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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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Patsy Cline: Remembering Patsy Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, George Jones

Released: 2002

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Eric Clapton: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson

Released: 2007

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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.
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Outlaw Justice Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings

Released: 1999

Directed by: Bill Corcoran