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25 Pop Music Stars Who Played Dramatic Roles in Movies

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Jennifer Lopez
> Best non-singing movie: Out of Sight

A 1998 crime comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh showcases Lopez as Karen Sisco, a U.S. marshal who is kidnapped by Jack Foley (George Clooney) when he breaks out of prison. A romance between Sisco and Foley muddies the waters as she endeavors to arrest him.

Lyle Lovett
> Best non-singing movie: The Player

In this 1992 satire, country singer Lovett plays Detective Paul DeLongpre, who investigates the killing of a Hollywood scriptwriter. The culprit is a studio executive who had received death threats after rejecting the writer’s scripts.

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> Best non-singing movie: A League of Their Own

Warren Beatty directed this 1990 movie, in which Madonna plays Breathless Mahoney to Beatty’s Dick Tracy. The New York Times called it “her best role since she made her debut in Susan Seidelman’s ‘Desperately Seeking Susan.'”

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Dean Martin
> Best non-singing movie: Some Came Running

In this 1958 drama directed by Vincente Minnelli, Martin plays Bama Dillert, a gambler with a penchant for alcohol who befriends Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra), an Army veteran returning home after World War II. They run into trouble thanks to the ex-girlfriend of a gangster. The New York Times review said, “Engaging, too, is Dean Martin (you’re no more surprised than were we!) as a genial professional poker-player who adopts the hero as a pal.”

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Bette Midler
> Best non-singing movie: Ruthless People

In this 1986 black comedy, Midler is Barbara Stone, the wife of a villainous wealthy businessman played by Danny DeVito. Barbara, played to campy excess by Midler, is abducted. But when the kidnappers demand a ransom, they run into a problem: Her husband had already planned to have her killed.

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