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List of Sam Shepard Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Paris, Texas (1984)
13
3
Paris, Texas
R
13
3

A vagabond named Travis Henderson walks out of the West Texas desert and is reunited with his brother Walt. Travis has been missing for four years, and Walt has adopted Travis’s son Hunter as his mother Jane is also missing. As Travis starts reconnecting with his son, the two go on a cross-country trip to find Jane.

As:
Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson
2. The Right Stuff (1983)
12
2
The Right Stuff
PG
12
2

The Right Stuff is a historical drama adventure film, which tells the story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and how they approach their space program. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Chuck Yeager
Director:
Philip Kaufman
Genres:
History, Adventure, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
3. Days of Heaven (1978)
12
4
Days of Heaven
PG
12
4

In 1916, Chicago steel-worker Bill flees to Texas with girlfriend and sister, after a fight with foreman. While working for a rich but dying farmer, Bill and girlfriend Abby pose as siblings. When the farmer proposes marriage Bill encourages Abby, so as to claim his wealth. Later, the farmer realizes the truth, but by then Abby has fallen in love with him.

As:
Cast
Role:
The Farmer
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Richard Gere, Terrence Malick, Brooke Adams, Robert J. Wilke, Linda Manz
4. Resurrection (1980)
15
2
Resurrection
PG
15
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cal
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Clifford David, Ellen Burstyn, Roberts Blossom, Richard Farnsworth
5. The Notebook (2004)
13
2
The Notebook
PG-13
13
2

Adapted from the 1996 novel by Nicholas Sparks, the movie begins with an elderly man narrating a romance story from his notebook to a woman suffering from dementia. The story revolves around the love of a young couple in 1940s, who get separated due to the differences in social status but eventually find their way to each other

As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Cassavetes
Genres:
Drama, Romance
9. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
12
2
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
R
12
2

Adapted from 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, this epic crime drama film, has won multiple awards for its cinematography. It tells the story of how outlaw, Jesse James is assassinated by his jealous recruits Charley and Robert Ford. However, their plan backfires as they neither receive the prize money the governor had promised nor fame for killing Jesse!   

As:
Cast
Director:
Andrew Dominik
Genres:
Biography, Drama, Western, Crime, History
Star Cast:
10. Felon (2008)
11
3
Felon
R
11
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Ric Roman Waugh
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Val Kilmer, Anne Archer, Stephen Dorff, Marisol Nichols
11. Mud (2012)
11
2
Mud
PG-13
11
2

Two teenagers Ellis and Neckbone discover fugitive Mud, wanted for murder ,living in a boat on a small island in the Mississippi River. They agree to help him reunite with his lover Juniper. But things take a violent turn when the family of the man he killed arrives to take revenge.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Tom
Director:
Jeff Nichols
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
12. Country (1984)
13
2
Country
PG
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gil Ivy
Director:
Richard Pearce
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Lange, Matt Clark, Wilford Brimley, Theresa Graham
13. Me and My Brother (1969)
12
2
Me and My Brother
12
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Robert Frank
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Walken, Julius Orlovsky, Peter Orlovsky, John Coe, Allen Ginsberg
14. Raggedy Man (1981)
11
2
Raggedy Man
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bailey
Director:
Jack Fisk
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, William Sanderson, Tracey Walter
15. Brand X (1970)
11
3
Brand X
11
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Win Chamberlain
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Abbie Hoffman, Tally Brown, Taylor Mead, Sally Kirkland
16. August: Osage County (2013)
11
2
August: Osage County
R
11
2

Following the disappearance of alcoholic poet Beverly Weston, his stubborn, rude wife, Violet, who is suffering from oral cancer calls her sister and daughters for help. They also bring their respective dysfunctional families and soon it is discovered that Beverly drowned. Unfortunately, Violet’s behavior and brutal truth-telling will only drive everyone away.  

As:
Cast
Director:
John Wells
Genres:
Drama
17. Steel Magnolias (1989)
11
2
Steel Magnolias
PG
11
2

The story focuses on the bond shared by a group of ladies in a small Louisiana town. At the center is a young beautician, who arrives here after encountering personal tragedy and finds work in a home based salon.  Soon, she is befriended by its patrons and becomes a part of the group, sharing joys and misfortunes with them, starting a new life in the process.     

As:
Cast
Director:
Herbert Ross
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
18. Brothers (2009)
12
2
Brothers
R
12
2

Captain Sam Cahill’s helicopter is shot down while he is on duty in Afghanistan. His brother Tommy takes over the responsibilities of his brother’s family comprising his wife and two daughters. When Sam returns from captivity, he is emotionally scarred and finds it difficult to accept the changes that have taken place in his absence.

As:
Cast
Role:
Hank Cahill
Director:
Jim Sheridan
Genres:
Thriller, War, Drama
19. Renaldo and Clara (1978)
10
2
Renaldo and Clara
R
10
2

Renaldo and Clara is an American documentary film, which is about Bob Dylan, revolving around his lyrics and life. The film shows concert footage, documentary interviews as fictional vignettes. 

As:
Cast, Writer
Director:
Bob Dylan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Harry Dean Stanton, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Bob Dylan
20. Thunderheart (1992)
13
2
Thunderheart
R
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Coutelle
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, Fred Ward, Fred Dalton Thompson
21. Safe House (2012)
10
2
Safe House
R
10
2

After criminal Tobin Frost acquires a data storage device for an MI6 agent, he is attacked by mercenaries. He surrenders to the American consulate, who place him in a safe house under rookie agent Matt Weston. The two men then try to survive assassins and the CIA while uncovering the truth. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Harlan Whitford
Director:
Daniel Espinosa
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime, Mystery
22. Out of the Furnace (2013)
10
2
Out of the Furnace
R
10
2

As he resumes working at a steel mill after release from jail, Russell Baze finds his brother Rodney, an Iraq war veteran who incurred a huge debt gambling, missing following an illegal bare-knuckle prizefight with sociopathic drug dealer Harlan DeGroat. When the police refuse to go after the culprit, he takes it upon himself to attain justice.

As:
Cast
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
23. The Pledge (2001)
10
2
The Pledge
R
10
2

Retiring detective, Jerry Black, promises a mother to find the murderer of her young daughter. Unconvinced that it’s an open-and-shut case, Jerry buys petrol-pump, moves in that area where he discovers more cases and clues. As he grows closer to bartender Lori, her young daughter reports befriending a person nearer to suspect’s description. So now Jerry has to quickly nab the killer. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
24. Fair Game (2010)
10
2
Fair Game
PG-13
10
2

Based on two memoirs, one by Valerie Plame and the other by her diplomat husband, the film follows the life of Valerie Plame, an intelligence officer involved in several important projects. She has been able to hide her profession from the outside world until husband’s article in a popular magazine angers the White House and her identity is leaked. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Doug Liman
Genres:
Thriller, Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Vanessa Chong, Anand Tiwari
25. Cold in July (2014)
10
2
Cold in July
R
10
2

Cold in July is a crime drama film, which tells the story of a protective father who shoots an intruder right in the head in order to defend himself and his family. However, he starts fearing for his family, after the deceased man’s father threatens to kill them all.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Mickle
Genres:
Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Don Johnson, Michael C. Hall, Nick Damici, Vinessa Shaw, Ken Holmes
26. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
10
2
Snow Falling on Cedars
PG-13
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Scott Hicks
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
James Cromwell, Max von Sydow, Ethan Hawke, Rick Yune, Yûki Kudô, Reeve Carney, Anne Suzuki
28. Voyager (1991)
11
2
Voyager
PG-13
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Walter Faber
Director:
Volker Schlöndorff
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Deborra-Lee Furness, Julie Delpy, Traci Lind, Barbara Sukowa
29. Blackthorn (2011)
11
2
Blackthorn
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James
Director:
Mateo Gil
Genres:
Western, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Stephen Rea, Eduardo Noriega, Magaly Solier
30. The Pelican Brief (1993)
10
2
The Pelican Brief
PG-13
10
2

Law student, Darby Shaw, writes a brief with a theory as to why two Supreme Court justices were killed and she herself becomes the target of the assassin. As she is forced to go on the run, she reaches out to reporter Gray Grantham for help and uncovers a conspiracy involving senior Government officials. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Callahan
Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
31. Midnight Special (2016)
10
2
Midnight Special
PG-13
10
2

After a cult tries to exploit 8 years old Alton Meyer who was born with extraordinary supernatural powers, his biological father, Roy, rescues the child. Now on the run from FBI and cult members, Roy must protect the child at all costs and help Alton to return to his real world. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Jeff Nichols
Genres:
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
32. Inhale (2010)
10
2
Inhale
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James Harrison
Director:
Baltasar Kormákur
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Diane Kruger, Dermot Mulroney, Jordi Mollà, Mia Stallard
33. Swordfish (2001)
11
2
Swordfish
R
11
2

Gabriel wants the huge amount of illegal government funds to finance the counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell. He hires a convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who wants to be back with his daughter Holly, for the job. However, Stanley soon realises that Gabriel and Ginger, his associate, have a far bigger plan. Meanwhile a federal agent, Roberts, is suspicious about Gabriel.

As:
Cast
Role:
Senator Reisman
Director:
Dominic Sena
Genres:
Crime, Action, Thriller
34. Crimes of the Heart (1986)
9
2
Crimes of the Heart
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Doc Porter
Director:
Bruce Beresford
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
35. Safe Passage (1994)
9
2
Safe Passage
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Patrick
Director:
Robert Allan Ackerman
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Sean Astin, Susan Sarandon, Robert Sean Leonard, Marcia Gay Harden
37. Baby Boom (1987)
10
2
Baby Boom
PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Jeff Cooper
Director:
Charles Shyer
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
38. Killing Them Softly (2012)
9
2
Killing Them Softly
R
9
2

Three petty thieves, during the American financial crisis, rob a mob protected card game. This hits the underworld economy badly. The Mob members hire hitman, Jackie Cogan, to find the culprits and punish them. Jackie enlists Mickey to help him, but Mickey is more interested in other things. Now Jackie, who likes his targets to be killed softly, has to carry out the job alone.

As:
Cast
Director:
Andrew Dominik
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins
42. Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
9
2
Curse of the Starving Class
R
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
J. Michael McClary
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Woods, Randy Quaid, Kathy Bates, Henry Thomas, Kristin Fiorella
43. Savannah (2013)
9
2
Savannah
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Stubbs
Director:
Annette Haywood-Carter
Genres:
History, Romance, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Hal Holbrook, Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bradley Whitford
45. Bandidas (2006)
8
2
Bandidas
PG-13
8
2

Maria Alvarez, a poor farm girl, and Sara Sandoval, a wealthy landowner’s daughter, join forces and become a bank-robbing duo in their effort to combat against a ruthless land baron who tries to capture their lands. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Action, Western
Star Cast:
Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Steve Zahn, Penélope Cruz, Denis Arndt, Dwight Yoakam
46. Oh! Calcutta! (1972)
8
2
Oh! Calcutta!
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Jacques Levy
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Bill Macy, Raina Barrett, Mark Dempsey, Samantha Harper, Patricia Hawkins
47. Savage/Love (1981)
8
2
Savage/Love
8
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Shirley Clarke
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Joseph Chaikin
48. The Accidental Husband (2008)
8
2
The Accidental Husband
PG-13
8
2

The Accidental Husband is a romantic comedy film which revolves around Emma Lloyd, a radio host, who advises one of her listeners Sophia to break up with her fiancé Patrick. After Sophia breaks up with Patrick, Patrick decides to enter Emma’s life and teach her a lesson. He plans to end the relationship between Emma and her perfect gentleman fiancé Richard.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Wilder
Director:
Griffin Dunne
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
49. Blind Horizon (2003)
8
3
Blind Horizon
R
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sheriff Jack Kolb
Director:
Michael Haussman
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Neve Campbell, Amy Smart, Faye Dunaway, Val Kilmer
50. Ithaca (2015)
8
3
Ithaca
PG
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Willie Grogan
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Jack Quaid, Molly Gordon
52. Stealth (2005)
7
1
Stealth
PG-13
7
1

Set in near future, the story involves Extreme Deep Invader (EDI), an unmanned plane designed to hit overseas targets.  Three US navy fighter pilots have been put in charge of its training; one of whom does not trust its artificial intelligence. But when the plane is hit by lighting, he realizes that he must stop it before it sparks another world war. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Capt. George Cummings
Director:
Rob Cohen
Genres:
Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Wentworth Miller, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas, Richard Roxburgh
53. The Return (2006)
8
1
The Return
PG-13
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Mills
Director:
Asif Kapadia
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Beahan, Adam Scott, Peter O'Brien
55. Buried Child (2016)
11
2
Buried Child
11
2
As:
Writer
Director:
David Horn
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Larry Pine, Rich Sommer
57. Trudell (2005)
9
2
Trudell
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Heather Rae
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Robert Redford, Amy Ray, Val Kilmer
58. Walker Payne (2006)
9
2
Walker Payne
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Matt Williams
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bruce Dern, Drea de Matteo, Jason Patric, Bill McCreight, Jon Stafford, Michael Harding
59. The Only Thrill (1997)
9
2
The Only Thrill
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Reece McHenry
Director:
Peter Masterson
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Diane Lane, Diane Keaton, Robert Patrick, Tate Donovan
60. Defenseless (1991)
10
2
Defenseless
R
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Det. Beutel
Director:
Martin Campbell
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
J.T. Walsh, Barbara Hershey, Mary Beth Hurt, Kellie Overbey
65. Never Here (2017)
6
1
Never Here
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Paul Stark
Director:
Camille Thoman
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Goran Visnjic, Vincent Piazza, Mireille Enos, Nina Arianda

TV Movie(s)

67. Ruffian (2007)
11
3
Ruffian
11
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Whiteley
Director:
Yves Simoneau
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Sport
Star Cast:
Frank Whaley, Laura Bailey, Mark Adam, Lisa Arnold
70. See You in My Dreams (2004)
10
2
See You in My Dreams
10
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Graeme Clifford
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jacinda Barrett, Aidan Quinn, Cheech Marin, Will Estes, Marcia Gay Harden
71. Shot in the Heart (2001)
9
2
Shot in the Heart
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Agnieszka Holland
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Giovanni Ribisi, Paul Wesley, Anne Kathryn Parma, Ashley Edwards, Evyn Clark
72. Dash and Lilly (1999)
9
2
Dash and Lilly
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dashiell Hammett
Director:
Kathy Bates
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bebe Neuwirth, Laurence Luckinbill, Judy Davis, David Paymer, Zeljko Ivanek
73. After the Harvest (2001)
9
2
After the Harvest
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Caleb Gare
Director:
Jeremy Podeswa
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alberta Watson, Evan Sabba, Nadia Litz, Liane Balaban
74. True West (2002)
9
2
True West
9
2
As:
Writer
Director:
Gary Halvorson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Bruce Willis, Chad Smith, Andrew Alburger, Danielle Kennedy, Rohit Bal
75. One Kill (2000)
9
2
One Kill
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Maj. Nelson Gray
Director:
Christopher Menaul
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Eric Stoltz, Kate McNeil, Anne Heche, Bill MacDonald
76. Lily Dale (1996)
8
2
Lily Dale
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Pete Davenport
Director:
Peter Masterson
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
John Slattery, Stockard Channing, Mary Stuart Masterson, Tim Guinee

TV Shows and Videos

Welcome to the Basement (2012)
Welcome to the Basement
As:
Writer
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Barry Bostwick, Matt Sloan, Aaron Yonda, Craig Johnson, Tona Williams
Klondike (2014)
Klondike
As:
Cast
Director:
Simon Cellan Jones
Genres:
Western, Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Abbie Cornish, Tim Roth, Richard Madden, Ian Hart, Marton Csokas
Tongues (1982)
Tongues
As:
Writer
Director:
Shirley Clarke
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Joseph Chaikin