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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?"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Randy Quaid, Eric Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg
Purgatory is a 1999 western fantasy film directed by Uli Edel.
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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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Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow
The Pelican Brief is a 1993 legal 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 Darby ...more

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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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Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Jeremy Renner
This film is a 2007 American western drama film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adaptated from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name, the film dramatizes the relationship between ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan
Brothers is a 2009 American psychological drama war film directed by Jim Sheridan, and a remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish film Brødre. Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) returns from being ...more

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Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles
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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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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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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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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