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job -- disguised as an English nanny. Soon he becomes not only his children's best pal but the kind of parent he should have been from the start.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

"She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise."
PG-132 hr 5 minNov 24th, 1993
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1. 'Forrest Gump' (1994)

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

A man with a low IQ (Tom Hanks) has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events—in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love (Robin Wright) eludes him. Field plays Forrest's mother, while Gary Sinise plays Lieutenant Dan Taylor, and Mykelti Williamson plays Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue.

Forrest Gump

"The world will never be the same once you've seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump."
PG-132 hr 22 minJul 6th, 1994