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List of Billy Bob Thornton Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Sling Blade (1996)
36
2
Sling Blade
R
36
2

Mildly retarded Karl Childer was a victim of parental abuse. He has been living in a mental asylum since the age of twelve for killing his mother and her lover with a single blade. Now he is deemed fit and on being released moves to his home town, where he befriends a twelve year old boy called Frank, his mother Linda and her gay friend. However, this is not liked by Linda’s abusive boyfriend. 

As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Karl Childers
Director:
Billy Bob Thornton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
2. Tombstone (1993)
28
1
Tombstone
R
28
1

Leaving behind his life as a lawman, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona along with his two brothers with an aspiration to start a new life. His old friend, Doc Holliday, is also there. His plans, though, are threatened by the violent outlaws - the Cowboys - who run the town and intimidate the residents. Worsening situation leads up to a shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.

As:
Cast
Director:
Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos
Genres:
History, Romance, Action, Western, Biography, Drama
3. Bound by Honor (1993)
12
3
Bound by Honor
R
12
3

Bound by Honor is a crime drama film which tells the story of three cousins who get involved in a life of violence and crime as well as influence of narcotics.

As:
Cast
Director:
Taylor Hackford
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Benjamin Bratt, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Thomas F. Wilson, Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego
4. A Simple Plan (1998)
23
4
A Simple Plan
R
23
4

Hank, his brother Jacob and Jacob’s friend Lou find a crashed plane with a dead pilot and $4.4million cash in the woods in rural Minnesota. They decide to keep the money a secret, wait for a while and then divide the booty. But soon everyone becomes suspicious and as the slowly disintegrating trust raises complications, their simple plan turns anything but that.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jacob
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe, Jack Walsh
5. Dead Man (1995)
12
2
Dead Man
R
12
2

After committing a murder in self defense, fatally wounded William Blake is on the run, chased by a group of bounty hunters. He eventually meets an Indian called Nobody, who unsuccessfully tries to take out the bullet lodged close to his hurt. Dead Man focuses on their journey to the sea and how the Indian prepares Blake for his journey to the Spirit World.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Drama, Western, Fantasy
6. Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1994)
15
2
Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade
15
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Karl Childers
Director:
George Hickenlooper
Genres:
Short, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Molly Ringwald, Suzanne Cryer, J.T. Walsh, Jefferson Mays
7. Love Actually (2003)
12
3
Love Actually
R
12
3

Enjoy exploring the various aspects of love through the eyes of different individuals as this Christmas-themed rom-com takes you through ten separate but inter-linked love stories. A modern-day Christmas staple, this film is a must-watch during the festive season!

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Curtis
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
8. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
13
3
The Man Who Wasn't There
R
13
3

Barber Ed Crane is unhappy with his life and his wife Doris who he suspects of having an affair. After a blackmail attempt by Ed on Doris’s boss Big Dave Brewster goes horribly wrong, Ed finds himself in more trouble than he anticipated and tragic consequences await the Crane family. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Crane
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Crime, Drama
9. Bad Santa (2003)
20
2
Bad Santa
20
2

Alcoholic Willie T. Soke and his dwarf partner Marcus Skidmore are professional con-men who take jobs as Santa and his elf assistant in shopping malls during Christmas before robbing them at night. However, this year takes an unusual turn after he befriends a dimwitted and gullible young boy and raises the suspicion of the mall guard.

As:
Cast
Role:
Willie
Director:
Terry Zwigoff
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
10. The Judge (2014)
13
4
The Judge
R
13
4

The Judge is a crime-drama film that revolves around a father-son duo, where the son is a successful city lawyer and the father is a judge in a small-town court. The son, played by Robert Downey Jr., decides to defend his father in court after discovering that his ageing father is convicted of murder and suffering from memory loss.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dwight Dickham
Director:
David Dobkin
Genres:
Drama, Crime
11. Friday Night Lights (2004)
13
2
Friday Night Lights
PG-13
13
2

This sports drama film revolves around the struggles of the coach of the Permian High School Panthers football team, who faces many obstacles as he attempts to lead his team towards victory. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Coach Gary Gaines
Director:
Peter Berg
Genres:
Sport, Action, Drama
Star Cast:
Connie Britton, Amber Heard, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez
12. Monster's Ball (2001)
14
1
Monster's Ball
R
14
1

Hank Grotowski, and his son, Sonny, are prison guards. While overseeing the execution of murderer, Lawrence Musgrove, the gentle Sonny vomits and collapses. Later Sonny commits suicide because of Hank. Out of grief, Hank retires and coincidentally starts a relationship with Lawrence’s widow Leticia, who is also grieving the death of her son Tyrell. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Hank Grotowski
Director:
Marc Forster
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Taylor Simpson, Gabrielle Witcher, Amber Rules
13. One False Move (1992)
13
3
One False Move
R
13
3
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Ray Malcolm
Director:
Carl Franklin
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Jim Metzler, Michael Beach, Cynda Williams
15. A Family Thing (1996)
13
3
A Family Thing
PG-13
13
3
As:
Writer
Director:
Richard Pearce
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Robert Duvall, Irma P. Hall, Michael Beach, Grace Zabriskie
16. Bandits (2001)
20
2
Bandits
PG-13
20
2

After breaking out of prison, convicts Joe and Terry, who need money to finance their dream hotel in Mexico, devise a method of robbing banks, earning a name as ‘sleepover bandits.’ They meet dissatisfied housewife, Kate Wheeler, when Terry bumps into her car. She joins them which complicate the matters as both the men fall for her. But whom does Kate love?

As:
Cast
Role:
Terry Collins
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
17. Chrystal (2004)
20
3
Chrystal
R
20
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Joe
Director:
Ray McKinnon
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Johnny Galecki, Harry Dean Stanton, Lisa Blount, Kamron Ross Stacey, David Rhodes
19. Eagle Eye (2008)
13
2
Eagle Eye
PG-13
13
2

Soon after college dropout Jerry finds out that his Air Force officer twin brother is dead, he receives a large sum of money, illicit items and a call from a mysterious woman, who tells him that he is being hunted by the FBI and arranges for his escape by coercing a stranger, Rachel, to help him.

As:
Cast
Director:
D.J. Caruso
Genres:
Mystery, Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
20. The Gift (2000)
11
2
The Gift
R
11
2

Clairvoyant Annie Wilson receives a vision that the local school principal Wayne’s fiancée Jessica, who had recently disappeared has actually been murdered. She informs the sheriff Johnson who finds the body in Donnie Barksdale’s pond. Donnie is convicted but then Annie receives another vision that he is innocent and the true murderer is still free. 

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Horror, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
21. U Turn (1997)
9
2
U Turn
R
9
2

Bobby is heading to Vegas to pay off his gambling debts before the Russian mafia kills him. However, he is forced to stop in a town in Arizona, when his car breaks down. He gets caught in various problems after he meets Grace, a local resident. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Darrell
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
22. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
11
1
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
R
11
1

Kim Baker, an American journalist, goes to Afghanistan as a war correspondent for a short time. However, she not only ends up putting herself in danger to cover her stories, but also ends up staying for a much longer time than expected. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Genres:
Drama, War, Biography, Comedy
23. Primary Colors (1998)
8
2
Primary Colors
R
8
2

This critically acclaimed film was based on former US President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 1992. The film tells the story of Henry Burton who joins the presidential campaign of Jack Stanton, Governor of Arkansas, who is running for President.

As:
Cast
Role:
Richard Jemmons
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
25. Faster (2010)
10
3
Faster
R
10
3

The story revolves around an ex-criminal trying to avenge his half-brother’s murder .Out of jail after completing a ten-year prison term, first thing he does is to retrieve his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and then forces a man to give him a list of names. While he continues on his mission single-mindedly, he is pursued by a veteran policeman and a hired killer.  

As:
Cast
Director:
George Tillman Jr.
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
27. The Astronaut Farmer (2006)
14
4
The Astronaut Farmer
PG
14
4

This science fiction film is about an engineer who is forced to retire to save his family’s farm. However, he hasn’t give up his dream of space travel. Therefore, despite the government’s threats to stop him, he continues to build his own rocket.

As:
Cast
Role:
Charles Farmer
Director:
Michael Polish
Genres:
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
Bruce Dern, Bruce Willis, Virginia Madsen, Max Thieriot
28. Levity (2003)
7
2
Levity
R
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Manuel Jordan
Director:
Ed Solomon
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Kirsten Dunst, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Manuel Aranguiz
29. Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
10
2
Intolerable Cruelty
PG-13
10
2

Miles Massey is a super successful divorce lawyer who loves to destroy his opponents. Marylin Rexroth, on the other hand, is an ambitious gold digger who married knowing fully well her husband’s philandering ways. The two meet when Miles is hired by her husband as his divorce attorney. Unexpectedly, Miles finds himself falling for Marylin, while she seeks revenge against her husband and the lawyer.

As:
Cast
Director:
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Genres:
Crime, Romance, Comedy
31. The Ice Harvest (2005)
8
2
The Ice Harvest
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Vic Cavanaugh
Director:
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Cusack, Randy Quaid, Lara Phillips, Bill Noble
32. For the Boys (1991)
8
2
For the Boys
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Rydell
Genres:
Music, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Vince Vaughn, James Caan, George Segal, Bette Midler
33. The Badge (2002)
10
3
The Badge
R
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sheriff Darl Hardwick
Director:
Robby Henson
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
William Devane, Jena Malone, Patricia Arquette, Sela Ward, Julie Hagerty
35. Pushing Tin (1999)
11
2
Pushing Tin
R
11
2

An air traffic controller is known to be the best in the business, but his status is threatened when there is a newcomer. Their feud eventually goes beyond their workspace and it also threatens their personal lives and relationships.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Russell Bell
Director:
Mike Newell
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
36. The Alamo (2004)
10
1
The Alamo
PG-13
10
1

The Alamo is a Western historical war drama film which takes us to the Texas revolution of the 19th century, where a number of Mexican revolutionaries take up arms to fight a deadly battle against the army of General Santa Anna, a dictator.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Davy Crockett
Director:
John Lee Hancock
Genres:
War, Western, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Emily Deschanel, Dennis Quaid, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echevarría
39. School for Scoundrels (2006)
8
1
School for Scoundrels
PG-13
8
1

Roger, a meter-reader with low self-esteem, joins Dr. P’s confidence-building classes to win over his dream-girl, Amanda. As Roger makes good progress, he realizes that his confidence has pushed his egotistical teacher into competitive drive triggering an aggressive rivalry. After abolishing Roger’s personal and professional life, when Dr. P rushes to win Amanda’s affection, Roger must find a way to counter his teacher.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. P
Director:
Todd Phillips
Genres:
Comedy
40. Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
6
3
Our Brand Is Crisis
R
6
3

Jane Bodine is an American political consultant who is tasked with managing the election campaign of Pedro Castillo, a controversial political figure of Bolivia. She faces competition from a long-term rival who is working for another candidate.

As:
Cast
Role:
Pat Candy
Director:
David Gordon Green
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Sandra Bullock, Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Ann Dowd
43. Bad News Bears (2005)
8
2
Bad News Bears
TV-14
8
2

Morris Buttermaker is a former baseball player who is now banned from the sport, as he had attacked an umpire before. He takes up the responsibility of coaching a young team of misfits.

As:
Cast
Role:
Morris Buttermaker
Director:
Richard Linklater
Genres:
Comedy, Sport
Star Cast:
Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Ridge Canipe, Sammi Kane Kraft
45. Waking Up in Reno (2002)
13
1
Waking Up in Reno
R
13
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Lonnie Earl Dodd
Director:
Jordan Brady
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Patrick Swayze, Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Natasha Richardson, Holmes Osborne
47. Indecent Proposal (1993)
7
2
Indecent Proposal
R
7
2

High school sweethearts Diana and David Murphy get married and work towards bright future. As their finances suffer during recession, they travel to Las Vegas to try their luck with last $5,000, but lose it. Then, John Gage, a billionaire offers them 1 million dollars for a night with Diana. Though they reluctantly agree to it, will their relationship remain the same?

As:
Cast
Role:
Day Tripper
Director:
Adrian Lyne
Genres:
Drama, Romance
48. Bad Santa 2 (2016)
10
4
Bad Santa 2
R
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Willie Soke
Director:
Mark Waters
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly
51. The Smell of Success (2009)
6
1
The Smell of Success
PG-13
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Patrick
Director:
Michael Polish
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ed Helms, Kyle MacLachlan, Téa Leoni, Mark Polish
52. Mr. Woodcock (2007)
10
2
Mr. Woodcock
PG-13
10
2

A successful self-help author returns to his hometown in Nebraska to discover that his widowed mother is dating his former high school gym teacher, who he remembers to be an abusive bully. The American sports comedy follows his attempts to keep them from getting married.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jasper Woodcock
Director:
Craig Gillespie
Genres:
Comedy, Sport, Romance
Star Cast:
Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Seann William Scott, Melissa Sagemiller
54. Camouflage (2001)
6
1
Camouflage
R
6
1
As:
Writer
Director:
James Keach
Genres:
Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
Leslie Nielsen, Patrick Warburton, William Forsythe, Vanessa Angel, Lochlyn Munro
55. On Deadly Ground (1994)
7
1
On Deadly Ground
R
7
1

On Deadly Ground is an action adventure film which tells the story of a martial artist, named Forest Taft, who works as a firefighter for an oil corporation. When he learns that his boss, whom he works for, is causing immense damage to the environment, he decides to go against him.         

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Thriller
Star Cast:
Steven Seagal, Louise Fletcher, Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley
57. South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
6
1
South of Heaven, West of Hell
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Brig. Smalls
Director:
Dwight Yoakam
Genres:
Drama, Western
Star Cast:
Peter Fonda, Vince Vaughn, Bridget Fonda, Dwight Yoakam
58. Chrome Hearts (1989)
5
1
Chrome Hearts
R
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Dan Hoskins
Genres:
Horror, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jamie Rose, Gretchen Palmer, Catherine Carlen, Lycia Naff
60. Going Overboard (1989)
3
0
Going Overboard
R
3
0
As:
Cast
Director:
Valerie Breiman
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Adam Sandler, Billy Zane, Burt Young, Scott LaRose, Lisa Collins
61. The King of Luck (2011)
8
2
The King of Luck
8
2
As:
Director
Director:
Billy Bob Thornton
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Paul English, Amy Nelson, Annie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, Lana Nelson
62. South of Reno (1988)
8
2
South of Reno
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Mark Rezyka
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Lisa Blount, Joe Estevez, Jeff Osterhage, Lewis Van Bergen
63. The Last Real Cowboys (2000)
9
1
The Last Real Cowboys
9
1
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Tar
Director:
Jeff Lester
Genres:
Comedy, Short, Western
Star Cast:
Mickey Jones, Scott Christensen, Robert Dale Blomgren
64. The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)
6
1
The Stars Fell on Henrietta
PG
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
James Keach
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Aidan Quinn, Robert Duvall, Frances Fisher, Brian Dennehy, Lexi Randall
65. Hunter's Blood (1986)
6
1
Hunter's Blood
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert C. Hughes
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Clu Gulager, Sam Bottoms, Kim Delaney, Joey Travolta
66. Trouble Bound (1993)
5
1
Trouble Bound
R
5
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Jeffrey Reiner
Genres:
Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
Patricia Arquette, Gregory Sporleder, Michael Madsen, Sal Jenco
67. A Gun, a Car, a Blonde (1997)
6
1
A Gun, a Car, a Blonde
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Stefani Ames
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
John Ritter, Jim Metzler, Kay Lenz, Victor Love
68. The Winner (1996)
6
1
The Winner
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Alex Cox
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Rebecca De Mornay, Vincent D'Onofrio, Delroy Lindo, Michael Madsen, Richard Edson
70. The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)
7
1
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Biography, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, Kyra Sedgwick, Val Kilmer, Sonia Braga
71. Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed (2015)
6
1
Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High & Unemployed
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, Gary Howsam
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Tom Green, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith, John Dunsworth
72. Don't Look Back (1996)
9
1
Don't Look Back
R
9
1
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Marshall
Director:
Geoff Murphy
Genres:
Thriller, Action
Star Cast:
Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Peter Fonda, Annabeth Gish, Josh Hamilton, John Corbett
74. Circus (1988)
6
1
Circus
6
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Fielder Cook
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Vincent Irizarry, Tony Jay, Karen Kopins, Michael Phenicie

Animation(s)

Mononoke-hime (1997)
Mononoke-hime
TV-14
Plot:

Mononoke-hime also known as Princess Mononoke is a Japanese animated classic. It follows the journey of the Emishi prince Ashitaka, who finds himself in the midst of war between forest gods and humans. In his quest to find a cure for a deadly curse, he comes up against San, the Mononike Hime and they unite to end the war. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jigo
Director:
Hayao Miyazaki
Genres:
Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
Puss in Boots (2011)
Puss in Boots
PG
Plot:

Young Puss is tricked by his friend Humpty Dumpty in robbing a bank and embarks on a journey to restore his name while running from the law. He again meets his unreliable friend and a female cat named Kitty Softpaws who convince him to join them in another adventure to retrieve golden eggs from a giant's castle.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack
Director:
Chris Miller
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Comedy, Animation, Action

TV Shows and Videos

Widespread Panic: Live from the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA (1991)
Widespread Panic: Live from the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
As:
Director
Director:
Billy Bob Thornton
Genres:
Short, Music
Star Cast:
John Bell, Michael Houser, T. Lavitz, Todd Nance, Domingo Ortiz
Goliath (2016)
Goliath
TV-MA
As:
Cast
Role:
Billy McBride
Director:
Alik Sakharov, Lawrence Trilling
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Maria Bello, Jason Ritter, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Olivia Thirlby
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Deadly Creatures (2009)
Deadly Creatures
As:
Cast
Role:
Wade
Genres:
Action
Star Cast:
Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun (1993)
Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun
As:
Cast
Director:
Rob Mikuriya
Genres:
Family
Star Cast:
Jeffrey Tambor, Kathy Bates, Raymond Cruz, Christian Cousins, Joseph Cousins

Billy Bob Thornton Awards

Academy Awards
Sling Blade Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published 1997
Golden Globe Awards
Goliath Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama 2017
Fargo Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 2015