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The Best Movies About Elvis Presley, Ranked

Updated December 21, 2020 612 votes 180 voters 13.9k views14 items

List RulesOnly movies that feature Elvis Presley as a main character.

From documentaries to biopics, we're ranking the best movies about Elvis Presley. Commonly known as The King of Rock and Roll, the American singer, actor, and cultural icon has been depicted numerous times in film and TV, but this list only features movies where Elvis Presley is the central character. What is the best Elvis Presley movie?

In Elvis & Nixon, Michael Shannon portrayed Elvis Presley during his meeting with President Richard Nixon, played by Kevin Spacey. Other good Elvis Presley documentaries and biographical films include Bubba Ho-Tep, Protecting the King, and Heartbreak Hotel.

Vote up the best movies about Elvis Presley, and feel free to add your favorites if they're missing from the list. 

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  • Elvis: That's the Way It Is1
    Elvis: That's the Way It Is is a 1970 American documentary film directed by Denis Sanders. The...  more

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    Elvis

    Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters

    Released1979

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Elvis is a 1979 American television biographical film directed by John Carpenter. It is based...  more
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    This Is Elvis

    Linda Thompson, Furry Lewis

    Released1981

    Directed byAndrew Solt, Malcolm Leo

    This Is Elvis is a 1981 documentary film directed by Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo, based on the...  more
  • Elvis on Tour4
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    Elvis on Tour

    James Burton, Glen D. Hardin

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Abel, Pierre Adidge

    Elvis on Tour is a Golden Globe Award-winning American musical documentary motion picture...  more
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    Elvis & Nixon

    Kevin Spacey, Michael Shannon

    Released2016

    Directed byLiza Johnson

    Elvis & Nixon is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Liza Johnson. The untold true...  more
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    Protecting the King

    Tom Sizemore, Brian Krause

    Released2007

    Directed byD. Edward Stanley

    Protecting the King is the 2007 musical drama film written by D. Edward Stanley & Marty Poole...  more
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    Elvis Has Left the Building

    Tom Hanks, Kim Basinger

    Released2004

    Directed byJoel Zwick

    Elvis Has Left the Building is a 2004 film directed by Joel Zwick and starring Kim Basinger as...  more
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    Heartbreak Hotel

    Tuesday Weld, David Keith

    Released1988

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Heartbreak Hotel is a 1988 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Columbus and...  more
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    Bubba Ho-Tep

    Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell

    Released2002

    Directed byDon Coscarelli

    Bubba Ho-Tep is a 2002 American comedy horror film starring Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley —...  more
  • Elvis10
    Elvis, starring Elvis Presley, is United States television special that aired on December 3,...  more
  • The King11
    The King is a 2018 documentary film directed by Eugene Jarecki. Forty years after the death of...  more
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    Elvis Meets Nixon

    A. J. Cook, Curtis Armstrong

    Released1997

    Directed byAllan Arkush

    Elvis Meets Nixon is 1997 film directed by Allan Arkush and starring Rick Peters, Bob Gunton,...  more
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    Elvis Is Alive

    Fred Willard, Vicki Lawrence

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Diaz Leroy

    Elvis Is Alive is a 1998 comedy mockumentary film written and directed by Robert Diaz Leroy....  more
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    Elvis and the Beauty Queen

    Don Johnson, Stephanie Zimbalist

    Released1981

    Directed byGus Trikonis

    Elvis and the Beauty Queen is a 1981 made-for-TV film starring Don Johnson and Stephanie...  more