This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

List of Sam Elliott Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
77
3
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
PG
77
3

The classic Western is based on the true story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid. The movie follows them as they become folk heroes from train robbers to bank robbers, to outlaws, until they meet their end in Bolivia, with guns blazing. 

As:
Cast
Director:
George Roy Hill
Genres:
Crime, Western, Biography, Drama
2. Tombstone (1993)
84
3
Tombstone
R
84
3

Leaving behind his life as a lawman, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona along with his two brothers with an aspiration to start a new life. His old friend, Doc Holliday, is also there. His plans, though, are threatened by the violent outlaws - the Cowboys - who run the town and intimidate the residents. Worsening situation leads up to a shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.

As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil Earp
Director:
Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos
Genres:
History, Romance, Action, Western, Biography, Drama
3. Road House (1989)
91
5
Road House
R
91
5

James Dalton is a professional bouncer, who has been lured away from his job in New York City to take over the security of Double Deuce, a club-cum-bar in Missouri. There he meets Brad Wesley, a local business, who seems to have a strong hold on the town. Trouble starts when Dalton refuses Wesley’s offer to work for him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Wade Garrett
Director:
Rowdy Herrington
Genres:
Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
4. Mask (1985)
68
6
Mask
PG-13
68
6

Rocky is a teenager who is intelligent, but suffers from a serious facial deformity. He manages to outlive his life expectancy, and his mother tries to get him accepted in the public school system. He tries to fit in and live a normal life under the circumstances.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gar
Director:
Peter Bogdanovich
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Estelle Getty, Laura Dern, Eric Stoltz, Richard Dysart, Cher
5. The Big Lebowski (1998)
47
9
The Big Lebowski
R
47
9

When a middle-aged bachelor, Jeffrey The Dude Lebowski, is attacked due to mistaken identity, he seeks compensation from the other Jeffrey The Big Lebowski who is a millionaire. Soon the latter wants Dude to deliver a ransom to secure the release of his wife Bunny; however, Dude’s friend Walter plans to keep the money. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
6. We Were Soldiers (2002)
62
6
We Were Soldiers
R
62
6

Based on the book ‘We Were Soldiers Once… and Young’ by Lieutenant General Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, the movie is a dramatic adaptation of the Battle of la Drang. It depicts heroic acts of valor by soldiers and the unparalleled brutality of war. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley
Director:
Randall Wallace
Genres:
Drama, Action, History, War
Star Cast:
Mel Gibson, Keri Russell, Jon Hamm, Greg Kinnear, Taylor Momsen, Madeleine Stowe, Chris Klein
8. I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)
64
6
I'll See You in My Dreams
PG-13
64
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Brett Haley
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Blythe Danner, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb
10. Up in the Air (2009)
24
5
Up in the Air
R
24
5

Ryan Bingham, a professional downsizing expert, constantly travels across the country, sometimes meeting Alex, another frequent flier, and is close to achieving ten million frequent flyer miles. However, his lifestyle is threatened when his ambitious new colleague, Natalie, proposes termination via videoconferencing to cut expense, and Ryan must prove the importance of doing his job in-person.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jason Reitman
Genres:
Romance, Drama
11. Lifeguard (1976)
31
9
Lifeguard
PG
31
9
As:
Cast
Role:
Rick
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Archer, Kathleen Quinlan, Parker Stevenson, Stephen Young
12. The Contender (2000)
25
2
The Contender
R
25
2

After the Vice President passes away, Senator Laine Hanson is appointed by the President as the first lady Vice President to hold office. However soon, shocking secrets from her past are revealed, which not only leads to controversy, but also threatens her personal and professional life.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Kermit Newman
Director:
Rod Lurie
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
13. Off the Map (2003)
20
3
Off the Map
PG-13
20
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Charley
Director:
Campbell Scott
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Amy Brenneman, J.K. Simmons, Joan Allen, Valentina de Angelis
14. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
17
9
Thank You for Smoking
R
17
9

As the chief spokesman of Big Tobacco, Nick Naylor defends the use of tobacco in media at times when health concerns are high, and he is good at it. However, when a sharply critical article on him and his work is published, Nick’s life is shaken. Nick has to deal with situation while simultaneously try to become a role model for his son.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jason Reitman
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
15. Draft Day (2014)
24
6
Draft Day
PG-13
24
6

Draft Day is a sports drama film, which tells the story of Sonny Weaver, General Manager of the Cleveland Browns, who trades his number one pick to rebuild his team, at the NFL Draft. However, he is unsure whether he has made the right choice for himself and his team. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Sport
16. Rush (1991)
28
8
Rush
R
28
8
As:
Cast
Role:
Dodd
Director:
Lili Fini Zanuck
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Thriller, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Patric, Max Perlich, Gregg Allman
17. Prancer (1989)
31
4
Prancer
G
31
4
As:
Cast
Role:
John Riggs
Director:
John D. Hancock
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Johnny Galecki, Abe Vigoda, Cloris Leachman, Rutanya Alda, Michael Constantine
18. Ghost Rider (2007)
41
3
Ghost Rider
PG-13
41
3

Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, the superhero film Ghost Rider tells the story of a bounty hunter of the damned who works under demon Mephistopheles and the moral dilemma he faces when asked to retrieve a thousand corrupt souls.

As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Steven Johnson
Genres:
Thriller, Fantasy, Action
19. The Games (1970)
9
7
The Games
G
9
7

The Games is a sports drama film, which revolves around four marathon runners, from four different nations, who prepare to take part in the Olympic Games. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Winner
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Aznavour, Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Stanley Baker, Jeremy Kemp
21. The Golden Compass (2007)
21
4
The Golden Compass
PG-13
21
4

In a parallel universe where the ruling power detests free thinkers, an unknown group is kidnapping children. An orphan joins a bunch of sailors, on their way to the far North, to look for the missing children. This fantasy adventure is based on the 1995 book Northern Lights.

As:
Cast
Director:
Chris Weitz
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Family
23. Shakedown (1988)
22
6
Shakedown
R
22
6
As:
Cast
Director:
James Glickenhaus
Genres:
Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Thomas G. Waites, Richard Brooks, Jude Ciccolella, George Loros
24. The Legacy (1978)
15
5
The Legacy
R
15
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Pete Danner
Director:
Richard Marquand
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Margaret Tyzack, John Standing, Ian Hogg
26. Hulk (2003)
20
3
Hulk
PG-13
20
3

The superhero movie explores the origins of Bruce Banner and his transformation into the Incredible Hulk after exposure to gamma radiation. It also reveals the instability of Hulk, while being hunted by the US military. Hulk has to eventually go up against his biological father who has sinister motives of his own. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ross
Director:
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Jennifer Connelly, Lou Ferrigno, Eric Bana, Nick Nolte, Josh Lucas
28. Molly and Lawless John (1972)
8
4
Molly and Lawless John
PG
8
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny Lawler
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
John Anderson, Clu Gulager, Vera Miles, Cynthia Myers
29. Fatal Beauty (1987)
24
4
Fatal Beauty
R
24
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Mike Marshak
Director:
Tom Holland
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Whoopi Goldberg, Harris Yulin, Rubén Blades, John P. Ryan
31. The Big Bang (2010)
12
4
The Big Bang
R
12
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Tony Krantz
Genres:
Mystery, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Snoop Dogg, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner
33. Frogs (1972)
13
5
Frogs
PG
13
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Pickett Smith
Director:
George McCowan
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke, Judy Pace
34. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
14
7
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
PG-13
14
7

An estranged couple in New York, Paul and Meryl witness a murder, and after a while, they are sent to a small town as a part of a witness protection programme. Meanwhile, their strained relationship gets a second chance during this period. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Marc Lawrence
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
36. Limbo (2016)
7
3
Limbo
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
The Dog
Director:
Will Blank
Genres:
Short, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Anahi Bustillos, Raúl Castillo
37. The Final Cut (1996)
20
2
The Final Cut
R
20
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Pierce
Director:
Roger Christian
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Amanda Plummer, Anne Ramsay, Charles Martin Smith, Kelly Benson, Lloyd Berry
38. Pretty When You Cry (2001)
9
2
Pretty When You Cry
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Lukas Black
Director:
Jack N. Green
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Nick Swardson, Keith David, Jamie Kennedy, Carlton Elizabeth, Michael Cavalieri

TV Movie(s)

39. The Quick and the Dead (1987)
84
11
The Quick and the Dead
84
11
As:
Cast
Role:
Con Vallian
Director:
Robert Day
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Matt Clark, Kenny Morrison
40. Conagher (1991)
54
4
Conagher
54
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Conn Conagher
Director:
Reynaldo Villalobos
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Ken Curtis, Barry Corbin, Billy Green Bush
41. The Shadow Riders (1982)
40
3
The Shadow Riders
PG
40
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Dal Traven
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres:
Western, Romance
Star Cast:
Tom Selleck, Katharine Ross, Ben Johnson, Dominique Dunne, Scanlon Gail
42. November Christmas (2010)
29
2
November Christmas
29
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jess Sanford
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sarah Paulson, John Corbett, Karen Allen, Elizabeth McLaughlin
43. I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)
20
4
I Will Fight No More Forever
20
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Wood
Director:
Richard T. Heffron
Genres:
Action, War, Western, Drama, History
Star Cast:
James Whitmore, Ned Romero, Emilio Delgado, Linda Redfearn
44. Travis McGee (1983)
17
4
Travis McGee
17
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Travis McGee
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Geoffrey Lewis, Barry Corbin, Gene Evans
45. The Blue Knight (1973)
14
2
The Blue Knight
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Charlie Bronski
Director:
Robert Butler
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
William Holden, Lee Remick, Joe Santos, Eileen Brennan
48. Evel Knievel (1974)
11
1
Evel Knievel
11
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Evel Knievel
Director:
Michael O'Herlihy
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Noble Willingham, Michael Anderson Jr., Gary Barton, Karen Philipp
49. The Challenge (1970)
7
5
The Challenge
7
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Bryant
Director:
Alan Smithee, George McCowan
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Broderick Crawford, James Whitmore, Skip Homeier, Paul Lukas, Darren McGavin
50. Assault on the Wayne (1971)
7
6
Assault on the Wayne
7
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres:
War, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Joseph Cotten, William Windom, Dewey Martin, Leonard Nimoy
51. You Know My Name (1999)
35
2
You Know My Name
35
2
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Bill Tilghman
Director:
John Kent Harrison
Genres:
Western, Drama
Star Cast:
James Gammon, Arliss Howard, R. Lee Ermey, Carolyn McCormick
52. The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (1995)
21
1
The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky
PG
21
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Bill Bell
Director:
John Kent Harrison
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Molly Parker, Jerry O'Connell, Don S. Davis, Ricky Jay
53. Texarkana (1998)
8
5
Texarkana
8
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Beeban Kidron
Star Cast:
Teri Polo, Judith Ivey, Brian Van Holt, Joanne Rubino
54. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986)
14
3
Houston: The Legend of Texas
14
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Sam Houston
Director:
Peter Levin
Genres:
Biography, History, Western, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Claudia Christian, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne
55. Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (1993)
12
1
Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert
PG
12
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lyn Cutter
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Action, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Teri Garr, Thomas Haden Church, Barbara Babcock, Raymond J. Barry
56. Avenger (2006)
18
4
Avenger
18
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Calvin Dexter
Director:
Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, David Hayman, William Hope
57. Blue River (1995)
11
3
Blue River
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Howland
Director:
Larry Elikann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jerry O'Connell, Neal McDonough, Nick Stahl, Patrick Renna
58. The Blue Lightning (1986)
12
1
The Blue Lightning
12
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Wingate
Director:
Lee Philips
Genres:
Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Max Phipps, Robert Coleby, Rebecca Gilling, John Meillon
59. Woman Undone (1996)
7
2
Woman Undone
R
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ross Bishop
Director:
Evelyn Purcell
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Benjamin Bratt, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Charles Noland

Animation(s)

The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Good Dinosaur
PG
Plot:

A gentle young Apatosaurus, Arlo, finds himself far away from his home and family after he accidentally falls into a fast moving river. The way back to his home is not a simple one and as he journeys, he learns to conquer his fear and recognise his own capabilities. Helping him is his new friend – a wild human child named Spot.

As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Sohn
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
Frances McDormand, John Ratzenberger, Anna Paquin, Jeffrey Wright, Maleah Nipay-Padilla
Barnyard (2006)
Barnyard
PG
Plot:

When the farmer is away, the animals start playing, singing and dancing and soon everything becomes chaotic. Eventually the responsibility for taking care of the farm and running things goes to a carefree cow named Otis.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ben the Cow
Director:
Steve Oedekerk
Genres:
Family, Comedy, Animation

TV Shows and Videos

Red Carpet Report (2009)
Red Carpet Report
As:
Cast
Director:
JD Piché
Genres:
Talk-Show, News, Short
Star Cast:
Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, John de Lancie, Kristyn Burtt, Denise Salcedo, Jeff Rago
The Yellow Rose (1983)
The Yellow Rose
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Krasny, Harry Falk, Burt Kennedy, Lee H. Katzin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Robin Wright, Jane Russell, Buddy Ebsen, Noah Beery Jr., Ken Curtis
Hawkins (1973)
Hawkins
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Wendkos, Jud Taylor, Jeff Corey
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Bonnie Bedelia, Strother Martin
The Sacketts (1979)
The Sacketts
As:
Cast
Role:
Tell Sackett
Director:
Robert Totten
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Tom Selleck, Slim Pickens, Glenn Ford, Ben Johnson, Jeff Osterhage
Aspen (1977)
Aspen
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom Keating
Director:
Douglas Heyes
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Michelle Phillips, Gene Barry, Roger Davis, Perry King, George DiCenzo
Wild Times (1980)
Wild Times
As:
Cast
Role:
Hugh Cardiff
Director:
Richard Compton
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Bruce Boxleitner, Ben Johnson, Penny Peyser, Timothy Scott
Rough Riders (1997)
Rough Riders
As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. Bucky O'Neil
Director:
John Milius
Genres:
Drama, History, War, Western, Action
Star Cast:
Tom Berenger, Illeana Douglas, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson
A Death in California (1985)
A Death in California
As:
Cast
Role:
D. Jordan Williams
Director:
Delbert Mann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alexis Smith, John Ashton, Cheryl Ladd, Fritz Weaver
The Desperate Trail (1994)
The Desperate Trail
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Marshall Bill Speakes
Director:
P.J. Pesce
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller, Western, Crime
Star Cast:
Craig Sheffer, Linda Fiorentino, Frank Whaley, John Furlong
Dog Watch (1997)
Dog Watch
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie Falon
Director:
John Langley
Genres:
Crime, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Paul Sorvino, Richard Gilliland, Esai Morales, Dan Lauria