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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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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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Fried Green Tomatoes Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

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Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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The Waterboy Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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A Home of Our Own Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Tek Oh

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The Family That Preys 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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Annie Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming

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Charlotte's Web Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

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About Schmidt Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

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Primary Colors John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher

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Failure to Launch Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

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Unconditional Love Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

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Dragonfly Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates, Linda Hunt

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Rat Race Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese

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P.S. I Love You Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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Fred Claus Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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Midnight in Paris Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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Men Don't Leave Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Cusack

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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The Golden Compass Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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Bee Movie Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

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Dick Tracy Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

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Around the World in 80 Days Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm

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Love Liza Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Tobolowsky

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Diabolique Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams

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Chéri Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones

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Arthur 2: On the Rocks Liza Minnelli, Kathy Bates, Dudley Moore

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Little Black Book Rashida Jones, Brittany Murphy, Kathy Bates

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Revolutionary Road Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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American Outlaws Colin Farrell, Ali Larter, Kathy Bates

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Harvey Keitel

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Signs of Life Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Vincent D'Onofrio

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Valentine's Day Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway

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The War at Home Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen

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

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Personal Effects Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates

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Shadows and Fog Madonna, Jodie Foster, Woody Allen

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Straight Time Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Gary Busey

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Bonneville Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen

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At Play in the Fields of the Lord Kathy Bates, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah

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My Best Friend Is a Vampire Kathy Bates, David Warner, Rene Auberjonois

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You May Not Kiss the Bride Katharine McPhee, Mena Suvari, Kathy Bates

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The Late Shift Kathy Bates, Ed Begley, Jr.

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Rumor Has It Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Dustin Hoffman

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Christmas Is Here Again Jay Leno, Kathy Bates, Ed Asner