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List of Sam Elliott Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Tombstone (1993)
138
3
Tombstone
R
138
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
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
105
6
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
PG
105
6

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
3. Road House (1989)
135
8
Road House
R
135
8

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. We Were Soldiers (2002)
97
8
We Were Soldiers
R
97
8

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, Greg Kinnear, Keri Russell, Jon Hamm, Taylor Momsen, Madeleine Stowe, Chris Klein
5. Mask (1985)
95
9
Mask
PG-13
95
9

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
6. Gettysburg (1993)
75
9
Gettysburg
PG
75
9

The war film features the legendary decisive Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. The three day intense war commences on July 1, 1863, when Gen. Lee leads the Confederates into Pennsylvania to confront the Union troops of Col. Chamberlain. As they fight for Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge, the commanders deliberate over the strategies while the fatalities escalate on frontline. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Ron Maxwell
Genres:
War, Drama, History
7. The Big Lebowski (1998)
64
12
The Big Lebowski
R
64
12

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
8. I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)
79
8
I'll See You in My Dreams
PG-13
79
8
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)
34
6
Up in the Air
R
34
6

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)
45
11
Lifeguard
PG
45
11
As:
Cast
Role:
Rick
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Archer, Kathleen Quinlan, Parker Stevenson, Stephen Young
12. The Contender (2000)
36
3
The Contender
R
36
3

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. Prancer (1989)
50
4
Prancer
G
50
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
14. Off the Map (2003)
27
3
Off the Map
PG-13
27
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Charley
Director:
Campbell Scott
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Amy Brenneman, J.K. Simmons, Joan Allen, Valentina de Angelis
15. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
24
9
Thank You for Smoking
R
24
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
16. Draft Day (2014)
38
7
Draft Day
PG-13
38
7

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
17. Rush (1991)
35
9
Rush
R
35
9
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
18. Ghost Rider (2007)
59
4
Ghost Rider
PG-13
59
4

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 Golden Compass (2007)
28
5
The Golden Compass
PG-13
28
5

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
20. Lady and the Tramp (2019)
22
3
Lady and the Tramp
PG
22
3

On Christmas Day, Jim gives his wife a puppy, whom she names Lady. Over some time, Lady grows up and becomes friends with the neighbor’s dogs, Trusty, a bloodhound and Jacqueline, a Scottish Terrier.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
Trusty
Genres:
Adventure,Comedy,Family,Musical,Romance
21. Grandma (2015)
17
7
Grandma
R
17
7

Sage is an eighteen year old girl, who visits her misanthropic grandmother Elle and tells her that she is pregnant and needs money for an abortion. Since Elle is broke herself, the two embark on a road trip across Los Angeles to try and come up with the money.

As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Weitz
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Lily Tomlin, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, John Cho, Julia Garner
22. Shakedown (1988)
31
6
Shakedown
R
31
6
As:
Cast
Director:
James Glickenhaus
Genres:
Crime, Action, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Thomas G. Waites, Richard Brooks, Jude Ciccolella, George Loros
23. The Games (1970)
10
8
The Games
G
10
8

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:
Ryan O'Neal, Michael Crawford, Charles Aznavour, Stanley Baker, Jeremy Kemp
25. Hulk (2003)
29
3
Hulk
PG-13
29
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
26. The Legacy (1978)
22
6
The Legacy
R
22
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Pete Danner
Director:
Richard Marquand
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Roger Daltrey, Katharine Ross, Margaret Tyzack, John Standing, Ian Hogg
29. Fatal Beauty (1987)
30
4
Fatal Beauty
R
30
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
30. Molly and Lawless John (1972)
12
5
Molly and Lawless John
PG
12
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Johnny Lawler
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
John Anderson, Clu Gulager, Vera Miles, Cynthia Myers
32. The Big Bang (2010)
15
6
The Big Bang
R
15
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Tony Krantz
Genres:
Mystery, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Snoop Dogg, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner
34. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
19
9
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
PG-13
19
9

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
35. Frogs (1972)
16
8
Frogs
PG
16
8
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
36. Marmaduke (2010)
16
3
Marmaduke
TV-PG
16
3

Marmaduke is a Great Dane who lives in rural Kansas. His best friend is a cat named Carlos, and his owner is Phil, who works as a marketing director for a dog food company. After moving to California with his owner, he starts to make new friends and falls for Jezebel, a beautiful female collie.

As:
Cast, Voiceover
Director:
Tom Dey
Genres:
Comedy, Family
37. The Final Cut (1996)
25
4
The Final Cut
R
25
4
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. Limbo (2016)
7
4
Limbo
7
4
As:
Cast, Voiceover
Role:
The Dog
Director:
Will Blank
Genres:
Short, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Anahi Bustillos, Raúl Castillo
39. Pretty When You Cry (2001)
11
3
Pretty When You Cry
R
11
3
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)

1. The Quick and the Dead (1987)
114
11
The Quick and the Dead
114
11
As:
Cast
Role:
Con Vallian
Director:
Robert Day
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Matt Clark, Kenny Morrison
2. Conagher (1991)
81
4
Conagher
81
4
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Conn Conagher
Director:
Reynaldo Villalobos
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Ken Curtis, Barry Corbin, Billy Green Bush
3. The Shadow Riders (1982)
62
3
The Shadow Riders
PG
62
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
4. November Christmas (2010)
38
3
November Christmas
38
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Jess Sanford
Director:
Robert Harmon
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sarah Paulson, John Corbett, Karen Allen, Elizabeth McLaughlin
5. I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)
28
4
I Will Fight No More Forever
28
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
6. Travis McGee (1983)
24
5
Travis McGee
24
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Travis McGee
Director:
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Katharine Ross, Geoffrey Lewis, Barry Corbin, Gene Evans
7. The Blue Knight (1973)
20
3
The Blue Knight
20
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Detective Charlie Bronski
Director:
Robert Butler
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
William Holden, Lee Remick, Joe Santos, Eileen Brennan
10. Evel Knievel (1974)
17
2
Evel Knievel
17
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Evel Knievel
Director:
Michael O'Herlihy
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Noble Willingham, Michael Anderson Jr., Gary Barton, Karen Philipp
11. The Challenge (1970)
10
6
The Challenge
10
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Bryant
Director:
Alan Smithee, George McCowan
Genres:
Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Mako Iwamatsu, Broderick Crawford, James Whitmore, Skip Homeier, Paul Lukas, Darren McGavin
12. Assault on the Wayne (1971)
10
7
Assault on the Wayne
10
7
As:
Cast
Director:
Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres:
War, Thriller, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Leonard Nimoy, Keenan Wynn, Joseph Cotten, William Windom, Dewey Martin
13. You Know My Name (1999)
55
2
You Know My Name
55
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
14. The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (1995)
31
2
The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky
PG
31
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bill Bell
Director:
John Kent Harrison
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Molly Parker, Jerry O'Connell, Don S. Davis, Ricky Jay
15. Texarkana (1998)
12
6
Texarkana
12
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Beeban Kidron
Star Cast:
Teri Polo, Judith Ivey, Brian Van Holt, Joanne Rubino
16. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986)
22
4
Houston: The Legend of Texas
22
4
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
17. Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (1993)
16
3
Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert
PG
16
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Lyn Cutter
Director:
Gary Nelson
Genres:
Action, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Teri Garr, Thomas Haden Church, Barbara Babcock, Raymond J. Barry
18. Avenger (2006)
27
4
Avenger
27
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Calvin Dexter
Director:
Robert Markowitz
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, David Hayman, William Hope
19. Blue River (1995)
16
4
Blue River
16
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Henry Howland
Director:
Larry Elikann
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jerry O'Connell, Neal McDonough, Nick Stahl, Patrick Renna
20. The Blue Lightning (1986)
14
2
The Blue Lightning
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Wingate
Director:
Lee Philips
Genres:
Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Max Phipps, Robert Coleby, Rebecca Gilling, John Meillon
21. Woman Undone (1996)
9
3
Woman Undone
R
9
3
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, Voiceover
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, Voiceover
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
The Sacketts (1979)
The Sacketts
As:
Cast
Role:
Tell Sackett
Director:
Robert Totten
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Slim Pickens, Tom Selleck, 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:
William Gary Busey, 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