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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.

Sam Elliott has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Tom Selleck and Timothy Olyphant in terms of fame and success.

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael ...more

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Road House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Road House 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 corrupt ...more

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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were ...more

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Conagher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Conagher Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, Ken Curtis Conagher is a 1991 Turner Network Television western film based on a Louis L’Amour novel of the same name, starring Sam Elliott as Conn Conagher, an honest, hardworking cowboy who learns that ...more

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The Quick and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Quick and the Dead Sam Elliott, Kate Capshaw, Tom Conti The Quick and the Dead is a 1987 television movie, based on the 1973 novel by Louis L'Amour, directed by Robert Day and starring Sam Elliott, Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Kenny Morrison and Matt

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The Sacketts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Sacketts Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Glenn Ford The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis L'Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts. In this film, the three Tennessee-raised Sackett ...more

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The Shadow Riders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Shadow Riders Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross The Shadow Riders is a 1982 American Western television film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Dominique Dunne, and Katharine Ross. Based on the novel of the ...more

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Mask is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Mask Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott Mask is a 1985 American drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Cher, Sam Elliott, and Eric Stoltz. Dennis Burkley and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott Gettysburg is a 1993 epic war film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil ...more

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Rough Riders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Rough Riders Gary Busey, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott Rough Riders is a 1997 television miniseries directed and co-written by John Milius about future President Theodore Roosevelt and the regiment known as the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry; aka the ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Big Lebowski Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los ...more

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Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Ghost Rider Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the character's ...more

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Prancer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Prancer Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Johnny Galecki Prancer is a 1989 family film starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell and was directed by John D. Hancock. It is set in Three Oaks, Michigan, where town exteriors were filmed. ...more

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November Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
November Christmas Sam Elliott, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen November Christmas is a 2010 American film based on a short story written by Greg Coppa. The movie premiered on CBS on November 28, 2010. It was presented through Hallmark Hall of Fame. It was ...more

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Gone to Texas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Gone to Texas Sam Elliott, Donald Moffat, Bo Hopkins Gone to Texas is a 1986 biography drama history war western film written by Frank Q. Dobbs and John Binder and directed by Peter Levin.

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Lifeguard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Lifeguard Sam Elliott, Anne Archer, Kathleen Quinlan Lifeguard is a 1976 drama movie made by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Daniel Petrie, based upon a screenplay by Ron Koslow. It stars Sam Elliott, Anne Archer, Steve Burns, Parker ...more

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The Desperate Trail is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Desperate Trail Sam Elliott, Linda Fiorentino, Bradley Whitford The Desperate Trail is a 1995 action, crime fiction, drama, thriller, western film written by P.J. Pesce and Tom Abrams and directed by P.J. Pesce.

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The Golden Compass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Golden Compass Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen The Golden Compass is a 2007 2007 fantasy-adventure film written by Chris Weitz and directed by Chris Weitz.

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Hulk Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more

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Avenger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Avenger Sam Elliott, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton Avenger is a 2006 film directed by Robert Markowitz.

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Rush Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Gregg Allman Rush is a 1991 American crime/drama film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck and based on a novel written by Kim Wozencraft. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric as two cops in the 1970s who ...more

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Shakedown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Shakedown Sam Elliott, Peter Weller, Kelly Rutherford Shakedown is a 1988 crime drama/action movie starring Peter Weller and Sam Elliott. The movie is about an idealistic lawyer teaming with a veteran cop to find out the truth in a possible police ...more

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Fatal Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Fatal Beauty Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott, Cheech Marin Fatal Beauty is a 1987 American comedic action thriller film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam Elliott, directed by Tom Holland. The screenplay was written by Hilary Henkin and Dean Riesner. The ...more

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I Will Fight No More Forever is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
I Will Fight No More Forever Sam Elliott, James Whitmore, Emilio Delgado I Will Fight No More Forever is a 1975 made-for-television movie starring James Whitmore as General Oliver O. Howard and Ned Romero as Chief Joseph. It is a dramatization of Chief Joseph's ...more

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The Legacy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Legacy Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, Katharine Ross The Legacy is a 1978 British-American horror film directed by Richard Marquand and starring Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and The Who's Roger Daltrey.

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The Ranger, the Cook, and a Ho... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky Sam Elliott, Jerry O'Connell, Callum Keith Rennie

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Buffalo Girls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Buffalo Girls Liev Schreiber, Melanie Griffith, Anjelica Huston Buffalo Girls is a 1995 television film adapted from the 1990 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. Directed by Rod Hardy, the film starred Gabriel Byrne, Anjelica Huston, and Melanie ...more

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Blue River is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Blue River Sam Elliott, Susan Dey, Jerry O'Connell Blue River is a 1995 drama film written by Maria Nation and directed by Larry Elikann.

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The Hi-Lo Country is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Hi-Lo Country Penélope Cruz, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette The Hi-Lo Country is a 1998 classic American Western-drama film directed by Stephen Frears, starring Billy Crudup, Penélope Cruz, Woody Harrelson, Cole Hauser, Sam Elliott, Patricia ...more

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You Know My Name is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
You Know My Name Sam Elliott, R. Lee Ermey, James Gammon You Know My Name is a 1999 made-for-television movie, written and directed by John Kent Harrison. Its plot is based on the real-life story of lawman and gunslinger Bill Tilghman, who also became ...more

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Murder in Texas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Murder in Texas Farrah Fawcett, Sam Elliott, Andy Griffith Murder in Texas is a 1981 television film that starred Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett, and Andy Griffith. The film was directed by William Hale, and was based on a true story; that ...more

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Barnyard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Barnyard Courteney Cox, Andie MacDowell, Wanda Sykes Barnyard is a 2006 American computer-animated family comedy film, produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, directed by Steve Oedekerk, and produced by Steve Oedekerk and Paul ...more

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Did You Hear About the Morgans... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Did You Hear About the Morgans? Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant, Sam Elliott Did You Hear About the Morgans? is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed and written by Marc Lawrence. Golden Globe winners Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker portray the film's ...more

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Off The Map is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Off The Map Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, Amy Brenneman Off the Map is a 2003 drama film directed by Campbell Scott. The play and screenplay were written by Joan Ackermann. An eccentric family lives a separate existence from that of the outside ...more

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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Mark Wahlberg ...more

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The Contender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Contender Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater The Contender is a 2000 political drama film written and directed by Rod Lurie. It stars Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges and Christian Slater. The film focuses on a fictional United States ...more

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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Thank You for Smoking Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello Thank You for Smoking is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It ...more

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The Alibi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Alibi Rebecca Romijn, Jaime King, Sam Elliott The Alibi is a 2006 American film written by Noah Hawley and directed by Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila. The film was released to DVD on December 5, 2006 under the title Lies and Alibis.

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The Final Cut is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Final Cut Sam Elliott, Ray Baker, Matt Craven The Final Cut is a 1995 American action/drama/thriller feature film directed by Roger Christian for Cine Cut Films with a screenplay by Raul Englis based on a story by Crash Leyland.

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Marmaduke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Marmaduke Emma Stone, Fergie, Kiefer Sutherland Marmaduke is a summer 2010 comedy film based upon long-running comic strip of the same name which features misadventures of Marmaduke, the loveable great dane dog and the family he lives with. ...more

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Frogs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Frogs Sam Elliott, Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark Frogs is a 1972 horror film directed by George McCowan. The film falls into the "eco-horror" category since it tells the story of an upper-class U.S. Southern family who are victimized ...more

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Up in the Air is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Up in the Air George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, Zach Galifianakis Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co-written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by ...more

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The Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Big Bang Snoop Dogg, Antonio Banderas, Sam Elliott The Big Bang is a 2011 American thriller film written by Erik Jendresen and directed by Tony Krantz, starring Antonio Banderas and Sienna Guillory.

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Dog Watch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Dog Watch Sam Elliott, Paul Sorvino, Jessica Steen Dog Watch was a direct-to-video film released in 1996.

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Draft Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Draft Day Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, Ellen Burstyn Draft Day is a 2014 American sports drama film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner. It was released on April 11, 2014. The premise revolves around the general manager of the ...more

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The Games is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Games Sam Elliott, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour The Games is a 1970 film based on the Hugh Atkinson novel and adapted to the screen by Erich Segal. It was directed by Michael Winner. The plot concerned four marathon competitors at a ...more

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The Blue Knight is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
The Blue Knight Sam Elliott, Anne Archer The Blue Knight is a 1973 miniseries starring William Holden and Lee Remick.

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Molly and Lawless John is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Molly and Lawless John Sam Elliott, Vera Miles, Cynthia Myers Molly and Lawless John is a 1972 American film directed by Gary Nelson. It stars Vera Miles and Sam Elliott. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1973.

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I'll See You in My Dreams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
I'll See You in My Dreams I'll See You in My Dreams is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Brett Haley. Widow and former songstress Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) needed to put down her elderly dog, Hazel. ...more