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?"

Robert Altman and Terrence Malick are among those who have directed Sam Shepard at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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Released: 1983

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

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Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

Released: 2004

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

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Released: 1989

Directed by: Herbert Ross

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Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams

Released: 1978

Directed by: Terrence Malick

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Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wim Wenders

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Released: 2007

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Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

Released: 1993

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula

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Released: 1987

Directed by: Charles Shyer

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Released: 1992

Directed by: Michael Apted

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Released: 2006

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Released: 1982

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Released: 2001

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Released: 1984

Directed by: Richard Pearce

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Released: 1986

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Scott Hicks

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Released: 2005

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

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Released: 1981

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