films The Best Movies About Texas  

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List Rules Films about Texas and Texans. Vote up the biggest, best, Texas movies.

The wild west, gunfights, big ol' barbeque, saloons, South by Southwest, the Alamo, and the rebel spirit – these are just some of the things that probably come to mind when we hear the word “Texas.” Texas is the second largest state and is famous for producing a ton of movies that have become some of film's greatest! What are the best movies about Texas? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list either have a Texas theme or were actually filmed in a Texas location. Every genre imaginable has come to Texas, including some of the best Western movies ever produced, romantic comedies, and action packed thrillers and dramas.
 
This list features the best movies about Texas including, Big Jake, Crazy Heart, Machete, Hope Floats, Friday Night Lights, Flags of Our Fathers, Glory Road, and Return to Lonesome Dove. Vote for your favorite flick today, and feel free to add any of your personal favorites that I might have left off!

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Smokey and the Bandit Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. It inspired several other trucking films, including two ...more

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No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-Western thriller directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin and tells ...more

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name and stars Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The cast ...more

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Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is obsessed with them. The book on which it was based, ...more

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The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film set during and after the American Civil War. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film was ...more

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The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's Japanese-language film Seven Samurai. The supporting ...more

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Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas. It is based upon the 1956 Newbery Honor-winning ...more

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Secondhand Lions Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a farm in Texas. ...more

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Hope Floats Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr. Hope Floats is a 1998 American romantic drama film directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick, Jr., and Gena Rowlands. Birdee is an unassuming housewife whose life is disrupted when her husband reveals his infidelity ...more

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The Sons of Katie Elder John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. The movie was filmed principally in Mexico. The film Four Brothers is loosely based on this story's depiction of ...more

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Big Jake John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Harry Carey Big Jake is a 1971 Western film directed by George Sherman, written by Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink, produced by Michael Wayne, edited by Harry Gerstad, starring John Wayne, Richard Boone and Maureen O'Hara, narrated by George Fenneman, ...more

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From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis. After enjoying modest success at the box ...more

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Selena Jennifer Lopez, Constance Marie, Edward James Olmos Selena is a 1997 American biographical musical drama film about the life and career of the late Tejano music star Selena, a recording artist well known in the Mexican-American and Hispanic communities in the United States and Mexico before she ...more

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Crazy Heart Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal "Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as an aging country music legend wrestling with his loss of fame at the hands of younger protégé. Struggling to make ends meet playing one small gig to the next in the twilight of his career, ...more

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The Longest Yard Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. Adam Sandler plays the protagonist, Paul Crewe, a disgraced former professional quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL, who is ...more

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Last Man Standing Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann Last Man Standing is a 1996 American action thriller film written and directed by Walter Hill and starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken and Bruce Dern. It is a credited remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, and was influenced heavily by the ...more

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Holes Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo Thomas, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Tim Blake ...more

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The Devil's Rejects Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo, Ginger Lynn The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 American horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, and the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is centered on the run of three members of the psychopathic antagonist family from the ...more

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Return to Lonesome Dove Ricky Schroder Return to Lonesome Dove, written by John Wilder, is a TV miniseries involving characters created in Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning western novel Lonesome Dove first aired November 14–17, 1993. The story focuses on a retired Texas ...more

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Convoy Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. The movie is based on the 1975 country and western novelty song "Convoy" by C.W. McCall and Chip ...more

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A Perfect World Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Laura Dern A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin Costner as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy, and ends up embarking on a road trip with the child. Eastwood co-stars as a Texas ...more

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Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American war film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name written by James Bradley and Ron Powers about the ...more

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Real Steel Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand Real Steel is a 2011 film directed by Shawn Levy.

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Django Unchained Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained is a 2012 western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Kill Bill Volume 1 Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a 2003 action film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. The picture was directed by John Sturges from a screenplay ...more

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Patrick Stewart, Martin Short, Laraine Newman Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a 2001 American computer-animated comic science fiction film based on a few three-minute animated shorts shown on Nickelodeon between the years 1999-2002, and a pilot in 1998. The film was produced by Nickelodeon ...more

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Bernie Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by ...more

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The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief, but famous Major League Baseball career in 1999-2000. The film stars Dennis ...more

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Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Don Haskins portrayed by Josh Lucas, head coach of Texas ...more

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Boom Town Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Spencer Tracy Boom Town is a 1940 American adventure film starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, and Hedy Lamarr, and directed by Jack Conway. The supporting cast features Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill, and Chill Wills. A story written by ...more

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Happy, Texas William H. Macy, Ron Perlman, Ally Walker Happy, Texas is a comedy film released in 1999 directed by Mark Illsley, and starring Steve Zahn, Jeremy Northam and William H. Macy.

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Places in the Heart Sally Field, John Malkovich, Ed Harris Places in the Heart is a 1984 American drama film written and directed by Robert Benton about a U.S. Depression-era Texas widow who tries to save the family farm with the help of a blind white man and a black man. It stars Sally Field, Lindsay ...more

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Machete Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Robert De Niro Machete is a 2010 American action film written, produced, and directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. This film is an expansion of a fake trailer that was included in Rodriguez's and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 Grindhouse double-feature. ...more

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The Spirit of St. Louis James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly The Spirit of St. Louis is a 1957 biographical film directed by Billy Wilder and starring James Stewart as Charles Lindbergh. The screenplay was adapted by Charles Lederer, Wendell Mayes, and Billy Wilder from Lindbergh's 1953 autobiographical ...more

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The Border Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine The Border is a 1982 American drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine and Warren Oates.

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Planet Terror Bruce Willis, Rose McGowan, Fergie Planet Terror is a 2007 American action horror science-fiction film directed by Robert Rodriguez, about a group of people attempting to survive an onslaught of zombie-like creatures as they feud with a military unit. A tribute to the zombie ...more

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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Peter Facinelli, Ashley Johnson, Breckin Meyer Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 is a 1998 comedy-drama film starring Breckin Meyer, Peter Facinelli, Eddie Mills, and Ethan Embry.

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Monsters Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Annalee Jefferies Monsters is a 2010 British science fiction monster film written and directed by Gareth Edwards in his feature film directorial debut. Edwards also served as the cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist. Monsters takes ...more

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The Astronaut Farmer Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, J.K. Simmons The Astronaut Farmer is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Mark. The story focuses on a Texas rancher who constructs a rocket in his barn and, against all odds, launches himself ...more

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The Legend of the Lone Ranger Christopher Lloyd, Jason Robards Jr., Richard Farnsworth The Legend of the Lone Ranger is a 1981 American western film directed by William A. Fraker and starring Klinton Spilsbury, Michael Horse and Christopher Lloyd. It is based on the story of The Lone Ranger, a Western character created by George ...more

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A Big Hand for the Little Lady Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a 1966 Technicolor western film, made by Eden Productions Inc. and released by Warner Bros. The movie was produced and directed by Fielder Cook from a screenplay by Sidney Carroll, adapted from their TV play ...more

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Barbed Wire Gene Autry, William Fawcett, Leonard Penn Barbed Wire is a film directed by George Archainbaud released on July 25, 1952.

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The Good Girl Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Gyllenhaal The Good Girl is a 2002 comedy-drama film directed by Miguel Arteta from a script by Mike White, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly.

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14 Hours Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Ricky Schroder 14 Hours is a 2005 medical emergency docudrama produced for the TNT Network and starring JoBeth Williams. The film was set in Houston, Texas and filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Based on true-life events surrounding Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, ...more

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The Aurora Encounter Dottie West, Jack Elam, Peter Brown The Aurora Encounter is a 1986 American science fiction film directed by the Jim McCullough Sr., written by Melody Brooke and Jim McCullough, Jr., and starring Jack Elam, Peter Brown, Carol Bagdasarian and Dottie West. ...more

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Don't Look Back Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Stoltz, Dwight Yoakam Don't Look Back is a made-for-HBO action movie/thriller directed by Geoff Murphy starring Eric Stoltz, John Corbett, Josh Hamilton and Billy Bob Thornton. It's the story of Jesse Parish, a heroin addict living in Los Angeles, who steals a ...more

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Baghdad Texas Barry Tubb, Robert Prentiss, Al No'Mani Baghdad Texas is a comedy film directed by David H. Hickey and stars Al No'Mani, Robert Prentiss, Melinda Renna, Barry Tubb, Ryan Boggus and Shaneye Ferrell. The writers include Shaneye Ferrell, David H. Hickey and Al No'Mani. The movie was ...more

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The Life of David Gale Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Melissa McCarthy The Life of David Gale is a 2003 thriller film directed by Alan Parker and written by Charles Randolph. To date, it is Parker's last film as a director. The film is an international co-production between the United States, Germany, and the ...more

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Black Like Me James Whitmore, Will Geer, Roscoe Lee Browne Black Like Me is a 1964 American drama film co-written and directed by Carl Lerner, based on the book Black Like Me. The film stars James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, and Roscoe Lee Browne. The DVD was released December 11, 2012, in North America ...more