The Best Tom Waits Movies Films

The Best Tom Waits Movies

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List of the best Tom Waits movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Tom Waits's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Tom Waits movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Tom Waits movies will be at the top of the list. Tom Waits has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Tom Waits movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Tom Waits films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Tom Waits role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Tom Waits performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include Paradise Alley and Cold Feet.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Tom Waits movies?" and "What are the greatest Tom Waits roles of all time?"


Tom Waits is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Robert Altman, Tony Scott and Francis Ford Coppola. Is Tom Waits your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Johnny Cash and David Bowie films lists too.



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    Bukowski: Born into This
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    Down by Law

    Tom Waits, Ellen Barkin, Roberto Benigni

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    Coffee and Cigarettes

    Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi

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    The Fisher King

    Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits

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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

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    The Cotton Club

    Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane, Richard Gere

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    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell

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    Seven Psychopaths

    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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    Short Cuts

    Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins

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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Mystery Train

    Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Joe Strummer

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    At Play in the Fields of the Lord

    Kathy Bates, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah

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    Ironweed

    Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tom Waits

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    The Book of Eli

    Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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    Wristcutters: A Love Story

    Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb, Will Arnett

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    Until the End of the World

    Tom Waits, William Hurt, Sam Neill

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    Mystery Men

    Ben Stiller, Tom Waits, Hank Azaria

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    The Two Jakes

    Jack Nicholson, Tom Waits, Madeleine Stowe

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    Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night
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    Paradise Alley

    Sylvester Stallone, Tom Waits, Terry Funk

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    Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California

    Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California Iggy Pop, Tom Waits

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    Big Time

    Big Time

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    Idiots and Angels
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    Candy Mountain

    Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, Kevin J. O'Connor

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    Cold Feet

    Jeff Bridges, Tom Waits, Bill Pullman

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    The Monster of Nix

    Tom Waits, Terry Gilliam, Olivia Merilahti

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    Queens Logic

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich

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    The Tiger and the Snow

    Tom Waits, Jean Reno, Roberto Benigni

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    Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004

    Norah Jones and the Handsome Band: Live in 2004

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    Tom Waits: One Star Shining

    Tom Waits: One Star Shining

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    Tom Waits for No One

    Tom Waits, Donna Marie Gordon

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