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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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  • Misery1
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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

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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

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  • Dolores Claiborne3
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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

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  • Titanic4
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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

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  • The Blind Side5
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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

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  • The Waterboy6
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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

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  • A Home of Our Own7
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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
  • My Sister's Keeper8
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    My Sister's Keeper

    Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins

    Released2003

    Directed byRon Lagomarsino

    The poignant real-life story of two sisters, Christine and Judy, and their journey of...
  • The Family That Preys9
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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

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  • Annie10
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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
  • Charlotte's Web11
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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

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  • Primary Colors12
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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

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  • About Schmidt13
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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

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  • Midnight in Paris14
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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

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  • Failure to Launch15
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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

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  • P.S. I Love You16
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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

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  • Diabolique17
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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
  • Fred Claus18
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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
  • Dick Tracy19
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    Dick Tracy

    Madonna, Al Pacino

    Released1990

    Directed byWarren Beatty

    Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same...  more

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  • Rat Race20
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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

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  • Dragonfly21
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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

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  • Men Don't Leave22
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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
  • Unconditional Love23
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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
  • A Civil Action24
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    A Civil Action

    John Travolta, Robert Duvall

    Released1998

    Directed bySteven Zaillian

    A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars...  more
  • Love Liza25
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    Love Liza

    Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released2002

    Directed byTodd Louiso

    Love Liza is a 2002 tragicomedy film directed by Todd Louiso and starring Philip Seymour...  more

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