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The Best Kevin Costner Movies

Updated March 16, 2021 16.1k votes 3.5k voters 196.9k views50 items

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This list of the best Kevin Costner movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. Kevin Costner became an Oscar-winner when his 1990 film Dances with Wolves took home the top prize at the Academy Awards. Kevin Costner's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world, but the order of this Kevin Costner movies list is decided by how many votes each film receives, so only the most highly rated Kevin Costner movies will be at the top. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Kevin Costner movies?" and "What are the greatest Kevin Costner roles of all time?" So, do you prefer the films starring a young Kevin Costner or the titles he starred in as a more mature actor? The greatest Kevin Costner performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. This list of his illustrious and often sports related filmography includes movies like Field of Dreams and The Untouchables.If you think the best Kevin Costner role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. 

And if you're a fan of Costner's epic stories, you might also enjoy our list of best Mel Gibson movies and best Russell Crowe movies.

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    Dances with Wolves

    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell

    Character: Lieutenant John J. Dunbar

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Motion Picture

    Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic western film directed, produced by, and starring...  more

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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Character: Ray Kinsella

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who...  more

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    The Untouchables

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery

    Character: Eliot Ness

    The Untouchables is a 1987 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma and written by David...  more

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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

    Character: Crash Davis

    Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor...  more

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    Open Range

    Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall

    Character: Charley Waite

    Open Range is a 2003 American western film directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner, starring...  more

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    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

    Character: Billy Chapel

    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title...  more
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    No Way Out

    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner

    Character: Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell

    No Way Out is a 1987 thriller film. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, and Sean Young. Will...  more

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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

    Character: Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy

    Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring...  more

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    JFK

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman

    Character: Jim Garrison

    JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It...  more

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    Silverado

    Kevin Costner, John Cleese

    Character: Jake

    Silverado is a 1985 American Western film produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. The...  more

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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery

    Character: Robin Hood

    This film is a 1991 American-British adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film stars...  more

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    The Bodyguard

    Whitney Houston, Kevin Costner

    Character: Frank Farmer

    The Bodyguard is a 1992 American romantic thriller film directed by Mick Jackson, written by...  more

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    Wyatt Earp

    Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

    Character: Wyatt Earp

    Wyatt Earp is a 1994 American semi-biographical Western film, written by Dan Gordon and...  more

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    The Guardian

    Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher

    Character: Ben Randall

    The Guardian is a 2006 action-adventure drama film starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, and...  more
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    A Perfect World

    Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner

    Character: Robert "Butch" Haynes

    A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin...  more

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    Draft Day

    Kevin Costner

    Character: Sonny Weaver, Jr.

    Draft Day is a 2014 American sports drama film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin...  more
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    Thirteen Days

    Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood

    Character: Kenny O'Donnell

    Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson...  more

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    Mcfarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello

    Character: Jim White

    McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by...  more

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    Message in a Bottle

    Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Costner

    Character: Garret Blake

    Message in a Bottle is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Luis Mandoki. Based on...  more

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    3 Days to Kill

    Amber Heard, Kevin Costner

    Character: Ethan Renner

    3 Days to Kill is a 2014 French-American action thriller film directed by McG and written by...  more
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    Mr. Brooks

    Demi Moore, Kevin Costner

    Character: Mr. Earl Brooks

    Mr. Brooks is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring...  more

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    The Postman

    Kevin Costner, Tom Petty

    Character: The Postman

    The Postman is a 1997 American epic post-apocalyptic adventure film. It is directed by,...  more

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    Hidden Figures

    Tariji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Character: Al Harrison

    Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on...  more

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    Revenge

    Kevin Costner, Madeleine Stowe

    Character: Michael "Jay" Cochran

    Revenge is a 1990 romantic thriller film directed by Tony Scott, starring Kevin Costner,...  more
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    Dragonfly

    Kevin Costner, Kathy Bates

    Character: Joe Darrow

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