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The Best Sam Elliott Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 6.2k votes 1.5k voters 97.4k 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
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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Road House
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    Road House

    Sam Elliott, Terry Funk

    Released1989

    Directed byRowdy Herrington

    Road House is a 1989 action film directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring Patrick Swayze as a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert D. Krzykowski

    The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a 2018 adventure drama film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Conagher
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    Conagher

    Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross

    Released1991

    Directed byReynaldo Villalobos

    Conagher is a 1991 Turner Network Television western film based on a Louis L’Amour novel of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Quick and the Dead
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    35

    The Quick and the Dead

    Sam Elliott, Kate Capshaw

    Released1987

    Directed byRobert Day

    The Quick and the Dead is a 1987 television movie, based on the 1973 novel by Louis L'Amour,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Sacketts
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    33

    The Sacketts

    Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Totten

    The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Shadow Riders
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    The Shadow Riders

    Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott

    Released1982

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Shadow Riders is a 1982 American Western television film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Mask
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    31

    Mask

    Cher, Laura Dern

    Released1985

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

    Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    We Were Soldiers
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Gettysburg
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    Gettysburg

    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1993

    Directed byRonald F. Maxwell

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  • 11
    The Big Lebowski
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    32

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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    28

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1969

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • 13
    Rush
    115
    24

    Rush

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott

    Released1991

    Directed byLili Fini Zanuck

    Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Rough Riders
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    25

    Rough Riders

    Gary Busey, Tom Berenger

    Released1997

    Directed byJohn Milius

    Rough Riders is a 1997 television miniseries directed and co-written by John Milius about... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Legacy
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    17

    The Legacy

    Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    The Legacy is a 1978 British-American horror film directed by Richard Marquand and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Hi-Lo Country
    97
    22

    The Hi-Lo Country

    Penélope Cruz, Woody Harrelson

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Frears

    The Hi-Lo Country is a 1998 classic American Western-drama film directed by Stephen Frears,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Ghost Rider
    118
    36

    Ghost Rider

    Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byMark Steven Johnson

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  • 18
    Murder in Texas
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    23

    Murder in Texas

    Farrah Fawcett, Sam Elliott

    Directed byWilliam Hale

    Murder in Texas is a 1981 television film that starred Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Prancer
    94
    27

    Prancer

    Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn D. Hancock

    Prancer is a 1989 family film starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    Blue River
    86
    22

    Blue River

    Sam Elliott, Susan Dey

    Released1995

    Directed byLarry Elikann

    Blue River is a 1995 drama film written by Maria Nation and directed by Larry Elikann.Amazon buy button
  • 21
    Lifeguard
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    Lifeguard

    Sam Elliott, Anne Archer

    Released1976

    Directed byDaniel Petrie

    Lifeguard is a 1976 drama movie made by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Daniel Petrie,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Off The Map
    70
    20

    Off The Map

    Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons

    Released2003

    Directed byCampbell Scott

    Off the Map is a 2003 drama film directed by Campbell Scott. The play and screenplay were... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    November Christmas
    72
    24

    November Christmas

    Sam Elliott, Sarah Paulson

    Released2010

    Directed byRobert Harmon

    November Christmas is a 2010 American film based on a short story written by Greg Coppa. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Alibi
    73
    26

    The Alibi

    Rebecca Romijn, Jaime King

    Released2006

    Directed byMatt Checkowski, Kurt Mattila

    The Alibi is a 2006 American film written by Noah Hawley and directed by Matt Checkowski and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Gone to Texas
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    21

    Gone to Texas

    Sam Elliott, Donald Moffat

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Levin

    Gone to Texas is a 1986 biography drama history war western film written by Frank Q. Dobbs...Amazon buy button