Top 10 Most Iconic Movies Of Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner is not only a fabulous actor but also a great director


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Kevin Costner, an Academy, Gloden Globe, and Primetime Emmy Award winner, is well-known for his versatile roles throughout his acting career.

Whether portraying a farmer in Field of Dreams or playing the role of Lieutenant in Dances with Wolves, Costner has engaged millions of people with his remarkable performances.

Furthermore, Kevin has also appeared in renowned series like Yellowstone and Hatfields & McCoys.

His noteworthy portrayal of John Dutton in Yellowstone has received worldwide praise with the series’ massive hit.

Although Kevin Costner has been seen less on big screens in recent years and more on television series, his significant contribution to some of the most iconic movies is still loved and remembered.

Here is a list of Kevin Costner’s most iconic Top 10 movies of all time that are worth watching.

10. No Way Out

No Way Out is a 1987 American neo-noir action crime drama movie directed by Roger Donaldson.

The movie is an adaptation of the 1946 novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing.

Starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton, and Sean Young in leading roles, the movie debuted at number two at the US box office after Stakeout with $4.3 million.

The movie follows Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner), who meets a young woman, Susan Atwell (Sean Young), and they share a passionate fling.

Later, Tom discovers Susan is also romantically involved with his superior, Defense Secretary David Brice (Gene Hackman).

The movie also depicts the story of Atwell’s demise and how Farrell begins to uncover shocking clues about the mystery of her homicide.

Furthermore, Critics have given No Way Out positive reviews for its suspense and performances, making it one of the most iconic movies ever.

No Way Out

IMDb DramaActionCrime

The movie unravels the mystery of Susan Atwell’s demise, who had a secret affair with Lieutenant Commander Tom Farell even though she was romantically involved with Secretary of Defense David Brice.

DirectorRoger Donaldson
Release DateAugust 14, 1987
StudioOrion Pictures
CastKevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff
WritersKenneth Fearing, Robert Garland
Runtime114 minutes

9. A Perfect World

A Perfect World is a 1993 American thriller crime drama movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

Starring Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, and Laura Dern in leading roles, the movie follows the story of an escaped convict from Texas jail, Robert “Butch” Haynes (Kevin Costner), who takes a young boy Philip “Buzz” Perry (T.J. Lowther) hostage to escape from the law.

Moreover, the movie describes the journey of Butch and Buzz, where they build a strong bond on their trip across the American Southwest together while the search for Buzz is on by Texas police.

The movie received praise worldwide for Kevin’s acting and was regarded as one of Eastwood’s best movies, with a total income of $135 million.

In addition, the movie won a Cahiers du Cinema award for best film and is known as one of Kevin’s most-watched movies.

A Perfect World

IMDb DramaThrillerCrime

The movie depicts the bond between an espaced convict Butch and his hostage, Buzz, while running from the law.

DirectorClint Eastwood
Release DateNovember 24, 1993
StudioMalpaso Productions, Warner Bros
CastKevin Costner,
Laura Dern
T.J. Lowther
Keith Szarabajka
WritersJohn Lee Hancock
Runtime138 minutes

8. Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game is an American biographical crime drama directed by Aaron Sorkin. It is Aaron’s first movie as a director.

The movie is based on Molly Bloom’s autobiography of the same name and stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner in the leading roles.

Molly’s Game is the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class mogul Skier who tragically ended her career after an injury.

The movie describes Molly’s journey of becoming involved in running the world’s most exclusive poker empire, which included Hollywood celebrities, athletes, and business tycoons, and how she became an FBI target.

It earned some prominent nominations, including Academy, Golden Globes, and BAFTA Awards for its screenplay and performances.

Molly’s Game

IMDb DramaBiographyCrime

The movie illustrates the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who, after her injury, gets involved in the world of poker.

DirectorAaron Sorkin
Release DateDecember 25, 2017
StudioSTXfilms, H. Brothers, TMP, The MG Company
CastJessica Chastain, Idris Elba,
Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong
WritersMolly Bloom, Aaron Sorkin
Runtime141 minutes

7. Bull Durham

Bull Durham is an American romantic comedy sports movie directed by Ron Shelton and is partially based on his minor-league baseball experiences.

The movie, which stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins in leading roles, depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor-league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina.

It follows the story of veteran catcher (Kevin Costner), who starts mentoring a young pitcher prospect named Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins).

Furthermore, the movie illustrates the affair between Crash and baseball groupie Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) and explores the romantic triangle between Crash, Annie, and Nuke in a comedic way.

The movie received praise worldwide and was ranked among the Greatest Sports movies ever with several nominations, including Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Bull Durham

IMDb comedyRomanceSport

The movie revolves around Crash Davis, a veteran catcher, and his affair with Annie Savoy while he starts mentoring a young pitcher prospect named Nuke.

DirectorRon Shelton
Release DateJune 15, 1988
StudioOrion Pictures
CastKevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson
WritersRon Shelton
Runtime108 minutes

6. Silverado

Silverado is an American western action crime drama movie produced and directed by Lawrence Kasdan.

Starring Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline, and Scott Glenn in leading roles, the movie was nominated for Best Sound and Best Original Score at the 58th Academy Awards.

The movie follows Emmett (Scott Glenn), who assembles a group of misfit cowboys (Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline, and Danny Glover) to help the people of Silverado escape from the grasp of greedy rancher Ethan Mckenndrick (Ray Baker) and corrupt Sheriff Cobb (Brian Dennehy).

Eventually, Emmett and his group defeat McKendrick and his henchmen and say their goodbyes to friends and loved ones.

Silverado received positive critical reviews worldwide and is regarded as one of Costner’s most iconic movies.


IMDb ActionCrimeDrama

Four drifters, Emmett, Paden, Jake, and Mal, together help the people of small town Silverado escape from the grasp of corrupted Mckendrick and Cobb.

DirectorLawrence Kasdan
Release DateJuly 10, 1985
StudioDelphi III productions, Columbia Pictures
CastKevin Costner, Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Rosanna Arquette,
John Cleese
, Brian Dennehy, Danny Glover, Ray Baker
WritersLawrence Kasdan, Mark Kasdan
Runtime133 minutes

5. Open Range

Open Range is an American revisionist Western action drama romance movie directed and co-produced by Kevin Costner.

Based on the novel The Open Range Men by Lauran Paine, the movie stars Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, Abraham Benrubi, and Michael Gambon in leading roles.

The movie follows Montana in 1882, when Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall), a seasoned open-range cattleman, and his cowhands Charley (Kevin Costner), Mose (Abraham Benrubi), and Button (Diego Luna) drive cattle across a large expanse of country.

Furthermore, it depicts the story when Mose is sent to the nearby town of Harmonville for supplies, where his encounter with a ruthless Irish immigrant and rancher, Denton Baxter, makes him stay behind bars.

Concerned about Mose, Boss, and Charley try to rescue him, which ends in a fight against Baxter.

The movie illustrates the journey of Mose’s rescue from the grasp of Baxter and involves the romantic relationship between Charley and Sue.

Open Range was a box office success with critical praise. It also won the Western Heritage Award and was nominated for Satellite Awards and Golden Schmoes Awards.

Open Range

IMDb ActionRomanceDrama

Boss and Charley try to rescue Mose from the jail in Harmonville town, which ruthless rancher Denton Baxter controls.

DirectorKevin Costner
Release DateAugust 15, 2003
StudioTouchstone Pictures, Beacon Communications, Tig Productions, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
CastRobert Duvall, Kevin Costner,
Annette Bening
,Michael Gambon, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi
WritersLauran Paine, Craig Storper
Runtime139 minutes

4. Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams is an American sports fantasy drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson.

The movie is adapted from the 1982 novel Shoeless Joe written by Canadian novelist W.P. Kinsella.

Starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta in lead roles, the movie was nominated for three Academy Awards in categories Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

It follows Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), a farmer who lives with his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan), and daughter Karin (Gaby Hoffmann) on their corn farm in Dyersville, Iowa.

With the fear of growing old without achieving anything like his late father, John, a devoted baseball fan, Ray builds a baseball field on his corn farm inspired by the voices of ghosts of baseball legends, including Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) and the Chicago Black Sox.

Field of Dreams is an inspirational movie about regrets, hardship, and pursuing dreams no matter how hard life gets.

The movie was one of the greatest hits by Kevin Costner, with positive reviews from critics worldwide.

Field of Dreams

IMDb FantasyFamilyDrama

Ray Kinsella, a farmer, builds a baseball field in his cornfield, inspired by the voices of baseball legends’ ghosts.

DirectorPhil Alden Robinson
Release DateMay 5, 1989
StudioGordon Company, Universal Pictures, Carolco Pictures
CastKevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann, Ray Liotta,
WritersW.P. Kinsella, Phil Alden Robinson
Runtime107 minutes

3. The Untouchables

The Untouchables is an American crime drama thriller directed by Brian De Palma and produced by Art Linson.

It stars Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, and Sean Connery in leading roles and is loosely based on Ness and Oscar Fraley’s 1957 book The Untouchables.

The movie follows the Prohibition era in Chicago in 1930, where Eliot Ness, a Prohibition agent (Kevin Costner), forms the Untouchables team to bring down Al Capone (Robert De Niro), a notorious American gang leader who supplied prohibited liquor and nearly controlled all of Chicago with his power.

It depicts Ness’s continuous efforts to take Capone down by recruiting an elite group of lawmen, even though his best efforts fail due to widespread corruption within the Windy City’s police force.

The movie was a massive hit with several positive reviews, earning $106.2 million worldwide.

The Untouchables

IMDb CrimeThrillerDrama

Bureau of Prohibition agent Eliot Ness attempts to take down notorious gang leader Al Capone, who supplies illegal liquor all over Chicago.

DirectorBrian De Palma
Release DateJune 2, 1987
StudioParamount Pictures
CastKevin Costner, Sean Connery,
Robert De Niro
, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia
WritersDavid Mamet, Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness
Runtime119 minutes

2. JFk

JFK is an epic political history thriller movie directed by Oliver Stone and adapted from the books On the Trail of the Assassins by Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Mars.

Starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Jack Lemmon in leading roles, the movie explores the investigation into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (Costner).

After the demise of suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman), Garrison discovers there was more to the Kennedy than the official assassination story.

The movie depicts the reopening of Kennedy’s case and the discovery of the depth of his story through interviews with several witnesses.

JFK received critical praise for the performances of casts worldwide by being nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Pictures, and won two for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.


IMDb HistoryThrillerDrama

To find out the actual truth behind the JFK assassination, District Attorney Jim Garrison and his team investigated the case by conducting interviews with witnesses.

DirectorOliver Stone
Release DateDecember 20, 1991
StudioLe Studio Canal+
Regency Enterprises
Alcor Films
Ixtlan Corporation
Warner Bros
CastKevin Costner, Sally Kirkland, Steve Reed, Jodie Farber
WritersJim Garrison, Jim Marrs, Zachary Sklar
Runtime188 minutes

1. Dances with wolves

Dances with Wolves is an epic Western adventure drama film directed and produced by Kevin Costner, marking his directorial debut.

The movie is based on Michael Blake’s 1988 novel of the same name and stars Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, and Kevin Costner in a leading role.

The movie tells the story of brave Lieutenant John J. Dunbar (Costner) of the Union Army, who, on his journey, encounters the Sioux, a tribal group of Native Americans.

Attracted by their simple lifestyle, Dunbar leaves his former life behind and lives with them.

Additionally, Dunbar falls in love with a white woman who has been raised in the tribe. Tragedy ensues when Union Soldiers arrive to search for him.

The movie was widely praised for Costner’s directing and performances, and it became one of only four Westerns to win the Oscar for Best Picture. To this day, it is known as Costner’s most iconic movie.

Dances with Wolves

IMDb AdventureWesternDrama

When assigned to a Western Civil War outpost, Lieutenant John Dunbar builds a close relationship with the Sioux settlement and falls in love with a girl from the tribal group.

DirectorKevin Costner
Release DateNovember 9, 1990
StudioTig Productions
Majestic Films International
Orion Pictures
CastKevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Charles Rocket, Maury Chaykin
WritersMichael Blake
Runtime181 minutes
Suruchi Lohani
Suruchi Lohani
Suruchi is a student of Business Management, who is also a movie enthusiast. She loves writing articles and blogs related to movies. Besides that, she enjoys reading novels and is passionate about learning new things.


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