Films set in Texas

by Mike_Noga | created - 30 May 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Here's a list of films, probably not exhaustive, set at least in part in The Lone Star state!

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1. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

PG | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Carver | Stars: Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Barbara Carrera, Leon Isaac Kennedy

Votes: 9,306 | Gross: $12.23M

2. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 25,515 | Gross: $13.27M

3. Paris, Texas (1984)

R | 145 min | Drama

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément

Votes: 69,873 | Gross: $2.18M

4. Whip It (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Director: Drew Barrymore | Stars: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Habel

Votes: 60,264 | Gross: $13.04M

5. Planet Terror (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton

Votes: 184,093

6. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 70,885

7. A Perfect World (1993)

PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by an honorable Texas Ranger.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther

Votes: 65,372 | Gross: $31.16M

8. The Man in the Garage (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Jack and Mary Brown inherit an old cluttered house, but don't know that their daughter has become best friends with a homicidal psychopath who lives and hides in the garage.

Director: Robert Luke | Stars: Disko, Nathan Gray, Maggie Maye, Jasmine Serra

Votes: 7

9. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 72,200 | Gross: $14.56M

10. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 250,528 | Gross: $25.75M

11. Bottle Rocket (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler

Votes: 62,322 | Gross: $0.56M

12. Duel in the Sun (1946)

Passed | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

Directors: King Vidor, Otto Brower, William Dieterle, Sidney Franklin, William Cameron Menzies, David O. Selznick, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Lionel Barrymore

Votes: 7,215 | Gross: $20.41M

13. Call Her Savage (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 618

14. The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Not Rated | 122 min | Western

Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 12,409 | Gross: $6.00M

15. The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Vinegaroon, Texas, former outlaw Roy Bean appoints himself the judge for the region and dispenses his brand of justice as he sees fit.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson, Gary Combs

Votes: 6,294

16. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 178,778 | Gross: $26.59M

17. The Alamo (1960)

Passed | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director: John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 12,623 | Gross: $17.26M

18. The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War

47 Metascore

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason Patric

Votes: 18,220 | Gross: $22.41M

19. The Alamo (2009)

7 min | Short, Action, Comedy

In this hilarious re-enactment of the battle of the Alamo, children play the parts of historical figures fighting off Santa Anna's forces. Their weapons? Water balloons.

Directors: Andrew Lee, Matt Wallach

20. The Man from the Alamo (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Western

During the Alamo siege, John Stroud is sent to Ox Bow to protect the townsfolk but, following a massacre, he infiltrates Jess Wade's gang of turncoat renegades supporting the Mexicans.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Glenn Ford, Julie Adams, Chill Wills, Hugh O'Brian

Votes: 1,371

21. The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 483

22. The Alamo Documentary: A True Story of Courage (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, History

Controversy has always been part of the history and legend of the Alamo. Whether they hold traditional or revisionist views, people are passionate about their opinions. See the true story of the Alamo in this fascinating documentary.

Stars: Dorothy Black, Stephen L. Hardin, Joan Headley, Frank Thompson

Votes: 7

23. Branded (1950)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Western

A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Charles Bickford, Robert Keith

Votes: 660

24. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 28,999 | Gross: $3.37M

25. Texas Across the River (1966)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Western

In 1845 Texas, a Louisiana belle is courted by a wanted Spanish nobleman and a Texas brawling gunrunner but her suitors' passionate duel is interrupted by the cavalry and a Comanche attack.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth, Joey Bishop

Votes: 1,146

26. Bernie (2011)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman

Votes: 52,518 | Gross: $9.20M

27. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones

Votes: 36,406 | Gross: $5.02M

29. The Whispering Skull (1944)

Approved | 56 min | Western

A mysterious night rider, who wears a mask and rides a horse that makes no hoof-beat sounds, has been terrorizing the countryside. The locals call him "The Whispering Skull." Texas Rangers ... See full summary »

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Tex Ritter, Dave O'Brien, Guy Wilkerson, Denny Burke

Votes: 26

30. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 127,547 | Gross: $70.41M

31. Kill the Umpire (1950)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Sport

Former baseball player Bill Johnson, portrayed by William Bendix, failing at many jobs when his ball-playing days are over, reluctantly takes the advice of his father-in-law, Jonah Evans (... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: William Bendix, Una Merkel, Ray Collins, Gloria Henry

Votes: 447

32. The Golden Stallion (1949)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Diamonds are being smuggled across the border from Mexico in a specially made shoe of a palomino mare. One of the smugglers is killed when the mare runs off. The sheriff blames Trigger for ... See full summary »

Director: William Witney | Stars: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez

Votes: 143

33. Man of Conquest (1939)

Passed | 105 min | Biography, History, Romance

The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Richard Dix, Gail Patrick, Edward Ellis, Joan Fontaine

Votes: 110

34. Marshal of Laredo (1945)

Approved | 56 min | Western

Red Ryder (Bill Elliott as Wild Bill Elliott) chases and catches a bank robber, but the robber's boss, Denver Jack (Roy Barcroft) has him released by a crooked lawyer, Larry Randall (Robert... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Bill Elliott, Robert Blake, Alice Fleming, Peggy Stewart

Votes: 28

35. The Good Old Boys (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 130 min | Adventure, Western

An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Terry Kinney, Frances McDormand, Sam Shepard

Votes: 626

36. 75 Degrees in July (2000)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

The film is set against the sweltering beauty of the Texas countryside, at a family ranch estate of a well-to-do family.

Director: Hyatt Bass | Stars: Shirley Knight, William R. Moses, Karen Sillas, Heidi Swedberg

Votes: 82

37. The Good Girl (2002)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, Deborah Rush, Mike White

Votes: 40,748 | Gross: $14.02M

38. Night Stage to Galveston (1952)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Crime, Music

Texas law officers are so corrupt that Gene decides to put on his old Texas Ranger uniform and set things right.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Gene Autry, Champion, Virginia Huston, Thurston Hall

Votes: 66

39. Sheriff of Sage Valley (1942)

Approved | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Western

Billy and his pals, on the run from the law again, travel to Sage Valley where Billy is made Sheriff. The local outlaw gang is run by Kansas Ed who closely resembles Billy. Ed captures ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Al St. John, Dave O'Brien, Maxine Leslie

Votes: 72

40. Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama

A caring community and variety of people nation-wide come together to rescue a baby who is trapped in an abandoned water well, but they have a short time before something bad might happen.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Roxana Zal, Will Oldham

Votes: 612

41. Bubba's Chili Parlor (2005)

9 min | Short, Horror

Bubba's Chili Parlor becomes ground zero for a worldwide zombie epidemic after Bubba unwittingly serves chili infected with a deadly new strain of Mad Cow Disease.

Director: Joey Evans | Stars: S. Mike Davis, Audrey Elizabeth Evans, Chris Daly, Brad Kane

Votes: 35

42. The Renegade Ranger (1938)

Approved | 59 min | Western

Texas Ranger Jack Steele is assigned to bring in former ranch owner Judith Alvarez, now the leader of a gang who is waging war against the crooked government officials who cheated the ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Rita Hayworth, Tim Holt, Ray Whitley

Votes: 149

43. The Falcon Out West (1944)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a Texas playboy is murdered in a New York City nightclub the Falcon investigates. When he learns that the victim died from rattlesnake venom, the trail leads to Texas, his own ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Tom Conway, Carole Gallagher, Barbara Hale, Joan Barclay

Votes: 410

44. Rio Rita (1942)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson, John Carroll

Votes: 976

45. The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)

PG | 109 min | Drama

The setting is early America during the oil boom. An elderly, down on his luck "oil man", Mr. Cox, finds himself in the town of Henrietta. Using unconventional methods, he convinces himself... See full summary »

Director: James Keach | Stars: Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Frances Fisher, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 662 | Gross: $0.10M

46. The Killer Inside Me (2010)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty

Votes: 31,105 | Gross: $0.21M

47. Happy, Texas (1999)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

62 Metascore

Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity... See full summary »

Director: Mark Illsley | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Ally Walker

Votes: 9,135 | Gross: $1.94M

48. Varsity Blues (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester

Votes: 38,250 | Gross: $52.89M

49. Convicts (1991)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

5.9