The Best Kathy Bates Movies Films

The 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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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    + 170
    - 17
    Fried Green Tomatoes

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

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    + 179
    - 25
    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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  5. 5
    + 80
    - 16
    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    + 79
    - 21
    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

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  7. 7
    + 45
    - 8
    Annie

    Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming

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    + 35
    - 5
    My Sister's Keeper

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

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    - 20
    The Family That Preys

    Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Kathy Bates

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    + 36
    - 7
    A Home of Our Own

    Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Tek Oh

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    + 40
    - 11
    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

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  12. 12
    + 44
    - 14
    Primary Colors

    John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher

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    + 41
    - 12
    About Schmidt

    Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

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    - 13
    Failure to Launch

    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

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    Dragonfly

    Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates, Linda Hunt

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    Unconditional Love

    Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

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    Fred Claus

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

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    - 21
    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

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    Rat Race

    Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese

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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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    Bee Movie

    Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Chris Rock

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    + 19
    - 9
    Around the World in 80 Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

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    The Golden Compass

    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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    - 7
    Arthur 2: On the Rocks

    Liza Minnelli, Kathy Bates, Dudley Moore

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    + 17
    - 8
    Men Don't Leave

    Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Cusack

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    - 9
    Midnight in Paris

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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    + 19
    - 10
    Dick Tracy

    Madonna, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

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    Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
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    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway

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    + 14
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    The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates, Harvey Keitel

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    - 8
    Diabolique

    Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm

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    Little Black Book

    Rashida Jones, Brittany Murphy, Kathy Bates

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    - 14
    Revolutionary Road

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    - 7
    The War at Home

    Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen

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    + 10
    - 6
    Chéri

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones

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    + 10
    - 7
    Love Liza

    Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Tobolowsky

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    + 9
    - 6
    Angus

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

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    - 5
    American Outlaws

    Colin Farrell, Ali Larter, Kathy Bates

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    - 3
    Signs of Life

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

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    My Best Friend Is a Vampire

    Kathy Bates, David Warner, Rene Auberjonois

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    Straight Time

    Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Gary Busey

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    + 7
    - 5
    You May Not Kiss the Bride

    Katharine McPhee, Mena Suvari, Kathy Bates

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    + 6
    - 4
    Personal Effects

    Personal Effects Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates

  45. 45
    + 10
    - 9
    Shadows and Fog

    Madonna, Jodie Foster, Woody Allen

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    At Play in the Fields of the Lord

    Kathy Bates, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah

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    Prelude to a Kiss

    Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates

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    + 7
    - 7
    Warm Springs

    Kathy Bates, Felicia Day, Kenneth Branagh

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    + 5
    - 5
    Christmas Is Here Again

    Jay Leno, Kathy Bates, Ed Asner

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    - 5
    Guilty Hearts

    Charlie Sheen, Eva Mendes, Anna Faris

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