Every Judi Dench film ranked!
From her 1964 big-screen debut to the 90s roles including James Bonds boss, M that made her a Hollywood star, heres the rundown of every single Dench movie
51. Run for Your Wife (2012)
This is the bottom of the heap. Scrape the barrel long enough and you will find this under the barrel, somewhere near the centre of the Earth. Dench has a baffling cameo as a bag lady in this world-historically terrible and unfunny farce by Ray Cooney.
50. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
What a toe-curler. Dench is tiresome in this awful film playing the real-life Laura Henderson, who bought the Windmill theatre in Soho, London, in the 1940s, and turned it into a saucy revue. She has supposedly adorable patrician mannerisms.
49. The Shipping News (2001)
Sad to say, there is something gratingly hammy about Denchs performance as Kevin Spaceys cranky great-aunt. Best forgotten.
48. The Third Secret (1964)
Denchs first film role was this honest contribution to a thriller directed by the legendary Ealing director Charles Crichton. She is the slightly supercilious, posh assistant to an art gallery owner played by Richard Attenborough.
47. A Study in Terror (1965)
John Nevilles Sherlock Holmes goes on the hunt for Jack the Ripper. Dench has the workaday role of Sally, the niece of Dr Murray (Anthony Quayle) who runs a charitable hostel for down-and-out people.
46. Dead Cert (1974)
Dench does her professional best in this Dick Francis murder mystery. A racehorse owner investigates the suspicious death of his friend. But he was having an affair with the dead mans wife now widow Laura, played by Dench.
45. Die Another Day (2002)
A notoriously ropey Bond (the one with the invisible car). Denchs M demands to know why Bond didnt use his suicide pill, when he was captured by the North Koreans. That says it all.
44. He Who Rides a Tiger (1965)
Another cult British kitchen-sinker for devotees of the digital channel Talking Pictures. Dench is the young, pretty but poor girl that Tom Bells cynical burglar comes to love but not enough to mend his ways.
43. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Dench plays Princess Dragomiroff with a wacky Ryussian accyent in the classic Agatha Christie mystery.
42. Tulip Fever (2017)
We are in the realms of silliness here. Dench plays a pipe-smoking abbess.
41. Chocolat (2000)
Juliette Binoches spirited and supportive landlady is played by Dench with vigour and poise: she lends some grit to a flabby film.
40. Spectre (2015)
A tiny flashback cameo.
39. Luther (1974)
Dench is Martin Luthers wife Katherine, or Katie, in this version of John Osbornes play. She is featured towards the end of the film in a submissive domestic role. She does a professional job, but theres little for her to get her teeth into.