For the last decade or so, audiences have come to know the best Dave Bautista movies. He is mostly recognizable as the ultimate body slammer and a sneakily comedic performer. Starting off in the WWE, Bautista (or Batista, as he was known) racked up title after title. Since transitioning to the big screen, he has made his mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the James Bond franchise, the return of Blade Runner, mainstream comedies, and indie dramas. And through all these roles, the hulking wisecracker has gotten to act alongside some of Hollywood's biggest legends and modern day A-listers, including Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Jodi Foster, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Craig, and Ryan Gosling. What roles from this rising star stand out the most to you?
Vote up your top picks to build the essential John Bautista list. Be sure to check back as more characters from his filmography are added!
- 116 VOTES
Movie: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
While it's not a ton of screen time, Bautista really makes it count as an aging replicant in Blade Runner 2049. When visited by Blade Runner K (Ryan Gosling), Bautista's Sapper Morton puts up a hell of a fight. Sadly, he loses a little more than his living room wall in the process.
- 215 VOTES
Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Starting in Guardians of the Galaxy, then carrying over into Volume 2 and the two-part conclusion of the Avengers series, Bautista makes his mark on the MCU with his portrayal of Drax, the literal-minded (but coming out of this shell) galactic warrior and member of the Guardians. Bautista's dry delivery and misunderstanding of metaphor has made Drax arguably the most delightful part of the titular squad. Also, as Bautista tends to do in any role, Drax kicks butt.
- 35 VOTES
Movie: Final Score (2018)
Bautista is Michael Knox, an ex-soldier who must use his military knowhow to save the crowd at a major sporting event in London after it is suddenly seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. Ready to see your man Dave in a British twist on Die Hard? Here's your chance!
- 45 VOTES
Movie: Heist (2015)
Bautista plays Jason Cox, one of two desperate con-men who hijack a city bus while trying to escape the police and a maniacal thug. Heist marks a turning point for Bautista's film career, getting top billing alongside the legendary Robert De Niro. Fun side note: Heist's alternate title was Bus 657.
- 513 VOTES
Movie: Spectre (2015)
As far as action and espionage movies go, there are few roles better than becoming a Bond villain. While Bautista wasn't the biggest baddie (he served under Christoph Waltz's Blofed and the criminal organization SPECTRE), he most certainly left an imprint. Or two imprints, specifically. Just ask the guy whose eyes he gouged out with his thumbs.
- Photo: Krystal / Flickr615 VOTES
Sports Entertermaint: WWE (1999-present)
One could make the argument that there's no distinguishing Dave Bautista from his WWE persona of Batista, but the slight difference in name spelling suggests we can probably consider Batista "fictional." In any case, the four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion certainly has a lot of character, from his enormous frame to his in-ring nickname, "The Animal."