All Penny Marshall Movies Ranked

Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75. She was one half of beloved sitcom duo Laverne & Shirley, a show spunoff from Happy Days, created by Penny’s older brother Garry Marshall. She transitioned into a notable directing career, including giving Tom Hanks his major movie breakthrough (Big), knocking a crowd-pleasing female sports comedy out of the park (A League of Their Own), and Best Picture-nominated Awakenings, which creating a platform to showcase the dramatic flair of Robin Williams, who had starred in his own Happy Days spinoff, Mork & Mindy. Her final film was the ’60s-set Riding in Cars with Boys, starring Drew Barrymore. See her full list of directed movies by Tomatometer below.

#1

Big (1988)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 102.615%
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.
Synopsis: More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big". That's the wish he makes... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#2

Awakenings (1990)
88%

#2
Adjusted Score: 89.76%
Critics Consensus: Elevated by some of Robin Williams' finest non-comedic work and a strong performance from Robert De Niro, Awakenings skirts the edges of melodrama, then soars above it.
Synopsis: In this film, Dr. Malcolm Sayer takes a job at a Bronx psychiatric hospital and is put in charge of... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 82.647%
Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.
Synopsis: The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 62.99%
Critics Consensus: Solid performances and a steady directorial hand help The Preacher's Wife offer some reliably heartwarming - albeit fairly predictable - holiday cheer.
Synopsis: An angel wonders if love can be Heaven on Earth in this family-themed romantic fantasy. Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney B.... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 52.189%
Critics Consensus: Riding in Cars With Boys suffers from mixing grit and pathos with cuteness and comedy. Ironically, many critics found Zahn's character more compelling and three-dimensional than Barrymore's.
Synopsis: After failing to get into college, Beverly Donofrio loses interest in everything but riding around town in cars, drinking, smoking... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 27.075%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This was the first full-length feature film directed by Penny Marshall (of Laverne and Shirley TV fame), and may not... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

#7

Renaissance Man (1994)
12%

#7
Adjusted Score: 12.927%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Culture-clash comedy in which Danny DeVito tries to teach Shakespeare to a group of "ineducable" soldiers.... [More]
Directed By: Penny Marshall

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