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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.

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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances...  more

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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two...  more

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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael...  more

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    Rat Race

    Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart

    Released2001

    Released2001

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Rat Race is a 2001 American ensemble comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker, written by Andy Breckman, and starring Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Lanai...  more

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    Dragonfly

    Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Dragonfly is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Kevin Costner. The story is about a grieving doctor being contacted by his late wife through his patients....  more
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    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1995

    Released1995

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was directed by Taylor Hackford....  more

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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter Dante...  more

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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio)...  more

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    A Home of Our Own

    Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates

    Released1993

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Bill

    Directed byTony Bill

    A Home of Our Own is a 1993 drama film directed by Tony Bill, starring Kathy Bates and Edward Furlong. It is the story of a mother and her six children trying to establish a home in the small town of...  more
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    My Sister's Keeper

    Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins

    Released2003

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Lagomarsino

    Directed byRon Lagomarsino

    The poignant real-life story of two sisters, Christine and Judy, and their journey of discovery and understanding. Christine, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, yearns for independence and...
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    The Family That Preys

    Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byTyler Perry

    Directed byTyler Perry

    The Family That Preys is a 2008 American movie drama written, produced, and directed by Tyler Perry. The screenplay focuses on two families, one wealthy and the other working class, whose lives are...  more

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    Annie

    Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates

    Released1999

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Annie is a 1999 American made-for-television musical-comedy-drama film from The Wonderful World of Disney. It is an adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical, which in turn was based on the 1924 Little...  more
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    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byGary Winick

    Directed byGary Winick

    Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount...  more

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    About Schmidt

    Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. It is very loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis...  more

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    Love Liza

    Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byTodd Louiso

    Directed byTodd Louiso

    Love Liza is a 2002 tragicomedy film directed by Todd Louiso and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler, Wayne Duvall, Sarah Koskoff and Stephen Tobolowsky....  more

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    Released1982

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    Revolutionary Road

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo...  more

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    Failure to Launch

    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byTom Dey

    Directed byTom Dey

    Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. In the movie a 35-year-old man lives in the home of his parents and shows no interest in leaving the comfortable life his parents,...  more

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    The Late Shift

    Kathy Bates, Ed Begley

    Released1996

    Released1996

    Directed byBetty Thomas

    Directed byBetty Thomas

    The Late Shift is a 1996 American TV movie produced by HBO. It was directed by Betty Thomas and based on the book of the same name by The New York Times media reporter Bill Carter....  more
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    Rumor Has It

    Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner

    Released2005

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Rumor Has It is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine and Mark Ruffalo. The screenplay by Ted Griffin derives from a...  more
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    The Bridge of San Luis Rey

    Robert De Niro, Kathy Bates

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byMary McGuckian

    Directed byMary McGuckian

    The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a 2004 drama film directed by Mary McGuckian and featuring an ensemble cast of American and international actors. It is based on Thornton Wilder's novel of the same...  more
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    The War at Home

    Carla Gugino, Kathy Bates

    Released1996

    Released1996

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

    Directed byEmilio Estevez

    The War at Home is a 1996 motion picture starring Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, and Martin Sheen. Estevez also directed the film as well as served as a co-producer....  more
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The screenplay is based on the 1940 classic science fiction short story "Farewell to...  more
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    Chéri

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Directed byStephen Frears

    Chéri is a 2009 drama film directed by Stephen Frears. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend, it is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by French author Colette. The film premiered at...  more

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    Valentine's Day

    Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift

    Released2010

    Released2010

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    Valentine's Day is a 2010 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall. The screenplay and the story were written by Katherine Fugate, Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The film consists of...  more

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