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25 best Texas movies of all time
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Cary Darling, Robert Philpot*

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/18/2014 10:34:53 AM

We round up our 25 favorite films set in Texas. If you’ve seen them, maybe it’s time to see them again. If you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?(Snip)The films in our list walk the cinematic waterfront, from Westerns to dramas and comedies. Now, all of them weren’t necessarily filmed here but as long as their stories take place (mostly) within our borders, we counted them as one of our own. Still, it has been a great time for Texas-set films in the last 12 months, with Boyhood joining a long line that also includes films such as

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*[Preston Jones]

For the Texans among us, for even the non-Texans: some great movies. The list begins with #25.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Drive, 7/18/2014 10:41:15 AM     (No. 9930159)

Days of heaven? Yuk. Boring-like watching paint dry or any Malick movie

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lanczos, 7/18/2014 10:50:06 AM     (No. 9930178)

But "Hud" didn´t make the list. Tsk, tsk.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/18/2014 10:50:08 AM     (No. 9930180)

Yes, but "No Country for Old Men" and "Lone Star" are terrific.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RedLegLeader68, 7/18/2014 10:51:51 AM     (No. 9930183)

Ugh! "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?" Seriously?

#6 clearly defines this list:

"Dazed & Confused"

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/18/2014 10:53:41 AM     (No. 9930185)

Good point, #2. Some may not know that "Hud" was based on a Larry McMurtry novel titled "Horseman, Pass By". The movie was better.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: texaspast, 7/18/2014 10:54:49 AM     (No. 9930186)

Some clunkers in the list - and the left out Bernie! That´s the best comedic portrayal of East Texas EVER.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/18/2014 11:00:37 AM     (No. 9930194)

"Lonesome Dove" probably didn´t make the list because it was a tv mini-series and not a movie released in theaters.

"Tender Mercies" was wonderful. Superb performances by Duvall and Tess Harper.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/18/2014 11:06:41 AM     (No. 9930207)

#26 Ninja Bachelor Party


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Reply 9 - Posted by: DaddyO, 7/18/2014 11:08:51 AM     (No. 9930210)

Agreed, Days of Heaven but no Hud?

Also, what about Pekingpah´s The Wild Bunch? It was based in Mexico and Texas.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/18/2014 11:09:20 AM     (No. 9930211)




Yes, No Country for Old Men would be watched again, and even a third/fourth time.

Office Space was a true comedy. Another good movie... Love the worker with the coke bottle glasses being moved from cubicle to cubicle. Jennifer was even tolerable in this.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 7/18/2014 11:11:05 AM     (No. 9930216)



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Reply 12 - Posted by: youngtexan, 7/18/2014 11:11:48 AM     (No. 9930218)

Love No Country for Old Men. One of my favorites.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/18/2014 11:11:57 AM     (No. 9930219)

I had no idea so many movies were filmed in Texas. The only two I could think of were the Chainsaw Massacre and something about Debby and Dallas...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: horacer, 7/18/2014 11:12:14 AM     (No. 9930221)

No Red River? I don´t believe it. They dissed the Duke. And no Texas Across the River, Joey Bishops finest hour. How can a movie that starred such giants as Joey Bishop and Peter Graves not make the list.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 7/18/2014 11:14:04 AM     (No. 9930223)

Hud definitely should have been in the top 5, but Days of Heaven belongs on the list. Malick is a genius.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 7/18/2014 11:16:00 AM     (No. 9930226)

Hard to believe they pushed ´The Searchers´ so far down the list - behind ´Dazed & Confused´ - what the hey?
And ´Last Picture Show´ - - good heavens that was depressing. Great acting, yes, but it had all the optimism and joy of ´Grapes of Wrath´. It´s a "watch just once" type of movie.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Sandbar, 7/18/2014 11:26:13 AM     (No. 9930231)

No "Debbie does Dallas"?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/18/2014 11:37:12 AM     (No. 9930251)

The first Texas movie that flashed across my mind before the article had loaded was The Last Picture Show. I´m glad that one was on top of the list. Great cast with Sam the Lion (Ben Johnson) playing one of my all-time favorite cinematic characters. The classic Alamo and Bonnie and Clyde belong on the list as well. I liked the Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez From Dusk till Dawn, but wouldn´t have included it in my own top 15 from Texas.

One not mentioned that has some of the same ambience as TLPS is 1990´s The Hot Spot, directed by Dennis Hopper, with Don Johnson (just after his five year stint on Miami Vice), Virginia Madsen, and Jennifer Connelly. Hotness in the heat! Music is by Miles Davis, Taj Mahal and Roy Rogers (not the singing cowboy of the 1940s and 1950s).

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jj1319, 7/18/2014 11:58:56 AM     (No. 9930280)

As soon as I saw the article, I thought "Blood Simple." This is a great film which didn´t receive much acclaim. #7 on this list.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: tank, 7/18/2014 12:15:02 PM     (No. 9930296)

I would have found room for Secondhand Lions.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Muncssister, 7/18/2014 12:18:23 PM     (No. 9930299)

Agreed #6. Bernie IS East Texas. My East Texan husband got a huge kick of that movie. Giant is fabulous of course. But my favorite hand down is Dazed and Confused. Alright alright alright.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/18/2014 12:29:23 PM     (No. 9930310)

Haven´t seen them all, but my favorites are The Searchers, Tender Mercies and The Apostle. Anything John Wayne or Robert Duvall, I´m watching it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Screwgun, 7/18/2014 2:05:44 PM     (No. 9930409)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show should be on the list.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Penney, 7/18/2014 2:37:58 PM     (No. 9930444)

Our list would include The Searchers, Giant, Tender Mercies, No Country For Old Men, The Alamo, Red River, Second Hand Lions, and a little picture which captured the feel of growing up in a small Texas town a few years back, ´´Dancer, Texas 81.´´ ...And, more recently, ´´Bernie.´´ -What a hoot!!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/18/2014 3:22:46 PM     (No. 9930509)

I am bit surprised that "Terms of Endearment" and "The Right Stuff" were not on the list.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: goose, 7/18/2014 7:24:57 PM     (No. 9930788)

Wings (1927) first "Best Picture" Academy Award. Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow. Cast of thousands.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/18/2014 11:05:52 PM     (No. 9930967)

The Searchers, Tender Mercies, Last Picture Show, and The Rookie were all great.

As others have said, Hud, Terms of Endearment and The Right Stuff should have made the list.

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