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The Best Sam Elliott Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 6.5k votes 1.5k voters 98.2k views58 items

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List of the best Sam Elliott movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Sam Elliott's low baritone voice proved to provide the perfect narration to the 1998 film The Big Lebowski and many other films. Sam Elliott'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 Sam Elliott movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Sam Elliott movies will be at the top of the list. Sam Elliott has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Sam Elliott movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Sam Elliott films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

This list has a variety of films, like Tombstone and The Shadow Riders, in it.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sam Elliott movies?" and "What are the greatest Sam Elliott roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Elliott's cowboy characters, you might also enjoy our list of best Kurt Russell movies and best Clint Eastwood movies.

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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell
    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin...  more

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    #24 of 440 Your Favorite Movies of the 1990s#31 of 306 The Best Ensemble Movies

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    November Christmas

    Sam Elliott, Sarah Paulson
    November Christmas is a 2010 American film based on a short story written by Greg Coppa. The...  more
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    The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a 2018 adventure drama film directed by...  more

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    #180 of 196 The Best Adventure Movies#8 of 30 The Best Action Movies Streaming on Hulu

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    Conagher

    Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross
    Conagher is a 1991 Turner Network Television western film based on a Louis L’Amour novel of...  more
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    The Quick and the Dead

    Sam Elliott, Kate Capshaw
    The Quick and the Dead is a 1987 television movie, based on the 1973 novel by Louis L'Amour,...  more
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    Mask

    Cher, Laura Dern
    Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott,...  more

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    #144 of 512 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#168 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime

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    I Will Fight No More Forever

    Sam Elliott, James Whitmore
    I Will Fight No More Forever is a 1975 made-for-television movie starring James Whitmore as...  more
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    The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky

    Sam Elliott, Jerry O'Connell
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson
    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965....  more

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    #4 of 376 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#5 of 99 The Most Patriotic Movies of All Time

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    Road House

    Sam Elliott, Terry Funk
    Road House is a 1989 action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a...  more

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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger
    Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the...  more

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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and...  more

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    Rush

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott
    Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel...  more
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    The Sacketts

    Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott
    The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis...  more
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    The Shadow Riders

    Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott
    The Shadow Riders is a 1982 American Western television film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen...  more
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    The Hi-Lo Country

    Penélope Cruz, Woody Harrelson
    The Hi-Lo Country is a 1998 classic American Western-drama film directed by Stephen Frears,...  more
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    Rough Riders

    Gary Busey, Tom Berenger
    Rough Riders is a 1997 television miniseries directed and co-written by John Milius about...  more
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    Ghost Rider

    Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes
    Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven...  more

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    Blue River

    Sam Elliott, Susan Dey
    Blue River is a 1995 drama film written by Maria Nation and directed by Larry Elikann....  more
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    Prancer

    Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott
    Prancer is a 1989 family film starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell and...  more
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    Lifeguard

    Sam Elliott, Anne Archer
    Lifeguard is a 1976 drama movie made by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Daniel Petrie,...  more
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    Barnyard

    Courteney Cox, Andie MacDowell
    Barnyard is a 2006 American computer-animated family comedy film, produced by Paramount...  more

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    #440 of 534 The Best Animated Films Ever#17 of 30 30 Times People Made Their Own Hilarious Edits To Wikipedia

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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill...  more

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    #91 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#13 of 301 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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    The Alibi

    Rebecca Romijn, Jaime King
    The Alibi is a 2006 American film written by Noah Hawley and directed by Matt Checkowski and...  more
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    Gone to Texas

    Sam Elliott, Donald Moffat
    Gone to Texas is a 1986 biography drama history war western film written by Frank Q. Dobbs...  more