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9. "The Deer Hunter" (1978)
Though not her first film, the 1978 Best Picture winner was essentially Streep’s coming-out party, snagging the actress her first Oscar nomination and an immediate place on the A-list. It also remains the single best film she’s ever been involved in, but her delicate, quietly weary turn as Linda, the shy, paternally abused bride of a Pennsylvania steel worker facing the Vietnam war at home, would have merited attention even in a lesser vehicle.
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