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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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Sam Elliott, Terry Funk, Kelly Lynch
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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Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
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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Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Patrick Swayze
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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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Patrick Swayze Movies
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
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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Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze
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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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson
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
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
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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Patrick Swayze, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis
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
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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Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell, Patrick Swayze
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, Reba McEntire, Jeff Foxworthy
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, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi
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, Arnold Vosloo, Anthony Zerbe
Steel Dawn is a 1987 American post-apocalyptic feature film, with elements of western science fiction.
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Patrick Swayze, William H. Macy, Burgess Meredith
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, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Diehl
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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Patrick Swayze, Alison Doody, Gavin Hood
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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Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
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, George de la Peña, Matthew Walker
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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Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze, Rowan Atkinson
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, Bruce McGill, Gia Carides
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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Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnell, Piper Laurie
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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January Jones, Patrick Swayze, Sela Ward
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, Michael York, Patrick Bergin
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
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Carmen Electra, Tim Curry, Patrick Swayze
Christmas in Wonderland is a 2007 comedy film about three children who move with their father from Los Angeles to Edmonton, Alberta, where they catch a group of counterfeiters while Christmas ...more