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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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The Right Stuff Jeff Goldblum, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid The Right Stuff is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in ...more

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Days of Heaven Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams Days of Heaven is a 1978 American drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill ...more

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Paris, Texas Nastassja Kinski, Sam Shepard, Dean Stockwell Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and ...more

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The Notebook Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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Steel Magnolias Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine Steel Magnolias is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Herbert Ross, based on the 1987 play by Robert Harling. A young beautician (Daryl Hannah), newly arrived in a small Louisiana ...more

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Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom Black Hawk Down is a 2001 American-British war film directed by Ridley Scott. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on his series of articles published in ...more

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The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal crime thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Grisham. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the film stars Julia Roberts in the role of young law student ...more

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adaptated from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name, ...more

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Purgatory Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg Purgatory is a 1999 western fantasy film directed by Uli Edel.

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Charlotte's Web Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more

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Thunderheart Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard Thunderheart is a 1992 contemporary western mystery film directed by Michael Apted from an original screenplay by John Fusco. The film is a loosely based fictional portrayal of events relating ...more

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Baby Boom Diane Keaton, James Spader, Harold Ramis Baby Boom is a 1987 comedy film starring Diane Keaton. The film also launched a subsequent television show, running from 1988 to 1989. The original music score was composed by Bill Conti and the ...more

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The Pledge Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, ...more

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Frances Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston Frances is a 1982 American biographical film starring Jessica Lange as actress Frances Farmer. Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard appeared in supporting roles. The film chronicles Farmer's life from ...more

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Crimes of the Heart Jessica Lange, Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek Crimes of the Heart is a 1986 American black comedy, southern gothic film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Beth Henley is adapted from her Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same

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Country Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Wilford Brimley Country is a 1984 American film which follows the trials and tribulations of a rural family as they struggle to hold on to their farm during the trying economic times experienced by family farms ...more

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Snow Falling on Cedars Ethan Hawke, Max von Sydow, James Cromwell Snow Falling on Cedars is a film directed by Scott Hicks. It is based on David Guterson's award-winning novel of the same title. It was released in 1999 and was nominated for an Academy Award ...more

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Safe House Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal ...more

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Hamlet Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles Hamlet is a 2000 American film written and directed by Michael Almereyda, set in contemporary New York City, and based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. Ethan Hawke plays Hamlet as a ...more

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Brothers Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan Brothers is a 2009 American psychological war thriller and a remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre, which takes place in Afghanistan and Denmark. The film stars Tobey Maguire, ...more

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Don't Come Knocking Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Eva Marie Saint Don't Come Knocking is a 2005 film, a comedy-drama road movie directed by German director Wim Wenders and written by Wenders and actor/playwright Sam Shepard. The two had previously collaborated ...more

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Swordfish Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman Swordfish is a 2001 American action crime thriller film directed by Dominic Sena and starring John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Vinnie Jones. The film centers on Stanley ...more

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The Accidental Husband Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini The Accidental Husband is a 2008 American romantic comedy film directed by Griffin Dunne, and starring Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Firth, Isabella Rossellini, and Sam Shepard. The ...more

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All the Pretty Horses Penélope Cruz, Matt Damon, Bruce Dern All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 American romance western film, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and based on the novel of the same name by author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damon as John Grady ...more

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Raggedy Man Sissy Spacek, Eric Roberts, Sam Shepard Raggedy Man is a 1981 film starring Eric Roberts and Sissy Spacek. It was filmed in Lockhart, Texas. The story is about people in the small Texas town of Gregory during World War II. Raggedy Man ...more

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Safe Passage Susan Sarandon, Sean Astin, Marcia Gay Harden Safe Passage is a 1994 English language drama film starring Susan Sarandon, and featuring Nick Stahl, Sam Shepard, Sean Astin and Jason London. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman from a ...more

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Blackthorn Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sam Shepard, Dominique McElligott Blackthorn is a 2011 western drama film wriiten by Miguel Barros and directed by Mateo Gil. "The final years in the life of legendary bandit Butch Cassidy are shrouded in mystery, from his ...more

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Fool for Love Kim Basinger, Randy Quaid, Sam Shepard Fool for Love is a 1985 drama directed by Robert Altman. The film stars Sam Shepard, who also wrote both the original play and the adaptation's screenplay, alongside Kim Basinger, Harry Dean ...more

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The Good Old Boys Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek The Good Old Boys is a 1995 adventure film directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

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Mud Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Paulson Mud is a 2012 American drama film directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, and Reese Witherspoon. The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film

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Stealth Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Wentworth Miller Stealth is a 2005 American science fiction action film starring Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Sam Shepard, Joe Morton and Richard Roxburgh. The film was directed by Rob Cohen, director ...more

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Defenseless Barbara Hershey, Sam Shepard, J. T. Walsh Defenseless is a 1991 film directed by Martin Campbell.

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The Return Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard, Adam Scott The Return is a 2006 American psychological thriller film directed by Asif Kapadia. The film stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Beahan, Peter O'Brien, and Sam Shepard. It was released ...more

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Blind Horizon Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Amy Smart Blind Horizon is a 2003 conspiracy thriller film directed by Michael Haussman. The screenplay was co-written by F. Paul Benz and Steve Tomlin. The leading cast includes Val Kilmer, Neve ...more

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The Only Thrill Diane Lane, Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard The Only Thrill is a 1997 film directed by Peter Masterson. It stars Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard.

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Shot in the Heart Paul Wesley, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam Shepard Shot in the Heart is a 2001 film directed by Agnieszka Holland.

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Resurrection Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth Resurrection is a 1980 film which tells the story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an ...more

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Bandidas Salma Hayek, Penélope Cruz, Sam Shepard Bandidas is a 2006 French/Mexican/American Western action comedy starring Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz directed by Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and ...more

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One Kill Sam Shepard, Charlotte Arnold One Kill is a 2000 tv film directed by Christopher Menaul.

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Fair Game Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman and starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by ...more

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Voyager Julie Delpy, Sam Shepard, Deborra-Lee Furness Voyager is a 1991 English-language drama film directed by Volker Schlöndorff, and starring Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, and Barbara Sukowa. Adapted by screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer from the 1957 ...more

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Ruffian Sam Shepard, Laura Bailey, Frank Whaley Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down ...more

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Leo Elisabeth Shue, Dennis Hopper, Mary Stuart Masterson Leo is a 2002 drama film directed by Mehdi Norowzian.

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Curtain Call Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, James Spader Curtain Call is a 1999 film directed by Peter Yates.

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Dash and Lilly Bebe Neuwirth, Sam Shepard, Judy Davis Dash and Lilly is a 1999 Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated biographical television film about writers Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman. The film was directed by actress Kathy Bates and ...more

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Shoedog Heather Graham, Sean Combs, Ethan Hawke Shoedog is a 2012 action film written by George Pelecanos and directed by John McNaughton.

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Out of the Furnace Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe Out of the Furnace is a 2013 American thriller film, directed by Scott Cooper, from a screenplay written by Cooper and Brad Ingelsby. Produced by Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio, the film ...more

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Walker Payne Bruce Dern, Sam Shepard, Drea de Matteo Walker Payne is a 2006 film directed and co-written by Matt Williams. It features Jason Patric, Drea de Matteo, KaDee Strickland, Sam Shepard and Bruce Dern. It was shown at the Tribeca Film ...more

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After the Harvest Sam Shepard, Alberta Watson, Liane Balaban After the Harvest is a 2001 drama TV movie directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

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Cold in July Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard Cold in July is a 2014 American crime drama film directed by Jim Mickle, written by Mickle and Nick Damici, and starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, and Nick Damici. The film ...more