Watchworthy

The Best Willie Nelson Movies 

Reference
Updated September 23, 2019 1.5k votes 397 voters 41.1k views

List Rules Vote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Slim Pickens

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg

Honeysuckle Rose is a 1980 romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon and Amy Irving.
2
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Morgan Fairchild, Katharine Ross

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
3
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Gary Busey, Gilbert Roland

Released: 1982

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Barbarosa is a 1982 motion picture starring Willie Nelson and Gary Busey, about a young cowboy on the run from the law who partners with a famous bandito and learns about life from him. ...more
4
Ranker Video
Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson

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
5
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Richard Widmark

Released: 1988

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

Once Upon a Texas Train is 1988 made-for-TV movie directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Willie Nelson as John Henry Lee and Richard Widmark as Captain Oren Hayes. The movie opens with a train ...more
6
Ranker Video
Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Willie Nelson

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

The Electric Horseman is a 1979 adventure-romance film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is about a former rodeo champion who is hired by a cereal ...more

More The Electric Horseman 

#236 of 266 The Best Ensemble Movies #146 of 201 The Best Comedy Movies of the 1970s #15 of 52 The Very Best Robert Redford Movies

7
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, James Caan, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1981

Directed by: Michael Mann

This film is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Michael Mann and based on the 1975 novel by "Frank Hohimer". The film stars James Caan as the titular thief and Tuesday Weld ...more
8
Ranker Video
Kirsten Dunst, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Wag the Dog is a 1997 black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson. The screenplay by Hilary Henkin and David Mamet was loosely adapted from Larry Beinhart's novel American Hero. ...more

More Wag the Dog 

#524 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #329 of 493 The Funniest '90s Movies #5 of 54 The Funniest Movies About Politics

9
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Willie Nelson Movies
Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

The Dukes of Hazzard is a 2005 American action comedy film based on the American television series of the same name. The film was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and released on August 5, 2005 by ...more

More The Dukes of Hazzard 

#403 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #997 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #775 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films

10
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston

Released: 2006

Directed by: Steven Goldmann

Broken Bridges is a 2006 film starring Toby Keith, Lindsey Haun, Burt Reynolds and Kelly Preston. The film, a music-drama, is centered on a fading country singer's return to his hometown near a ...more

More Broken Bridges 

#16 of 27 The Best Country Movies, Ranked #45 of 101 The Best Burt Reynolds Movies

11
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lesley Ann Warren

Released: 1984

Directed by: Alan Rudolph

Songwriter is a 1984 film, directed by Alan Rudolph. The film concerns Doc Jenkins, a country and western composer and the devious tricks he employs to extricate himself from his legal ...more

More Songwriter 

#27 of 27 The Best Country Movies, Ranked #6 of 80 The Best Kris Kristofferson Movies

12
Ranker Video
Donald Sutherland, Cloris Leachman, Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar

Beerfest is a 2006 beer-themed comedy film by the comedy group Broken Lizard. Along with the regular members of Broken Lizard, other actors who appear in the movie include Will Forte, M. C. ...more

More Beerfest 

#350 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #389 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #1,119 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

13
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Delta Burke, Jack Elam

Released: 1988

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

Where the Hell's That Gold? is a Western film starring Willie Nelson and Jack Elam.
14
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

Released: 1997

Directed by: Christopher Cain

Gone Fishin '‚Äč is a 1997 American comedy film starring Joe Pesci and Danny Glover as two bumbling fishing enthusiasts. Nick Brimble, Rosanna Arquette, Lynn Whitfield, and Willie Nelson co-star. ...more
15
Ranker Video
Ted Nugent, Willie Nelson, Claire Forlani

Released: 2008

Directed by: Michael Salomon

Beer for My Horses is a 2008 American comedy film. The film stars country music entertainer Toby Keith and is based on his song by the same name. The film was co-written by Keith and Rodney ...more
16
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Octavia Spencer, Barry Corbin

Released: 2001

Directed by: James Crowley

In the Wild West at the turn of the century, two young brothers watch as their Grandpa is gunned down in cold blood. The desperadoes kidnap the older brother while a priest takes in the younger ...more
17
Ranker Video
Patsy Cline: Remembering Patsy Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, George Jones

Released: 2002

18
Ranker Video
The Big Bounce Charlie Sheen, Morgan Freeman, Willie Nelson

Released: 2004

Directed by: George Armitage

The Big Bounce is a 2004 comedy heist film starring Owen Wilson, Charlie Sheen, Sara Foster and Morgan Freeman. It was directed by George Armitage and based on a novel of the same name by Elmore ...more
19
Ranker Video
Matthew McConaughey, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2008

Directed by: S.R. Bindler

Surfer, Dude is a 2008 American comedy film starring Matthew McConaughey in the title role directed by S.R. Bindler. Woody Harrelson claims the film is the most "non-work" he has ever ...more
20
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson, Sherilyn Fenn, April Scott

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Berlinger

The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning is a 2007 American television film. The film is a prequel to the 2005 theatrical-release film The Dukes of Hazzard. An edited version of the film debuted on ...more
21
Ranker Video
Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer, Willie Nelson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern

Swing Vote is a 2008 comedy-drama film about an entire U.S. presidential election determined by the vote of one man. It was directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starred Kevin Costner, Paula ...more
22
Ranker Video
Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Gary Busey

Released: 1991

Directed by: Joan Tewkesbury

Wild Texas Wind is an 1991 American made-for-television drama film distributed by Sandollar Productions, directed by Joan Tewkesbury and starring Dolly Parton, Gary Busey, and Ray Benson. Parton ...more
23
Ranker Video
Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson

Released: 2007

24
Ranker Video
Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Marcia Cross

Released: 1986

Directed by: William A. Graham

The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James is a 1986 tv film directed by William A. Graham.
25
Ranker Video
Outlaw Justice Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings

Released: 1999

Directed by: Bill Corcoran