3. Wyatt Earp (1994)
Critically and commercially unsuccessful (like some of Costner’s films at the time), Wyatt Earp is a pale anemic film in comparison to the much better (and successful) Tombstone (1993). The film is overlong, overacted and extremely romanticized version of the legend of Earp. The one bright spot of this film is Dennis Quaid’s performance as Doc Holliday. Now it is EXTREMELY unfair to compare the performance of Quaid and Kilmer’s “Doc” from Tombstone, but if you look at these individual performances in reference to their respective films, Quaid elevates his film while Kilmer maintains his. In my view if you can make a crap movie better, you are a better actor, not taking ANYTHING away from Kilmer (Tombstone is by far his best performance ever), but Quaid beats him here. The movie is worth Quaid’s performance if you can sit through the 212 min. running time.