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

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    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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    Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming

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    Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Kathy Bates

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    My Sister's Keeper Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins, Lynn Redgrave

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    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

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    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

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    John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher

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    Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Tek Oh

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    Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

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    Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates, Linda Hunt

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    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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    Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese

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    Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

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    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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    Liza Minnelli, Kathy Bates, Dudley Moore

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    Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

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    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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    Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

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    Rashida Jones, Brittany Murphy, Kathy Bates

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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway

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    Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Cusack

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    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm

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    Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams

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    Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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

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    Colin Farrell, Ali Larter, Kathy Bates

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman

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    Kathy Bates, David Warner, Rene Auberjonois

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    Kathy Bates, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah

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    Personal Effects Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Vincent D'Onofrio Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Madonna, Jodie Foster, Woody Allen

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    Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Harvey Keitel

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    Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Tobolowsky

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    Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones

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    Charlie Sheen, Eva Mendes, Anna Faris

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    Jay Leno, Kathy Bates, Ed Asner Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kathy Bates, Ed Begley, Jr.

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    Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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