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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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Paris, Texas Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell

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The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

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Steel Magnolias Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field

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The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner

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Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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Days of Heaven Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams

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The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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Charlotte's Web Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

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Thunderheart Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

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Safe Passage Susan Sarandon, Sean Astin, Marcia Gay Harden

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner

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Purgatory Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg

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Frances Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston

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The Pledge Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren

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Baby Boom Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis

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Crimes of the Heart Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek

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Country Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley

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Snow Falling on Cedars Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, James Cromwell

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Hamlet Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles

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Brothers Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan

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The Accidental Husband Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini

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All the Pretty Horses Penélope Cruz, Matt Damon, Bruce Dern

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Raggedy Man Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard

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Don't Come Knocking Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Eva Marie Saint

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Swordfish Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman

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Blackthorn Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sam Shepard, Dominique McElligott

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Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga

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Fool for Love Kim Basinger, Randy Quaid, Sam Shepard

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Stealth Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Wentworth Miller

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Defenseless Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, J. T. Walsh

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The Return Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard, Adam Scott

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Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson

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Blind Horizon Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Amy Smart

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The Only Thrill Diane Lane, Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard

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The Good Old Boys Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

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Shot in the Heart Paul Wesley, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam Shepard

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Resurrection Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth

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Bandidas Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Sam Shepard

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One Kill Sam Shepard, Charlotte Arnold

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Fair Game Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell

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Voyager Julie Delpy, Sam Shepard, Deborra-Lee Furness

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Ruffian Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey, Frank Whaley

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Leo Elisabeth Shue, Dennis Hopper, Mary Stuart Masterson

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Dash and Lilly Bebe Neuwirth, Sam Shepard, Judy Davis

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Curtain Call Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, James Spader

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Shoedog Heather Graham, Sean Combs, Ethan Hawke

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After the Harvest Sam Shepard, Alberta Watson, Liane Balaban

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Walker Payne Bruce Dern, Sam Shepard, Drea de Matteo

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Border Crosses Sam Shepard

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Out of the Furnace Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe