Sam Shepard Movies

Sam Shepard in 2001’s Black Hawk Down

Want to know the best Sam Shepard movies?  How about the worst Sam Shepard movies?  Curious about Sam Shepard box office grosses or which Sam Shepard movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Sam Shepard movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

More sad news from Hollywood today, as the news of Sam Shepard’s and Michael Parks’s passing away came out.  Seems I have been watching Sam Shepard in movies most of my life.  A quick look at my movie database showed I had 33 of his movies already 100% researched….so I figure as a mini-tribute to his career I would take a look at his movie career.

His IMDb page shows 68 acting credits from 1970-2017. This page will rank 37 Sam Shepard (1943-2017) movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. His television appearances, shorts and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.

Sam Shepard in 1983’s The Right Stuff

Sam Shepard Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

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RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-StarsAdj. B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Black Hawk Down (2001)Orlando Bloom & Tom Hardy$166.3018th of 200177.00%04 / 0264.93
The Right Stuff (1983)Dennis Quaid$58.2033rd of 198388.00%08 / 0463.24
Steel Magnolias (1989)Shirley MacLaine & Julia Roberts$182.5014th of 198968.50%01 / 0060.18
Pelican Brief (1993)Denzel Washington & Julia Roberts$210.508th of 199359.00%00 / 0058.73
Charlotte's Web (2006)Robert Redford & Julia Roberts$109.1026th of 200673.33%00 / 0051.16
Safe House (2012)Denzel Washington & Ryan Reynolds$137.3025th of 201262.50%00 / 0050.48
The Notebook (2004)Ryan Gosling & James Garner$112.8032nd of 200466.00%00 / 0048.50
Mud (2013)Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon$23.00105th of 201386.00%00 / 0044.01
Days of Heaven (1978)Richard Gere$12.3099th of 197885.00%04 / 0144.68
Crimes of the Heart (1986)Diane Keaton & Jessica Lange$53.4042nd of 198672.00%03 / 0043.94
Baby Boom (1987)Diane Keaton & Harold Ramis$59.1046th of 198770.50%00 / 0042.30
August: Osage County (2013)Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts$40.2079th of 201370.50%03 / 0040.51
The Pledge (2001)Jack Nicholson & Directed by Sean Penn$30.20102nd of 200173.50%00 / 0039.16
Thunderheart (1992)Val Kilmer$47.2055th of 199267.00%00 / 0038.81
Swordfish (2001)John Travolta & Hugh Jackman$106.8035th of 200144.50%00 / 0037.94
Killing Them Softly (2012)Brad Pitt$16.30122nd of 201274.50%00 / 0037.60
Frances (1982)Jessica Lange$14.7099th of 198273.00%02 / 0037.39
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)Brad Pitt & Casey Affleck$4.90192nd of 200776.00%02 / 0037.30
Resurrection (1980)Ellen Burstyn$13.0091st of 198073.00%02 / 0037.13
Brothers (2009)Natalie Portman & Jake Gyllenhaal$32.9097th of 200966.50%00 / 0036.52
Fair Game (2010)Sean Penn & Naomi Watts$10.50134th of 201073.50%00 / 0036.17
Midnight Special (2016)Micheal Shannon & Adam Driver$3.70172nd of 201674.00%00 / 0035.35
Country (1984)Jessica Lange$24.8082nd of 198466.00%01 / 0035.26
Raggedy Man (1981)Sissy Spacek$6.1095th of 198171.00%00 / 0034.32
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)Ethan Hawke & Max von Sydow$24.60100th of 1999963.50%01 / 0034.05
Out of the Furnace (2013)Christian Bale & Woody Harrelson$12.10129th of 201362.50%00 / 0031.53
Voyager (1992)Julie Delpy$1.10190th of 199265.00%00 / 0030.72
Fool for Love (1985)Kim Basinger$2.00154th of 198561.50%00 / 0029.21
Defenseless (1991)Barbara Hershey$13.20113th of 199156.00%00 / 0028.37
Safe Passage (1994)Susan Sarandon$3.40181st of 199459.00%00 / 0028.26
Hamlet (2000)Bill Murray$2.50182rd of 199957.50%00 / 0027.42
All the Pretty Horses (2000)Matt Damon$24.90108th of 200045.00%00 / 0024.98
Bright Angel (1991)Dermot Mulroney$0.30220th of 199153.00%00 / 0024.96
The Only Thrill (1998)Diane Keaton$0.10291st of 199850.00%00 / 0023.52
Stealth (2005)Jamie Foxx$43.4086th of 200531.50%00 / 0021.53
The Return (2006)Sarah Michelle Gellar$10.20165th of 200642.00%00 / 0021.32
Darling Companion (2012)Diane Keaton & Kevin Kline$0.90223rd of 201236.00%00 / 0017.08
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23 thoughts on “Sam Shepard Movies

  1. I haven’t seen many of Sam Shepard’s movies, but The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down and Days of Heaven are outstanding, and The Notebook was quite good though I don’t remember him having a big role there. However, I thought it would be worth noting that in addition to being actor, playwright and screen writer, Shepard is known for co-authoring one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs, Brownsville Girl, a wonderful Americana epic about 11 minutes in length, where the singer/narrator (Dylan) periodically come back to a movie he saw once that starred Gregory Peck. He can’t remember much about the movie except that Gregory Peck was shot in the back, obviously referring to The Gunfighter but never remembering the name of the movie, only that it was a long time ago, “long before the stars were all torn down”. RIP to a multi-talented and profound individual!

    1. Hey Phil. I am right there with you about The Right Stuff and Black Hawk Down….but I bale on you about Days of Heaven. I think Terrence Malick is my least favorite director. I liked Badlands with Martin Sheen….but it has all been downhill from there. I just watched Malick’s Knight of Cups….what a waste of time.

      I did not know that Shepard was a song writer as well…and working with Dylan…very impressive. That is cool…I wonder if Flora knew that piece of trivia…she is a huge Peck fan. Thanks for the visit and comment. RIP Sam Shepard.

  2. Hey,
    Bad News from American cinéma , i am so Sorry for You.
    I havé seen something like 10 films. As always i am not sure
    with the english title.
    In France we lost yesterday Miss Jeanne Moreau, i am not sure You know her but She Was very famous in the 50 and 60.
    She worked with François Truffaut, Orson Welles , Joseph losey ,Wim wanders and so Many others.
    She Was à singer too and a director.
    One her films well known Is “Viva Maria” with Bardot from Louis Malle.

    1. Hello Pierre,
      my best friend and I live far apart, but we try to meet each other once a year somewhere in the world. This year, it was London and I just returned 20 minutes ago from an extended weekend there. When he read the news yesterday, he immediatly told me and we both felt quite sad. Although she didn’t die young, we will both miss her- she was a legend among european actresses with many great films to her credit and even more great performances. I remember most strongly Ascenseur pour l’échafaud, although I have seen her in so many other movies.
      Not trying to hijack this tribute to Mr. Shepard…his death also is a great loss. But from one european to another, I wanted to share my thoughts on Madame Moreau before falling into my bed !

      1. Hey Lupino. That is cool that you and your friend met somewhere every year. That friendship reminds me of a Sam Shepard documentary called Shepard & Dark….it is about a friendship like you and your friend.

        As for Moreau….no problem you can hijack this page and any other page you want. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on her and her career….which sadly has escaped me. It is times like this that I realize there is so much to learn about movies and the stars that make them.

        RIP to the both of them….and Michael Parks too.

        1. Hi Bruce,

          never heard about that documentary….I always think about a 70’s movie called Same Time, Next year, although that couple (Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda) meets up for something totally different from what my friend and I have in mind LOL!

          Yes, Michael Parks also died…I am not too familiar with his work, but he was Jennifer Jones’ costar in The Idol- therefore, RIP Mr. Parks.

          1. Hey Lupino….funny about Same Time, Next Year. I have not seen the entire Shepard documentary either…but I have read about it…and seen some clips of the movie.

      2. Hello lupino,
        Thanks for sharing Your émotion for Jeanne Moreau and i really like this way of Life to meet somewhere a year in the world with Your Best friend.
        Have good Time and for me it Is Time for Summer vacations…..
        Bye
        Pierre

        1. Hello Pierre,

          I hope I’m still on time for wishing you a great vacation!!!!!!
          Looking forward to new conversations after you returned 😉

    2. Hey Pierre. Thanks for checking out this Sam Shepard page. 10 movies is pretty good….he was not really a star here ….so I can only imagine his star wattage overseas…..so your tally really impresses me. I saw that Jeanne Moreau had passed as well. Thanks for the information on her….sad news. Currently I do not know much about her….but your comment and Lupino has me thinking I should do some research on her. Rest in Peace Mr. Shepard and Ms. Moreau.

    1. Hey Dan….The Right Stuff was not only one of the best movies of 1983….but one of the best movies of the entire 1980s decade.

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