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Best Kathy Bates Movies

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List of the best Kathy Bates movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. We all became Katy Bate's "number one fan" after her Oscar-winning performance in Misery. Kathy Bates's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Kathy Bates movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Kathy Bates movies will be at the top of the list. Kathy Bates has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Kathy Bates movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Kathy Bates films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Kathy Bates role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Kathy Bates performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different films, including Fried Green Tomatoes and Titanic.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Kathy Bates movies?" and "What are the greatest Kathy Bates roles of all time?" If you're a fan of Kathy Bates' bone-chilling performances, you might also enjoy our list of best James Caan movies and best Jessica Lang movies.


Kathy Bates has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Tyler Perry and Robert Altman. Kathy Bates has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Alfre Woodard and Margo Martindale in terms of fame and success.


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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Kathy Bates, Chris O'Donnell

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    Kathy Bates, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, James Cameron

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    Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Tim McGraw

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    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

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    Tyler Perry, Kathy Bates, Taraji P. Henson

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    Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming

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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford

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    John Travolta, Bill Maher, Emma Thompson

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    Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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    Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates, Linda Hunt

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    Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Dermot Mulroney

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    Elizabeth Perkins, Kathleen Wilhoite, Lynn Redgrave

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    Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Tek Oh

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    Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Chris O'Donnell

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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson

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    Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

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    Liza Minnelli, Kathy Bates, Dudley Moore

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway

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    Rashida Jones, Brittany Murphy, Kathy Bates

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    Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen

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    Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams

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    Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Vince Vaughn

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    Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Renée Zellweger

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    Colin Farrell, Ali Larter, Kathy Bates

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    Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones

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    Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Harvey Keitel

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    Kathy Bates, George C. Scott, James Van Der Beek

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    Kathy Bates, David Warner, Rene Auberjonois

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    Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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    Madonna, Jodie Foster, Woody Allen

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    Personal Effects Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates

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    Charlie Sheen, Eva Mendes, Anna Faris

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    Jay Leno, Kathy Bates, Ed Asner

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    Kathy Bates, Ed Begley, Jr., Bob Balaban

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    Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates

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    Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Gary Busey

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    You May Not Kiss the Bride Katharine McPhee, Tia Carrere, Mena Suvari

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Kathy Bates, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Kathy Bates, Anthony Edwards, Lori Singer

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