Winger's natural style was most appealing in An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, earning her back-to-back Oscar nominations. Her third nomination came as C.S. Lewis's cancer-stricken American wife in Shadowlands (1993).
Winger's other roles, both comic and dramatic, include Cannery Row, Legal Eagles, The Sheltering Sky and Forget Paris. She took a break from studio films in the late 1990s, returning in 2003 for Radio. She also provided some of the vocals for the title character in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial.