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The Best Kris Kristofferson Movies

Updated October 16, 2019 4.0k votes 823 voters 105.9k views80 items

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Here is a list of the best Kris Kristofferson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Kris Kristofferson may best be known for penning hit songs like "Me and Bobby McGee" and "For the Good Times," but he is also an accomplished actor. His highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world, but the order of this Kris Kristofferson movies list is decided by how many votes each film receives, so only his most highly rated movies will be at the top of the list. Kris Kristofferson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what his greatest movie of all time is... so if you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Kris Kristofferson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. This list features films like A Star Is Born, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and many more and answers the questions, "What are the best Kris Kristofferson movies?" and "What are the greatest Kris Kristofferson roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Kristofferson's dramatic work, you might also enjoy our list of best Barbra Streisand movies and best Wesley Snipes movies.

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    A Star Is Born

    Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey

    Released1976

    Directed byFrank Pierson

    A Star Is Born is a 1976 American rock music musical film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand, who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established...  more

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    #641 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#183 of 207 Musical Movies With the Best Songs

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    Outlaw Justice

    Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1999

    Directed byBill Corcoran

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    Payback

    Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake using...  more

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    #199 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s#20 of 25 Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes

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    Convoy

    Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine

    Released1978

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. The movie is based on the 1975 country and western novelty song...  more
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    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Jodie Foster, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1974

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Robert Getchell. It stars Ellen Burstyn as a widow who travels with her preteen son...  more
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    He's Just Not That Into You

    Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston

    Released2009

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    He's Just Not That into You is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Ken Kwapis, based on the self-help book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. This Baltimore-set movie of...  more

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    #104 of 783 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#1301 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

    Kris Kristofferson, Sarah Miles

    Released1976

    Directed byLewis John Carlino

    The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea is a 1976 film starring Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles, directed by Lewis John Carlino. It was adapted from the 1963 novel The Sailor Who Fell from...  more
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. The...  more

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    #453 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#475 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

    Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1973

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging...  more

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    #107 of 401 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#315 of 552 The Best '70s Movies

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    Cisco Pike

    Gene Hackman, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1972

    Directed byBill L. Norton

    Cisco Pike is a 1972 drama written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a musician fallen on hard luck who turns to dealing marijuana as a means of income. The film also...  more
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    Dance with Me

    Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski

    Released1998

    Directed byRanda Haines

    Dance with Me is a 1998 drama film on love and dance directed by Randa Haines and starring Vanessa L. Williams and Puerto Rican singer Chayanne....  more
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    A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

    Kris Kristofferson, Leelee Sobieski

    Released1998

    Directed byJames Ivory

    A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries is a 1998 drama film directed by James Ivory and written by James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. It stars Kris Kristofferson, Barbara Hershey, Leelee Sobieski and...  more
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    Lone Star

    Matthew McConaughey, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1996

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Lone Star is a 1996 drama, mystery, romance film written and directed by John Sayles....  more

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    #23 of 77 The Best Modern Western Movies#3 of 16 The Greatest Westerns That Don't Take Place In The Old West

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    Blue Rodeo

    Ann-Margret, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Werner

    Blue Rodeo is a made for television movie adapted from the novel by Jo-Ann Mapson. It first aired on CBS as a Sunday night movie of the week on October 20, 1996. Blue Rodeo was directed by Peter...  more
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    Songwriter

    Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1984

    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    Songwriter is a 1984 film, directed by Alan Rudolph. The film concerns Doc Jenkins, a country and western composer and the devious tricks he employs to extricate himself from his legal entanglement...  more
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    Blood & Orchids

    Madeleine Stowe, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1986

    Directed byJerry Thorpe

    Blood & Orchids is a 1986 made-for-TV crime-drama film. Written for the screen by Norman Katkov, it was an adaptation of Katkov's own novel which, in turn, was inspired by the 1932 Massie Trial in...  more
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    Bloodworth

    Hilary Duff, Val Kilmer

    Released2010

    Directed byShane Dax Taylor

    Bloodworth is a 2010 drama film directed by Shane Dax Taylor and based on Provinces of Night, a novel by William Gay. The film stars Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson and Hilary Duff....  more
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    Flashpoint

    Kris Kristofferson, Rip Torn

    Released1984

    Directed byWilliam Tannen

    Flashpoint is a film starring Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams. Rip Torn, Jean Smart, Kurtwood Smith, and Tess Harper also co-star. The movie was directed by William Tannen and based on a novel...  more
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    Be Here to Love Me

    Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

    Released2006

    Directed byMargaret Brown

    Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt is a 2004 documentary film directed by Margaret Brown which chronicles the often turbulent life of American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. The...  more
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    38
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    Welcome Home

    Kris Kristofferson, Sam Waterston

    Released1989

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

    Welcome Home is a 1989 drama film directed by Franklin Schaffner. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a Vietnam War veteran who returns to his family after many years and who tries to readjust to life...  more
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    The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus

    Johnny Cash, John Denver

    Released1973

    Directed byRobert Elfstrom

    Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus is a 1973 film directed by Robert Elfstrom....
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    Trouble in Mind

    Kris Kristofferson, Divine

    Released1985

    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    Trouble in Mind is a 1985 neo-noir film, shot in Seattle, which follows an ex-cop just released from jail after serving time for a murder sentence as he returns to the mean streets of the fictional...  more
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    Disappearances

    Kris Kristofferson, Luis Guzmán

    Released2006

    Directed byJay Craven

    Disappearances is a 2006 film by director Jay Craven starring Kris Kristofferson. Plot Quebec Bill Bohomme is a hardy schemer and dreamer, who, desperate to raise money to preserve his endangered...  more
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    Dreamer

    Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Gatins

    Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. The film was written and...  more

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    I'm Not There

    Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

    Released2007

    Directed byTodd Haynes

    I'm Not There is a 2007 biographical musical film directed by Todd Haynes, inspired by the life and music of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Six actors depict different facets of Dylan's public...  more