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The Best Patrick Swayze Movies 

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List of the best Patrick Swayze movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Patrick Swayze'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 Patrick Swayze movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Patrick Swayze movies will be at the top of the list. Patrick Swayze has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Patrick Swayze movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Patrick Swayze films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Patrick Swayze role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Patrick Swayze performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

A list made up of films like Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Grandview, U.S.A..

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Patrick Swayze movies?" and "What are the greatest Patrick Swayze roles of all time?"

Patrick Swayze was in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Andie MacDowell and Carl Weathers in terms of fame and success.

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Patrick Swayze Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Sam Elliott, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch

Released: 1989

Directed by: Rowdy Herrington

Road House is a 1989 action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer at a newly refurbished roadside bar who protects a small town in Missouri from a ...more

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Patrick Swayze Movies
Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1990

Directed by: Jerry Zucker

Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1991

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

Point Break is a 1991 American action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Lori Petty and Gary Busey. The title refers to the surfing term point break, where ...more

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Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Milius

Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. ...more

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Liam Neeson, Ben Stiller, Helen Hunt

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Irvin

Next of Kin is a 1989 American action film directed by John Irvin and starring Patrick Swayze and Liam Neeson, with Adam Baldwin and Ben Stiller in one of his earliest roles. The screenplay was ...more

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Keanu Reeves, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1986

Directed by: Peter Markle

Youngblood is a 1986 drama film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Peter Markle, and starring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Cynthia Gibb and is also Keanu Reeves' second film appearance.

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Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell, Patrick Swayze

Released: 1995

Directed by: Beeban Kidron

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 American comedy film, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo as three New York drag queens who embark on a road ...more

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Patrick Swayze, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis

Released: 1998

Directed by: Kevin Hooks

Black Dog is a 1998 action film directed by Kevin Hooks and starring Patrick Swayze. The film tells the story of a trucker and ex-con who is manipulated into transporting illegal arms. The film ...more

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Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1983

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

Uncommon Valor is a 1983 action film written by Joe Gayton and directed by Ted Kotcheff, about a U.S. Marine officer who puts together a team to try to rescue his son, who he believes is among ...more

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Patrick Swayze, Arnold Vosloo, Anthony Zerbe

Released: 1987

Directed by: Lance Hool

Steel Dawn is a 1987 American post-apocalyptic feature film, with elements of western science fiction.

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Patrick Swayze, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Roland Joffé

City of Joy is a 1992 drama film directed by Roland Joffé, with a screenplay by Mark Medoff. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Dominique Lapierre, which looks at poverty in ...more
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Patrick Swayze, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Diehl

Released: 1995

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Three Wishes is a 1995 drama-fantasy film directed by Martha Coolidge and starring Patrick Swayze, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Joseph Mazzello.
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Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Patrick Swayze, Reba McEntire, Jeff Foxworthy

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jim Kammerud

The Fox and the Hound 2 is a 2006 direct-to-video followup to the 1981 Disney animated film The Fox and the Hound. It was produced by DisneyToon Studios, directed by Jim Kammerud, and features ...more
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Patrick Swayze, William H. Macy, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Tall Tale, also known as Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill is a 1995 American western adventure fantasy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It stars Scott Glenn, Oliver ...more

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Patrick Swayze, Alison Doody, Gavin Hood

Released: 2004

Directed by: Steve Boyum

King Solomon's Mines is a 2004 two-part TV miniseries, the fifth film adaptation of the 1885 novel by the same name by Henry Rider Haggard. Starring Patrick Swayze as Allan Quartermain and ...more
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January Jones, Patrick Swayze, Sela Ward

Released: 2004

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is a 2004 American musical romance film directed by Guy Ferland. This film is a "re-imagining" of the 1987 blockbuster Dirty Dancing, reusing the same ...more

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Patrick Swayze, George de la Peña, Matthew Walker

Released: 2003

Directed by: Lisa Niemi

One Last Dance is a 2003 American romantic drama about three dancers in New York City. The film was directed and written by Lisa Niemi, wife of actor Patrick Swayze. One Last Dance starred both ...more

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Patrick Swayze, Bruce McGill, Gia Carides

Released: 1998

Directed by: David Carson

Letters from a Killer is a 1998 film about a man who is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his ...more
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Halle Berry, Patrick Swayze, Josh Lucas

Released: 1993

Directed by: Darrell Roodt

Father Hood is a 1993 comedy-drama film starring Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry and directed by Darrell Roodt.
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Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Niall Johnson

Keeping Mum is a 2005 British black comedy film starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Patrick Swayze.

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Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnell, Piper Laurie

Released: 1988

Directed by: Amin Q. Chaudhri

Tiger Warsaw is a 1987 drama film produced by Continental Film Group starring Patrick Swayze. The movie was written by Roy London and directed by Amin Q. Chaudhri.
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Patrick Swayze, Michael York, Patrick Bergin

Released: 2005

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

Icon is a Hallmark Channel original television film directed by Charles Martin Smith and based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth. The film premiered on the network May 30, 2005. It is set in the ...more