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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
Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

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
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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Conagher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, Ken Curtis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Reynaldo Villalobos

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) 4 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Kate Capshaw, Tom Conti

Released: 1987

Directed by: Robert Day

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 Shadow Riders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross

Released: 1982

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

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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The Sacketts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott, Glenn Ford

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Totten

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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Mask is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Cher, Laura Dern, Sam Elliott

Released: 1985

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

Released: 2002

Directed by: Randall Wallace

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 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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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Tara Reid

Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Su... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1969

Directed by: George Roy Hill

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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The Man Who Killed Hitle... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert D. Krzykowski

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a 2018 adventure drama film directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. A legendary American war veteran (Sam Elliott) is recruited to hunt a mythical

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Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson

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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Rough Riders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Gary Busey, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

Released: 1997

Directed by: John Milius

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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Prancer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Johnny Galecki

Released: 1989

Directed by: John D. Hancock

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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Lifeguard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Anne Archer, Kathleen Quinlan

Released: 1976

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

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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November Christmas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
November Christmas Sam Elliott, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Harmon

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) 18 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Donald Moffat, Bo Hopkins

Released: 1986

Directed by: Peter Levin

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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The Desperate Trail is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Linda Fiorentino, Bradley Whitford

Released: 1995

Directed by: P. J. Pesce

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) 20 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

Released: 2007

Directed by: Chris Weitz

The Golden Compass is a 2007 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Weitz. A young girl, Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards), travels to the far North to save her friend and other ...more

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I Will Fight No More For... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, James Whitmore, Emilio Delgado

Released: 1975

Directed by: Richard T. Heffron

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 Ranger, the Cook, an... is listed (or ranked) 22 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

Directed by: John Kent Harrison

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ang Lee

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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Fatal Beauty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Whoopi Goldberg, Sam Elliott, Cheech Marin

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tom Holland

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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Shakedown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sam Elliott Movies
Sam Elliott, Peter Weller, Kelly Rutherford

Released: 1988

Directed by: James Glickenhaus

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