To celebrate Texas movies, the MFAH and Preview Houston team up for this series showcasing selections from the list of films chosen by Houston Chronicle staffers. 

“These are the 50 greatest Texas movies ever. Ever.” —Houston Chronicle


Reality Bites

1994,

Ben Stiller

In Houston, a Gen-Xer (Winona Ryder) makes a documentary about herself and friends floundering in relationships and careers. Janeane Garofalo, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, and Steve Zahn also star.

Paris, Texas

1984,
Digital
Wim Wenders

Harry Dean Stanton is a drifter trying to reconnect with his estranged son, wife, and brother in Paris, Texas—Wim Wenders’s masterpiece on the myth of the American family.


Past Events in This Series

Giant

1956,
Digital
George Stevens

Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor star, along with James Dean and Dennis Hopper, in a sprawling epic that covers two generations of wealthy Texas cattle barons. 

Selena

1997,
35mm
Gregory Nava

Jennifer Lopez stars in the true story of Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez, whose legend continues to grow decades after her 1995 death.

The Border

1982,
35mm
Tony Richardson

A burned-out border-patrol officer in a small Texas town, Charlie Smith (Jack Nicholson) changes his ways after becoming embroiled in a corrupt scheme.