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The Best Bill Paxton Movies

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List of the best Bill Paxton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Bill Paxton'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 Bill Paxton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bill Paxton movies will be at the top of the list. Bill Paxton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Bill Paxton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Bill Paxton films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

These films from Bill Paxton's filmography, like Twister and Tombstone include images and trailers when available. 

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    Twister

    Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Released1996

    Directed byJan de Bont

    Twister is a 1996 American disaster drama film starring Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and...  more

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    #2 of 318 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#191 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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    Tombstone

    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell

    Released1993

    Directed byKevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

    Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn,...  more

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    #1 of 401 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#41 of 302 The Best Movies Based On True Stories

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    Stripes

    Bill Murray, John Candy

    Released1981

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Stripes is a 1981 American comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first...  more

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    Weird Science

    Robert Downey Jr., Kelly LeBrock

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

    Weird Science is a 1985 American teen sci-fi comedy film written and directed by John Hughes and starring Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock. The film's producer, Joel...  more

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    Frailty

    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton

    Released2001

    Directed byBill Paxton

    Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange...  more

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    #62 of 232 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#39 of 53 The Best Movies Where The Bad Guy Wins

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    Mighty Joe Young

    Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton

    Released1998

    Directed byRon Underwood

    Mighty Joe Young is a 1998 Disney family film starring Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron and directed by Ron Underwood. It is based on the 1949 film of the same name. In this version, the ape is much...  more
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, Jr....  more

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    True Lies

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku

    Released1994

    Directed byJames Cameron

    True Lies is a 1994 American action-comedy film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead roles with Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Eliza...  more

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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael...  more

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    Club Dread

    Bill Paxton, Brittany Daniel

    Released2004

    Directed byJay Chandrasekhar

    Club Dread is a 2004 comedy horror film written by the comedy group Broken Lizard, who also created Super Troopers. It is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, one of the group members. Though the story is...  more

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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a...  more

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    Indian Summer

    Diane Lane, Bill Paxton

    Released1993

    Directed byMike Binder

    Indian Summer is a 1993 comedy drama film written and directed by Mike Binder. The movie was filmed and set on-location at Camp Tamakwa, a summer camp located in Ontario, Canada, where Binder himself...  more
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    Streets of Fire

    Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane

    Released1984

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Streets of Fire is a 1984 film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. It was described in previews, trailers, and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable". It is an unusual mix of...  more
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    Titanic

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio)...  more

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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug Liman. A soldier (Tom Cruise) on the front lines of a civilization-ending alien threat finds himself...  more

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    A Simple Plan

    Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton

    Released1998

    Directed bySam Raimi

    A Simple Plan is a 1998 American neo-noir thriller film, and an adaptation of the 1993 novel of the same name by Scott B. Smith, who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film stars...  more

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    Thunderbirds

    Vanessa Hudgens, Ben Kingsley

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

    Thunderbirds is a 2004 British-American-French science-fiction comedy action-adventure film based on the 1960s television series of the same name, directed by Jonathan Frakes. The film, written by...  more
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    The Greatest Game Ever Played

    Shia LaBeouf, Peyton List

    Released2005

    Directed byBill Paxton

    The Greatest Game Ever Played is a 2005 biographical sports film based on the early life of golf champion Francis Ouimet. The film was directed by Bill Paxton; Shia LaBeouf plays the role of Ouimet....  more

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    Vertical Limit

    Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney

    Released2000

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Vertical Limit is a 2000 American action thriller film directed by New Zealander Martin Campbell starring, among others, Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn. The film was shot...  more
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    The Vagrant

    Bill Paxton, Michael Ironside

    Released1992

    Directed byChris Walas

    The Vagrant is a 1992 comedy horror film. It stars Bill Paxton and Michael Ironside and revolves around a yuppie who is being driven insane by a crazed bum after moving into a new home in which the...  more
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    The Evening Star

    Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1996

    Directed byRobert Harling

    The Evening Star is a 1996 sequel to Academy Award for Best Picture-winning Terms of Endearment, starring Shirley MacLaine, who reprises the role of Aurora Greenway she won an Oscar for playing in...  more
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    Impulse

    Bill Paxton, Meg Tilly

    Released1984

    Directed byGraham Baker

    Impulse is a 1984 science fiction thriller film....  more
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    Frank and Jesse

    Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Boris

    Frank and Jesse, also known as Frank & Jesse, is a 1994 western film written and directed by Robert Boris and starring Rob Lowe as Jesse James and Bill Paxton as Frank James. Based on the story of...  more
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    Predator 2

    Gary Busey, Bill Paxton

    Released1990

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action horror film written by Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to...  more

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    Traveller

    Mark Wahlberg, Julianna Margulies

    Released1997

    Directed byJack N. Green

    Traveller is a 1997 American crime drama film starring Bill Paxton, Mark Wahlberg and Julianna Margulies. The plot centers on a man joining a group of nomadic con artists in rural North Carolina. In...  more