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 and readers. 

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



Past Events in This Series

Tender Mercies

1983,
35mm
Bruce Beresford

See the winner of the MFAH/Houston Chronicle readers’ poll for “Top Texas Film” on the big screen! Shot largely in Waxahachie and based on an original screenplay by Horton Foote, Tender Mercies received five Oscar nominations.

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.

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.

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.