The Best Willie Nelson Movies

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

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

This list is made up of films like Ray Charles: 50 Years in Music and Willie Nelson: Live in Amsterdam.

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

If you're a fan of Willie Nelson, then check out our lists of the best Ray Charles and Dolly Parton movies as well.

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  • Honeysuckle Rose
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    Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving
    119 votes
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg
    Country music star Buck Bonham (Willie Nelson) has spent a lot of years on the road, but despite his wife Viv's (Dyan Cannon) entreaties that he stay put, he just can't give up the lifestyle. When ...more

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  • Barbarosa
    2
    Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Gilbert Roland
    79 votes
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Fred Schepisi
    In pre-Civil War Texas, naïve Karl Westover (Gary Busey) accidentally kills his brother-in-law, and heads to Mexico to escape the consequences. Along the way, he encounters Barbarosa (Willie Nelson), ...more

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  • Red Headed Stranger
    3
    Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild, Katharine Ross
    102 votes
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: William D. Wittliff
    Red Headed Stranger is a 1986 American western drama film written and directed by William D. Wittliff. The film stars Willie Nelson and Morgan Fairchild. It is based on Nelson's album Red Headed ...more
  • Stagecoach
    4
    Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson
    55 votes
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Ted Post
    Stagecoach is a 1986 made-for-TV film. It is a remake of the classic 1939 film Stagecoach and stars Kris Kristofferson as the Ringo Kid, the part originally played by John Wayne. Willie Nelson ...more

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  • Patsy Cline: Remembering Patsy
    5

    Patsy Cline: Remembering Patsy

    Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, George Jones
    17 votes
    • Released: 2002
  • Once Upon a Texas Train
    6
    Willie Nelson, Richard Widmark, Shaun Cassidy
    41 votes
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Burt Kennedy
    Outlaw John Henry Lee (Willie Nelson) and his gang are bank robbers tearing through Texas. When their next heist is on a train, Lee's freedom comes to an end when Capt. Owen Hayes (Richard Widmark) ...more