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The Best Sam Shepard Movies

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

On July 27, 2017, Sam Shepard died from ALS complications at his Kentucky home. 

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

List features films like The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down, and more!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sam Shepard movies?" and "What are the greatest Sam Shepard roles of all time?"

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    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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  • Black Hawk Down2
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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy

    Released2001

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • The Pelican Brief3
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    The Pelican Brief

    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington

    Released1993

    Directed byAlan J. Pakula

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  • Thunderheart5
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    Val Kilmer, David Crosby

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

    Released2006

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    Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard

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    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke

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    Directed bySean Penn

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    Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow

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    The Notebook

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    Released2004

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    Crimes of the Heart

    Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton

    Released1986

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

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  • Don't Come Knocking14
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    Don't Come Knocking

    Jessica Lange, Tim Roth

    Released2005

    Directed byWim Wenders

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    Uma Thurman, Colin Firth

    Released2008

    Directed byGriffin Dunne

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  • The Right Stuff16
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    The Right Stuff

    Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris

    Released1983

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    Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2009

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  • Hamlet18
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    Released1981

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sam Shepard

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