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The Best Kathy Bates Movies

Updated September 22, 2019 4.2k votes 1.0k voters 103.6k views76 items

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Misery

    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byRob Reiner

    Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of... more on Wikipedia

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    Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at... more on Wikipedia

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    Dolores Claiborne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Dolores Claiborne

    Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released1995

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Dolores Claiborne is a 1995 drama thriller film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen... more on Wikipedia

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A... more on Wikipedia

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam... more on Wikipedia
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    A Home of Our Own is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    A Home of Our Own

    Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Bill

    A Home of Our Own is a 1993 drama film directed by Tony Bill, starring Kathy Bates and Edward... more on Wikipedia
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    My Sister's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    My Sister's Keeper

    Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Lagomarsino

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    The Family That Preys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    The Family That Preys

    Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2008

    Directed byTyler Perry

    The Family That Preys is a 2008 American movie drama written, produced, and directed by Tyler... more on Wikipedia

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Charlotte's Web

    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2006

    Directed byGary Winick

    Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the... more on Wikipedia

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    Annie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Annie

    Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates

    Released1999

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Annie is a 1999 American made-for-television musical-comedy-drama film from The Wonderful... more on Wikipedia
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    About Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    About Schmidt

    Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates

    Released2002

    Directed byAlexander Payne

    About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne, starring Jack... more on Wikipedia

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    Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Primary Colors

    John Travolta, Emma Thompson

    Released1998

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a... more on Wikipedia

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    Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Midnight in Paris

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2011

    Directed byWoody Allen

    Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Failure to Launch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Failure to Launch

    Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker

    Released2006

    Directed byTom Dey

    Failure to Launch is a 2006 American romantic comedy film. In the movie a 35-year-old man... more on Wikipedia

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    P.S. I Love You is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    P.S. I Love You

    Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank

    Released2007

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

    P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia
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    Diabolique is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Diabolique

    Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates

    Released1996

    Directed byJeremiah S. Chechik

    Diabolique is an 1996 American thriller directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Fred Claus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Fred Claus

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Dobkin

    Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan... more on Wikipedia
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    Rat Race is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Rat Race

    Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart

    Released2001

    Directed byJerry Zucker

    Rat Race is a 2001 American ensemble comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker, written by Andy... more on Wikipedia

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    Dragonfly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Dragonfly

    Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates

    Released2002

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Dragonfly is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Kevin Costner. The story... more on Wikipedia

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    Men Don't Leave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Men Don't Leave

    Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Brickman

    Men Don't Leave is a 1990 comedy-drama film that stars Jessica Lange as a housewife who, after... more on Wikipedia

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    Dick Tracy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Dick Tracy

    Madonna, Al Pacino

    Released1990

    Directed byWarren Beatty

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    Unconditional Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Unconditional Love

    Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd

    Released2002

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    Unconditional Love is the title of a comedy film released in 2002. The film follows Grace... more on Wikipedia
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    A Civil Action is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

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    Love Liza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kathy Bates Movies
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    Love Liza

    Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed byTodd Louiso

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