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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.

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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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Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

Released: 1990

Directed by: Rob 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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Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon 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 ...more

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#68 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made #212 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Taylor 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.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James 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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Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John 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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Edward Furlong, Kathy Bates, Soon-Tek Oh

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony 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 ...more
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Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank 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 ...more

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My Sister's Keeper Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins, Lynn Redgrave

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ron 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 ...more
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Tyler Perry, Taraji P. Henson, Kathy Bates

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tyler 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 ...more
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Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary 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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Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rob 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 ...more
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Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, June Squibb

Released: 2002

Directed by: Alexander 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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John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Bill Maher

Released: 1998

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Primary Colors is a 1998 drama film based on the novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a roman à clef about Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992, which originally had ...more

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Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tom 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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#266 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #187 of 803 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

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Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

Released: 2011

Directed by: Woody Allen

Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the ...more

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Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank, Judy Garland

Released: 2007

Directed by: Richard LaGravenese

P.S. I Love You is a 2007 American drama film directed by Richard LaGravenese. The screenplay by LaGravenese and Steven Rogers is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. It ...more

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Julie Andrews, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates

Released: 2002

Directed by: P. J. Hogan

Unconditional Love is the title of a comedy film released in 2002. The film follows Grace Beasley who in the face of her failing marriage, and the death of her favorite pop star, learns the ...more
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Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates, Linda Hunt

Released: 2002

Directed by: Tom 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.

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Sharon Stone, Kathy Bates, J.J. Abrams

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Diabolique is an 1996 American thriller directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Don Roos. It is a remake of the French film Les Diaboliques directed by Clouzot. ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Smart, John Cleese

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jerry 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, ...more

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Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Dobkin

Fred Claus is a 2007 American Christmas comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Dan Fogelman and Jessie Nelson, and starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. The film was released on ...more
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Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Cusack

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Brickman

Men Don't Leave is a 1990 comedy-drama film that stars Jessica Lange as a housewife who, after the death of her husband, moves with her two sons to Baltimore. Chris O'Donnell, Joan Cusack, and ...more
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Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stephen Tobolowsky

Released: 2002

Directed by: Todd 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.

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John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Zaillian

A Civil Action is a 1998 American drama film that was directed by Steven Zaillian, that stars John Travolta and Robert Duvall, and that is based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr. ...more
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Cher, Kathy Bates, Karen Black

Released: 1982

Directed by: Robert Altman

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a 1982 comedy drama film adaptation of Ed Graczyk's 1976 play of the same name. The Broadway and screen versions were directed by Robert ...more