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List of Tom Waits Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Down by Law (1986)
16
2
Down by Law
R
16
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Zack
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Crime, Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ellen Barkin, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi
2. Coffee and Cigarettes III (1993)
13
2
Coffee and Cigarettes III
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tom
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Iggy Pop,
3. The Outsiders (1983)
13
2
The Outsiders
PG
13
2

In an Oklahoma town during the mid-1960s, two rival teen gangs, working-class ‘Greasers’ and well-to-do ‘Socials’ are frequently at loggerheads with each other. One night, Socs gang attacks two Greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, who fight back, killing a Socs member in the scuffle. As they hide in an abandoned church, this incidence leads to a chain of grim events involving all the Greasers.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Crime
5. The Fisher King (1991)
13
2
The Fisher King
R
13
2

Insensitive comments by shock jock Jack Lucas forces an unstable caller into committing a mass-murder suicide. Severely depressed after the incident Jack meets a homeless man Parry, who is searching for the Holy Grail. When Jack realizes Parry is actually the husband of one of the murderer’s victims, he decides to help Parry. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, David Hyde Pierce, Lara Harris
6. Mystery Train (1989)
13
2
Mystery Train
R
13
2

Mystery Train is a comedy crime film which tells us multiple different stories occurring in a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The stories revolve around a Japanese couple, three amateur robbers, the hotel’s eccentric night clerk and Elvis Presley’s spirit.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Steve Buscemi, Masatoshi Nagase, Yûki Kudô, Screamin' Jay Hawkins
8. Dracula (1992)
13
2
Dracula
R
13
2

In the 15th century, Vlad Dracula returns from a war to find that his wife has committed suicide. In the 19th century, he returns as the client of solicitor Jonathan Harker, whose fiancé Mina, he believes is the reincarnation of his wife. Dracula captures Jonathan and wreaks havoc, especially on Mina’s friend Lucy. Now Lucy’s friends and a vampire killer, Van Helsing, decide to end his terror.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Horror
9. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
12
2
Wristcutters: A Love Story
R
12
2

Wristcutters: A Love Story is a dark black comedy road movie, which tells the story of Zia, who kills himself after a breakup. He wakes up in the afterlife reserved for people who committed suicide. After learning that his girlfriend also killed herself, Zia embarks on a road trip to find her, while also picking up a feisty hitchhiker. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Goran Dukic
Genres:
Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Leslie Bibb, Abraham Benrubi, Patrick Fugit, Mark Boone Junior
10. The Stone Boy (1984)
12
2
The Stone Boy
PG
12
2

On a Montana farm, 12-year-old Arnold Hillerman’s gun fires accidently after getting stuck in the fence, killing his 17-year-old brother Eugene. When his parents receive the news, they are traumatized and angered, while his grandfather is more understanding. But Arnold is extremely distressed and is unable to communicate or express his feelings. How does the Hillerman family cope with the tragedy? 

As:
Cast
Director:
Christopher Cain
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
11. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
12
2
Seven Psychopaths
R
12
2

The dark comedy revolves around struggling writer Marty Faranan. Things take a violent turn when his two best friends Billy and Hans kidnap violent gangster Charlie Costello’s pet Shih Tzu. Marty’s experiences, following that not only provide him the plot for his screenplay Seven Psychopaths but leave him a changed man.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Crime
12. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
12
3
Coffee and Cigarettes
R
12
3

An anthology film that has 11 short stories which revolve around coffee and cigarettes as theme. The vignettes cover wide range of topics including Tesla Coil, nicotine as insecticide, 1920’s Paris, medical and musical careers and more. Black-and-while tile motifs are symbolically incorporated in each segment as every discussion involves two who though differ over the topic, still continue with cordial talk.

As:
Cast
Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Music
13. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
14
2
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
PG-13
14
2

A fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day, THE MOVIE It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago Dr. Parnassus made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure
15. Old Man and the Gun (2018)
12
2
Old Man and the Gun
PG-13
12
2

Old Man and the Gun is a biographical crime drama comedy film which tells the story of Forrest Tucker, an infamous criminal and escape artist, who is able to break out of San Quentin State Prison, living all authorities confused. He soon embarks on a crime spree, which puts a detective hot on his trail.

As:
Cast
Director:
David Lowery
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Crime
17. The Book of Eli (2010)
11
2
The Book of Eli
R
11
2

The post-apocalyptic movie centers on Eli, a blind nomadic warrior who is instructed by a voice to deliver the last copy of the New King James Bible to a sanctuary. Traveling across a wasteland, of what was formerly the USA, he demonstrates mythical fighting skills against the warlord Carnegie and his army who wants the book for himself. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Genres:
Drama, Action, Thriller, Adventure
20. Wolfen (1981)
9
2
Wolfen
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John D. Hancock, Rupert Hitzig, Michael Wadleigh
Genres:
Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Edward James Olmos, Albert Finney, Tom Noonan, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines
21. Until the End of the World (1991)
9
3
Until the End of the World
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Singer in Bar (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
23. Domino (2005)
10
2
Domino
R
10
2

Loosely based the life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey, the film depicts how the former model becomes a bounty hunter and finds employment with a bail bondsman who also runs an armored car business,. Complications arise when her boss sets up a $10 million robbery to meet the medical expense of his mistress’s granddaughter.   

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama, Action, Thriller
26. Mystery Men (1999)
8
3
Mystery Men
PG-13
8
3

This superhero satire features a group of aspiring superheroes of Champion City who often fail due to their incompetence. But when super-villain Casanova Frankenstein captures the city’s real superhero Captain Amazing, the amateur superheroes have to join their forces, and pull together their peculiar powers such as shoveling, flying bowling balls, fork-hurling and such expertise, to save the city and its superhero.

As:
Cast
Director:
Kinka Usher
Genres:
Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
29. The Laughing Heart (2012)
10
2
The Laughing Heart
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Narrator
Director:
Travis Carr
Genres:
Short
30. Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale (1989)
9
2
Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Silva
Director:
Ann Guedes, Eduardo Guedes
Star Cast:
Bill Paterson, Charlotte Coleman, Damon Lowry, Júlia Britton
31. Candy Mountain (1987)
9
3
Candy Mountain
R
9
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Frank, Rudy Wurlitzer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laurie Metcalf, Jim Jarmusch, Kevin J. O'Connor, Robert Joy, Eric Mitchell
32. Cold Feet (1989)
6
1
Cold Feet
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Kenny
Director:
Robert Dornhelm
Genres:
Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bill Pullman, Jeff Bridges, Sally Kirkland, Rip Torn, Keith Carradine

Animation(s)

The Monster of Nix (2011)
The Monster of Nix
As:
Cast
Role:
Virgil
Director:
Rosto
Genres:
Short, Fantasy, Animation
Star Cast:
Terry Gilliam, Olivia Bouyssou, Joe Eshuis, Charles Hubbell

TV Shows and Videos

Greasy Lake (1988)
Greasy Lake
As:
Cast
Director:
Damian Harris
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Spader, Eric Stoltz, Tegan West, Cisco Pike
Citizen (2016)
Citizen
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Amanda Plummer, Augusto Aguilera, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ralph Michael Brekan

Tom Waits Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Winner Short Cuts (1993) 1994
Grammy Awards
Winner Best Contemporary Folk Album 2000
Winner Best Alternative Music Album 1993
ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
The Wire Top TV Series 2004