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Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

Date of Birth: Sep 14, 1960

Country: USA

Biography: Melissa Chessington Leo (born September 14, 1960), is an American actress. After appearing on several television shows and films in the late '80s, her breakthrough role came in 1993 as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street for the show's first five seasons from 1993 - 1997. Having previously been a regular on All My Children and The Young Riders, her breakthrough film role was in the 2003 film, 21 Grams as Marianne Jordan...(Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 73 (Actor)

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    Measure of Revenge (2022)
    The story follows a theater actress, Lillian Cooper (Leo) whose son (Weary) dies mysteriously. When the investigating officer rules the cause of death an accidental overdose, Lillian conducts her own investigation which leads her to an unlikely alliance with her son's former drug dealer (Thorne). On her quest for answers, Lillian hallucinates some of the iconic characters she's played on stage which serve as her inner voice, urging her to avenge her son's death.
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    Ida Red (2021)
    Ida "Red" Walker may not survive her terminal illness while incarcerated for armed robbery. She turns to her son, Wyatt, for one last job and a chance to regain her freedom.
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    Thunder Force (2021)
    In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.
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    I Know This Much Is True (2020)
    Middle-aged Dominick Birdsey recounts his troubled relationship with Thomas, his paranoid schizophrenic twin brother, and his efforts to get him released from an asylum. (imdb)
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    The Equalizer 2 (2018)
    Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
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    Unlovable (2018)
    A sex and love addicted woman learns what real intimacy is when she starts making music with a reclusive man. (imdb)
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    The Ashram (2018)
    After receiving a cryptic message, American skeptic Jamie travels to the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his missing girlfriend. There, he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with strange powers who may or may not be involved in her disappearance. As Jamie travels deeper down the rabbit hole, he quickly realizes he may have uncovered more than he bargained for, and that this mysterious mountain may contain the secrets of reincarnation - and a portal to another dimension.
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    Furlough (2018)
    When an inmate is granted one weekend out of prison to see her dying mother, a rookie correction officer struggles to keep her under control. (imdb)
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    I
    Set in the celebrated and infamous L.A. stand-up comedy scene of the '70s, where the careers of most comedy superstars began, "I'm Dying Up Here" delves into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the hilarious, but complex business of making an audience laugh. The series is based on William Knoedelseder's book of the same name.
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    The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)
    A true story of the much debated rise and demise of a woman, named Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who was known as the head atheist activist of America. She founded the organization, American Atheist, and held the position of president within the organization for 23 years. Quickly this woman became the most loathed person in the country.
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    Novitiate (2017)
    Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality. (imdb)
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    All the Way (2016)
    All the Way (2016) - TV Movie
    Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of JFK's assassination and spends his first year in office to quickly pass the Civil Rights Act. (imdb)
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    London Has Fallen (2016)
    In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders. (imdb)
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    Burn Country (2016)
    After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime, he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in danger. (Anonymous)
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    Snowden (2016)
    NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press. (imdb)
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    The Big Short (2015)
    Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. (imdb)
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    Wayward Pines (2015)
    A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. (imdb)
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    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
    A guy tries to determine what he will do in the final moments of his life. (imdb)
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    The Equalizer (2014)
    Robert McCall is a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets Teri, a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by. He has to help her. (imdb)
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    Dwegons and Leprechauns (2014)
    Family inherits an old house and to their surprise, finds the home filled with wonderful colorful creatures that brings the family together. (imdb)
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    Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
    Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers. (imdb)
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    Oblivion (2013)
    A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (imdb)
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    Prisoners (2013)
    When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
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    Bottled Up (2013)
    In this modern day drama, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with love and addiction, while also lightheartedly depicting a woman rediscovering romance. (imdb)
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    Charlie Countryman (2013)
    Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi's past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. (sundance.org)
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    Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
    Like its first breast cancer-themed installment, Call Me Crazy aka Five 2/Five More will feature five short films featuring A-list talent both in front and behind the camera. The sequel will address mental illness. Directors include Laura Dern, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd and Bryce Dallas Howard. (imdb)
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    Why Stop Now (2012)
    When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure. (imdb)
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    Francine (2012)
    After serving time in prison, Francine settles down in small-town North America. Through a series of temporary jobs, she tries to regain a foothold in society. However, this security proves just as elusive as the connections she tries to forge with people in the town. As her human relationships falter, Francine looks to animals for support, a development that leads her in a tragically wrong direction. (Berlinale.de)
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    Flight (2012)
    An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling (imdb)
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    Red State (2011)
    A horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America.
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    Mildred Pierce (2011)
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    Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her her ambitious elder daughter, Veda. (imdb)
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    Treme (2010)
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    Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA. (imdb)
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    The Space Between (2010)
    Montine McLeod, a world-weary flight attendant, and Omar Hassan, a prematurely wise 10-year-old Pakistani-American boy connect with one another amidst the chaos of September 11... (imdb)
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    The Dry Land (2010)
    A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas. (imdb)
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    The Fighter (2010)
    A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
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    Conviction (2010)
    Convinced that her brother, Kenneth (Sam Rockwell), has been unjustly convicted of murder and incompetently defended by court-ordered attorneys, high school dropout Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) puts herself through law school in order to represent him in his appeal.
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    Don McKay (2010)
    Don McKay, a high school janitor who leaves his hometown after a tragedy, returns 25 years later to rekindle a romance with his old flame, who is dying, but this homecoming brings McKay more than he bargained for.
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    Welcome to the Rileys (2010)
    On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.
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    Veronika Decides to Die (2009)
    Veronika is a woman who wakes up in a mental institution after a failed suicide attempt. She discovers that she has a weakened heart and only days to live. The film follows her recovery as she finds true love and a newfound will to survive. (imdb)
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    True Adolescents (2009)
    Sam (Mark Duplass) is a 30-something rocker who never quite grew out of his teenage years. He's unkempt, unfocused, and unsure of who he is or wants to be. In other words, he has a lot in common with his 14-year-old cousin Oliver (Bret Loehr) and friend Jake (Carr Thompson). When changing circumstances in Oliver's home life force the unlikely trio to head off on an unplanned camping trip together, they are forced to grow in ways they never imagined. (imdb)
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    Dear Lemon Lima (2009)
    While rallying her fellow misfits to compete in their school's Snowstorm Survivor competition, an awkward Alaskan teen discovers her Yup'ik heritage.
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    Greta (2009)
    A young suicidal and rebellious teen gets sent to her Grandparents for the summer where life takes an unexpected turn. (imdb)
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    Everybody
    A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children. (imdb)
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    Ball Don
    A skinny high school junior and basketball prodigy from Venice, California burdened with early life tragedy (callous foster care) and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Sticky manages to surpass his limits whenever he has a ball in his hands. (imdb)
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    Lullaby (2008)
    An American mother receives word that her drug addled son has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom by a drug lord operating in South Africa. She makes the journey to South Africa to pay the ransom only to run into violent and dangerous obstacles as she faces the kidnappers in the mean streets of Johannesburg. Her only chance to get her son back alive is to work with her son's pregnant girlfriend who is fighting her own battle against the drug lord. (imdb)
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    Frozen River (2008)
    Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage.
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    The Alphabet Killer (2008)
    Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.
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    Hollywood Dreams (2007)
    Hollywood Dreams follows the journey of a young woman from a small town in Iowa who arrives in Los Angeles deeply scarred by certain events in her childhood and profoundly obsessed with a life-long dream of achieving fame and stardom. (Rainbow Releasing)
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    Black Irish (2007)
    A teenage boy (Angarano) longs to win the attention of his emotionally distant father
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    Racing Daylight (2007)
    RACING DAYLIGHT is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story which crosses time. What happens when time collides? Sadie thinks she's going insane. Edmund's sure he's being haunted. And Henry, well Henry's racing daylight. (racingdaylightthemovie.com)
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    The Cake Eaters (2007)
    Two families are brought together by the return of one family's son -- a reunion that conjures up old ghosts and issues that must be addressed.
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    Stephanie Daley (2006)
    This film weaves two parallel journeys into a sublime masterpiece about the absolute nature of truth. (Regent Releasing)
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    Confess (2005)
    A political thriller that charts the exploits of disillusioned ex-hacker Terell Lessor. (imdb)
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    American Gun (2005)
    American Gun is a powerful series of interwoven storylines that bring to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically affects and shapes the every day lives of its citizens. (IFC Films)
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    Hide and Seek (2005)
    This is the story of a young girl named Emily Callaway, which her games of Hide and Seek with an imaginary friend by the name of "Charlie" have become anything but simple and innocent. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that even her father David cannot stop. Who--or what--is Charlie?! David wonders. How can an..."imaginary" entity have this kind of hold on her? Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence? (imdb)
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    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
    A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of West Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Peter Perkins (Jones), a local ranch foreman kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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    Runaway (2005)
    Michael Adler has run away from his suburban home with his little brother Dylan. Hiding out in a quiet, rural town, Michael's convinced he can make a better life for both of them. While Dylan stays holed up in a cheap motel all day, Michael works at a convenience store where everything starts to come together for him. But as Michael falls in love with his beautiful co-worker, Carly, his past begins to catch up with him, threatening everything he has and wants. (imdb)
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    21 Grams (2003)
    They say we all lose 21 grams at the moment of our death.
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    Fear of Fiction (2000)
    A young novelist with a bad case of writer's block clears her mind by answering an ad placed by a man who is driving cross-country and needs a partner. Along the way, she ends up with more writing material than she ever bargained for.
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    The 24 Hour Woman (1999)
    Grace tries to be the perfect mother and TV producer but finds trouble in juggling both. (imdb)
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    Who is Henry Jaglom? (1995)
    A candid look at the work and personality of movie director Henry Jaglom. (Timon88)
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    Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995)
    It concerns a large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at the decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances have forced them to put on the market.
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    Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)
    A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore. (imdb)
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    The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
    This is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. (imdb)
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    Immaculate Conception (1992)
    A childless Western couple visit a fertility shrine in Karachi run by eunuchs and set off a huge culture clash. (imdb)
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    Venice/Venice (1992)
    Dean is a maverick American film director surprised that his most recent film has been chosen as the Official U.S. Entry at the Venice Film Festival. A beautiful French journalist arrives at the festival with the apparent intention of interviewing the unique and eccentric filmmaker. In the midst of all the festival madness, she is forced to confront the wide divergence between things as they really are and things as they seem to be - both on screen and off. And so, finally, are we. (Henry Jaglom)
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    Carolina Skeletons (1991)
    After a long time in the army, an Afro-American soldier returns to his hometown, where, years ago, his brother was executed for the rape and murder of two white girls. The commando believes his brother to have been innocent and seeks a proof for that, but there are some people in the town who will stop at nothing to hide the secrets of their past. (imdb)
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    The Bride in Black (1990)
    A Brooklyn shopkeeper (Lucci) gets involved with an out-going artist (Soul) who has a mysterious past.
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    A Time of Destiny (1988)
    Josie elopes with Jack against her father's wishes. Her father follows her to the hotel where they are staying and forces Josie to go with him. Jack in turn follows resulting in an accident that leaves her father dead. Marty her brother, who was despised by their father over something he did years ago, sees Jack while grieving over his father and then follows him to Europe where they were fighting the war and was about to kill Jack, when something happened that prevented him. (imdb)
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    Deadtime Stories (1986)
    A babysitting uncle tells his charges three horror stories--about a killer witch, Little Red Riding Hood and a werewolf, and a story about "Goldi Lox" and the three bears. (imdb)
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    Streetwalkin
    Cookie and her brother run away from their loveless mother in the province and arrive in New York. At the train station Cookie meets the fancy man Duke. With his charm he makes her fall in love with him and soon has her working as prostitute. However his brutality against her colleagues disgusts her. (imdb)
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    Always (1985)
    A middle-aged couple, on the verge of proceeding with a divorce, find themselves questioning their decision to separate when fellow friends and neighbors, oblivious to their marital troubles, assemble at their house for a 4th of July Weekend party.
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