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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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    Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall, Graham Jarvis

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    Marion Williams, Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy

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    Eric Bogosian, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John C. Reilly

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    Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane

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    Tim McGraw, Ray McKinnon, Sandra Bullock

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    Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Perry

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    Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Maher

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    Edward Furlong, T.J. Lowther, Kathy Bates

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    Kevin Costner, Joe Morton, Jay Thomas

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    Brittany Murphy, Holly Hunter, Rashida Jones

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    Chris O'Donnell, Joan Cusack, Kathy Bates

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    Tom Courtenay, Magda Szubanski, Kristin Scott Thomas

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    Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen, Karine Vanasse

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